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June 07, 2011

Ten commonly misused words

Joe. My. God.: 10 Commonly Misunderstood Words

June 05, 2011

The startling decline of rape

The startling decline in rape -- The Reality-Based Community
The rate of forcible rape as reported on victimization surveys peaked in 1979 at about 2.8 per 1000 population (age 12 or older). In 2009 the rate fell to 0.5. This is an astounding decline, but I don’t know of any reason to doubt the accuracy of the numbers. The National Crime Victimization survey is conducted twice a year, with a sample size of 134,000. Rapes reported to the police have been shrinking more slowly than survey-reported rapes, and actually rose from 1979-1990, consistent with other data showing an increasing willingness of victims to report having been raped. I have no idea what caused the decline, which is far more dramatic, and started far earlier, than the declines in other violent crimes. But the theory that pornography causes sex crime would seem to have a hard time surviving comparison with the data.

June 01, 2011

im *OUTRAGED* that the liberl news media broke in to this womans *HOUSE*!!1! #BlameObama

(I just wanted to join that trend where you pretend...

The HIV map of America

Joe. My. God.: HIV Map Of America
With HIV’s 30th anniversary around the corner, a new interactive map reveals U.S. data on the disease down to individual counties and, for some cities, even zip codes. The nonprofit mapping effort, called AIDSVu, isn’t a perfect representation of the disease in the United States. The visualization is based on 2008 data, some states didn’t contribute county or demographic information that others did, and the map shows only diagnosed rates and cases. An estimated 1 in 5 HIV carriers in the U.S. are undiagnosed. Despite these limitations, it may be the most thorough geographical depiction of HIV ever created.

Moments in Emphatic Americanism

There's a lot going on in this video, in terms...

So, basically, there's a sub-genre of reality cop show that's nothing but news footage and a British guy mocking us?

Seriously, what the hell, man? For the record--in terms of...

May 31, 2011

Well, I'm sold; let's install rings around the Earth

(via ze's page :: zefrank.com: if Earth had rings...

May 30, 2011

Your New Favorite Blog: Bangable Dudes in History

This is exactly what it says on the tin: hot men who did amazing things long ago. Bangable Dudes in History

May 26, 2011

Submitted for your consideration: Worst lecture ever, or *best* lecture ever?

How (not) to communicate new scientific information: a memoir of...

May 25, 2011

It's link-bait, but interesting nonetheless: Popular Mechanics' "Most Dangerous Car Interiors"

Most Dangerous Car Interiors - History of Automobile Safety -...

May 23, 2011

Fun Fact: Snake Oil Actually Worked

How Snake Oil Got a Bad Rap (Hint: It Wasn’t The Snakes’ Fault) | Collectors Weekly
In the 1860s, Chinese laborers immigrated to the United States to work on the Transcontinental Railroad. At night, they would rub their sore, tired muscles with ointment made from Chinese water snake (Enhydris chinensis), an ancient Chinese remedy they shared with their American co-workers. A 2007 story in Scientific American explains that California neurophysiology researcher Richard Kunin made the connection between Chinese water snakes and omega-3 fatty acids in the 1980s. “Kunin visited San Francisco’s Chinatown to buy such snake oil and analyze it. According to his 1989 analysis published in the Western Journal of Medicine, Chinese water-snake oil contains 20 percent eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), one of the two types of omega-3 fatty acids most readily used by our bodies. Salmon, one of the most popular food sources of omega-3s, contains a maximum of 18 percent EPA, lower than that of snake oil.” However, it wasn’t until several years after Kunin’s research that American scientists discovered that omega-3s are vital for human metabolism. Not only do they sooth inflammation in muscles and joints, but also, they can help “cognitive function and reduce blood pressure, cholesterol, and even depression.” So why does snake oil have such a bad rap? Well, hucksters that sold patent or proprietary medicine caught wind of the miraculous muscle-soothing powers of snake oil. Naturally, they decided to sell their own versions of snake oil—but it was just much easier to forgo using actual snakes. . . .

Damn; Chicago is chillingly rational about total climate collapse

Bringing a trowel to a knife fight; *that's* the Chicago...

May 20, 2011

Happy Busta Rhymes Day!

Like all good men, Mr. Rhymes enjoys a May birthday;...

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May 19, 2011

Submitted for your consideration: "Pets Who Want to Kill Themselves"

PETS WHO WANT TO KILL THEMSELVES...