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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Candy Crush injury suggests gaming is great for pain | UTSanDiego.com

A Pacific Beach resident and former Navy man played a cellphone game called Candy Crush so relentlessly that he tore a tendon in his thumb.

Although the injury sounds painful, he said he didn’t notice it – even though it took six to eight weeks to develop.

Naval Medical Center San Diego researchers hypothesize it was the video game itself, acting as a digital painkiller, that took the pain away.

via www.utsandiego.com

PB gets all kinds.

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Person killed during gas station robbery in Clairemont | UTSanDiego.com

— A customer who stopped to get a light for his cigarette at a Clairemont Arco gas station was fatally shot early Thursday morning by a masked gunman who robbed the convenience store, San Diego police said.

via www.utsandiego.com

Guns don't kill people; cigarettes kill people.

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For Better Or Worse, Clinton Is Likely Stuck Running For Obama’s Third Term | FiveThirtyEight

But all that debate and posturing are largely academic. Clinton is already tied to Obama and is likely to remain so. Remember when Clinton was Obama’s secretary of state and her favorable ratings ran well ahead of his? That isn’t the case anymore. Check out this chart of YouGov data since the beginning of 2013:

via fivethirtyeight.com

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Scientists finally figure out what makes your knuckles crack - The Washington Post

GOOD NEWS. Scientists think they know what makes knuckles crack. I know, right? How did we not know that already? It turns out the subject has actually been a topic of debate for more than half a century. In a study published Wednesday in PLOS, researchers report that they finally just threw those ivory ticklers into an MRI to see what was going on. They still have to confirm their findings, but they believe the sound that we hear when cracking knuckle joints is caused by the formation of a bubble in joint fluid.

via www.washingtonpost.com

I thought it was more profound than that.

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Paul Krugman claims “there basically aren’t any libertarians” - The Washington Post

In a recent post , famed economist Paul Krugman claims that “there basically aren’t any libertarians” out there because public opinion breaks down neatly along a liberal-conservative spectrum where almost everyone who favors government intervention in the economy is a social liberal and almost everyone who is skeptical of it is a social conservative. But Krugman cites no data to support his conclusion. And, in fact, extensive survey data contradicts it.

via www.washingtonpost.com

It's a full time job, checking up on Krugman.

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Women are better at DIY (in chimps at least): Female primates can master and use tools more easily than males | Daily Mail Online

When it comes to DIY stereotypes suggest that men are more adept than women.

via www.dailymail.co.uk

So then why do they make us do it?

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Could Taking Acetaminophen Dull Your Happiness? - US News

WEDNESDAY, April 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Acetaminophen, the painkiller best known to Americans as Tylenol, may do more than simply dull pain -- it may also dull happy or sad emotions, new research finds.

via health.usnews.com

I never trusted that stuff. What about ibuprophen?

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Professor explains whether cat is going up or down stairs - CNET

For the last 48 hours, the world has been divided between those who think the cat is going upstairs and those sure it's on its way down.

via www.cnet.com

I can't tell.

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TaxProf Blog: NY Times: Would You Let The IRS Prepare Your Taxes?

Mr. Ventry said that if return-free filing were operated nationally, tens of millions of people with simple tax situations might have to do just a few minutes of work at tax time every year. The I.R.S. would send them a tax return that had already been filled in with their financial data, and if everything looked in order, they would file it either through the mail or electronically. The return would be completely voluntary. People who disputed the I.R.S.’s calculation would be able to do their taxes the old-fashioned way. Tens of millions of additional taxpayers with more complex returns would be able to save time by downloading all the financial information that the government has collected about them during the year. You would be able to do your return without hunting for every stray W2 or 1099 in your household. “It can help all 145 million taxpayers,” Mr. Ventry said.

But Intuit’s opposition to return-free filing has been ferocious. In the last five years, according to disclosure documents, Intuit spent nearly $13 million on federal lobbying. That is about the same amount that companies many times its size have spent on lobbying. Apple, which has an annual income about 40 times that of Intuit, also spent about $13 million on lobbying in the same period. While documents show that Intuit lobbies on several issues, including immigration, cybersecurity and intellectual property law, the company’s largest lobbying contracts all involve the issue of tax administration.

via taxprof.typepad.com

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about this story is how cheap it is to buy the laws you want. $13 million is a mere pittance.

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Clowns

I hate clowns.

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