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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced on Monday that it had approved a payment of between $30 million and $35 million to an unnamed individual who lives in a foreign country, for providing information that helped federal authorities “detect an ongoing fraud.” — from the NY Times. Two pieces of information censored in this news release: the name of the whistle-blower, and the fraud involved. To protect the whistle-blower for their good deed, we won’t speculate his or her...
Posted: September 23, 2014, 2:37 am
A dental hygienist in Phoenix was puzzled when she noticed some of her patients’ teeth were riddled with little blue dots. Those little dots turned out to be a plastic known as polyethylene. The plastic was getting caught between their gums and teeth, increasing the chance of gum disease. Most of the patients were brushing with some form of Crest toothpaste. Once the story broke out, Crest announced it will no longer mix the little plastic balls into its toothpaste....
Posted: September 21, 2014, 10:58 pm
In 2008, NASA began monitoring the collapse of the thermosphere, a layer of thin gas high above Earth’s surface where the atmosphere meets space. “This is the biggest contraction of the thermosphere in at least 43 years,” says John Emmert of the Naval Research Lab, lead author of a paper announcing the finding in the June 19th 2010 issue of the Geophysical Research Letters (GRL). “It’s a Space Age record.” The collapse was huge, two to three times greater than...
Posted: September 21, 2014, 1:52 am
A report on the top 50 worst charities has been released, by CNN and Tampa Bay Times. The worst charity, Kids Wish Network, donates less than 3 cents of every dollar raised towards its cause. The worst charities are ranked in the following order, first being the worst: Rank Charity name 1 Kids Wish Network 2 Cancer Fund of America 3 Children’s Wish Foundation International 4 American Breast Cancer Foundation 5 Firefighters Charitable Foundation 6 Breast Cancer Relief Foundation...
Posted: September 16, 2014, 3:04 am
Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer has been found to contain an ingredient that suffocates human cells in a laboratory, according to news published in Scientific American. Polyethoxylated tallowamine, or POEA, is labeled as an “inert” ingredient, but studies prove it more deadly to human embryonic, placental, and umbilical cord cells than the active herbicide ingredient in Roundup itself. POEA’s lethality was discovered in Japan in the 1980s, when doctors examined patients who drank Roundup, either intentionally or accidentally, and determined...
Posted: September 14, 2014, 8:40 pm
Posted: October 22, 2014, 11:30 am
Via Midwest Real
“In the first half of the 20th century, the prevailing idea was that humans could be masters of nature and the universe. We thought that human power was unlimited. We thought- ‘we can change rivers, we can move mountains,’ we can actually conquer nature. Then sometime in the second half of the 20th century, we made the realization that the relationship between nature and humans is actually much more complex than that.” -Dr. Michael Nosonovsky.
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If you love technology, congratulations! You’re living in what is, without a doubt, the most exciting time for it in human history. We’ve got self-driving cars, Oculus Rift, ubiquitous pocket-dwelling supercomputers and giant televisions in nearly every home. It’s almost enough to make you forget about ISIS, Ebola, killer asteroids and climate disaster.
So let’s dampen the fear mongering feedback loop a bit further by jumping the technological brainwashing (I use that phrase with great affection) up a few notches.… Read the rest
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Posted: October 22, 2014, 1:30 am
It’s one of those so-called facts that everyone knows: Bram Stoker’s character Count Dracula was loosely based on Vlad the Impaler. But while there’s no doubt that Stoker took the name from Vlad III’s patronymic, it’s doubtful that the Impaler was actually the basis for the famous vampire.
Who Made The Vlad-Dracula Connection?
It certainly makes sense that scholars and other readers have connected Count Dracula with the Wallachian warlord Vlad III, nicknamed “Vlad Tepes” or, in English, “Vlad the Impaler.” After all, Vlad III was a member of the House of Drăculești, and is one of a handful of historical figures whose title is rendered as “Voivode Dracula” in English-language texts. And the fictional Dracula does share one key biographical detail with his historical namesake: they both fought against the Turks during their mortal lives. But how did these two connections turn Vlad III into the supposed basis for Count Dracula?
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Posted: October 22, 2014, 12:30 am
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via The Daily Beast:
Rockefeller, Carnegie, J.P. Morgan: This country used to produce impressive if immoral captains of industry. Now we’re stuck with unrefined geeks like Mark Zuckerberg.
I fear for America. We’re not making Robber Barons like we used to.
We’re making Robber Nerds. Picture Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, Jeff Bezos, and Larry Page as real (instead of virtual) robbers—coming out of a dark alley and demanding your wallet. You’d take theirs. (And stomp on their Google glasshole eyewear.) Sergey Brin? Him, maybe, I can see as a gonif. But what kind of thug goes around saying, “Don’t be evil”? And Mark Zuckerberg? The alley cat and her kittens would have mugged him already.
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Posted: October 21, 2014, 11:30 pm
Posted: October 21, 2014, 10:00 pm