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Eighty-Eight Pound Mucus-Filled Cyst Removed From Woman’s Body

Listen to the cat.

Listen to the cat.

The woman had been complaining of  a rapidly expanding midsection, but was otherwise healthy. When surgeons opened her up they discovered – well. Let’s just call it pure, gooey nightmare fuel. The eighty-eight pound cyst looks like a cross between the xenomorph egg from Alien, a rotten cantaloupe and maybe a meatloaf gone horribly wrong. If you want to see the pictures you’ll need to go to LiveScience. Your call.

Via LiveScience:

The 57-year-old Brazilian woman noticed her midsection grew over the course of a year, but other than a heavy feeling in her belly, and breathing that was slightly faster than normal, she had few other symptoms, according to a report of her case, published March 4 in the Journal of Medical Case Reports.

Mucus-filled ovarian cysts, known as mucinous cystadenomas, are fairly common, and most often strike women ages 30 to 50, said Dr.

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Cracking the Lottery Code

Luck really is for suckers.

VIA Fox News

The random winning numbers on lottery tickets aren’t exactly random at all.

Mohan Srivastava is the man who figured out how to beat a scratch lottery game — and he didn’t even profit from it.

Srivastava, who was featured in this month’s Wired magazine, is a geological statistician by trade and is naturally adept at analyzing numbers and realizing patterns. His day job involves scoping out potential gold mines and determining the how much gold they might contain.

Cracking the lottery wasn’t all that different. Srivastava, using the same math, was able to predict winning tickets for a Canadian Tic-Tac-Toe scratch lottery game 9 out of 10 times. The method is surprisingly simple but his road to discovery involved a bit of chance.

Holding degrees from MIT and Stanford, Srivastava was never drawn to the allure of the lottery — given the inherent propensity to lose long term.… Read the rest

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The Ugly Truth: What the Drop in Unemployment Doesn’t Tell You.

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It’s the same game, only harder!

The truth is out.  We are living in a time when a shocking four out of 5 U.S. adults will struggle with joblessness or poverty.  This revelation not only flies directly in the face of another drop in unemployment, but reconfirms what many of us had already known, we’re in trouble.

If you find yourself looking for a job, you’re in an over-crowded market where the young and educated are relegated to jobs well below their intellectual station. This is due in part to the heavy competition at the of the top of the job market among the highly-skilled.  Basically, those left out of the jobs they really want are knocked down a peg, creating what Economist Paul Beaudry calls “cascading.”  The top pushes down on the middle and the middle pushes down on the bottom, burying those who are most vulnerable and under-qualified.

This phenomenon stems from what’s been deemed  The Great Reversal.”  That is, there used to be an over-abundance of high-paying jobs that required skill, intellectual capital and education, but now there just aren’t.  In fact, demand for those types of jobs peaked all the way back in the year 2000.  That’s right, even with all this talk of a “skills gap,” the need for high-skill jobs actually stopped growing 13 years ago.… Read the rest

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Context For the Ongoing Apocalypse

P.s. I <3 Ü

As the world feverishly decodes clues the Illuminated Ones left us on Superbowl Sunday, one cannot help but think there is a bit of context missing from the conversation. Certainly duality was a major theme. And when you think of duality in the context of one of the WORLD’S most indulgent capitalist pageants you can’t help but think of porn! Clearly the Illuminati are sexual creatures as evident in pop culture and their rituals. But what is their end game? World domination cannot sustain itself—too many variables to contend with. If the Illuminati are half as smart as they’re made out to be they would already know this.

Clearly a major paradigm shift is coming where the roles of society are turned inside out, “flipped”, as it were. We look behind the curtain and find not an old white guy but a mirror. Some would rather smash the mirror than go inside, but like a liquid metal terminator, the mirror i always reverts back to its original form and we are faced with only ourselves when we confront authority.… Read the rest

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Doctor Assisted Bulimia or Revolutionary Weight Loss Tool?

Wannabe weight loss cyborgs take note! Dean Kamen, inventor of the segway, has come up with an invention designed to help you lose your lunch. It is now possible to get a port implanted into your stomach, through which you can purge about a third of the food you eat at each meal. This bizarre device is currently in use in Europe, but not yet available in the US. The Register reports:
The cynical among you might observe that there's also a practical similarity between Aspiration Therapy and a certain, much older technique, one well known to ballerinas, runway models, and Roman senators. But Aspire is quick to point out that this new technique has significant advantages over sticking one's finger down one's throat. For one thing, patients are meant to practice Aspiration Therapy only under the supervision of their doctors, who will monitor their electrolyte and metabolite levels and administer supplements as necessary. Furthermore, vomiting causes stomach acids to enter the mouth and esophagus, which can cause long-term damage over time. The Skin-Port presents no such risks. Moreover, Aspire says, people who habitually vomit after meals are often bulimics, while candidates for Aspiration Therapy are just obese people who want to lose weight. "There is little overlap between people with bulimia and obesity," the company says, adding that patients will be screened for bulimia and other psychological disorders to determine their eligibility for the treatment. Aspire says patients should be able to bathe, swim, and conduct most other activities normally with the Skin-Port installed. And if you want to back out, or if you've managed to wean yourself off the therapy, the A-Tube can be removed in a 15-minute procedure under conscious sedation.
What do you think about this technology? Is it responsible to peddle a device which essentially mimics the function of  a dangerous eating disorder, or are the differences significant enough to justify marketing it to people who may otherwise opt for more invasive surgical measures?
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