Comedy veterans and co-creators Penn Jillette and Paul Provenza capitalize on their insider status and invite over 100 of their closest friends–who happen to be some of the biggest names in entertainment, from George Carlin, Whoopi Goldberg and Drew Carey to Gilbert Gottfried, Bob Saget, Paul Reiser and Sarah Silverman–to reminisce, analyze, deconstruct and deliver their own versions of the world’s dirtiest joke, an old burlesque too extreme to be performed in public, called “The Aristocrats.”
… Read the restNo amount of murder seems likely to result in gun control any time soon. So let’s do what we can to stop the lunacy—by reserving the limelight for the vet who rushed Thursday’s shooter.
Forget the 26-year-old zero who murdered 10 innocents at Umpqua Community College on Thursday morning.
The one to remember is 30-year-old Chris Mintz, the student and Army vet who was shot at least five times while charging straight at the gunman in an effort to save others.
Mintz did so on the sixth birthday of his son, Tyrik.
“It’s my son’s birthday, it’s my son’s birthday,” he was heard saying as he lay wounded.
When word of Mintz’s heroism reached his kin in his native North Carolina, his cousin Derek Bourgeois was hardly surprised.
The future is a scary place; Sputnik reports on weapons that will change the geophysical landscape and alter human DNA:
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Future wars will have much more devastating weapons than airstrikes, tanks and even nuclear weapons. Russia’s Ministry of Emergency Situations warned about new threats, including geophysical and genetic weapons that could pose threats to Russia’s well-being in the future.
Future weapons will be based on energy, electromagnetic, radiological, geophysical and genetic principles. There will also be special information weapons to change people’s perception, completely changing their mind, the Ministry said.
Geophysical weapons that can alter the weather were already talked about in the past. People even wondered whether some hurricanes and earthquakes were “natural” disasters, speculating that it was possible to alter the climate and set off earthquakes using electromagnetic fields.
These deadly weapons of the future will target main control centers, essential facilities, technology, infrastructure and population.
Future weapons will disrupt the physical processes that occur on the Earth and change people’s DNA, causing genetic mutations and diseases.
Tarantino talks about some of his inspiring heroes.
In this day and age of advanced science and technology, it is always shocking to hear an alleged educator spewing idiotic medieval nonsense.
But when has that ever stopped anyone? You guessed it, never.
Since I’m clearly a cock-eyed optimist I say: when life hands you lemons make some badass totally metal lemonade.
According to Anything Left Handed this kid is now The Most Metal Kid in School:
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We had an email recently from Club Member Mary that rather shocked us. She said…
“I am very disturbed by a news report of a 4 year old being forced to write with his right hand. This thought process is archaic.
Be outraged for this child. I guess some Oklahoma educators are still using 1815 methods regarding left-handed people. Hopefully, this will not cause him to have academic problems.
Herbert Lui writes at Medium:
The key to building momentum, reigning in your ego, and hitting your creative potential.
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Taking yourself too seriously causes paralysis
Taking yourself seriously is good. A lot of people are too laid back and don’t think, or execute, as much as they should.
But taking yourself too seriously can become an overwhelming obsession. You get so self-centered that your ego gets the best of you.
Writer’s block is an example of this. In his conversation with Tim Ferriss (6:10), author Neil Strauss says that writer’s block is self-imposed pressure. For example, if you’re about to write an essay and you believe it has to be a masterpiece — the best thing you’ve ever written — you tie your ego to it. You build the expectation up inside your head. You’ve intimidated yourself so much that you can’t even get started.
This article originally appeared on MindHacks.com.
An Alfred Hitchcock film helped to prove one patient had been conscious while in a coma-like state for 16 years. The discovery shows that neuroscience may still have lots to learn from the ancient art of storytelling, says Tom Stafford.
If brain injury steals your consciousness then you are in a coma: we all know that. What is less well known is that there exist neighbouring states to the coma, in which victims keep their eyes open, but show no signs of consciousness. The vegetative state, or ‘unresponsive wakefulness syndrome’, is one in which the patient may appear to be awake, and even goes to sleep at times, but otherwise shows no reaction to the world. Patients who do inconsistently respond, such as by flinching when their name is called, or following a bright object with their eyes, are classified as in a ‘minimally conscious state’.… Read the rest
An art installation and talk by Bonnie Camplin at the South London Gallery examined the notorious Military Industrial Complex and brings in a plethora of conspiracy theories along the way:
This live work by Bonnie Camplin took the form of a study room exploring what ‘consensus reality’ is and how it is formed. Drawing from an interdisciplinary array of materials and theories, from physics to philosophy, psychology, witchcraft, quantum theory and warfare, The Military Industrial Complex examined the anxieties caused by the categorisation of lived experiences as valid or deviant, questioning how the actual locus of madness is located and identified.
Cosmetic surgery for pets is growing in South Korea with procedures for tail shortening, ear trimming, stretch mark removal, wrinkle removal, double eyelid removal, and botox injections on the rise.
Sumitra via Oddity Central:
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Move over, humans, it seems animals need makeovers too. It’s all the rage in South Korea right now as pet owners are actually paying for cosmetic surgery for their furry companions!
Some of the popular procedures include tail shortening and ear trimming for dogs, to make them ‘cute’ with pointy ears. Fat reduction is another popular surgery, along with stretch marks removal, wrinkle smoothing, double eyelid removal and even botox injections. These procedures start from $60 and ostensibly run into the thousands.
It’s not entirely surprising, given that South Korea is the plastic surgery capital of the world. This is the place wheretourists become unrecognisable to the extent that they need special doctor certificates to return to their native lands after having work done on their faces.
Some scientists are saying that a record-setting area of cold water in the North Atlantic, revealed by recent National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data, could be a sign that climate change is causing the ocean current to weaken.
This trend could have dramatic consequences, including the alteration of temperatures on the European and North American continents.
Washington Post reporter Chris Mooney highlighted the thesis on Thursday, pointing out a cold blob in the ocean south of Greenland and Iceland. While NOAA’s findings that 2015 has so far seen the hottest eight month stretch in recorded history were widely publicized, the North Atlantic cold spot is lesser known. It is seen below in the dark hue denoting “record coldest” temperatures.
Deke Arndt, chief of the climate monitoring branch at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, confirmed to Mooney that the cold temperatures are not a fluke, stating: “For the grid boxes in darkest blue, they had their coldest Jan-Aug on record, and in order for a grid box to be ‘eligible’ for that map, it needs at least 80 years of Jan-Aug values on the record.”
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