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shippedcream:

so you can’t get on a plane with 3.5 ounces of body wash but ebola is okay

What is your take on the "Ebola Pandemic"? I see the virus as serious, but I think the media is blowing it way out of proportion to scare people and get a story. What do you think?

redbloodedamerica:

Well, I’ve been waiting to hear the outcome of what’s been happening just like everyone else.  Ebola is of course a serious disease with a survival rate of only 30%, but I don’t think it’s cause for panic or alarm.

My problem with this outbreak is the dog and pony show we’ve had to endure from the President and the Center for Disease Control.  I understand it’s part of their job to keep the public from panicking but I believe they have shown they were completely ill-prepared for this type of scenario.  That’s probably because the CDC has been using our tax dollars for everything but disease prevention.  Just like NASA is more interested in climate change rather than space exploration under Obama, the CDC has been working hard like a good government bureaucracy to meddle in your personal liberties instead of preparing ourselves to properly tackle this problem.

Furthermore, I’m not sure if it’s the airline lobbyists that are convincing Obama or what’s going on, but there’s absolutely no logical reason why we shouldn’t stop all incoming travel from Ebola-stricken countries in Africa.  Many African countries are banning travel just for this reason.

What’s really illogical and bizarre is the liberal (and even libertarian) reasoning why travel restrictions to places like Nigeria are a bad idea:

  1. It just won’t work. (Really, this is their #1 reason. Fatalism.)
  2. It would actually make stopping the outbreak in West Africa more difficult. (How does restricting outgoing travel disrupt incoming supply and aid.  That’s right…it doesn’t.)
  3. It will devastate the economies of West Africa. (Who cares?!)

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Just take those three reasons in for a second.  We’re only suggesting the quarantine of a handful of trouble countries (like we’ve done with other trouble countries throughout history) while we contain the problem and fix it.  That is a pretty easy, proven tactic.  Instead, for some reason, these geniuses choose to shrug their shoulders and just open the floodgates anyway.  I mean…we’re only delaying the inevitable, right?

Lastly, if the lie of closing airline travel wasn’t pathetic enough, I’m sick of being lied to about everything else involved with this.  The President claims it most likely wouldn’t hit the US, but if it did, we would be prepared to handle it.  Clearly, he was wrong both on his estimates and his assurances, because not only did this drop in our country shortly after making this speech, it also spread to workers in a good hospital that obviously wasn’t prepared to handle it.  The CDC also keeps giving us these bogus assurances that they’re checking travelers for the disease, that it can’t be spread when people are not showing symptoms, and that it can’t be transported through the air.

Look, I don’t think this is going to spread like some people do.  I definitely do not believe it’s some kind of government-engineered “bio weapon used to control our population.  The Ebola scare will most likely be long gone in a couple of weeks and all that will be left is more lost credibility on a federal bureaucracy and its administration that has done nothing but let our country down since its inception.

popmech:

Death Star Physics: How much energy does it take to blow up a planet?

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Shirt: Ministry - Jesus Built My Hotrod

Color:  White

Brand: Brockum

Source: caught up to todays shirt finally.  the Ministy song was my favorite but i think mostly because it had Gibby form Butthole Surfers on it.  you can hear him so clear on it it is light night and day.  Al Jorgensen did know how to team up with good musicians.  thats for sure.  this song and Pailhead are my two favorite things he has ever done.  Jesus Built My Hotrod by Ministry on Grooveshark

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cracked:

Still wouldn’t explain the facial hair.
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cracked:

Still wouldn’t explain the facial hair.

23 Things You Secretly Suspect About Famous People

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Little Mini Microfossils!

The images shown above are scanning electron micrographs of the internal siliceous skeletons of Radiolarians.  They are an amoeboid protozoa and have existed since the beginning of the Paleozoic era, producing an astonishing diversity of intricate shapes during their 600 million year history. Their silicate skeletons have pores through which pseudopodia (false feet) of protoplasm project. As it floats in ocean currents, the pseudopodia trap food particles on which the radiolarian feeds.

See more amazingly intricate Radiolarian skeletons

Radiolarians are found as zooplankton throughout the oceans of the world. Individual are normally in the size range of hundredths to tenths of millimeters. Some, however, may reach a millimeter or more, large enough to be seen with the naked eye. When a radiolarian dies, it’s shell sinks. After millions of years of radiolarian shells raining down on the sea floor, they accumulate in great quantities. Much of the sea floor of the deep oceans are covered in this radiolarian “ooze”. 

All images above © Manfred Kage / Science Source

neurosciencestuff:

Hunger Games: How the brain ‘browns’ fat to aid weight loss
Researchers at Yale School of Medicine have uncovered a molecular process in the brain known to control eating that transforms white fat into brown fat. This process impacts how much energy we burn and how much weight we can lose. The results are published in the Oct. 9 issue of the journal Cell.
Obesity is a rising global epidemic. Excess fatty tissue is a major risk factor for type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, neurological disorders, and cancer. People become overweight and obese when energy intake exceeds energy expenditure, and excess calories are stored in the adipose tissues. The adipose organ is made up of both white and brown fat. While white fat primarily stores energy as triglycerides, brown fat dissipates chemical energy as heat. The more brown fat you have, the more weight you can lose.
It has previously been shown that energy-storing white fat has the capacity to transform into energy-burning “brown-like” fat. In this new study, researchers from the Yale Program in Integrative Cell Signaling and Neurobiology of Metabolism, demonstrate that neurons controlling hunger and appetite in the brain control the “browning” of white fat.
Lead author Xiaoyong Yang, associate professor of comparative medicine and physiology at Yale School of Medicine, conducted the study with Tamas Horvath, professor and chair of comparative medicine, and professor of neurobiology and Obstetrics/gynecology at Yale School of Medicine, and their co-authors.
The team stimulated this browning process from the brain in mice and found that it protected the animals from becoming obese on a high-fat diet. The team then studied the molecular changes in hunger-promoting neurons in the hypothalamus and found that the attachment of a unique sugar called “O-GlcNAc” to potassium ion channels acts as a switch to control brain activity to burn fat.
“Our studies reveal white fat “browning” as a highly dynamic physiological process that the brain controls,” said Yang. “This work indicates that behavioral modifications promoted by the brain could influence how the amount of food we eat and store in fat is burned.”
Yang said hunger and cold exposure are two life-history variables during the development and evolution of mammals. “We observed that food deprivation dominates over cold exposure in neural control of white fat browning. This regulatory system may be evolutionarily important as it can reduce heat production to maintain energy balance when we are hungry. Modulating this brain-to-fat connection represents a potential novel strategy to combat obesity and associated illnesses.”

neurosciencestuff:

Hunger Games: How the brain ‘browns’ fat to aid weight loss

Researchers at Yale School of Medicine have uncovered a molecular process in the brain known to control eating that transforms white fat into brown fat. This process impacts how much energy we burn and how much weight we can lose. The results are published in the Oct. 9 issue of the journal Cell.

Obesity is a rising global epidemic. Excess fatty tissue is a major risk factor for type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, neurological disorders, and cancer. People become overweight and obese when energy intake exceeds energy expenditure, and excess calories are stored in the adipose tissues. The adipose organ is made up of both white and brown fat. While white fat primarily stores energy as triglycerides, brown fat dissipates chemical energy as heat. The more brown fat you have, the more weight you can lose.

It has previously been shown that energy-storing white fat has the capacity to transform into energy-burning “brown-like” fat. In this new study, researchers from the Yale Program in Integrative Cell Signaling and Neurobiology of Metabolism, demonstrate that neurons controlling hunger and appetite in the brain control the “browning” of white fat.

Lead author Xiaoyong Yang, associate professor of comparative medicine and physiology at Yale School of Medicine, conducted the study with Tamas Horvath, professor and chair of comparative medicine, and professor of neurobiology and Obstetrics/gynecology at Yale School of Medicine, and their co-authors.

The team stimulated this browning process from the brain in mice and found that it protected the animals from becoming obese on a high-fat diet. The team then studied the molecular changes in hunger-promoting neurons in the hypothalamus and found that the attachment of a unique sugar called “O-GlcNAc” to potassium ion channels acts as a switch to control brain activity to burn fat.

“Our studies reveal white fat “browning” as a highly dynamic physiological process that the brain controls,” said Yang. “This work indicates that behavioral modifications promoted by the brain could influence how the amount of food we eat and store in fat is burned.”

Yang said hunger and cold exposure are two life-history variables during the development and evolution of mammals. “We observed that food deprivation dominates over cold exposure in neural control of white fat browning. This regulatory system may be evolutionarily important as it can reduce heat production to maintain energy balance when we are hungry. Modulating this brain-to-fat connection represents a potential novel strategy to combat obesity and associated illnesses.”

prtib:

cracked:

Before you chime in against the “white knights”, ask yourself this simple question: “Would what I’m about to say get me yelled at or punched in my stupid fucking face if I said it in real life?”
4 Ways Gamers Still Suck at Dealing With Women

#4. We’re Incapable of Mature Conversations About Gender
There’s a baffling disconnect where gamers want to be taken seriously, but they also want to be able to call Quinn (or Anita Sarkeesian, or Brianna Wu, or Jennifer Hepler, or the woman who just chainsawed them in half in Gears of War) insults that the average convicted sex offender would consider over the line. They want to have their asshole cake and eat it too.
Well, guess what? If you can’t talk like an adult, then you have to keep sitting at the kids table. But I’ll let you in on another secret: it’s not hard to talk like a sane adult human.

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" I’m not suggesting we all drop our virtual weapons and make stirring monologues on equality in the midst of Halo matches, but if you have a friend who likes to be an asshole on the Internet, tell him to knock it off. If you run a server, guild, or clan, ban that shit. If you have a teenager doing it, tell him he’s out of the inheritance until he stops. Because if you don’t, you’re going to have to read this article again in a year, and I’d much rather write about how it’s no longer embarrassing to be associated with the gaming community. "

prtib:

cracked:

Before you chime in against the “white knights”, ask yourself this simple question: “Would what I’m about to say get me yelled at or punched in my stupid fucking face if I said it in real life?”

4 Ways Gamers Still Suck at Dealing With Women

#4. We’re Incapable of Mature Conversations About Gender

There’s a baffling disconnect where gamers want to be taken seriously, but they also want to be able to call Quinn (or Anita Sarkeesian, or Brianna Wu, or Jennifer Hepler, or the woman who just chainsawed them in half in Gears of War) insults that the average convicted sex offender would consider over the line. They want to have their asshole cake and eat it too.

Well, guess what? If you can’t talk like an adult, then you have to keep sitting at the kids table. But I’ll let you in on another secret: it’s not hard to talk like a sane adult human.

Read More

" I’m not suggesting we all drop our virtual weapons and make stirring monologues on equality in the midst of Halo matches, but if you have a friend who likes to be an asshole on the Internet, tell him to knock it off. If you run a server, guild, or clan, ban that shit. If you have a teenager doing it, tell him he’s out of the inheritance until he stops. Because if you don’t, you’re going to have to read this article again in a year, and I’d much rather write about how it’s no longer embarrassing to be associated with the gaming community. "

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