Scholarslip: A documentary about the student debt crisis

Determined to speak up about America’s crumbling higher education system, three students at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism rallied the voices of an indebted generation. The trio of aspiring journalists—Alex Lancial, Tara Molina and Jake Stein— produced a documentary entitled “Scholarslip”.

h/t Sgt Doom.

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Time to Abolish Columbus Day

From the very beginning, Columbus was not on a mission of discovery but of conquest and exploitation. It is time to abolish the holiday commemorating his accomplishments. (Photo: University of Wisconsin-Madison)

From the very beginning, Columbus was not on a mission of discovery but of conquest and exploitation. It is time to abolish the holiday commemorating his accomplishments. (Photo: University of Wisconsin-Madison)

This post originally appeared on Common Dreams. See more of Bill Bigelow’s articles here.

Once again this year many schools will pause to commemorate Christopher Columbus. Given everything we know about who Columbus was and what he launched in the Americas, this needs to stop.

Columbus initiated the trans-Atlantic slave trade, in early February 1494, first sending several dozen enslaved Taínos to Spain. Columbus described those he enslaved as “well made and of very good intelligence,” and recommended to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella that taxing slave shipments could help pay for supplies needed in the Indies. A year later, Columbus intensified his efforts to enslave Indigenous people in the Caribbean. He ordered 1,600 Taínos rounded up—people whom Columbus had earlier described as “so full of love and without greed”—and had 550 of the “best males and females,” according to one witness, Michele de Cuneo, chained and sent as slaves to Spain.… Read the rest

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Many of Buddhism’s core tenets significantly overlap with findings from modern neurology and neuroscience. So how did Buddhism come close to getting the brain right?

A Buddha in the Rain
David Weisman analyzes the intersection of Buddhism and neuroscience over at Seed Magazine:

Over the last few decades many Buddhists and quite a few neuroscientists have examined Buddhism and neuroscience, with both groups reporting overlap. I’m sorry to say I have been privately dismissive. One hears this sort of thing all the time, from any religion, and I was sure in this case it would break down upon closer scrutiny. When a scientific discovery seems to support any religious teaching, you can expect members of that religion to become strict empiricists, telling themselves and the world that their belief is grounded in reality. They are always less happy to accept scientific data they feel contradicts their preconceived beliefs. No surprise here; no human likes to be wrong.

But science isn’t supposed to care about preconceived notions. Science, at least good science, tells us about the world as it is, not as some wish it to be.

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Meet Augustus Invictus, the Florida Libertarian Who Loves Paganism, Civil War, and Goat Sacrifice

Augustus Invictus. Screencap via YouTube

Augustus Invictus. Screencap via YouTube

Over at Vice, Drew Millard profiles August Invictus, the Libertarian running for Marco Rubio’s Senate seat. Invictus is so controversial that Adrian Wyllie, the chairman of Florida’s Libertarian Party, resigned after “the party’s executive committee refused to tell Augustus Invictus…that he couldn’t be a Libertarian anymore.”

Millard via Vice:

There are a few reasons why Wyllie finds Invictus such a distasteful character. “Mr. Invictus has repeatedly vowed that it is his destiny to start a second civil war in America,” Wyllie wrote in a Facebook post announcing his resignation. He continued, “He has described himself as an American Fascist… He has expressed support for a eugenics program… Many of his supporters are known members of Neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups.”

While the Florida Libertarian Party didn’t out-and-out eject Invictus from its ranks, it did issue a press release Monday condemning the Senate candidate’s views.

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End of the world plan: scientists to nudge asteroid off course as practice for protecting the Earth

Remember the old arcade game “Asteroids”? So do scientists at NASA and the ESA, who are planning to play it for real, per the Independent:

Scientists are to send two spacecraft to knock an asteroid off course, as part of a practice for what they would do if a rock was threatening the future of humanity.

The ESA's AIM watches the impact as the asteroid is knocked off course ESA -

The ESA’s AIM watches the impact as the asteroid is knocked off course ESA –


The joint US-European Aida (Asteroid Impact & Deflection Assessment) mission will send a small spacecraft to crash into the egg-shaped rock, known as Didymoon. That asteroid doesn’t pose any threat to us — and is far too small to do so — but the mission will be important test for whether our plans would work if we do eventually come at risk of civilisation being wiped out by a space rock.

The missions are set to be launched in October 2020.

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The Children Who Went Up In Smoke


Billboard about the Sodder children, who went missing on Christmas Eve, 1945. From

So, I was up late last night reading Reddit threads about creepy unsolved mysteries. I do this routinely, usually on nights where I need to actually wake up at a decent hour in the morning. (Sometimes I end up reading about solved crime stories or watching disturbing and disconcerting videos. Ya know, anything that makes me run to the bathroom while flicking all the lights on.) This weird routine of mine typically results in me watching Archer reruns while attempting to smother away my now paranoid and overactive imagination.

Anyway, people usually share the same mysteries — Hinterkaifeck, Tara Calico, Taman Shud, D.B. Cooper, The Original Night Stalker, etc. But, for whatever reason, I had never come across the story of the Sodder children who mysteriously disappeared on Christmas Eve over 60 years ago.… Read the rest

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Sex Store Forced to Change Halloween Sign After Parents Complain

Sex Store Forced to change their sign after locals get their panties in a twist - Imgur

I originally saw this photo on Reddit. (Yes, I still follow /r/funny. Whatever.) Because you can never be too sure whether things are real or not, I went looking for an article.

Found this one via ABC

Some Sevier County parents are asking for an adult store to take down a risque sign.

A viewer sent WATE 6 On Your Side a photo of the sign at Sexy Stuf, which reads, “Trick or Treat. Bind her feet. Give her something hard to eat.”

The city of Sevierville has received nearly a dozen complaints about the sign. The store is known to push the envelope with the messages on its sign, but parents are saying this one went too far, especially since it’s near a school.

“I’m disgusted. I’m just disgusted,” said Mea Cole, a Sevier County parent.

Parents like Cole, who has a 7-year-old daughter, aren’t too fond of Sexy Stuf’s version of a well known Halloween rhyme.

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