20 November, 2017

The Truth About Sex Differences | Psychology Today

The Truth About Sex Differences | Psychology Today: "If you were to line up 100 women and 100 men and peruse the heights of the two groups, you would easily notice differences in their group distributions of heights. In the United States, the average adult woman is only about as tall as the average 14-year-old boy. Too often, when scientists claim that there exists a sex difference in height, it gets translated by others as meaning that the feature of height is biologically essential to being a man (taller) or a woman (shorter). The tendency to misconstrue as a necessary difference what shows up only as a group difference is a huge barrier to respectful and productive conversations about sex differences. 

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Roy Moore allegations place uneasy spotlight on Gadsden | AL.com

Roy Moore allegations place uneasy spotlight on Gadsden | AL.com:

In 1960, Gadsden had almost 60,000 residents. In those days, it was an industrial town bookended by the Goodyear tire plant and a steel plant. Now, it has about 36,000 residents, but maintains a vibrant downtown life and local business culture.
Curlie DeRamus, a 70-year-old who said he has lived in Gadsden his whole life, didn't approach the mike but grew animated when he talked about his hometown. He said Gadsden is full of people who are in low wage jobs, trying to make a better life for themselves.


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19 November, 2017

JoshRushing comments on [AMA Request] Anyone that has witnessed a death sentenced carried out

JoshRushing comments on [AMA Request] Anyone that has witnessed a death sentenced carried out: "I wrote the following description of having just witnessed an execution while in the passenger seat of a car driving away from the prison. I wanted it to be as accurate and detailed as possible...
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18 November, 2017

Kim Jong Un’s North Korea: Life inside the totalitarian state - Washington Post

Kim Jong Un’s North Korea: Life inside the totalitarian state - Washington Post: "Escapees from North Korea’s gruesome political prisons have recounted brutal treatment over the years, including medieval torture with shackles and fire and being forced to undergo abortions by the crudest methods. Human rights activists say that this appears to have lessened slightly under Kim. But severe beatings and certain kinds of torture — including being forced to remain in stress positions for crippling lengths of time — are commonplace throughout North Korea’s detention systems, as are public executions.

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The First Victory Over ISIS | commentary

The First Victory Over ISIS | commentary: "While the U.S. has had military success against some terrorist groups—we tend to focus on one group at a time, first al-Qaeda, then ISIS—they have shown a worrisome tendency to either make good their losses or else be superseded by other groups that may turn out to be even more vicious. Put another way, the pathologies of the Muslim world have proven stronger than our ability or will to overcome them. What, then, should we do in the future in what has been variously known as the “Global War on Terror,” the “Struggle Against Violent Extremism,” and now the war on “radical Islamic terrorism”? The answer to that question begins with an honest assessment of what has gone right—and wrong—to date."



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17 November, 2017

Ric_Adbur comments on The FCC just repealed a 42-year-old rule blocking broadcast media mergers

Ric_Adbur comments on The FCC just repealed a 42-year-old rule blocking broadcast media mergers: "Everyone feels powerless to stop it. Every week there's a new story or several about how corruption is spreading further and further and becoming more and more blatant with little to no opposition. Couple that with the constant barrage of news about terrorism, hostile foreign powers, and the never-ending partisan blame-game, and nobody knows what direction to move in much less what they'd even do if they got there.

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US Navy: Penis in sky drawn by jet trail was 'unacceptable' : news

US Navy: Penis in sky drawn by jet trail was 'unacceptable' : news:

If he was in my command I would have simply called it a asymmetrical combat orbit pattern practice run that occurred during a unique atmospheric condition that allowed a jet trail to develop. Unfortunately certain more basers members of the general public interpreted these jet trails as a penis. Since the Navy is not in the business of enforcing morality among the general public there is nothing the Navy can do about it.
Then once the press dies away I would give the pilot a toothbrush and tell clean the runway with it.
First rule of command is you have protect your men no matter what dumbass thing they do.


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83-year-old retired Marine keeps promise made in bunker in Vietnam | WFAA.com

83-year-old retired Marine keeps promise made in bunker in Vietnam | WFAA.com: "For nearly five decades, Cox, who lives in Piedmont, and Hollingsworth, whose nickname was Hollie, kept their promise to each other.

And earlier this year, Cox kept another promise: He stood guard at Hollingsworth’s casket and then delivered the eulogy at his funeral.

Standing guard, without the cane that the 83-year-old normally uses, Cox was paying tribute, one Marine to another."



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16 November, 2017

benzosareawful comments on This pill popping culture needs to end now. We don’t need to Loose anybody else.

benzosareawful comments on This pill popping culture needs to end now. We don’t need to Loose anybody else.:

Benzos and alcohol are the only two classes of drugs that can kill you when withdrawing from them.
I'll try to keep it simple. Benzos (and alcohol) work by making a neurotransmitter, GABA, more effective when it binds to the brain. GABA basically reduces how strong/powerful nerve impulses are, so when you're anxious and on edge, these drugs will sedate and chill you out by reducing the excitability of the brain cells associated with anxiety, muscle stiffness, etc.


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14 November, 2017

The Terminal Rot At The GOP’s Core – Rantt

The Terminal Rot At The GOP’s Core – Rantt: "A while ago, I warned that the GOP was rapidly becoming unmoored from conservatism and embracing angry, tribal populism at epidemic levels. At one point, I implied it was trying to change the country from a shining city on a hill into an old hoarder’s decrepit mansion filled with nostalgic symbols of greatness long passed. I’ll still stand by this metaphor but say that it’s incomplete. That mansion also has a nasty termite infestation, dry rot behind the walls, and sewage pipes in the living room and master bedroom have sprung leaks the occupant refuses to fix despite the stench and squishy floors. It’s no longer just a fixer-upper. It’s a total teardown with few salvageable parts.
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People who used to work in Gadsden Mall share stories, concerns about Roy Moore | WBMA

People who used to work in Gadsden Mall share stories, concerns about Roy Moore | WBMA: "“We knew, that Roy was, we considered him as teenagers the creepy old man that roamed the mall, trying to talk to the young girls,” Reeves remembered. “He kind of stood out from everyone else because we was always wearing dress clothes, dress slacks, a button down shirt, nice shoes.”
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Was the Democratic primary rigged? - Vox

Was the Democratic primary rigged? - Vox: "The irony is that Sanders was a prime beneficiary of this bias, not a victim of it. The losers were potential candidates like Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Warren, or Gov. John Hickenlooper — and, thus, Democratic primary voters, who ended up with few choices in 2016. To the extent Democratic primary voters feel like they were denied a broad range of candidates in 2016, and that party officials tried to clear the field to coronate Clinton, well, they’re right.

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Moroccan–American Treaty of Friendship - Wikipedia

Moroccan–American Treaty of Friendship - Wikipedia: "It has withstood transatlantic stresses and strains for more than 239 years, making it the longest unbroken treaty relationship in United States history.[6]"



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Russian Defense Ministry’s ‘Evidence’ of U.S. Aid to ISIS Shows Video-Game Footage - The Daily Beast

Russian Defense Ministry’s ‘Evidence’ of U.S. Aid to ISIS Shows Video-Game Footage - The Daily Beast:

In a sign of how lazy some propagandists can be, on Tuesday the official Russian-language Twitter account for the country’s defense ministry tweeted a selection of photos, claiming the images were irrefutable evidence that the U.S. was helping ISIS terrorists. However, one of the photos the Ministry of Defense tweeted (and later deleted) appears to be from the video game AC-130 Gunship Simulator: Special Ops Squadron, a clip of which is available on YouTube.



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13 November, 2017

(2) Our Biggest Economic, Social, and Political Issue | LinkedIn

(2) Our Biggest Economic, Social, and Political Issue | LinkedIn: "There has been no growth in earned income, and income and wealth gaps have grown and are enormous. Since 1980, median household real incomes have been about flat, and the average household in the top 40% earns four times more than the average household in the bottom 60%. While they’ve experienced some growth recently, real incomes have been flat to down slightly for the average household in the bottom 60% since 1980 (while they have been up for the top 40%). Those in the top 40% now have on average 10 times as much wealth as those in the bottom 60%. That is up from six times as much in 1980."



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