GOODSTUFFs CYBER WORLD: GOODSTUFFs BLOGGING MAGAZINE (277th Issue)

GOODSTUFFs Time Machine™ presents an exposé on Burlesque Queen Blaze Starr and Louisiana governor Earl Long. Plus, this enormous meta blog post contains all the science and vintage stuff a body needs

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The Inexplicably Fascinating Secret World of Thomasson

“Thomasson: noun  to-ma-son a preserved architectural relic which serves no purpose”. We’ve all come across an example at one time or another– probably didn’t give it too much thought and surely had no idea these random urban oddities actually had a name, let alone an entire movement dedicated to o

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Americans have been lying to themselves about the economy for way too long

Many of the world’s most celebrated stories are tales of upward mobility. There’s Arthur, the orphan who becomes king after yanking a sword from a rock; Aladdin, the street urchin who wins fabulous wealth from a magic lamp; and Cinderella, the bullied girl who marries a prince after a footwear-related meet-cute.

In each of these stories, the characters succeed mostly by fate or luck. But in the late 1800s, during a time of rising inequality and hardening social hierarchies, an American named Horatio Alger became famous for telling a different kind of tale, one in which poor people ascended to the upper class by dint of their own hard work and sterling morals. By Alger’s formula, crossing class lines didn’t require a genie or a fairy godmother — only gumption.

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A Hanging Tree, Graves And Hemingway: The Colorful History of Captain Tony’s Saloon

Source: A Hanging Tree, Graves And Hemingway: The Colorful History of Captain Tony’s Saloon | Amusing Planet

Where Wax U.S. Presidents Go to Retire

In Gettysburg, it’s the end of an era for the Hall of Presidents and First Ladies Museum.

Source: Where Wax U.S. Presidents Go to Retire | Atlas Obscura

Review: ‘American Hookup’ Gives College Sex Culture a Failing Grade

Lisa Wade, a sociologist at Occidental College, has written a study depicting students’ sex lives as a mix of carnality and pervasive disappointment.

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Why French Search Engine Qwant Thinks It Can Beat Google

Search engines like Qwant show you don’t need to hand over reams of private data for a pleasant experience.

Source: Why French Search Engine Qwant Thinks It Can Beat Google | Motherboard

Don’t Tell Your Friends They’re Lucky

Cornell professor of economics Robert Frank says he’s alive today because of “pure dumb luck.” In 2007, he collapsed on a tennis…

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How Reliable Are Cancer Studies?

A project that tried to reproduce the results of 50 landmark papers turned into an arduous slog—and that’s a problem in itself.

Source: How Reliable Are Cancer Studies? – The Atlantic

 How East and West think in profoundly different ways

Psychologists are uncovering the surprising influence of geography on our reasoning, behaviour, and sense of self.

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 Keizer, Death and Doctors’ Fears

And then I had unmistakably changed into an old and experienced doctor. Looking back over thirty years of geriatric medicine, I would like to steer away from any pronouncements on the wonderful progress we have made in fighting this, that, and the other. The mortality rate of human beings is still 100% and we may hope it stays that way. Gerontologists who are looking for ways to make us die at a much later age only add years to what I find the least attractive stage of human life, the years beyond ninety. To such progress my answer is: thank you, but no. Call again when you can make me carry on being forty for forty years, which is an incomprehensible desire, so let’s forget it.

There is one aspect of medical practice where I’ve noticed only the slightest progression in the past thirty years; I mean the way doctors behave around dying patients. More specifically, the way doctors deal, or refuse to do just that, with euthanasia on the one hand and dying patients in general.

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Pictures Reveal One of the Last Unexplored Places on Earth

Diving miles beneath the sea, an ROV finds a new type of volcanic vent teeming with life near the Mariana Trench.

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Humboldt in the New World

Alexander von Humboldt’s journey to becoming the preeminent scientist of his day had many possible starting points. But July 16,1799,  the day that he, a Prussian naturalist, and his friend

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Study reveals for first time that cognitive-behavior therapy changes the brain’s wiring

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WikiLeaks’ impact: an unfiltered look into the world’s elite and powerful

Once classified reports could go viral, US diplomats thought twice about what they wrote – and foreign contacts were careful with what they told diplomats

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Japanese soldier played dead for almost two days half buried in a shell hole holding a live grenade. Promising no resistance, he was given a cigarette before being removed. Iwo Jima, 16 March 1945.

Nicky Scarfo, Mob Boss Who Plundered Atlantic City in the ’80s, Dies at 87

Mr. Scarfo purged two dozen fellow mobsters during his reign in Philadelphia and South Jersey and milked casino profits in Atlantic City.

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Many household products contain antimicrobial chemicals banned from soaps by the FDA

Products not under the FDA’s jurisdiction don’t have to list whether they contain any of the antimicrobial chemicals banned in soap by the agency.

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Top 100 Songs of 2016

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Scans reveal how the Tasmanian tiger’s brain was wired to kill

BRAIN EVOLUTION Scientists have mapped 100-year-old brains of two extinct thylacines – better known as the Tasmanian tiger – to reveal how the carnivore was wired to be a predator

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10 Little-Known Facts About US Presidents

The history of the US presidency is full of well-known oddities, scandals, and moments of heroism. But there are also lesser-known moments that deserve rec

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Too much sitting, too little exercise may accelerate biological aging: Older women with low physical activity and 10 hours of daily sit time had even ‘older’ cells

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Exercising more, sitting less reduces heart failure risk in men

Packing Away a Delusion

Experts are always urging family members to “redirect” people with dementia, rather than point out their errors or argue with them. Sometimes that’s not so easy.

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What, if anything, can be said about what is unsayable?

In 2010, the artist Marina Abramović performed for 700 hours at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, in a piece called The Artist is Present. It involved her sitting still in the middle of the gallery’s soaring atrium, wearing one of a selection of striking, block-colour dresses that pooled over her feet. Members of the audience could come and sit with Abramović, and face her across a table or empty space, in silence. The emotion and intensity of their responses was astonishing. Some laughed; many cried. Arthur Danto, the late Columbia University philosopher and art critic, compared his time with Abramović to ‘a shamanic trance’, and described the show as ‘magic’ in The New York Times. More than 1,500 people came and sat with Abramović, and 750,000 attended as observers. A recurring sentiment among the visitors was that the performance was a deep revelation for which words were not sufficient. If this is true, then something about it was ineffable.

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The ‘Light-Up Nation’ as world leader in medical marijuana technologies. Will scientific research on the effects of medicinal opiates lead to new findings in poppy fields?

The publication The Economist recently reported that the ‘Light-Up Nation’ is poised to become the global leader in medical marijuana technologies, with 36 companies doing medical research on the health benefits of cannabis.
—Israeli innovation website NoCamels reports that Israeli farmers look forward to exporting hundreds of millions of dollars in medical marijuana every year. According to the report, Israel is some 60 year’s ahead of the United States as a result of Washington’s repressive anti-drug policies.
—The War on Drugs has been so repressive that a black man arrested three times for selling marijuana in Missouri received a lifelong sentence without parole in 1993. He is only one of the many hundreds of thousands of victims of pointless laws.

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Old dogs, new tricks


How older employees perform in the workplace
As people age, the brain changes in both good ways and bad

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Learning and earning: Lifelong learning is becoming an economic imperative

Technological change demands stronger and more continuous connections between education and employment, says Andrew Palmer. The faint outlines of such a system are now emerging

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How Viruses Leave Messages For Descendants On How To ‘Infect’

Many viruses face a choice after they have infected their hosts: to replicate quickly, killing the cell in the process, or to become dormant and lie in wait. HIV, herpes, and a number of other human viruses behave this way and, in fact, even the viruses that attack bacteria – phages – face similar decisions when invading a cell.

What causes a virus to choose dormancy over immediate gratification?

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Andrew Burton, Photographer | American Oil | 41 slides

Andrew Burton (b. 1987, USA) is a documentary photographer with a focus in news, environmental issues, conflict and feature stories.

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Trading in the Bronze Age: Living the High Life in the Great City of Ugarit

Ugarit is an ancient city located on the coast of Syria. The ruins of this site are in the form of a tell (or mound) known as Ras Shamra, and are situated 10 km (6.2 miles) to the north of Latakia, the main port city of the country.

Source: Trading in the Bronze Age: Living the High Life in the Great City of Ugarit | Ancient Origins

What is the Fermi Paradox?

Where is everybody? There are a lot of potential answers to that question.

Source: What is the Fermi Paradox? – ExtremeTech

Walking On Frozen Baikal, The Deepest And Oldest Lake On Earth To Capture Its Otherworldly Beauty

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Anthony Bourdain Has a Lot to Say About the Opioid Epidemic Ravaging Small-Town America

A short Q+A with the ‘Parts Unknown’ host about the evils of the pharmaceutical industry, art in the age of Trump, and the secret to his longevity.

Source: Anthony Bourdain Has a Lot to Say About the Opioid Epidemic Ravaging Small-Town America | GQ

What Samuel Johnson Really Did

Samuel Johnson, poet, satirist, critic, lexicographer, and dyed-in-the-wool conservative was born in Lichfield, Staffordshire, England, on September 18, 1709. We are quickly approaching the tercentena

Source: What Samuel Johnson Really Did | Humanities

Majority of primate species may vanish in next 25 to 50 years

The latest review of primate survival prospects shows that habitat loss from farming and human expansion is putting our closest evolutionary relatives at risk

Source: Majority of primate species may vanish in next 25 to 50 years | New Scientist

Who Killed Julian Pierce?

Before he was murdered, the Native American activist was investigating police involvement in rural North Carolina’s cocaine trade. I spent…

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We’ve never seen global sea ice levels this low before

Something very unusual is happening on this planet of ours.

Source: We’ve never seen global sea ice levels this low before – Vox

Nexium: The Dark Side Of Pharma

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Why Some Dead Bodies Are Worth Millions More Than Others


In the U.S., the value of a life varies in price like different brands of Greek yogurt. One way to look at this is through the settlements awarded to the victims of police shootings: In Los Angeles, for example, some families get millions more for the loss of a loved one than others do.

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Running May Be Good for Your Knees

Knees of runners showed substantially lower levels of two types of cells that can contribute to inflammation and promote arthritis.

Source: Running May Be Good for Your Knees – The New York Times

This (maybe) haunted New York hamlet is a center of the U.S. spiritualist movement

No ghosts, no problem: The medium is the message in Lily Dale, New York.

Source: This (maybe) haunted New York hamlet is a center of the U.S. spiritualist movement – The Washington Post

Marijuana’s racist double standard

Legalization should solve problems, not create more.

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Billy Joel – Topic – YouTube

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