Can A No-Ransom Hostage Policy Really Save Lives?

Hostages

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People were outraged when word of American aid worker Peter Kassig’s beheading hit the newsstands. Kassig was the third American citizen to be publicly beheaded by the ISIS militant group this year, raising a slew of questions and concerns about the validity and success of the United States’ no-ransom hostage policy, among other things. For better or worse, here’s a breakdown of the seemingly callous approach.

Peter Kassig No-Ransom Hostage Policy

Peter Kassig. Source: ABC News

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Tokyo From Above

Tokyo Aerial Photograph

One of the 47 prefectures of Japan, the most populous metropolitan area in the world almost looks serene from this vantage point.

Lammily, Barbie And The Doll’s Surprisingly Progressive History

Lammily Specs

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This week, a Barbie alternative designed in the image of the “average nineteen year old girl” went on sale. Lammily, as she’s called, was designed by a young, male graphic designer named Nikolay Lamm. At first, Lamm only set out to find the average proportions for today’s “average” young woman and compare them to Barbie in the form of an infographic. The image soon went viral and Lamm was inundated with commentary. People wanted to buy a doll that looked like this “average” Barbie. So, he created her.
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21 Fascinating Photographs Of Cordyceps And The Killer Fungus’ Insect Hosts

Codryceps, or “Zombie Fungus” are a parasitic fungus that thrive in hot, humid climates like tropical forests. There are thousands of different types of cordyceps, and each targets a specific species of insect. Spores from this killer fungus infect the insect’s brain, and, later, the fruiting body of the cordyceps will erupt from that insect’s head and body. When it’s finished growing, cordycep spores burst from the fungus and infect any insect of the same species unlucky enough to be nearby.

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Killer Fungus Cordyceps Ant

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Cricket

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Killer Fungus Cordyceps

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Moth

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Killer Fungus Cordyceps Moth Pupa

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Caterpillar

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Scale Insect

Source: Cordyceps

Caterpillar

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Killer Fungus Cordyceps Moth

Source: Bent Media

Killer Fungus Cordyceps Spider

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Killer Fungus Cordyceps Ant

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Killer Fungus Cordyceps

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Killer Fungus Cordyceps Tarantula

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Killer Fungus Cordyceps Worm

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Killer Fungus Cordyceps

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Killer Fungus Cordyceps Larva

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Killer Fungus Cordyceps Cockroach

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Killer Fungus Cordyceps Noctuida Pupa

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Killer Fungus Cordyceps Stink Bug

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Killer Fungus Cordyceps Moth

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While these killer fungi sound like they’re straight out of a horror movie, they do have an overall positive impact on their environment because they keep insect populations from growing out of control. Plus, they have no effect on humans, so don’t worry.

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