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Tree burning from the inside looks like a portal to hell

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Matthew McDermott of Sonoma, California discovered an odd scene while driving in Schellville, California on Monday. A tree had caught fire thanks to the wildfires ripping through the state, and the tree was burning from the inside out.  "That is the craziest fucking thing I've ever seen," McDermott could be heard saying in the clip. "It's hollowed out the tree."  The outside of the tree seems mostly intact, and the fire burning inside can be seen through a series of holes in its trunk. It looks like a portal to hell. The Tubbs fire that caused the tree to ignite [...]

All 5 living ex-presidents to appear at Texas hurricane benefit show without Trump

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Clinton, Bush, and Trump will appear at the concert on Oct. 21. Image: ANDREW GOMBERT/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock They've become quite the posse. Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and George Bush, the ex-president crew that have been seen golfing together and promising Harvey relief with no Trump in sight, are set to continue their benevolent bromance with a headline appearance at a Texas benefit concert. SEE ALSO: Obama, Bush, and Clinton enjoy a nice, relaxing game of golf without Trump The George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation announced the trio's upcoming appearance at the "Deep From The Heart" event Wednesday. The benefit concert will [...]

This wildfire photo is a portrait of America in 2017

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An amateur photographer in Oregon just captured what some might call a portrait of America's current state. SEE ALSO: Summer 2017 feels like it's on steroids – and it's only going to get worse Kristi McCluer's depiction of a bunch of men casually golfing while a wildfire raged behind them went viral after it was tweeted out by David Simon, creator of The Wire and The Deuce. He posted the photo to his 130,000 Twitter followers on Thursday, calling it "the money shot" of "visual metaphors for America today."  In the pantheon of visual metaphors for America today, this is [...]

Internet sleuths are questioning claims that Joel Osteen’s megachurch is too flooded for Harvey relief

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Officials for the mega-church won't prove it's flooded. Image: wikimedia commons/tobedaniel Lakewood Church, the Houston arena-cum-megachurch home of celebrity preacher Joel Osteen, would seem a natural place to house some of the tens of thousands residents driven from their homes by Hurricane Harvey-related flooding this week. As the former home of the Houston Rockets, its 16,000 seats are spacious enough for big crowds. And one would think a religious institution would be inclined to open its doors to the needy in a time like this as others in the area already have. SEE ALSO: Houston's local businesses pitch in as [...]

This weatherman’s reaction to the solar eclipse is the sweetest thing you’ll see all day

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Monday's total solar eclipse was akin to a meteorologist's Super Bowl a fact that was certainly not lost on one Chicago weatherman. SEE ALSO: The 2017 solar eclipse is finally here Tom Skilling, chief meteorologist for WGN-TV, travelled to Carbondale, Ill. to view the solar eclipse in its path of totality, (his first solar eclipse, btw) and his reaction was truly precious. Behold:

6 social entrepreneurs whose companies are bettering the world

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Image: samasource As the trend of social entrepreneurship takes root in economies around the globe, future-focused impact investors are stepping up to the plate to help build a better world for generations to come. The UN's Sustainable Development Goals are a set of 17 objectives to tackle global issues like hunger, joblessness, poverty, climate change, and food waste, among others. Below, we've selected six young people as examples of entrepreneurs bringing us closer to turning the UN's SDGs into realities. Brendan Carroll, founder of Skycision Despite the fact that the average U.S. farmer spends around 1,000 hours a year manually [...]