Eight Secrets Which Writers Won’t Tell You


If you want mental health services to prevent violence, Medicaid expansion is critical –

If any other politician suggests that mental health rather than gun policy is central to reducing mass homicides, ask where they stand on Medicaid expansion.

tion at the University of Chicago. This is a guest column.

Oregon’s mass homicide sparked the usual debate about whether guns or mental health is the best focus in preventing atrocities. Given this stark frame, the centrality of gun policy is hard to deny. Compared with other wealthy democracies, America has surprisingly similar rates of car theft, aggravated assault, and other forms of nonlethal violence. Our gun homicide rate is about three times the average among our peers. Gun policy measures such as improved background checks included in the nearly-passed, bipartisan, post-Newtown Manchin-Toomey bill would certainly be helpful.


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How They Got Their Guns

Criminal histories and documented mental health problems did not prevent at least eight of the gunmen in 14 recent mass shootings from obtaining their weapons, after federal background checks led to approval of the purchases of the guns used.


Why Chicks Cry: Teardrop City

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A Brief History of Decapitation


Heads will roll.





From Inside Rikers Island, a Harrowing Look at the Torture of Solitary Confinement


Mary Buser, who worked at the Rikers jail as a mental health counselor, writes in her memoir of its degradation of inmates and language.


‘Thoughts and prayers are not enough’: Why the US has so many mass shootings

But perhaps the most powerful way to express the disaster is the most simple. Every day in America, 297 people are shot with firearms and 89 people die. That’s an annual death toll at the end of a gun of 32,000 people.


GOODSTUFFs CYBER WORLD: Forget the Zero Praise the Hero

The hero with massive testicles, Chris Mintz


are you phubbing?

Cellphones may offer the ultimate communication convenience, but they could also be sabotaging our romantic relationships—via users who “phub” (phone snub) their partners, a new study finds. The study in the January 2016 issue of Computers in Human Behavior found that 46% of respondents reported feeling phubbed by their mates—meaning that, when together, the mate was distracted by his or her phone.

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Mule Skinner Blues – JIMMIE RODGERS (1930) Blues Guitar Legend – YouTube

Scientists suggest a new, earth-shaking twist on the demise of the dinosaurs

Giant impact of space rock could have intensified volcanic eruption, scientists say


Photographing the Families of Rio de Janeiro’s Favelas

Antonello Veneri’s latest project, “Interiores da Maré,” documents the lives and homes of people living in the city’s infamous slums.


Naked capitalism

The internet blew the porn industry’s business model apart. Its response holds lessons 20150926_IRD004_0for other media firms
—IT WAS 2012, and Fabian Thylmann’s goal was world domination. The man who had put together Manwin, an emerging online-pornography giant, now controlled most of the top ten porn “tubes”—aggregators that, like YouTube, contain thousands of videos and are wildly popular, because much of their content is free. If he could get hold of the two biggest, XVideos and XHamster, he could put it all behind a pay barrier and build an online porn empire. If competitors emerged, he would buy them, too. What antitrust authority would rein in a monopolist in a business that upstanding people pretend does not exist?
—But neither of his targets would sell.

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The Ghosts of Alcatraz Island

With its centuries old history from ancient Native Alcatraz Island-280Americans, to Fort Alcatraz, to a Military Barracks, and most often known service as one of the toughest federal penitentiaries in the Nation, it is no wonder that this place is said to be one of the most haunted in the nation.
—Often described as a portal to another dimension, Alcatraz is filled with the energy of those who came to the “Rock” and seemingly never left.
—From its first visitors, tales and legends of the island have circulated for several centuries. In the beginning, the Native Americans believed the island to be inhabited by evil spirits.

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Adult smokers with a history of problem drinking who continue smoking are at a greater risk of relapsing three years later compared with adults who do not smoke. While treatments for alcohol abuse traditionally require concurrent treatment for problems around illicit substance use, smoking has not generally been part of alcohol or substance use treatment.

Study’s message to recovering alcoholics: Quit smoking to stay sober: Smokers with a history of alcohol problems who continue smoking are at greater risk of relapsing

We owe our success — both as a species and as individuals — to features of our brain that are just now beginning to be understood. One new study suggests how our primate brain’s outer mantle, or cortex, was able to expand as much as 1,000-fold through evolution. Another links personal success — such as high education and income levels and life satisfaction — to increased chatter between key brain areas when we’re not doing anything in particular.

Source: Our brain’s secrets to success? Unique support system promotes cortex growth, connectivity linked to prowess

Developmental psychologists long have debated whether individuals volunteer and help others because they are sympathetic or whether they are sympathetic because they are prosocial. Now, new research helps clarify some of the confusion, which could lead to better interventions to promote positive behaviors in adolescents and clues as to what makes some individuals altruistic.

Relationship between sympathy, helping others could provide clues to development of altruism: Research could help inform interventions to promote positive behaviors in adolescents

Elysian, Anheuser-Busch, and the Fight for the Soul of Seattle’s Beer


He was the sole nay vote in Elysian Brewing’s sale to Anheuser-Busch. Now the brewer’s legacy is at the center of the battle for the soul of Seattle beer.

Dick Cantwell’s Beer Is Immortal
He was the sole nay vote in Elysian Brewing’s sale to Anheuser-Busch. Now the brewer’s legacy is at the center of the battle for the soul of Seattle beer.
—A hastily dispatched phone chain the previous evening mustered about half of Elysian’s 240 employees to the brewery’s production facility in Georgetown the morning of January 23. Everyone knew something was up; the last all-hands meeting in the company’s history happened the day the original brewpub opened on Capitol Hill 19 years earlier.

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Global Water Shortage Exacerbated by Droughts and Misuse

Amid climate change, drought and mismanagement, our world’s most valuable resource is becoming scarce. Much of the crisis is man-made — and even water-rich countries like Germany are to blame.


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The creepiest ghost towns that you can still visit

A haunting island from Skyfall, a mining town reclaimed by the desert and the site of a World War II massacre: The creepiest ghost towns that you can still visit


Sarah Vaughan sings Send in the Clowns – YouTube

The Doctor Isn’t In

The publication of this book is an event. Here the psychiatrist in chief at the New York–Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, Jeffrey A. Lieberman, presents a version of the recent history of psychiatry. As his subtitle implies, he holds that psychiatric progress is a story unknown or underappreciated by the public and as a result many people continue to scorn and stigmatize the patients psychiatrists serve while those in need of psychiatric care fail to seek it.
Dr. Lieberman hopes with this book to illuminate and inspire all such people, and certainly his book gives the reader a view into the official position of American psychiatry—a matter most interesting in itself.
—First, though, a gripe provoked by the author’s choice of title, Shrinks. This term—that he uses repeatedly in referring to his professional colleagues—vexes anyone who thinks psychiatry is a serious profession. Would a contemporary surgeon in a book intended to illuminate modern surgical practice entitle it and refer to his fellows as “saw-bones”?

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Lifeblood…the congo river

The Congo River is the main road through the heart of Africa–for those who dare to travel it.


Rare color photos of 1970s American street life

Incredibly, color photography was first attempted way back in 1840. However, the quality and range of the color was often incredibly limited, as in the complicated “Hillotype” process invented in 1850 by the American Daguerreotypist Levi Hill. It wasn’t until nearly a 100 years later, in the 1940s, that the technology to produce color prints became widely available, yet even then black and white photography remained the accepted medium for professional photographers. In fact, serious photographers had little respect for color considering it the reserve of the postcard, the family snapshot or consumer advert. This all changed though in the 60s and 70s when pioneering photographers, Stephen Shore, Joel Meyerowitz, and William Eggleston began to use color to document city life. Here is just a tiny taster of some of their revolutionary work.


These Mathematical GIFs Will Mesmerize You

Dublin-based PhD student Dave Whyte has released a series of perfectly looped mathematical gifs that are simple, yet mind-blowing. Currently studying the physics of foam Whyte uses the Processing 2 programming language to create these works of art. If you enjoy these gifs be sure to subscribe to his tumblr where he releases new work almost daily.


Adventures in No Man’s Land

What exactly is No Man’s Land? It may be the space on _85813842_barbedwire_gettya battlefield between two opposing front lines, a buffer zone between two countries or a parcel of land unclaimed and ungoverned by local authorities. The notion has never been fully defined so two men are travelling across Europe to a puzzling area on the Egypt-Sudan border in order to understand it better.The term “No Man’s Land” may conjure up images of shell-holed battlefields, mud, barbed wire and shredded tree trunks, but it goes back much further than the trenches of World War One.”I think people fail to realise that the term ‘No Man’s Land’ has a 1,000-year history,” says Alasdair Pinkerton, an expert in human geography at the Royal Holloway University of London.



Weegee, 6 foot snake found at Broadway and 78th St. Curious bystander looks over snake, ca. 1940


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Chinese Mission House: 1880sSan Francisco circa 1880s. “Chinese Mission House of the M.E. Church, 916 Washington Street.”




These common beliefs about immigrants are all wrong

Four great misconceptions about immigrants, debunked.


Thinking Anew: What, precisely, changed in the 18th century?

When Immanuel Kant posed his celebrated question, “Was ist Aufklärung?” in 1784, little BOB.V21-04.2015-10-05.Banner.AP_could he have supposed that he’d inaugurate an inquiry that has yet to end and is unlikely to end soon. Appropriately, Kant’s was a philosopher’s question, not that of a historian, a question that sought answers in general principles, not particular realities. A historian would more likely have asked “Was ist die Aufklärung?” with that concrete, definite article inserted into Kant’s interrogative. And that’s how historians pose the question now: What was the Enlightenment​—​the long, 18th-century recasting of European thought that we used to learn about in high school history courses?
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—The distinction between the philosopher’s and historian’s ways of going about answering Kant’s question, as well as the different answers they yield, is the theme of this erudite book. It’s very much the work of a historian, not of someone who wishes to enter the debate about whether the Enlightenment was or was not a Good Thing or whether the desacralization of life has brought progress or regress​—​questions, among many others, that continue to stir debate and disagreement in political as well as academic life. Ferrone’s central aim is to counter the argument that the Enlightenment can be reduced to “just one more chapter—​however important​—​in the history of Western philosophy.”

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Preservation society: how bronze age Britons mummified the dead


New study of ancient death rituals reveals evidence how bodies were smoked over fire, kept in peat bogs, brought out for special occasions, or even cobbled together in parts


Linda & Paul McCartney with David Gilmour at a Led Zepplin concert. Summer 1976.

Farhad Rahman – Song of a Coast [gallery]


Donna Pinckley’s Sticks and Stones: A series that focuses on racist comments that target interracial relationships (PHOTOS).


Expert: Lost Photo Shows Jesse James and His Killer


“This is it, just huge, like finding a T-Rex leg bone.”


Against his better judgment

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hey filtered into the courtroom and waited for the arrival of the judge, anxious to hear what he would decide. The defendant’s family knelt in the gallery to pray for a lenient sentence. A lawyer paced the entryway and rehearsed his final argument. The defendant reached into the pocket of his orange jumpsuit and pulled out a crumpled note he had written to the judge the night before: “Please, you have all the power,” it read. “Just try and be merciful.”


Aspirin doubles survival rates in certain cancer patients

A new study suggests that Aspirin can double the survival aspirinrates for certain types of cancer if taken once a day.

A recent study reveals the true benefits of Aspirin to cancer patients, who in some cases can double their chances of survival by taking a tablet just once a day. According to a report from Medical News Today, patients with gastrointestinal cancers can have a much higher chance of surviving if they take aspirin once a day.

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The Search for Blind Lemon


If you’ve got Dickinson, you don’t need anybody else.
—Bob Dylan

—I don’t know when I first heard the music in my head. I don’t remember not hearing it. Sometimes in the morning it would be the first thing I heard, shutting out the sounds of reality—the traffic outside the window and the people moving around. My mother would sit at the upright piano, playing and singing song after song off old pieces of sheet music from her past. I searched these songs for meaning. Like the cowboy songs of Gene Autry and Red River Dave, each song told a story of a remote place and time.

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How the Body’s Trillions of Clocks Keep Time

Cellular clocks are almost everywhere. Clues to how they

Bacteria circadian clock protein molecule. Computer model showing the molecular structure of the KaiC protein found in cyanobacteria (blue-green algae). KaiC is a protein expressed by the kaiC gene and is one of three such proteins that are essential for circadian rhythms in these bacteria. Circadian rhythms are biological 'clocks' with a period close to 24 hours in duration that help regulate sleeping and feeding patterns in animals. In bacteria, they are thought to help regulate cell division.

Bacteria circadian clock protein molecule. Computer model showing the molecular structure of the KaiC protein found in cyanobacteria (blue-green algae). KaiC is a protein expressed by the kaiC gene and is one of three such proteins that are essential for circadian rhythms in these bacteria. Circadian rhythms are biological ‘clocks’ with a period close to 24 hours in duration that help regulate sleeping and feeding patterns in animals. In bacteria, they are thought to help regulate cell division.

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—Individual proteins, like this protein found in blue-green algae, help regulate circadian rhythms.
—Carrie Partch was at the tail end of her postdoc when she made the first discovery. The structural biologist was looking at a database of human proteins, noting those that shared a piece with the ones she’d been studying. “I was just sort of flipping through it thinking, ‘I should know all of these,’” she recalls. “Then this one came up, and it had a different domain architecture than I’d ever seen.” She looked further into the protein, called PASD1, whose function was unknown. She found that among the few proteins it resembled was one called CLOCK. And that made her sit up straighter — because CLOCK is at the heart of a very large, mysterious process.

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