Archive | August 3, 2013

Scientists Say Men and Women Process Risk Differently

imagesI can’t wait to see how the men and women in our comment section “process” these findings.

Via Scientific American:

Researchers use gambling games to understand what we do when immediate rewards are pitted against long-term gains. Most of these games find no major differences in how men and women play. An experimental setup called the Iowa Gambling Task (IGT), however, finds consistent—and large—differences between the behavior of men and women: men are better at figuring out the strategy that reaps the bigger payoff.

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Wall Street and the Hegelian Dialectic

Wall_Street_And_The_Rise_of_HitlerVia orwellwasright.

These days, describing the big banks as criminal syndicates extorting billions from the public is hardly sticking one’s head above the parapet: the foreclosures scandal, in which GMAC, Bank of America, CitiBank, JPMorganChase and others ignored banking laws in their fervour to throw people out of their homes as quickly as possible, was just one example of a long list of  the many crimes of the financial sector, who by now have become so completely deregulated that they are acting not just with impunity from any kind of prosecution but with the active assistance of the governments of the West.

The political establishment, in their subservience to the banking elites,  decided to deal with the financial mess (well, it’s a mess for the common man – the banks on the other hand are finding the situation incredibly lucrative) by implementing wide-ranging austerity measures, designed to hit the poorest hardest.… Read the rest

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Czech Pastafarian Wins Rights To Wear Strainer At All Times

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Someone stop this before it makes a mockery out of religion! The Daily Mail reports:

Prankster Lukas Novy, from Brno in the Czech Republic, claims that his Pastafarian faith means he has to wear the sieve at all times. Novy claims to be a member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

Officials ruled that turning down Novy’s request would be a breach of the country’s religious equality laws. Brno City Hall spokesman Pavel Zara explained: ‘The application complies with the laws of the Czech Republic where headgear for religious or medical reasons is permitted if it does not hide the face.’

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What I Learned Walking The Picket Line

Picket line in front of Wendy's in the Chicago loop. Photo by Aaron Cynic

Picket line in front of Wendy’s in the Chicago loop. Photo by Aaron Cynic

Aaron Cynic writes at Diatribe Media:

Yesterday’s hardest moment came for me when I watched a worker cry. I had been on the streets for about 5 hours with striking workers from the Fight for 15 movement and their supporters, who held a series of actions for two days in conjunction with a national week of strikes and protests to raise the minimum wage. I met the first picket in front of a Subway in the Chicago loop during the morning rush hour where several workers walked off the job. Organizers planned more than twenty pickets spread throughout the financial heart of the city for the day. Hundreds of demonstrators snaked along the sidewalks, stopping in front of retail and fast food outlets to deliver their message – “We can’t survive on $8.25.”

Morning was slowly turning to afternoon and demonstrators lined the sidewalk in front of a Walgreen’s on State and Randolph, a location sandwiched between the Chicago Theater and a Macy’s outlet in the loop.… Read the rest

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Is Using Human Growth Hormone Bad?

Fester lurch 1966Dr. Kent Sepkowitz questions the negative media reaction to sports stars’ (and wannabes’) use of Human Growth Hormone (HGH) for the Daily Beast:

It appears that Major League Baseball is just about ready to give New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez the boot, possibly for life.

Although everything is at the rumor-only stage, accusations persist that A-Rod used human growth hormone, a performance-enhancing drug, obtained from the Biogenesis enterprise formerly headquartered in Coral Gables, Fla.

Setting aside whether Rodriguez is guilty or innocent, it’s fair to ask where all the excitement about HGH comes from, as well as where, in the cosmology of illegal performance-enhancing substances, it sits. First of all, HGH is not a steroid, though the term “steroid” has come to be used interchangeably and incorrectly with PEDs. Steroids and HGH are both hormones—in this one aspect there is a similarity—but steroids are produced by the body to promote sexual differentiation, while HGH is involved in growth and maturation.

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Giant Pentagram Visible From Above In Wilderness Of Kazakhstan

pentagramVisible from above, but a message from below? Via Live Science:

On the wind-blown steppes of central Asia, in an isolated corner of Kazakhstan, there’s a large pentagram etched into the Earth’s surface.

Located on the southern shore of the Upper Tobol Reservoir, it shows up vividly on Google Maps. There are almost no other signs of human habitation in the area; the closest settlement is the city of Lisakovsk, about 12 miles to the east.

What is this bizarre symbol, measuring roughly 1,200 feetin diameter, doing on the side of a desolate lake in northern Kazakhstan? Though it’s difficult to discern exactly what the Kazakh pentagram is, or was, used for, several online comments indicate that it’s the abandoned site of a Soviet-era lakeside campground.

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