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According to a devastating new U.N. report, nearly half of all Syrians have been displaced by the violence of the country’s ongoing civil war. As many as 6.5 million who have fled their homes are displaced within the country, and at least 3 million Syrians have left the country altogether. The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said in a statement, "The Syrian crisis has become the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era, yet the world is failing to meet the needs of refugees and the countries hosting them.”

The report, which is attempting to bring greater international awareness and intervention to the crisis, also outlined the dangers facing even those who are fleeing the war. "There are worrying signs too that the journey out of Syria is becoming tougher, with many people forced to pay bribes at armed checkpoints proliferating along the borders. Refugees crossing the desert into eastern Jordan are being forced to pay smugglers hefty sums (ranging from $100 per person or more) to take them to safety” ... Discuss

If you attended the St. Paul Saints’ minor league baseball game last night, there’s a good chance that comedy legend Bill Murray took your ticket when you made your way into the stadium. Murray, who is one of the owners of the team, attended the final game at Midway Stadium, not only assisting at turnstiles and talking with fans, but also throwing out the first pitch and taking plenty of selfies with his new friends. Bill Murray, you sir are a national treasure ... Discuss

A group of six individuals have filed a $40 million lawsuit against Ferguson, St. Louis County and several police officials for what they say was violations of their civil rights during the unrest that followed the shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown. The plaintiffs detailed a series of “militaristic displays of force and weaponry," including being shot with rubber bullets, tear gassed, beaten and arrested during demonstrations following the shooting of the black teen by a white police officer. The attorney who brought the case told Reuters, “This is a blatant example of how police handle African-Americans ... how it can go terribly, terribly wrong. You have a right to peaceful assembly" ... Discuss

The Google X lab has posted a first look at their new drone delivery system that (they told Wired) hope will, “open up entirely new approaches to moving things around—including options that are faster, cheaper, less wasteful and more environmentally sensitive than the way we do things today.” So, just so we’re clear, the purpose of this new technology is going to make sending small items slightly easier, not to hasten the take over of humanity by soulless machines bent of global domination. Good to know ... Discuss

The 12-day, 500-plus episode Simpsons marathon currently running on FXX is working out so well for the cable network, that they’re just going to extend the cartoon binge-watching strategy into their long-term programming strategy. According to Vulture, FXX has announced that following the marathon, “The Simpsons will air: Mondays from 6 p.m.-midnight, Tuesdays from 8 p.m.-midnight, Thursdays from 8 p.m.-midnight, Fridays from 6 p.m.-midnight; and Sundays from 4 to 8 p.m.” It may sound like a risky plan to dedicate such a huge chunk of time to one show, but each of the first six nights of the marathon, FXX—a relatively obscure, newish spin-off channel of FX—became one of the top-five most-watched networks on basic cable ... Discuss

You may remember last summer when Jon Stewart took some time away from hosting The Daily Show to direct his first feature film, Rosewater. Now, we’re getting our first look at the unsettling movie that tells the true story of journalist Maziar Bahari who was imprisoned and tortured for 118 days, shortly after appearing on the Comedy Central talk show. The movie, which is based on Bahari’s book about the incident Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival, hits theaters this November ... Discuss