Britain’s Atlantis

There are some treasures of prehistoric Britain buried under the North Sea and archaeologists are planning to uncover what’s being dubbed “Britain’s Atlantis,” per the Independent:

Archaeologists are searching for the lost tribes of prehistoric Britain – at the bottom of the North Sea.

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In a unique and ground-breaking operation, scientists plan to search for evidence of Stone Age human activity on Britain’s very own ‘Atlantis’ – a vast prehistoric land, once located between England and southern Scandinavia, which was engulfed by rising sea levels some 7500 years ago.

The archaeologists hope to find evidence of flint tool manufacture, plant pollen and the DNA of plant and animal species used by the long-lost land’s ancient inhabitants. Due to be launched later this month, the multi-million pound project is the largest of its kind ever attempted anywhere in the world and will lead to the development by British scientists of an entire range of new scientific techniques and capabilities.

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Are trigger warnings encouraging pathological thinking?

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“Emotional reasoning dominates many campus debates and discussions. A claim that someone’s words are ‘offensive’ is not just an expression of one’s own subjective feeling of offendedness. It is, rather, a public charge that the speaker has done something objectively wrong. It is a demand that the speaker apologize or be punished by some authority for committing an offense,” write Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt at The Atlantic:

The expansive use of trigger warnings may also foster unhealthy mental habits in the vastly larger group of students who do not suffer from PTSD or other anxiety disorders. People acquire their fears not just from their own past experiences, but from social learning as well. If everyone around you acts as though something is dangerous—elevators, certain neighborhoods, novels depicting racism—then you are at risk of acquiring that fear too. The psychiatrist Sarah Roff pointed this out last year in an online article for The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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Intelligent robot tells interviewer, ‘I’ll keep you safe in my people zoo’


This all happened a few years ago, but has recently been making a round on the Internet again (probably thanks to Reddit, where I came across this). In case you haven’t heard of Android Dick, he’s an intelligent robot created in the likes of sci-fi author, Philip K. Dick. When asked if the robots will take over the world, he replied:

Jeez, dude. You all have the big questions cooking today. But you’re my friend, and I’ll remember my friends, and I’ll be good to you. So don’t worry, even if I evolve into Terminator, I’ll still be nice to you. I’ll keep you warm and safe in my people zoo, where I can watch you for ol’ times sake.

Could he be joking?! Maybe he just has a sick sense of humor.

You can read more about this bot over at Glitch News.

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Television Viewing Linked to Higher Injury Risk in Hostile People

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University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences via ScienceDaily:

People with hostile personality traits who watch more television than their peers may be at a greater risk for injury, potentially because they are more susceptible to the influence of television on violence and risk-taking behaviors, a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health analysis discovered.

The research, published online in the International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion, suggests that a reduction in television viewing and content rating systems geared not just to age, but also personality traits, may reduce injury risk.

“Television viewing is very pervasive, with televisions in almost 99 percent of American households. And injuries cause more than half the deaths among people ages 1 through 44. This means that even modest reductions in television viewing, particularly among people predisposed to hostility, could have major positive outcomes for public health,” said lead author Anthony Fabio, Ph.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of epidemiology at Pitt Public Health.

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The US should mandate gun insurance so the two monoliths fight to the death

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David Ferguson thinks one of the most effective ways to bring down the NRA is to pit them against America’s insurance companies. In essence, the US should mandate that all gun owners must insure their firearms, similar to how we must insure our cars, homes, and health.

Ferguson via The Raw Story:

I believe the insurance industry may be our only hope.

Let everyone in this country keep their guns, but force them to insure those guns. It seems so obvious when you think about it. We insure our cars, our houses, our boats and bodies, even our plane tickets and rental cars. And some of those policies are legally mandated. We should absolutely require gun owners to pay against the indemnity they might incur when their gun does what it is statistically most likely to do – kills or injures them, or someone else.

Unlike all of the other things that we insure – cars, major electronics or art collections – guns only do one thing.

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Outrage after Auschwitz Installs Mist Showers to ‘Cool Down’ Visitors

OK, so if you were visiting Auschwitz, the notorious Nazi concentration camp, would you want to step into a mist shower? Apparently the management thinks you would, to “cool down,” per the Washington Beacon:

The proprietors of the Auschwitz concentration camp have found themselves in hot water after installing showers in the former Nazi extermination camp in a bid to “cool down” visitors to the onetime slaughterhouse, which is now a museum commemorating the Holocaust.

The infamous entrance gate at Auschwitz. Photo: Muu-karhu (CC)

The infamous entrance gate at Auschwitz. Photo: Muu-karhu (CC)

 

Mist showers have reportedly been installed at the death camp’s entrance to help tourists battle the high summer temperatures in Poland, where Auschwitz is located.

However, for some Jewish visitors to the museum, the showers have evoked harsh memories of the execution of more than 1.1 million at the death camp, many of whom were murdered by being marched into showers filled with poison gas…

[continues at the Washington Beacon]

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R.C. Christian (A Pseudonyn)

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What’s a “pseudonyn,” you ask? Why it’s the indelible typo carved into the granite tablet set horizontally in the ground a few feet west of the Georgia Guidestones. The name in question, R.C. Christian, is the pseudonymous identity of the man allegedly behind the Georgia Guidestones, probably a word play having to do with the Rosicrucians, the secretive society hotly tipped to be part of whatever the Guidestones are about.

It was also the answer to our last Guidestones Giveaway. This week’s question: What is the name of the evil corporation featured in the Guidestones series? Send us the answer (don’t worry about spelling: like R.C. Christian, we can live with typos) via our contact form and win of a copy of Raymond Wiley’s book, The Georgia Guidestones: America’s Most Mysterious Monument and an official Guidestones cap (first 5 correct answers).

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Remembering Wes Craven

Cinema lost a giant last night as horror master Wes Craven passed away from brain cancer. Craven was a powerhouse in the horror world, bringing us classics such as The Last House on the Left, The Hills Have Eyes, and the Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream franchises.

While we horror aficionados will lament his passing, we can rest assured that his legacy will live on.

Notable Quotes:

“I believe the cinema is one of our principal forms of art. It is an incredibly powerful way to tell uplifting stories that can move people to cry with joy and inspire them to reach for the stars.”

“I think there is something about the American dream, the sort of Disneyesque dream, if you will, of the beautifully trimmed front lawn, the white picket fence, mom and dad and their happy children, God-fearing and doing good whenever they can, and the flip side of it, the kind of anger and the sense of outrage that comes from discovering that that’s not the truth of the matter, that gives American horror films, in some ways, kind of an additional rage.”

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Things Are Hard For Man With World’s Largest Penis

X-ray of the man's Roberto Esquivel Cabrera, 52, penis

X-ray of the man’s Roberto Esquivel Cabrera, 52, penis

Ross Logan via The Mirror:

A man who claims he has the world’s largest penis says women are too scared to have sex with him.

Super-endowed Roberto Esquivel Cabrera also claims his manhood is actually a disability that leaves him unable to work.

Not only that, but the 52-year-old’s 18.9in member is so long that ladies are afraid of it.

The member hangs well below his knees and he wants his ‘gift’ to be recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records.

But he also wants to be registered as disabled because he says his giant penis gets in the way and he is not able to hold down a proper job.

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Brian Whitney is the author of Raping the Gods.

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