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The Daily Catch - published on 09/10/16

Happy Saturday! These links have probably been sitting out for a few hours while you slept late, but they’re still fresh. Take a gander.

How A Startup Founded And Operated By Paralyzed Vets Made A Clothing Line That Matters – (Fastcompany.com)

Disabled veterans now have their own clothing line:

Oscar Mike is a startup clothing label owned and operated exclusively by paralyzed veterans of the American military. Every piece of apparel they sell reflects the values of our armed forces, including T-shirts with a tattooed, muscular Uncle Sam, or emblazoned with the slogan, “Fight the good fight.” In 2003, Marine Noah Currier, 21, returned from combat in Iraq to his native small town of Marengo, Illinois. On his third day back, while driving to a Marine Corps base, he was struck by a trucker who fell asleep at the wheel. The car rolled down an embankment, leaving Currier with a paralyzed spinal cord. Following a painful recovery, Currier didn’t want to leave his house. “I was in a dark place for a while and didn’t really want to talk to a human being,”

Baby Is Born Covered In Black Moles, Now Mom Refuses To Go Outside With Him – (littlethings.com)

This baby was born just covered in moles, the poor little guy doesn’t seem to notice as he smiles happily. Our favorite part about the story is how his older sister never even mentioned the moles, but she would only kiss them.

“It was everywhere,” Stephanie said. “Just spots on his face and legs, and his back is covered.” The disorder affects around 1 in 500,000 people. While it does cause an increased risk of skin cancer, the condition is otherwise cosmetic. Stephanie however feels as thought she is to blame. “You know, you go through 10 months to do everything you can to have a perfect pregnancy and be healthy, and then you think you did something wrong,” the mother said. Stephanie knows her son is different. When Kacy was born the doctors warned her and Dan that people will be insensitive. The fear of her son being ridiculed and harassed throughout his life has made the mom afraid to be seen in public.

Costa Rica has been running on 100% renewable energy for 2 months straight – (sciencealert.com)

Costa Rica has proven that it’s possible to run a nation’s power grid without fossil fuels.

According to Costa Rica’s National Centre for Energy Control (CENCE), 16 June 2016 was the last day this year that fossil fuels-based energy was used by the national grid. (Data for September is still forthcoming.) Since then, the country has been powered on a mix of hydro, geothermal, wind, and solar energy, with hydro power providing about 80.27 percent of the total electricity in the month of August. Geothermal plants contributed roughly 12.62 percent of electricity generation in August, while wind turbines provided 7.1 percent, and solar 0.01 percent.

Millions Of People Have Watched This Mom’s Shoe-Tying Tutorial – (huffingtonpost.com)

This mother shows an easier way to teach kids how to tie shoes. What do you think?

Kirsten Johnson, the mom behind Unstoppable Mother, went live on Facebook on Aug. 12 to share with her followers the way she taught her son to tie his laces. “He’s been frustrated with the little bunny loops and the ears,” she said in the video. Though some commenters have pointed out that they have known about this method for years and that it “takes too long,” others have thanked Johnson for sharing the tutorial, especially parents of kids with autism and children who find motor skills difficult.

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