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Nikola Tesla: Men’s Rights Hero

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Nikola Tesla has been hailed as many things, inventor, genius, etc., but as a hero of so-called “men’s rights” activists? Apparently so, reports PaleoFuture:

Nikola Tesla is celebrated as a genius who had an amazing ability to envision the future. He predicted cellphones, television, and even elements of the internet long before any of these things existed. But he also had some weird ideas about the social issues of tomorrow. Which is why he’s become an unlikely hero in the so-called Men’s Rights community of today.

Despite his brilliance with all things technological, Tesla’s views on the social structure of the future were sometimes rather unfortunate. He advocated for the principles of eugenics and forced sterilization to ensure that only humans with the most desirable traits could reproduce. And he insisted that men would one day be forced to submit to women.

The inventor imagined a society structured like that of the bee — where male grunts do the heavy lifting and are otherwise only used for breeding purposes.

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Cost of Obesity Equivalent to Global Impact of Smoking or War

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Some of you may recall the opening sequence to the obesity documentary Killer At Large where then-Surgeon General Richard Carmona says that the greatest threat to America, bigger than terrorism or anything else, is obesity.

He was right: The McKinsey Global Institute, the business and economics research arm of the global consulting firm McKinsey, has published a new report saying that “Obesity is responsible for about 5 percent of all deaths a year worldwide, and its global economic impact amounts to roughly $2 trillion annually, or 2.8 percent of global GDP—nearly equivalent to the global impact of smoking or of armed violence, war, and terrorism.” That’s right, obesity costs as much as the ridiculous wars and armed violence perpetrated against one another throughout the world. More from the report:

Obesity is a critical global issue that requires a comprehensive, international intervention strategy. More than 2.1 billion people—nearly 30 percent of the global population—are overweight or obese.1 That’s almost two and a half times the number of adults and children who are undernourished…

And the problem—which is preventable—is rapidly getting worse.

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Danny Casolaro and ‘The Octopus’ – The Stage Play

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Long time disinfonauts will surely remember one of the legends of modern day conspiracy investigations, Danny Casolaro, and his revelations of ‘the Octopus.” Casolaro met an untimely end and his investigation petered out. He’s not forgotten, however, and his life and work are about to be immortalized in a stage play, reports American Theatre:

A journalist is hot on the trail of a con­spiracy whose scope seems ever-expanding. Nicknamed “The Octopus,” the plot connects shadowy private-security contractors with an international criminal bank, government piracy of law-enforcement database software, a corrupt Native American reservation where experimental weapons are developed, and even Reagan’s October Surprise.

The journalist hopes to break the whole story all at once and find fame and fortune. According to his book proposal (quoted in Jonathan Vankin and John Whalen’s The World’s Greatest Conspiracies), he’s after a “web of thugs and thieves who roam the earth with their weapons and their murders, trading dope and dirty money for the secrets of the temple.”

Before he leaves to meet a source in West Virginia, he warns his family that, if anything happens to him, they shouldn’t believe the official story.

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Coming Soon: Bob Marley Marijuana Brand

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Could this be the most profitable ever product tie-in for a music legend? Fortune reports on the idea of reggae great Bob Marley’s name and likeness being used to sell marijuana as US pot laws are loosened:

Privateer Holdings has a licensing agreement with the late reggae icon’s family.

Reggae legend Bob Marley was known to be a fan of marijuana. Now, a marijuana-focused venture capital firm is trying to bank on that tight relationship.

Privateer Holdings has reached an agreement with the family of the late musician to collaborate on what the Seattle-based firm is calling “the world’s first global cannabis brand.” Called Marley Natural, it will include “heirloom Jamaican cannabis strains inspired by those Bob Marley enjoyed” and be sold where regulations permit.

The product line, announced on Tuesday, will also include cannabis and hemp-infused lotions, creams to treat sunburn and small containers to store personal marijuana stashes.

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After 13 years, 2 wars and trillions in military spending, terrorist attacks are rising sharply

Surprise! Wonkblog shows the stats on what we all knew anyway: American military intervention only causes more terrorism:

Last year saw the highest number of terrorist incidents since 2000, according to the latest Global Terrorism Index released by the Institute for Economics and Peace. Worldwide, the number of terrorist incidents increased from less than 1,500 in 2000 to nearly 10,000 in 2013. Sixty percent of attacks last year occurred in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria and Syria.

The report suggests that U.S. foreign policy has played a big role in making the problem worse: “The rise in terrorist activity coincided with the US invasion of Iraq,” it concludes. “This created large power vacuums in the country allowing different factions to surface and become violent.” Indeed, among the five countries accounting for the bulk of attacks, the U.S. has prosecuted lengthy ground wars in two (Iraq and Afghanistan), a drone campaign in one (Pakistan), and airstrikes in a fourth (Syria).

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Why Do People Believe in Conspiracy Theories?

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Scientific American gives Michael Shermer, founder of The Skeptics Society and its magazine Skeptic, a platform to ridicule conspiracy theories and those who believe in them:

President Barack Obama has been a busy man while in office: he concocted a fake birth certificate to hide his true identity as a foreigner, created “death panels” to determine who would live and who would die under his health care plan, conspired to destroy religious liberty by mandating contraceptives for religious institutions, blew up the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig to garner support for his environmental agenda, masterminded Syrian gas attacks as a pretext to war, orchestrated the shooting of a tsa agent to strengthen that agency’s powers, ordered the Sandy Hook school massacre to push through gun-control legislation, and built concentration camps in which to place Americans who resist.

Do people really believe such conspiracy theories?

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Seals Having Sex With Penguins (Video)

Depending on your preferences, you might consider this video somewhat disturbing and possibly NSFW. There’s no doubt what the seal is trying to do to the penguin!

BBC Earth explains what biologists make of the horny seals going cross-species:

Things are heating up in the cold climes of the sub-Antarctic. On a remote, and mostly desolate island, seals have been caught engaging in an extreme form of sexual behaviour.

Specifically, they have been trying to have sex with penguins.

More than one fur seal has been caught in the act, on more than one occasion.

And it’s all been captured on film, with details being published in the journal Polar Biology.

The sexual behaviour of the fur seals hasn’t come as a complete shock to the scientists that recorded it.

In 2006, they saw, for the first time, a fur seal attempting to copulate with a king penguin, on Marion Island, a sub-Antarctic island that is home to both species.

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Charles Manson’s Getting Married

Charles Manson, Oct. 2014. Credit: California Dept of Corrections Charles Manson has apparently not lost the mesmerizing appeal that suckered various young women decades ago. The 80-year-old convict has obtained a license to marry a 26-year-old woman who visits him in prison and thinks he's innocent,  revealed by AP/Detroit News:
Corcoran, Calif. — Mass murderer Charles Manson plans to marry a 26-year-old woman who left her Midwestern home and spent the past nine years trying to help exonerate him. Afton Elaine Burton, the raven-haired bride-to-be, said she loves the man convicted in the notorious murders of seven people, including pregnant actress Sharon Tate. No date has been set, but a wedding coordinator has been assigned by the prison to handle the nuptials, and the couple has until early February to get married before they would have to reapply.
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Can God Beat the NRA?

For those of you who thought God funded the NRA, sorry, turns out s/he might be on the other side of the gun debate. From The Daily Beast:

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“Do not stand idly by while your neighbor’s blood is shed.” Leviticus 19:16

That Biblical passage is the guiding principle for the grassroots organization “Do Not Stand Idly By,” created in 2012 to counter gun violence. Sure, we’ve recently seen a host of new groups tackle this issue, but Do Not Stand Idly By (“DNSIB”) is different for two big reasons.

First, it’s a faith-based initiative spearheaded by Christian, Muslim, and Jewish leaders (although it welcomes people of other or no faiths.) Framing the argument of the need to reduce gun violence in religious terms will undoubtedly move many—possibly even some on the right.

Second, the focus of DNSIB is going to the source. No, I’m not talking the Book of Genesis.

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