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On the road of bones

Photographer Jacob Aue Sobol’s pictures captured on the Kolyma Highway in Russia.

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Why am I now political after all these years?

A NUMBER OF MY CONSERVATIVE READERS HAVE WRITTEN TO ASK WHY AFTER SO MANY YEARS OF BEING NON POLITICAL I SUDDENLY AM POSTING SOME ANTI-TRUMP MATERIAL.
I CONSIDER TRUMP TO BE TRULY DANGEROUS A PERSON, DANGEROUS TO OUR NATION AND TO THE WORLD. WERE PENCE THE PRESIDENT, OR ANY OTHER OTHER PERSON, I WOULD REFRAIN FROM A POLITICAL STANCE. BUT AS ELIE WEIESEL HAS NOTED..WHEN THERE IS CLEAR AND APPARANT EVIL IN OUR WORLD, ONE CAN NOT STAY SILENT. YOU ARE EITHER FOR OR AGAINST THAT PERSON OR CAUSE. TO STAY SILENT IS TO GIVE TACIT APPROVAL.
I HOPE THEN THAT IF YOU ARE A REGISTERED REPUBLICAN, OR A CONSERVATIVE, YOU WILL STAY WITH MY SITE AND UNDERSTAND MY POSITION. IF NOT, I AM SORRY TO LOSE YOU.

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump Just Got Caught in Another Ethics Violation—Thanks to Instagram

Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner failed to disclose the couple’s multimillion-dollar art collection in public financial disclosures presented to the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, artnet reports.

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Forget Supersonic. Hypersonic Is the U.S. Military’s New Speed

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GOP strategist admits he colluded with Russian hackers to hurt Hillary Clinton, Democrats

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There was a Russian spy in the FBI for 15 years, and even he warned of election tampering

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Joan Miró (1893-1983) “ Woman and Birds in the Night.”

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China is working on the largest infrastructure endeavor in human history

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Conservationists Could Be Saving More Biodiversity in Less Space

How a small but strategic increase in protected lands could triple the amount of bird and mammal diversity preserved worldwide.

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That whole Panama Papers scandal? The U.S. also needs to take a look at itself

WASHINGTON – OCTOBER 20: Volunteers help roll up a giant banner printed with the Preamble to the United States Constitution during a demonstration against the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling at the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall October 20, 2010 in Washington, DC.

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For 4,500 years, Stone Age humans returned to this mysterious cave

45,000 years ago in Ethiopia, humans built a paint workshop and used it for millennia.

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Air rage: why does flying make us so angry? Science says it’s about class


‘If the rich continue to take the lion’s share of economic gains, unrest will spread far beyond the unfriendly skies.’ Illustration: Rosie Roberts
Air rage: why does flying make us so angry? Science says it’s about class

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33 Rare Photos Show American Stores from the Late 19th Century

Source: vintage everyday: 33 Rare Photos Show American Stores from the Late 19th Century

FDA Clears First Cancer Drug Based on Genetics of Disease, Not Tumor Location

Diseases with these traits occur throughout the body

Source: FDA Clears First Cancer Drug Based on Genetics of Disease, Not Tumor Location – Scientific American

One Calgary Man’s Big Idea: Tiny, Tiny Street Food

It’s more adorable than filling.

Source: One Calgary Man’s Big Idea: Tiny, Tiny Street Food – Atlas Obscura

Residency: John Kacere [erotic gallery=art]

visual inspiration mood board blog

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Scientists are about to perform an Experiment to See if the Human Mind Is Bound by Physics

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 Spain’s medieval clifftop skyscrapers

Built in the Middle Ages, Cuenca’s skyscrapers sit precariously on the edge of a cliff, offering residents spectacular views of the Spanish countryside.

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Tied Up in His Grave, The Strange ‘Dancing Skeleton’ of Ust-Ivanovka

A Dark Ages man aged around 30 years old was found in a medieval graveyard for unusually old people in the Russian Far East. “We were struck by his unusual position,” said the scientist about the skeleton which dates from the 7th to the 9th centuries.

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Mind…Brain…etc

Source: 8 ways smart people act stupid and how to fix it

Source: Is personalized learning the future? This high school thinks so.

Source: Emotional Intelligence Test

Source: Is Intelligence Genetic?

Major finding in human anatomy has implications for many brain diseases, including Alzheimer’s

Kari Alitalo had studied lymphatic vessels for more than two decades. So he knew that this network, which carries immune cells throughout the body and removes waste and toxins, didn’t extend …

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For the Illiterate Adult, Learning to Read Produces Enormous Brain Changes

Surprises turn up in scans of the newly literate—a possible boon for dyslexics

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Millennials’ buying power affects music | OppenheimerFunds

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40 years ago this month, the Grateful Dead went from hippie holdovers to true stadium rockers

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Why Reading Is The Best Workout For Your Brain

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The Longform Guide to Fire by Matthew Teague, David Grann, Robert Sanchez, Pamela Colloff, Dave Jamieson, Sean Flynn, Kyle Dickman, N.R. Kleinfeld

A collection of picks on arsonists, fire fighters and more.

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Dinosaur Mummy Discovered

Discovered in 2011, the dinosaur mummy is now on display at the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Alberta, Canada.

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Source: Storing a memory involves distant parts of the brain

Source: Newly discovered brain network offers clues to social cognition

Source: The brain detects disease in others even before it breaks out

How to BBQ Using Science

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Amazing photographs of elderly New Yorkers in the 1840s

These amazing images are believed to have been captured by New York photographer Matthew Brady in the 1840s and feature elderly people who had all been born in the 1700s.

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Top 10 Bizarre Tales Of Modern-Day Witchcraft

In many parts of the world, people still believe in magic. Whether it’s wishful thinking or a product of being raised in an isolated society, there are many who go to witch doctors and self-proclaimed shamans. Even in modern society, some people study ancient occult teachings in order to achieve the results they’re looking for—whether it’s eternal life, wealth, political power, or a curse upon their enemies. 10 Not-So-Bulletproof Spell Witch doctors still practice in many African countries, and they actually make a very good living. In 2001, a group of roughly 15 men in a village called Lambu in

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Saudi Arabia pushes Donald Trump to rescind 9/11 lawsuit law |

Saudi Arabia is lobbying Trump to help it overturn the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, a 2016 law allowing 9/11 families to sue.

Source: Saudi Arabia pushes Donald Trump to rescind 9/11 lawsuit law | McClatchy Washington Bureau

Psychology shows it’s a big mistake to base our self-worth on our professional achievements

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Krieger: Wall Street Completely Owns The Trump Administration |

Instead of cowering, Wall Street executives and lobbyists are crowing, getting more confident about ditching rules that have annoyed them for years. That’s

Source: Krieger: Wall Street Completely Owns The Trump Administration | The Sleuth Journal

U.S. high schools may be over-relying on online credit recovery to boost their graduation rates.

Rushing to boost graduation rates, more school districts are relying on “online credit recovery”—a form of instruction that may be selling students short.

Source: U.S. high schools may be over-relying on online credit recovery to boost their graduation rates.

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James Bond And Me – The Best Roger Moore Story Ever

My grandad had no idea who James Bond or Roger Moore were, so we walked over and he popped me in front of Roger Moore, with the words “my grandson says you’re famous. Can you sign this?”

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The incredible life of DeepMind cofounder Demis Hassabis

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Why Did U.S. Postmasters Once Have So Much Political Cachet? | JSTOR Daily

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America’s worsening global reputation could put billions in US exports at risk

U.S. News and World Report recently published its annual “Best Countries” ranking, based on how thousands of people around the world perceive other nations. Switzerland topped the 80-country ranking, followed by Canada and the United Kingdom.

One big surprise was that the United States fell three spots, from fourth to seventh. The U.S. received poor marks for business friendliness, respect for human rights and democracy, and educational quality. These results align with another ranking from Forbes showing the U.S. in decline.

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Trump Administration Edits Science, Again

The Department of Interior edited a news release on a study coauthored by government scientists to remove a mention of climate change, the Washington Post reported.

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The Underground Homes of Matmata, Tunisia

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Alzheimer’s disease

Research linking the metabolic gene TOMM40 with Alzheimer’s risk has produced mixed results for years. Now, a new study says family history is the reason.

Source: Alzheimer’s disease: Family history may explain puzzling link to metabolic gene

Source: A New Approach to Alzheimer’s

The disease resists any easy attempt at metaphors, but that doesn’t mean patients and their caretakers don’t try.

Source: How Do You Write About Something Like Alzheimer’s? s

My grandfather, Abbas Jebelli, was not one for self-gratification.

Source: Why exercise might be our best weapon against Alzheimer’s

Source: We May Have New Drugs To Fight Dementia—And They Were Here All Along

Source: 9 habits that may reduce your risk for developing Alzheimer’s

Martin Luther’s Burning Questions

The posting of Martin Luther’s ninety-five theses in 1517 set off the spark that ignited the Protestant Reformation, and the Reformation in turn marked a fundamental stage in the forging of a collective German identity. A series of Luther celebrations to mark the event’s five hundredth anniversary provide a fresh, insightful view into Luther’s life and times and the vast, unpredictable forces his rebellion unleashed.

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