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Parents of Affluenza Teen Who Killed Four Driving Drunk Pay A Fraction of His Rehab Costs

Stop Affluenza (Bethesda, MD)

Stop Affluenza (Bethesda, MD) (Photo credit: takomabibelot)

Adding Insult to Injury: Evil Richie Rich’s parents are paying a pittance for a slap on the wrist court appointed treatment.

via Star-Telegram

The parents of a teen who was sentenced to 10 years probation for driving drunk and causing a wreck that killed four people were ordered by the court Friday to pay $1,170 a month for his rehab treatment — far less than the actual cost of his treatment.

Ethan Couch, who turned 17 Friday, is being treated at the North Texas State Hospital in Vernon, a state-owned in-patient mental health facility. His treatment began there Feb. 19.

The actual cost of his treatment is $715 per day, according to testimony on Friday.

State District Judge Jean Boyd had previously ordered that Couch’s parents, Fred and Tonya Couch, pay for his therapy. The hearing Friday morning, similar to a child support hearing, was necessary to formally set the amount that the couple must pay.

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Michigan State Offers a Course on How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse

I am not sure what to think about college courses about speculative events. I bet it will be interesting, but whose got the money to burn? I’ll tell you this though. If I learned anything from Left 4 Dead, I am taking the Auto Shotgun and a katana or machete as backup.  Anyways, Check out this trailer for the course.


via Mental Floss

According to its Facebook page, the online course “uses the idea of a Zombie Apocalypse to attract attention to the important topic and research on ‘Catastrophes and Human Behavior.’” Students will “learn about the nature, scope and impact of catastrophic events,” and will be “assigned into Survivor Groups located throughout the United States and must face the challenges of living and surviving together during a catastrophic event.”

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Wearable Eyes Turn You Into Emotional Cyborg

Check out this very obtuse video for wearable cyborg eyes.

via Gizmodo

Invented by Dr. Hirotaka Osawa at Japan’s Tsukuba University, AgencyGlass takes the load off your facial muscles and the emotional centers of your brain with a Bluetooth computer and a pair of OLED displays. The built-in gyroscopes steer your fake eyes to coincide with your real head’s position (for instance, looking up with a thoughtful expression when you tilt your head back), and a shirt-pocket camera tracks the faces of the people around you to maintain polite, piercing (fake) eye contact.

 

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Did Putin Blow Up the Whole Polish Government in 2010? A Second Look.

English: Fragments of TU-154 the Polish presid...

Fragments of TU-154 the Polish president at the crash site in Smolensk Русский: Фрагменты Ту-154 на месте авиакатастрофы самолета президента Польши в Смоленске (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This seems really convenient, and considering recent events. What’s your input Disinfonauts?

via THE DAILY BEAST

A plane crash at Smolensk in Russia four years ago wiped out the Warsaw leadership. It used to be seen as an accident. Now, after Putin’s games in Ukraine, people aren’t so sure.

Four years ago this week, Polish President Lech Kaczynski was killed in a plane crash near the Katyn Forest in Russia where he was flying to honor the 22,000 Polish officers, lawyers, priests and professors slaughtered there by the Soviets 70 years before. Ninety-five other military, political and public figures including his wife died on that plane. One of the more heartbreaking details to emerge was that First Lady Maria Kaczynska’s body could be identified only by her nail polish and the inscription inside her wedding ring.

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Mass Incarceration in the US

Check out this short animation about the problems with American prison policy.

via Youtube

It wasn’t easy to pick this topic, but I believe that America’s 40-year policy of mass incarceration is deeply unethical, not very effective, and promotes the security of the few at the expense of the many.

It’s hard for me, as a person who was born into privilege, to imagine the challenges convicted criminals face, often for crimes that are utterly non-violent.

If you’re feeling like you want to do something about this, I’m mostly just making this video as an informational resource and to encourage people to think of felons not as bad, scary people but just as people.

The people at The Prison Policy Initiative were very helpful in the creation of this video and if you want to learn more about their work and how to get involved go to http://www.prisonpolicy.org

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Did the CIA Possess Djinn-Infested Jewellery?

Every thing I’ve ever read (fiction) about Djinn indicates that it’s never a good idea to make wishes with them. Either way, this article makes for an interesting read.

Djinn 4 - Marid

Djinn 4 – Marid (Photo credit: TheoJunior)

via Mysterious Universe

We’re all familiar with the idea of the genie (the bastardized Western version of the Djinn) appearing out of bottles to make sketchy deals with all too eager humans, but the use of jewellery and other worn accessories for magick and religious purposes dates back as far as 100,000 years ago, with artifacts appearing in places like Israel and Northern Africa.

Later on the Celts – whose recognizable design flourished across Europe through the Bronze and Iron ages beginning around 3,000 years ago – made it fashionable to wear designs like pentagrams and other pagan artwork to ward off evil spirits, or bring a good harvest to one’s village. Witches, during those pesky years where they were burned at the stake, undoubtedly hid most of their best stuff in the top drawer, similar to today’s traveling salesman leaving the wedding ring in the hotel before hitting the hotel bar.

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NASA: The End Of Mankind “Leaked Document”

Here’s your daily dose of paranoia fuel and an excuse to be outraged all wrapped up in one.

via Youtube

This is a very important video with Deborah Tavares and Trevor Coppola discussing the newly revealed NASA FUTURE WARFARE DOCUMENT. People need to be informed at least given the chance to see this information and make the decision themselves to believe and act on it or not.

 

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UPC Codes, 666 Facts and Myths

Youtuber Erandon illuminates the folly of William Tapley, UPC codes, apophenia and the completely benign/meaningless number 666.

via Youtube

This video explains the mechanics of the decoding process.

Iron Maiden - The Number Of The Beast

Iron Maiden – The Number Of The Beast

This was initially in response to a video by William Tapley, who is misrepresenting the parameters of the UPC code.

If you are interested in learning more about bar codes, here are some links that were mentioned in the video.
http://www.snopes.com/business/allian…
http://www.ehow.com/how_5804290_decip…
http://www.wikihow.com/Read-12-Digit-…
http://schaumann.com.au/2011/01/there…
http://www.youtube.com/user/danschaumann
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxt_bE…

 

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