Woman Opens Professional Cuddling Shop, Struggles to Keep Up with Demand

Photo: Cuddle Up to Me

Photo: Cuddle Up to Me

via Oddity Central:

This Oregon woman is paying her bills by cuddling with people all day. It might not sound like much of a career choice, but believe it or not, Samantha Hess is making a decent living out of hugging. Within a week of opening her store – ‘Cuddle Up To Me’ – she has already gotten requests from a whopping 10,000 customers!

Samantha charges her clients (who must be above 18 years of age) $1 per minute of cuddling in one of four themed rooms at her store. She also provides remote services by travelling to locations of her clients’ choice. She calls it a method of self-taught therapy through which she helps people feel loved and get comfortable with the physical touch. The snuggles are strictly platonic, of course, and she signs an agreement with her customers to be clean, courteous and to keep their clothes on at all times.

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Five ways Sesame Street changed the world

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By Todd VanDerWerff via Vox:

How many TV shows have changed the world?

The list is short. Indeed, you could probably count it on your two hands (and, okay, maybe a couple of toes). But somewhere on that list, you essentially have to have Sesame Street, the educational stalwart that turns 45 this month.

The show began on National Educational Television, then transitioned seamlessly when NET became the still existent PBS. And its artistic importance to children’s television cannot be overstated. It codified and created many of the ideas about how TV could be used to teach kids that we still use today. But its influence went well beyond that. By becoming such a bedrock of educational television, Sesame Street changed the country — and eventually the world.

Don’t believe me? Here are five good reasons.

1) Sesame Street invented children’s programming as we understand it — and changed adult programming too

2) Sesame Street solidified the place of PBS — which helped kick off the TV drama revolution

3) The show focused on the education of preschool children, which wasn’t a given at the time

4) Sesame Street helped television diversify

5) It became a shining example of the United States’s soft power

Go here to read Todd VanDerWerff’s entire argument: http://www.vox.com/2014/11/17/7228353/sesame-street-changed-world

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The Peer-Review Scam

In the world of academic journals, peer review of submissions is the gold-standard. However, all that glitters in academe is apparently not gold as this report in Nature reveals:

Most journal editors know how much effort it takes to persuade busy researchers to review a paper. That is why the editor of The Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry was puzzled by the reviews for manuscripts by one author — Hyung-In Moon, a medicinal-plant researcher then at Dongguk University in Gyeongju, South Korea.

The reviews themselves were not remarkable: mostly favourable, with some suggestions about how to improve the papers. What was unusual was how quickly they were completed — often within 24 hours. The turnaround was a little too fast, and Claudiu Supuran, the journal’s editor-in-chief, started to

In 2012, he confronted Moon, who readily admitted that the reviews had come in so quickly because he had written many of them himself.

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Here’s What Your Eyes Look Like When You Take Different Drugs

via Vice:

Eyes are the window to your soul, and that doesn’t stop being true no matter how many illegal substances you consume on a night out. But can your eyes really tell when you’re actually on something? From pupils the size of a needlepoint to huge black holes with barely visible irises, we snapped our way through Berlin’s nightclubs to see if people’s eyeballs could tell us the night’s story. How much does the size of your pupils actually have to do with the substances you’ve taken?

The stuff in drugs that makes you relaxed, happy or just really awake not only manipulates the neurotransmitters in your brain, but can also affect physiological processes in your body. This includes the muscles in your eyes that are responsible for making your pupils bigger (to let in more light, for example), or smaller.

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To see more eyes and read more, go here: http://www.vice.com/read/can-you-tell-what-drugs-someones-on-just-by-looking-at-their-eyes-876

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Avoiding the Hell That is Black Friday?

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If you’re avoiding the hell-storm that is Black Friday, you can sit back with some of Disinformation’s films.

We are offering all of our downloadable films for 25% off. This means you can download most of our films for only $7.50. The sale is good until Tuesday (December 2).

Use the code “cyber15″ to get 25% off downloads when checking out! 

Below is the list of titles we have available. Click on the respective links to check ‘em out.

BONUS: cyber15 will also get you 40% off everything except for apparel in our store.


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Mobilize

MOBILIZE is an explosive investigative documentary that explores the potential long-term health effects from cell phone radiation, including brain cancer and infertility.

To get the DVD, go here.

Greedy Lying Bastards

GREEDY LYING BASTARDS investigates the reason behind stalled efforts to tackle climate change despite consensus in the scientific community that it is not only a reality but also a growing problem that is placing us on the brink of disaster.… Read the rest

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Ferguson Protesters Call for Boycott of Black Friday

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Isha Aran writes at Jezebel:

In the wake of the grand jury decision not to charge Officer Darren Wilson in the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown, activists are encouraging black consumers to turn to economic activism and boycott the busiest shopping day of the year.

Under the title “No Justice, No Profit,” the boycott aims to capitalize on the purchasing power of the black community, which Al Jazeera points out is about $1 trillion, and prove, in a language businesses will understand—money—that injustice doesn’t come without consequence.

Dacia Polk of the Justice for Michael Brown Leadership Coalition explained the boycott to St. Louis Public Radio, saying:

“There will be no business as usual while those who are supposed to protect and serve us,” she said. “Until this nation begins to place value on black lives, there will be no value placed on this business because black lives matter.”

Of course, activists are not boycotting all businesses—they are encouraging shoppers to spend their money and support local, black-owned businesses in lieu of retail giants.

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Teasing Away the Threads: (Non) Insights on Gnosis from a Cyborg

A typical day jacked into the net. Image by Android Jones for Tipper’s ‘Forward Escape’ album.

A typical day jacked into the net. Image by Android Jones for Tipper’s ‘Forward Escape’ album.

via Reality Sandwich:

With the intriguing confluence of friends that have – quite literally – sat on my couch as of late, and those who I correspond with mostly (for now) online, I felt compelled to share my own process with the elusive note of spiritual gnosis. Admittedly this is a novice’s tale, but bear with me. In the overlapping concentric circles of Reality Sandwich mag, Disinfo, and the Twitter network that I’ve come to know through managing this site’s social media, I’ve come to feel out a sense of gnosis within the psychedelic and visionary art community. Thinking about it, Visionary Art, often bright, vibrant, aesthetically arresting and (or) jarring, splits open our steady chiming away by the clock-filled day and takes us elsewhere.

These days, such listless compulsions into altered states are as frequent as the times we pull out our cell phones.

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Stuck in a Food Coma? Relax With Some of Disinformation’s Documentaries

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We are offering all of our downloadable films for 25% off. This means you can download most of our films for only $7.50. The sale is good until Tuesday (December 2).

Use the code “cyber15″ to get 25% off downloads when checking out! 

Below is the list of titles we have available. Click on the respective links to check ‘em out.

BONUS: cyber15 will also get you 40% off everything except for apparel in our store.


disinfo-shop-email

Mobilize

MOBILIZE is an explosive investigative documentary that explores the potential long-term health effects from cell phone radiation, including brain cancer and infertility.

To get the DVD, go here.

Greedy Lying Bastards

GREEDY LYING BASTARDS investigates the reason behind stalled efforts to tackle climate change despite consensus in the scientific community that it is not only a reality but also a growing problem that is placing us on the brink of disaster.

To get the DVD, go here.… Read the rest

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How Ross Perot Saved the World’s First Electronic Computer

ENIAC panels on display at the Smithsonian.

ENIAC panels on display at the Smithsonian.

via Gizmodo:

Ross Perot is a collector. He once bought a copy of the Magna Carta in 1984. But more intriguingly, he also bought and resurrected ENIAC, the world’s first electronic computer.

ENIAC stands for the “Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer” and was conceived of during World War II to help calculate the arched paths of artillery bullets. It is an absolutely massive machine weighing in at 27 tons and occupying 1,800 square feet when fully assembled.Construction began in 1943, but by the time it was finished in 1945, the war was over. The Army kept a tight lid on things at first. Even the maintenance manual (below) remained classified until 1946. So what did the United States Army do with this marvel of technology? They used it to design the first hydrogen bomb. Then, in 1955, they threw the thing away.

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Why I Hate Thanksgiving

What’s your take on Thanksgiving, American disinfonauts? Do you love all that overeating and American Football on TV, not to mention time spent with family? Mitchel Cohen (writer, activist, poet, former chair WBAI-FM Local Board (2008-2012), Brooklyn Greens, Red Balloon Collective, rabble rouser) isn’t buying into the wholesome American holiday and he explains exactly why not at his blog:

On Thanksgiving morning 2003, George W. Bush showed up in Iraq before sunrise for a photo-op, wearing an Army workout jacket and surrounded by soldiers. He cradled a platter with what appeared to be a golden-brown turkey. Washington Post reporter Mike Allen wrote that “the bird looks perfect, with bunches of grapes and other trimmings completing a Norman Rockwell image that evokes bounty and security in one of the most dangerous parts of the world.”

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As the world was soon to learn (but quickly forgot), the turkey platter was a phony, a plastic decoration that Bush posed with for the cameras.

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