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Anonymous tweets the name of the officer in Ferguson who shot unarmed teen

Four days of protests probably could have been shortened or even avoided if the city had reacted the way New York did after Eric Gardner's death at the hands of the police. Trying to hide the identity of the officer only inflamed an already incendiary situation.

Anonymous has been very busy with regards to this case: Anonymous hacks Ferguson, Mo., police site for dispatch tapes

Something else you might be interested in: Ferguson, Missouri: Video of unprovoked police attack on peaceful demonstrators
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Gun Shy: What happened to the Second Amendment at the U.S. Supreme Court this year?

ABA: Lawyers can scour jurors' social media sites -- Yet another reason I won't be migrating to Facebook. It's bad enough (actually probably worse) that employers can demand your social media account particulars.

Christian radio host in Michigan busted in child sex probe, feds say -- "[Balyo] was cuffed while working at a Christian music festival in Gaylord on Friday." It's all about the cover story.

Time-traveling photons connect general relativity to quantum mechanics

Death to high school English: My college students don't understand commas, far less how to write an essay. Is it time to rethink how we teach? -- This article is so true. I read essays written by schoolchildren for a living. The general level of grammatical readiness is atrocious.

Artistic food deemed tastier, scientists and chef show -- "Participants were also willing to pay more for the Kandinsky-inspired plating[.]"
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Jameis Winston still under fire for rape allegation

Deputies: Man smothered crying son over video game

Teen suspended for asking Miss America to prom

A Browser Extension That Replaces "Literally" With "Figuratively" -- "Built by a programmer named Mike Walker, it's an extension for Google's Chrome browser that replaces the word 'literally' with
'figuratively' on sites and articles across the Web, with deeply gratifying results."
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Mississippi high court halts woman's execution, orders a new trial -- Her son has repeatedly confessed to the killing.

Police chief: Officer shoving woman is concerning | Riot Cop Absolutely Levels an Unsuspecting Girl at Arizona State -- The video at the second link is shocking. I don't know what's going on in Albuquerque these days.

Heir's sentence raises questions in child rape case -- Affluenza strikes again. How does a man who admits to sexually assaulting a 3- to 5-year-old end up with probation? It helps if you're due to inherit millions, if not billions.

The Tin Ear of the #CancelColbert Brigades -- I presented pretty much the same argument when I was a student at Grinnell, when the campus became embroiled in a controversy regarding the campus' satirical rag. The argument is even more cogent in Colbert's regard, as he was in character when he made his remarks.

Chernobyl Trees Barely Decomposed, Study Finds

Life-and-Death Gunshot Victims to Be Frozen in Suspended Animation to Save Lives
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Off to deliver presents! Hope I don't get shot going down strangers' chimneys. Just kidding. I'm white! -- Santa


Dec. 15th, 2013 12:37 pm
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So I was webcrawling & came across this article at PBS about prison wine. Apparently some inmates sickened themselves by way of botulism from a potato.

So the PBS story reads, "Pruno, or 'prison wine' is an alcoholic liquid made from apples, oranges, fruit cocktail, ketchup, sugar, milk, and possibly other ingredients, including crumbled bread to ferment the beverage."

Eventually, I look up "pruno" & visit the Wikipedia page (because you knew there had to be one). It reads, "Pruno, or prison wine, is an alcoholic liquid variously made from apples, oranges, fruit cocktail, ketchup, sugar, milk, and possibly other ingredients, including crumbled bread. Bread supposedly provides the yeast for the pruno to ferment."

That's inching awfully close to Rand Paul levels of lifting, PBS. Skirt back.

(By the way: want to learn more about pruno? Visit this lovely feature. [[profile] fizzyland, the style & tone of the article are just up your alley.])
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Cyber self-harm: Why do people troll themselves online? -- "9% [of students] had anonymously cyberbullied themselves."

Love hormone 'helps autistic brain' -- oxytocin

Sounds are sound among dyslexics, but access may lag, study finds -- "[T]he white matter tracts connecting the phoneme area to a part of the brain that contains the Broca's area, which regulates the conversion of language to speech, was weaker for the dyslexics as a group[.]"

Women With Big Butts Are Smarter And Resistant To Chronic Illnesses -- I like big butts & I can't deny.

Healthier Diets Cost About $550 More Per Year Than Unhealthy Options -- This is a real issue. I spend my food-stamp dollars on nutritious food. This means I have less per month for food bulk. I buy few canned goods but instead invest in fresh food, which is liable to spoil. It's better for me but more likely to rot. What do you think most families will do? They will attempt to stretch their food dollar (which, apparently, to me is a luxury). This is one of the factors making it difficult for low-income youths to catch up with their more-monied counterparts. (Let's not even get into how hunger affects attention spans for school-aged children, shall we?)

Marijuana Use Puts Men At Risk of "Moobs", Plastic Surgeon -- From what I understand, one plastic surgeon came to this conclusion after examining the data. I would like more voices on this subject; an actual experiment designed to detect this would be the best. The bestest, even.

MIT Devise World's Toughest Tongue Twister to Link Speech Errors to Brain -- "Pad kid poured curd pulled cod"? That is not difficult to me in the least. Do the volunteers have a stopwatch where they need to say the phrase in a certain amount of time? Do you, any of my followers, have difficulty?

1.34-million-year-old human ancestor had 'massive' arm bones for climbing trees -- Paranthropus boisei
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Him: Alcoholism is not a disease. Diseases are caused by bacterial infections. If it were it could be cured with some penicillin. Alcoholism is a character weakness, it can only be "cured" by strengthening your character. It is a Liberal way of passing the blame for your own shortcomings on to anything but yourself.

Me: Tell that to the AMA.

"Alcoholism or alcohol dependence is defined by the American Medical Association (AMA) as 'a primary, chronic disease with genetic, psychosocial, and environmental factors influencing its development and manifestations.'"

You might want to do some research before spouting ignorance for all to see.

Me: I happen to be afflicted by Graves' disease. It is incurable. Many diseases are incurable. Additionally, it is not caused by bacteria. Myriad diseases are caused by things other than bacteria. (Ever hear of viruses?)

Your definition is flawed to the nth degree.

Him: Viruses are not actually diseases. Ever hear of the flu or a common cold being called a disease? Or a food allergy being called a disease? My definition is definitely not flawed.

Me: Yes, it is! Just go read a biology textbook.

HIV/AIDS not a disease. IBS not a disease. Lupus not a disease. Ebola not a disease. Please.

Again, take your argument up with the AMA.

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How do you deal with someone who claims that only bacteria cause disease? I mean, how do you even start?


Oct. 10th, 2013 07:36 pm
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When I was in college, I headed two hours of radio time. The music was eclectic & when I tried to describe it on the air, I would call much of it "my father's music". My dad's musical taste is certainly instilled in me.

One album I used to listen to all the time growing up was Brasil 88 by Sergio Mendes. In particular, the second song of the first side (it was an LP, of course) captivated me. If you ever get a chance to listen to "Waters of March" by Mendes, don't pass it up.

Not that I have any money for such frivolous purchases at the moment, I decided to look up the album on Amazon anyway. The CD (imported) is selling for $74--used. It's nearly $100 new.

Guess I won't be hearing that song any time soon.
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Popular Science silences its comments section -- In contrast to the brouhaha over at Huffington Post, this move is one with which I agree. HP's entire model is driven by comments; at the same time, certain things, like scientific fact, are not up for debate.

New baby smell creates 'very strong' bond in mom's brain, study finds | more -- The scent apparently stimulates the caudate nucleus in the brain's reward center. Yes, you heard right: baby pheromones.
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Cheerleader pleads guilty to prostituting girl -- This is despicable. Minors should not be coerced into the life.

CBS Houston blogger: Is this NBA cheerleader 'too chunky'? -- That's just vile (made even more so as the author of the article is female).

The Best Map Ever Made of America's Racial Segregation -- "Drawing on data from the 2010 U.S. Census, it shows one dot per person, color-coded by race. That's 308,745,538 dots in all--around 7 GB of visual data. It isn't the first map to show the country's ethnic distribution, nor is it the first to show every single citizen, but it is the first to do both, making it the most comprehensive map of race in America ever created."

Earth life 'may have come from Mars' -- "It is thought that the boron minerals needed to form RNA from pre-biotic soups were not available on early Earth in sufficient quantity, and the molybdenum minerals were not available in the correct chemical form."

Vancouver woman steals bike back after seeing ad for it on Craigslist

Shell-shock: Maine lobsterman finds two-tone crustacean
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Logging into Google News this morning, I discovered a featured video in the upper-right hand corner from CNN that Huffington Post was eliminating pseudonyms for users. I spent the majority of my day watching videos, reading articles from places off-site & going through as many of the comments over at HP about the impending change.

The funny thing about that last bit: it seems that HP, in its infinite wisdom, decided not to unveil this change directly to its users but instead linked to the CNN story about the policy change. The timeline of the rollout of the news was that Arianna Huffington made some mention about the switch on Wednesday & the managing editor made his appearance on CNN Friday (what some are calling a Friday-night news dump). HP included the story on its website not in a prominent fashion but instead let it drift off the main page & now it is warehoused in a sidebar in a low-traffic section. You can imagine the response the HP community has had to this.

It goes without saying that, if they implement this change, I will be deleting my account. Not that I was using the platform much anyway since this spring, but I have spent a lot of time & energy keeping my online & offline identities separate (as much as possible, anyway). For me, privacy concerns trump everything else. For others at HP, they pointed out that current & future employers would be able to pull up their comments & perhaps deny them employment; also, unbalanced persons might be better able to cull personal information & stalk someone, or worse.

At this point, about 14K comments have attached to the main discussion thread at HP. It'll be interesting if an official announcement is released when Monday morning breaks.


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