Diamonds may soon lose their place as the most coveted stone; technology is revolutionizing the sex-for-hire business; meanwhile, CNN’s Nancy Grace disparages Officer Darren Wilson’s testimony on the killing of Michael Brown. These discoveries and more below.

Why is Turquoise Becoming Rarer and More Valuable Than Diamonds? With depleting mines, turquoise, the most sacred stone to the Navajo, has become increasingly rare.

When Mark Twain Roasted Winston Churchill The young Brit was not expecting to be schooled by Twain — but it was a rare moment when America did not love him.

Pig Doesn’t Fly: Airline Bans ‘Disruptive’ Emotional Support Animal and Owner A woman and her pet porker are grounded after complaints from fellow passengers on flight from Hartford, Connecticut.

Nancy Grace Absolutely Obliterates Darren Wilson and Prosecutor Robert McCulloch On CNN When Darren Wilson escaped being indicted for murder by the grand jury, outrage erupted in Ferguson and across the nation, and that outrage extended to the CNN set as Nancy Grace made it crystal clear that she thinks Wilson’s testimony is complete garbage and that he should have been indicted.

Domestic Bliss: Mother Of Two Takes Darkly Humorous Family Photos Susan Copich, actress and a mother of two from New York, has taken a darkly humorous approach towards traditional family photography with a series of daring images entitled “Domestic Bliss.”

The World According to Facebook: The View from the Philippines Recently, I discovered to my dismay that my students in an undergraduate class in the University of the Philippines did not regularly read the newspapers, or listen to the news on radio, or watch the evening report on TV.

Israel’s Model of Political Despair in Jerusalem Relations between Israelis and Palestinians have descended into a dangerous melee of tit-for-tat attacks and killings, with the violence of the past few weeks centered on Jerusalem.

The Kiva Fairytale: It’s a Microlending Superstar – But Who Is It Really Serving? Behavioral economists increasingly challenge the assumption that we behave rationally. The very existence of Kiva is testimony to this concern.

Tweeting About a Revolution It works both ways; Islamic State was using Twitter to give live updates during fighting, and it also had a presence on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook, provoking concern that social media is causing the top-down hierarchy of terrorist organizations to be replaced by unpredictable group decision making.

Prostitution and the Internet : More Bang for Your Buck For those seeking commercial sex in Berlin, Peppr, a new app, makes life easy.

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