Leda and the swan Leonardo de Vinci

The House just passed its version of the tax plan, which includes about US$1 trillion in cuts for corporations. The question, who will be left holding the potato?

READ

 Thanksgiving | [a few nice articles]

Thanksgiving Celebration Traditional Dinner Table Setting Concept

READ

White House says true cost of opioid drug epidemic in 2015 was $504bn

New study puts cost at more than six times previous estimate, factoring in illicit opiods like heroin as well as prescription drugs

Source: READ

It’s the Kultur, Stupid | by Timothy Garton Ash [German populism]

In a poll shown on German television on election night, 95 percent of Alternative für Deutschland voters said they were very worried that “we are experiencing a loss of German culture and language,” 94 percent that “our life in Germany will change too much,” and 92 percent that “the influence of Islam in Germany will become too strong.” Feeding this politics of cultural despair is a milieu of writers, media, and books whose arguments and vocabulary connect back to themes of an earlier German right-wing culture in the first half of the twentieth century. This is a new German right with distinct echoes of the old.

Source: It’s the Kultur, Stupid | by Timothy Garton Ash

READ

lots of goodies here

READ

Battered by extreme weather, Americans are more worried about climate change

Dana Nuccitelli: After months of intense hurricanes, heat waves, and droughts, a survey finds a record number of Americans worried about climate change

Source: Battered by extreme weather, Americans are more worried about climate change | Dana Nuccitelli

How to Tell If You’re a Jerk

Here’s something you probably didn’t do this morning: Look in the mirror and ask, am I a jerk? It seems like a reasonable question.…

Source: How to Tell If You’re a Jerk

Kate’s Still Here

Deloy Oberlin didn’t know how much time his wife had left, but he knew he wanted to spend their final days fulfilling her last wish.

Source: Kate’s Still Here

The 4 Reasons Why 2017 Is a Tipping Point for Retail

“Five years from now, we won’t be debating whether ‘e-tailers’ are taking share from brick-and-mortar retailers, because they are all the same.”

Source: The 4 Reasons Why 2017 Is a Tipping Point for Retail

How One Widow’s Grief Turned a Small Town Into a Roadside Attraction

“The strangest tomb in America, if not in the world, is that which rest the remains of Lon Dorsa in Nevada, Mo. It is so constructed that the widow can look upon her deceased husband at will.”

Source: How One Widow’s Grief Turned a Small Town Into a Roadside Attraction

science news aggregated


READ

Storms hit poorer people harder, from Superstorm Sandy to Hurricane Maria

Five years after Superstorm Sandy, we see how disadvantaged social groups suffered more from the storm before and after – much as we’re seeing in Hurricanes Harvey and Maria.

Source: Storms hit poorer people harder, from Superstorm Sandy to Hurricane Maria

The Serial-Killer Detector

A former journalist, equipped with an algorithm and the largest collection of murder records in the country, finds patterns in crime.

Source: The Serial-Killer Detector

anie liebovitz gallery

imagebam.com imagebam.com imagebam.com

Continue reading

A new study in Heliyon suggests that Neanderthals survived at least 3,000 years longer in Spain than we thought


Neanderthals survived at least 3,000 years longer than we thought in Southern Iberia — what is now Spain — long after they had died out everywhere else, according to new research published in Heliyon.

Continue reading

Study of 500,000 Teens Suggests Association Between Excessive Screen Time and Depression

It’s a bleak finding, but other research suggests adolescent hyper-connectedness isn’t all bad.

Source: Study of 500,000 Teens Suggests Association Between Excessive Screen Time and Depression

An Artist Unmasked Real Society Values, and His Works Are Grim But Impressive

An Argentinean artist goes by the pseudonym of Al Margen. This artist reveals the worst sides of our society, making us stop and think about it.

READ

A circus dwarf eats at a diner in New Jersey. 1958.

Sverd I Fjell

Monuments don’t get much more metal than these three giant viking swords planted in a Nordic hill.

READ

When trying to determine why the US has so many mass shootings, only one statistic matters

Why does the US have so many mass shootings. A criminologist turned to data science for an answer, comparing the US with 170 other countries. #

Source: When trying to determine why the US has so many mass shootings, only one statistic matters

Richard Gere Has a Theory Why Hollywood Dumped Him

Not that he’s sweating it: “I’m not interested in playing the wizened Jedi in your tentpole.”

Source: Richard Gere Has a Theory Why Hollywood Dumped Him

Global change drove the evolution of giants


We live in extraordinary times. The largest animals ever to have lived on Earth happen to be alive today. Blue whales are larger than any mastodon, dinosaur, or mega-toothed shark ever was.

Continue reading

Shorpy Vintage HD Photo Archive

@

Free Image Hosting Free Image Hosting Free Image Hosting Free Image Hosting Free Image Hosting Free Image Hosting Free Image Hosting Free Image Hosting Free Image Hosting

Cannabis for psoriasis: Does it work?

Can the active cannabinoids in cannabis be an effective treatment for itchy and painful psoriasis? We look at the evidence in this article.

Source: READ

Can aloe vera treat psoriasis?

[Update] Multiple Shia LaBeoufs NOT clapping in unison

View post on imgur.com

via

The Painted Monasteries of Romania

READ

Here Are Ways You Can Be More Persuasive, According to Science

We can’t guarantee these are ethical.

Source: Here Are Ways You Can Be More Persuasive, According to Science

Feeling Guilty About Drinking? Well, Ask the Saints

Each year the holidays bring with them an increase in both the consumption of alcohol and concern about drinking’s harmful effects. Alcohol abuse is no laughing matter, but is it sinful to drink and make merry, moderately and responsibly, during a holy season or at any other time?

Source: Feeling Guilty About Drinking? Well, Ask the Saints

How to approach Amazon’s marathon Black Friday sales bonanza

Let Alexa do your ordering, and tell you a Thanksgiving joke.

Source: How to approach Amazon’s marathon Black Friday sales bonanza

Sailing a 2,400-year-old ship that sank off Israel’s coast

Over many centuries, hundreds of ships sank along what is now the coast of Israel. Report from a cruise on a replica of the oldest found so far

Source: Sailing a 2,400-year-old ship that sank off Israel’s coast

Rare Photograph of Billy the Kid Found at a Flea Market

The tintype image was purchased for $10 but might be worth millions

Source: Rare Photograph of Billy the Kid Found at a Flea Market

Watch: This unsettling color footage shows a 1944 Japanese American incarceration camp

A rare peek in vivid Kodachrome, filmed the day the camp was closing down

Source: Watch: This unsettling color footage shows a 1944 Japanese American incarceration camp

Nicholas Black Elk: This Sioux medicine man may be recognized as a saint

[At the recently concluded 2017 General Assembly of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, American bishops unanimously approved pursuing the cause for canonization of Nicholas William B…

Source: Nicholas Black Elk: This Sioux medicine man may be recognized as a saint

23 incredible lost wonders of the world

Source: 23 incredible lost wonders of the world

‘This is surreal’: descendants of slaves and slaveowners meet on US plantation

At Prospect Hill in Mississippi, people came from as far as Liberia for an unlikely gathering that led to a scene of visible emotion – with ‘a lot to talk about’

Source: ‘This is surreal’: descendants of slaves and slaveowners meet on US plantation

New book series seeks to define the Great Plains

A new series of books from the University of Nebraska Press seeks to define the Great Plains, a region that encompasses million or so square miles.

Source: New book series seeks to define the Great Plains

New skeletal evidence could put decades-old debate over Qumran settlers to rest

Archaeologists’ study appears to confirm theory rooted in ancient texts that the Essenes, a strictly socialist Jewish sect, settled the area some 2,200 years ago

Source: New skeletal evidence could put decades-old debate over Qumran settlers to rest

Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn: ‘People are losing their minds. That is what we need to wake up to’

By taking the Buddhism out of the practice, Kabat-Zinn pioneered a meditative approach used all over the world to treat pain and depression. He talks about Trump, ‘McMindfulness’ and how a 10-second vision in 1979 led to a change in the world’s consciousness

Source: Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn: ‘People are losing their minds. That is what we need to wake up to’

Squirrel biology may hold an unlikely fix for avoiding brain damage in stroke patients

On paper, there’s next to nothing we can learn from squirrels. Barring an appetite for nuts, there seems to be precious little we have in common – but it’s this sense of difference which may offer an unlikely lifeline to stroke patients.

Source: Squirrel biology may hold an unlikely fix for avoiding brain damage in stroke patients

Celebrate National American Indian Heritage Month with These 8 Reads

In celebration of National American Indian Heritage Month, we’ve curated a list of new and old favorites for every reader to revisit again and again.

Source: Celebrate National American Indian Heritage Month with These 8 Reads


Seated harlequin (Jacinto Salvado), 1923, Pablo Picasso

1,500 Skeletons Have Been Found in Record-Breaking Mass Graves in Europe

Hidden for centuries.

Source: 1,500 Skeletons Have Been Found in Record-Breaking Mass Graves in Europe

This 8,000-Year-Old Rock Art Is The Earliest Depiction of Domesticated Dogs

Who’s a good ancient boy?

Source: This 8,000-Year-Old Rock Art Is The Earliest Depiction of Domesticated Dogs