Sherpas, Death, and Anger on Everest : The New Yorker

http://m.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2014/04/everest-sherpas-death-and-anger.html

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The Faulkner Truthers – The Awl

http://www.theawl.com/2014/04/the-faulkner-truthers

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Classic iPad Magic LIVE at VidCon in Los Angeles

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Fingerboarding in Taiwan

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BIRD STYLE COFFEE Prank!

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Burj Khalifa Pinnacle BASE Jump – 4K

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Alan Waldman : Clever Brit series ‘Life on Mars’ combines sci-fi, 1973 police procedural, an d comedy | The Rag Blog

http://www.theragblog.com/alan-waldman-clever-brit-series-life-on-mars-combines-sci-fi-1973-police-procedural-and-comedy/

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Daily Kos :: Must-see: Hannity attacks Jon Stewart. Stewart responds with epic smackdown.

http://m.dailykos.com/story/2014/04/24/1294263/-MUST-SEE-Hannity-attacks-Jon-Stewart-Big-mistake-Jon-responds-with-EPIC-smackdown?detail=email

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Republicans Blast Nevada Rancher for Failing to Use Commonly Accepted Racial Code Words : The New Yorker

http://m.newyorker.com/online/blogs/borowitzreport/2014/04/republicans-blast-nevada-rancher-for-failing-to-use-commonly-accepted-racial-code-words.html?utm_source=tny&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=borowitz&mbid=nl_Borowitz%20(64)

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Chelonians for dinner: hunting threatens at-risk turtles and tortoises in India

http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0423-samoray-chelonians-ghats.html?n3ws1ttr

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Earth Day Picture Gallery: Celebrating Indonesia

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TEENS REACT TO MEAN GIRLS (10th Anniversary)

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What Michael Did | Toronto Star

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The dangers of quantum theology

Originally posted on Why Evolution Is True:

Over at his website Evolving Perspectives , reader and cartoonist Pliny the In Between shows one of the pitfalls of theologians’ propensity for finding God in quantum mechanics:

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The ninth pitch drop fell

Originally posted on Why Evolution Is True:

What I’m about to describe is supposedly the world’s longest-running scientific experiment , and, although we already know the result, it gets demonstrated repeatedly: once every decade on average.

In 1927, Professor Thomas Parnell of the University of Queensland set up an experiment to demonstrate that some substances that appear to be solid, like pitch, are really liquids, and flow at an extremely slow rate. At room temperature, for example, pitch is solid, brittle, and can be shattered with a hammer. But Parnell wanted to show that it was really a liquid in the technical sense.

So, in 1927 Parnell heated up some pitch, poured it into a sealed funnel, allowed it to congeal for three years, and then snipped the neck of the funnel. Over the next 86 years (Parnell died 21 years into the experiment), generations watched the pitch slowly drip from the funnel (nobody’s actually seen a drop…

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California’s Prisons Fail the Mentally Ill (But They Can Change) | Boston Review

California’s Prisons Fail the Mentally Ill (But They Can Change) | Boston Review.

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Randall Kennedy: Racial Preferences Are Fair—and They Work | Boston Review

Randall Kennedy: Racial Preferences Are Fair—and They Work | Boston Review.

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Slide un Cable en SpeedRiding on Vimeo

Slide un Cable en SpeedRiding on Vimeo on Vimeo

via Slide un Cable en SpeedRiding on Vimeo.

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▶ History of Jazz Piano (THE INSTRUMENTALS – Episode 5) – YouTube

▶ History of Jazz Piano (THE INSTRUMENTALS – Episode 5) – YouTube.

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A gorgeous 100 million year-old robber

Originally posted on Why Evolution Is True:

by Matthew Cobb

Anyone who’s watched Jurassic Park knows that back in the time of the dinosaurs, flies would get stuck in amber and then hove up, millions of years later, for the delectation of scientists. A paper has just come out from Torsten Dikow and David Grimaldi, describing a new species of robber fly (Asilidae) found in Cretaceous amber, around 100 million years old.

Just think. 100 million years old. All that time ago, this fly was buzzing around. The specimen is simply stunning. Even if you don’t like flies, this is just gorgeous:

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This is a male of the newly described genus and species Burmapogon bruckschi. The etymology is sadly rather dull:

“From Burma, the original name of the country where this amber is deposited, and Greek pogon, “beard,” a common suffix of Asilidae generic names, referring to the mystax. The generic name, to be…

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High Inequality Results in More US Deaths than Tobacco, Car Crashes and Guns Combined | Informed Comment

High Inequality Results in More US Deaths than Tobacco, Car Crashes and Guns Combined | Informed Comment.

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Supreme Court Calls Lying by Politicians an Expression of Their Religion : The New Yorker

Supreme Court Calls Lying by Politicians an Expression of Their Religion : The New Yorker.

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Louis C.K.’s GQ Cover Story – May 2014

Louis C.K.’s GQ Cover Story – May 2014.

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Quantum Entanglement Drives the Arrow of Time, Scientists Say | Simons Foundation

Quantum Entanglement Drives the Arrow of Time, Scientists Say | Simons Foundation.

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Pre-Code Movies Worth Watching

Pre-Code Movies Worth Watching.

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Life as a Brazilian Woman – NYTimes.com

Life as a Brazilian Woman – NYTimes.com.

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MagiCATastrophe – CATastrophes

MagiCATastrophe – CATastrophes.

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The New York Times Criticized for Submitting to Israeli Censors | Informed Comment

The New York Times Criticized for Submitting to Israeli Censors | Informed Comment.

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We Could Be King – Official Trailer HD

So worth the watch We Could Be King – Official Trailer HD

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These Guys Are Better At Spinning Pens Than You Are At Most Things – Digg

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Robert Ingersoll

No one infers a god from the simple, from the known, from what
is understood, but from the complex, from the unknown, and incomprehensible. Our ignorance is God; what we know is science.
Robert G. Ingersoll

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Microworlds: Slow Life

http://notes-from-dreamworlds.blogspot.com.au/2014/03/slow-life.html?m=1

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NYTimes: A 12-Year-Old’s Trek of Despair Ends in a Noose at the Border

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In the care of smugglers, a 12-year-old girl set out from Ecuador to join her parents, who had immigrated illegally to New York. She made it to Mexico before she died.

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The 20 most underrated albums of all time – Salon.com

http://www.salon.com/2014/04/19/the_20_most_underrated_albums_of_all_time/?source=newsletter

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New Statesman | H G Wells: “It seems to me that I am more to the Left than you, Mr Stalin”

http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2014/04/h-g-wells-it-seems-me-i-am-more-left-you-mr-stalin

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Caught in an Avalanche — Editor’s Picks — Medium

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the passover plagues — 4/18/14

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Researchers report female cave insect with grasping penis, leads to accusations of sexist science

Originally posted on Why Evolution Is True:

The interesting stuff in this post is the biology, and the subsequent controversy about whether these female cave insects really have “penises,” is an ancillary and unpredictable result of politically correct policing of internet science. But first let me tell you about the science.

In a new paper in Current Biology by Kazunori Yoshizawa et al. (abstract and reference below), four authors from Japan and Brazil report observations of several species of cave insects in the genus Neotragla. These are mites in the order Psocodea. And the researchers found something pretty amazing, at least to a biologist. In species studied in this genus, the females have a penis-like structure called the gynosome, which is normally retracted inside the body. (The researchers call this a “penis” from time to time in their paper.) When the insects copulate, though, the female gynosome is inserted into the body of the male, and sucks up spermatophores (packets of sperm that contain other…

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British Pathé Makes 85,000 Historical Clips Available On YouTube | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

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Daily Kos :: The State of Texas Has Held a Man in Prison for 33 Years Without a Valid Conviction and Sentence

http://m.dailykos.com/story/2014/04/18/1292888/-The-State-of-Texas-Has-Held-a-Man-in-Prison-for-33-Years-Without-a-Valid-Conviction-and-Sentence?detail=email

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Chicago Tribune – Front Page – Joseph Sperling and his attorney Jon Loevy – Photos

http://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/545/article/p2p-79945883/

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Alan Waldman : ‘Dirty, Pretty Things’ with Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor is a movie you sho uld see | The Rag Blog

http://www.theragblog.com/alan-waldman-dirty-pretty-things-with-oscar-nominee-chiwetel-ejiofor-is-a-movie-you-should-see/

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New Statesman | Despite the best efforts of Cameron’s Britain, being in your twenties is actually great

http://www.newstatesman.com/lifestyle/2014/04/despite-best-efforts-cameron-s-britain-being-your-twenties-actually-great

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The Believer Logger – The Immortal Horizon — The Immortal Horizon

http://logger.believermag.com/post/83014610148/the-immortal-horizon

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The Rapture of the Nerds | TIME.com

http://time.com/66536/terasem-trascendence-religion-technology/?utm_source=digg&utm_medium=email

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Segregation Now – ProPublica

http://www.propublica.org/article/segregation-now-full-text

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Paris Review – The Art of Fiction No. 69, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

http://www.theparisreview.org/interviews/3196/the-art-of-fiction-no-69-gabriel-garcia-marquez

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Nico’s Story

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Why are some animals so ugly? – Earth Unplugged

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The one video you need to see today.

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