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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Trigger Warning: College Kids Are Human Veal - The Daily Beast

But really, what the fuck is wrong with kids these days and, more important, the supposed adults who look after them? They act as if they are raising human veal that cannot even stand on their own legs or face the sunlight without having their eyeballs burned out and their hearts broken by a single deep breath or uncomfortable moment. I’m just waiting for stories of college deans carrying students from class to class on their backs.

via www.thedailybeast.com

Trigger warning-- there's a bad word.

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An eyewitness account of the deadly avalanche on Everest

At 11:53 a.m, some 250 km from Filippi’s tent, the earth began shifting by an estimated three metres. Tremors rippled through the Nepalese countryside, toppling temples and buildings in Kathmandu and leaving more than 5,000 confirmed dead in the villages, valleys and streets below. Filippi was awaiting lunch 5,270 m above sea level when the ground started to shake beneath his tent. Scurrying out into the snow, he heard the sound of an avalanche tumbling toward base camp from the slopes of Pumori, which rises above from the west. A massive cloud was quickly moving toward the camp. An ice ridge had given way and all he could see was snow and ice rolling in his direction.

via www.macleans.ca

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The Dangerous Doctrine of Dignity in Obergefell v. Hodges - The Atlantic

If the Supreme Court strikes down same-sex marriage bans, it may well do so on the grounds that they violate the dignity of gay couples. And although proponents of marriage equality may cheer a decision along these lines when it is delivered, the expansion of the constitutional right to dignity may produce far-reaching consequences that they will later have cause to regret.

via www.theatlantic.com

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Scientists Create 'Ghosts' in the Lab by Tricking the Brain - NBC News

Neuroscientists have succeeded in creating "ghosts" in the laboratory by tricking the brains of test subjects into feeling an unexpected "presence" in the room.

via www.nbcnews.com

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Is yoga a religion? | San Diego Reader

Broadly, there are two definitions of yoga: (1) an ascetic Hindu discipline leading to spiritual insight, and (2) a system of stretching exercises that promotes good health and control of the mind. The first definition ties yoga to religion; the second does not.

via www.sandiegoreader.com

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Bats use a super sense of touch to fly with precision - The Washington Post

According to the study, a unique array of sensory receptors that cover the animals' wings give them constant feedback on changes in airflow. When the researchers stimulated the tiny hairs on their wings with puffs of air, they saw immediate responses in their sensory cortex.

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What is it like to be a bat? We can't know.

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Why I killed Jeffrey Dahmer | New York Post

Christopher Scarver — who fatally beat the serial killer and another inmate in 1994 — said he grew to despise Dahmer because he would fashion severed limbs out of prison food to taunt the other inmates.

He’d drizzle on packets of ketchup as blood.

It was very unnerving.

via nypost.com

Sound pretty unnerving alright.

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Is there anything to hate about San Diego? | San Diego Reader

A childhood friend of mine from Chicago recently admitted that she unfollowed my Facebook feed.

“In February Chicago had its coldest month on record since 1875! We froze our asses off. Looking at pictures of you frolicking on the beach while I am forced to shovel out a parking space just so I can park my car in front of my building, was infuriating,” Julie explained.

In an attempt to appease her, I tried pointing out some of San Diego’s flaws. But here’s the thing: there isn’t much to complain about.

via www.sandiegoreader.com

There are a few things but nobody wants to hear them.

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Iran's Zarif Says Congress Can’t Stop Obama - Bloomberg View

If Iran strikes a deal with the West, all sanctions will be lifted very quickly and there’s nothing the U.S. Congress can do to stop it, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told a New York audience Wednesday.

via www.bloombergview.com

No doubt to a warm reception.

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Excusing Riots, Enabling Injustice | RealClearPolitics

The riots in Baltimore following the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray in police custody have reignited the debate about law enforcement and race relations. It should be a no-brainer that one can deplore police abuse (as more and more conservatives are doing, thanks partly to libertarian influence) and also condemn rioting and looting (as the vast majority of liberals have done, including President Obama). But along with the voices of reason and compassion, there are those living down to the worst political stereotypes: right-wingers who stoop to race-baiting and shrug off police brutality; leftists who pander to racial grievance and condone mob violence in the name of social justice.

The divisions are sharpened by the fact that the underlying issues are genuinely complex. Unjustified police violence and police impunity are very real problems. At the same time, special treatment of police defendants is not simply (sorry, libertarians!) blind deference to state authority; it is part of a social contract in which we citizens deputize the cops to stand between us and the bad guys. The same communities that chafe at police mistreatment also clamor for protection from crime, from which they usually suffer the most.

via www.realclearpolitics.com

Complex is the euphemism for insoluable.

You sometimes hear "We created this problem! We can fix it!" But in truth, it's possible to screw things up so badly no one can fix them. I've done that a few times meself.

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