Journalist Helen Andrews writes about people who’ve been targets of global social media shame storms. She writes from experience, as the target of one such storm herself.
An unelected council of a few dozen Facebook employees decides what more than 2 billion people are allowed to share. Facebook “has quietly become, with a speed that makes even employees uncomfortable, what is arguably one of the world’s most powerful political regulators.” Max Fisher investigates in depth at www.nytimes.com
Genius. It has a diagram so it must be true. That’s how science works, right?
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Or you can go with my thumb rule: If you’re not experiencing heart palpitations, you’re not drinking enough coffee.
plaidstallions: “I want to make fun of these people but i’m secretly envious of their comfort.”
I used to have a bathrobe like the one at the top right. It was indeed quite comfortable.
Artists take up residence in a secret room in a Providence, Rhode Island, shopping center. They only intended to stay a few days, but then they kept on going.
Suicide is an impulsive act. Half of suicide survivors report planning their deaths for less than ten minutes. States like Connecticut that have passed background check laws for handguns have seen precipitous drops in firearm suicides, and states with more lax gun laws experience higher gun mortality of all types. States that have repealed background checks for handguns saw increases in firearm suicides.
The most gun-suicidal populations are older white men and veterans. Guns are only used in a small minority of suicide attempts, but half of all successful suicides are firearm suicides.
By Cory Doctorow at boingboing.net
“Cute aggression” is the technical name for the overwhelming urge to nuzzle and play-nibble at puppies, kittens and babies. Researchers are studying it to understand how pleasure and other impulses and instincts play out in the brain.
Charming 1995 article about a New York woman’s 16-year love/hate relationship with her rent-controlled apartment. $475/mo. for a two-bedroom on Riverside Drive? Even in 1995 that’s a miracle.
WWII vet Richard Overton credited God, whiskey and cigars for his remarkable longevity. www.foxnews.com
Fund the wall in exchange for legalizing dreamers – for good. Yes. www.washingtonpost.com
The wall is a boondoggle and a symbol of cowardly xenophobia. But if this deal can help thousands or millions of Americans come out of the shadows, then it’s a good one.