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20 May 20:36

Head bursts from Abraham Lincoln's chest following vicious attack

by James Dator

The President's race turned to tragedy on Monday evening.


With a heavy heart we have some sad news from the nation's capital courtesy of Federal Baseball, Abraham Lincoln is dead.

Abe was viciously clothes-lined by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson during his daily jog and fell with such force that a second head protruded from his chest. Sources close to the situation indicate that William Howard Taft is suspected of orchestrating the attack, with local police investigating an incriminating tweet sent shortly after the event.

Today was just the beginning Abe. Together, we race against injustice!

— William Howard Taft (@NatsBigChief27) May 20, 2014

We will have more on this breaking story as it happens. Our crack team of video analysts have created a dramatic interpretation of the attack.

h/t DC Sports Bog

20 May 14:20

habitsicant-shake: just—a-small-town-girl: Wisteria Flower...



Wisteria Flower Tunnel, Japan

20 May 12:32

James Zark - Never Mind The Mutants Debbie Harry as Jean...

by brianbendis


Ian Curtis as Cyclops

James Zark - Never Mind The Mutants

  • Debbie Harry as Jean Grey
  • Henry Rollins as Colossus
  • Iggy Pop as Angel
  • Johnny Rotten as Ice Man
  • Glenn Danzig as Wolverine
  • Ian Curtis as Cyclops
20 May 03:30

gabs-fitnesse: Turtle don’t give a fuck


Turtle don’t give a fuck

20 May 00:55

Childhood fluoride exposure has no effect on IQ

by John Timmer

well yeah

"That evidence prompted the Oregon City Council" omg guys stop, stahp

About a year ago, the city of Portland, Oregon, was in the news because of its water supply—and not because a teenager decided to relieve himself into a reservoir. Instead, the issue was fluoridation, the addition of trace amounts of fluorine to municipal drinking water. Fluoridation is widespread in the US, as copious evidence indicates it improves oral hygiene.

That evidence prompted the Portland City Council to approve fluoridation—only to see voters reject that plan by a wide margin. While some of the opposition focused on the finances of the deal for the fluoridation process, concerns about the safety of fluoridation also played a major role in organizing the opposition.

It turns out that a similar drama had been playing out in New Zealand, where the city of Hamilton reversed course on water fluoridation several times over the past two years. Now, in response to the kerfuffle, some New Zealand researchers (combined with a ringer from Duke) have looked into one of the supposed health threats posed by fluoridation: it stunts the mental development of children. Their new report finds no evidence of this, however. In fact, children who grew up with fluoridated water had slightly higher IQs than their peers, though the difference wasn't statistically significant.

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20 May 00:35

Twitter / mikemearls: Lots of Q's about the staggered ...

by gguillotte

The MM/DMG part makes sense, the PHB has always had all of the really necessary rules. MM and DMG make running campaigns easier because they give GMs stuff that doesn't require them to think, like pre-built balanced items and encounters.

But the chargen part? Maybe they're going back to the OGL and putting out a SRD? Or they'll have a digital suite of tools, or just a really robust set of pregens.

He specifically avoided saying you don't need the books to _play_, just that you don't need the PHB/SS to make _characters_.

Anyway, that means the PHB is competing with the PF CRB as an all-in-one book (at the same $50 price point, but half the length), and the DMG is more of an accessory book like PF's GameMastery Guide.

Honestly, the PF CRB is bloated and frustrating, so I'd be open to a $50 300-page PHB... if it's comprehensive but concise. If it's just cut off at the legs to justify the DMG or other add-on books, it's a much harder sell.

Lots of Q's about the staggered release: You will not need the MM or DMG to run a campaign. Or the PH or Starter Set to make a character.
20 May 00:23

That Time Hellboy Got "Steampunk" Added To The Dictionary

by Ria Misra

M-W: '"Steampunk" was overdue for entry, I'll grant you, but if you look at the historical evidence for it, the bulk of the sustained general use starts in 2004. You can analyze the data in a general corpus like Lexis-Nexis and find that "steampunk" has single-digit hits until 2003, and then really goes bonkers in 2004 as folks use it in movie reviews for "Hellboy." (Don't ask me, I just collect the evidence.)'

That Time Hellboy Got "Steampunk" Added To The Dictionary

Steampunk, which first popped up being used as a word in 1987, finally made its way into the dictionary this week. But just how did it arrive there? It turns out, with a lot of help from the movie Hellboy.


20 May 00:10

That "Drop of Seawater" Photo Was More Than A Bit Misleading

by Jason G. Goldman on Animals, shared by Charlie Jane Anders to io9

io9 _finally_ picks up on Miriam's clarification

That "Drop of Seawater" Photo Was More Than A Bit Misleading

This photo that's been going around purports to show all the little critters found in a single drop of seawater, magnified 25 times. It's a beautiful photo, but there's just one problem: it's not really a single drop of seawater (though it is probably magnified 25 times).


20 May 00:10

upworthy: A Brilliant Plan To Give Billionaires Who Try To Buy...


A Brilliant Plan To Give Billionaires Who Try To Buy U.S. Elections A Taste Of Their Own Medicine

How bad has the money-in-politics situation gotten? A new study by researchers at Princeton and Northwestern universities found that, and I’m quoting directly here: “When the preferences of economic elites and the stands of organized interest groups are controlled for, the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.”

In other words, if you can’t afford to hire a lobbyist or raise money for politicians, your opinion literally does not matter.

But don’t go into a hopeless despair spiral just yet. On May 1, Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig launched Mayday PAC: a crowdfunded Super PAC with the sole mission of forcing Congress to get money out of politics. The response so far has been overwhelming: They’ve raised over a half-million dollars in the first week alone.

19 May 23:42

America's Last King Of Cast Iron Finds His Time Has Come Again



“When people say, ‘I’ve got my grandmother’s pan,’ I say, ‘That’s not helping me a damn bit.’”
19 May 23:32

CIA will no longer use vaccine campaigns for spying

by Jacob Kastrenakes


The CIA says that it will no longer use vaccination campaigns as a cover for intelligence programs, as it did several years ago when investigating Osama bin Laden's potential presence in his Abbottabad compound, reports Yahoo News. The agency saw backlash after details of the operation were revealed, as those programs already faced opposition in key regions and began to see even less acceptance as well as deadly attacks on health workers following the revelation. The CIA's director apparently implemented the ban in August of last year, but it was only revealed in a letter last week in a letter sent to deans of 12 public health schools who had joined together to condemn the use of health programs for covert operations.

"This CIA policy applies worldwide."

The letter attempts to fully distance the CIA from vaccination campaigns, explaining that it would not make use of the programs or their workers. "Similarly, the agency will not seek to obtain or exploit DNA or other genetic material acquired through such programs," Lisa Monaco, President Obama's homeland security advisor, writes in the letter. "This CIA policy applies worldwide and to US and non-US persons alike."

The reply comes as a late response to the deans' letter, which was reportedly sent in January of last year. But it may be no coincidence that it arrived now. Polio is seeing a comeback in select countries in the Middle East and Africa, and the World Health Organization recently declared it a global emergency. With distrust of Western vaccinators already contributing to the issue, the United States' government likely hopes to avoid having any further program and personnel endangerment or failures pinned on it.

Laurie Garrett, Pulitzer Prize winner and senior fellow of global health for the nonprofit Council on Foreign Relations, was reportedly the first to reveal the letter's existence. She writes on Facebook that she's been distressed about the CIA's use of vaccine programs and is delighted that it's agreed to stop using them. "But my god, more than 50 vaccinators have been murdered, mostly by ‪‎Taliban‬, and millions of kids have gone unimmunized," she writes. "The ‪‎CIA‬ scheme propelled an Islamist response that has us fighting back ‪‎polio‬ in 10+ countries in 2014... in 2011 the virus was in only three."

19 May 23:31

Must-Read: Judge Michael McShane's Gut-Punching Ruling on Marriage Equality

by Denis C. Theriault


Today's historic ruling on marriage equality by US District Court Judge Michael McShane might have been cautiously, optimistically expected—no judge anywhere has defended marriage bans since the Defense of Marriage Act was dismantled last year.

But it still managed to pack a heartfelt wallop. Not only did McShane cannily eschew a "heightened scrutiny" standard for his ruling—something that could have been been overturned by a federal appellate court—but he also wrote clearly and personally about the legacy of LGBTQ discrimination we've only just begun working to overcome.

McShane is a gay man, who'd been accused by critics of lacking impartiality. But there won't be some kind of "slippery slope" to sin, he writes. Just a lot of people, a lot of families, with more in common than not.

Take a look at his words (here's the entire ruling), and be sure to pass them around.

I am aware that a large number of Oregonians, perhaps even a majority, have religious or moral objections to expanding the definition of civil marriage (and thereby expanding the benefits and rights that accompany marriage) to gay and lesbian families. It was' these same objections that led to the passage of Measure 36 in 2004. Generations of Americans, my own included, were raised in a world in which homosexuality was believed to be a moral perversion, a mental disorder, or a mortal sin. I remember that one of the more popular playground games of my childhood was called "smear the queer" and it was played with great zeal and without a moment's thought to today' s political correctness. On a darker level, that same worldview led to an environment of cruelty, violence, and self-loathing. It was but 1986 when the United States Supreme Court justified, on the basis of a "millennia of moral teaching," the imprisonment of gay men and lesbian women who engaged in consensual sexual acts. Bowers, 478 U.S. at 197 (Burger, C.J., concurring), overruled by Lawrence, 539 U.S. at 578. Even today I am reminded of the legacy that we have bequeathed today' s generation when my son looks dismissively at the sweater I bought him for Christmas and, with a roll of his eyes, says "dad ... that is so gay."

It is not surprising then that many of us raised with such a world view would wish to protect our beliefs and our families by turning to the ballot box to enshrine in law those traditions we have come to value. But just as the Constitution protects the expression of these moral viewpoints, it equally protects the minority from being diminished by them.

It is at times difficult to see past the shrillness of the debate. Accusations of religious bigotry and banners reading "God Hates Fags" make for a messy democracy and, at times, test the First Amendment resolve of both sides. At the core of the Equal Protection Clause, however, there exists a foundational belief that certain rights should be shielded from the barking crowds; that certain rights are subject to ownership by all and not the stake hold of popular trend or shifting majorities.

My decision will not be the final word on this subject, but on this issue of marriage I am struck more by our similarities than our differences. I believe that if we can look for a moment past gender and sexuality, we can see in these plaintiffs nothing more or less than our own families. Families who we would expect our Constitution to protect, if not exalt, in equal measure. With discernment we see not shadows lurking in closets or the stereotypes of what was once believed; rather, we see families committed to the common purpose of love, devotion, and service to the greater community.

Where will this all lead? I know that many suggest we are going down a slippery slope that will have no moral boundaries. To those who truly harbor such fears, I can only say this: Let us look less to the sky to see what might fall; rather, let us look to each other ... and rise.

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19 May 23:18

How To Win Millennials: Equality, Climate Change And Gay Marriage

A new survey shows the youngest bloc of voters is decidedly progressive, nervous about money — and not especially energized about voting.
19 May 22:24

Making Time Go Faster For Aged Booze

Small distillers (and even big ones) would love to speed up the chemistry that happens inside a barrel, because as long as what they make is sitting in wood, it’s not making money. Technology that could shorten the time between distillation and bottling would be a massive boon to the industry.
19 May 22:12

Dr. Seuss meets Ludacris, Chelsea Davison

Chelsea Davison

Chelsea Davison

Chelsea Davison

Chelsea Davison

Dr. Seuss meets Ludacris, Chelsea Davison

19 May 22:11

American Voices: Japanese Fans: New Godzilla Too Fat

According to the Japanese Times, die-hard Godzilla fans are complaining that the monster in the new Hollywood remake of the classic 1954 film looks too fat, with many users joking that the giant reptile has eaten too much American food.

19 May 22:10

Six DC Titles to End in August, Including "Birds of Prey" and "Superboy"



A half-dozen DC Comics titles will wrap in August: "All-Star Western," "Phantom Stranger," "Pandora," "Superboy," "Birds of Prey" and "Batwing."
19 May 20:53

Watch This: Though monochromatic, Persepolis is anything but black and white

by Nick Schager

Every day, Watch This offers staff recommendations inspired by a new movie coming out that week. This week: the year’s crop of Marvel movies, including the new X-Men: Days Of Future Past, has us thinking about comics adaptations from abroad. 

Persepolis (2007)

A gorgeously rendered saga of revolutions both national and personal, Persepolis is an alternately funny and fierce autobiographical masterwork. Adapting her own graphic novel, Iranian writer/director Marjane Satrapi (co-directing with Vincent Paronnaud) animates her hand-drawn action in black and white—a palette that reflects not only the constricting social and political forces that surround her protagonist (voiced by Gabrielle Lopes Benites as a child, and Chiara Mastroianni as a teen and adult), but also the light and dark emotions that characterize adolescence. Set in the wake of Ayatollah Khomeini’s 1979 revolution, Satrapi’s coming-of-age tale takes place during the ’80s and ’90s—two periods that ...

19 May 20:50

Error at IBM lab finds new family of materials for the first time in decades #chemistry

by Jessica

Error at IBM Lab Finds New Family of Materials NYTimes com

Sometimes errors can lead to new discoveries! The New York Times has a piece outlining the latest discovery in materials.

As a research chemist at an IBM laboratory, Jeannette M. Garcia spends her days mixing and heating chemicals in pursuit of stronger and more easily recyclable plastics. Recently she followed a simple formula that required mixing three components in a beaker. Somehow she missed a step, leaving out a chemical. She returned to find her beaker filled with a hard white plastic that had even frozen the stirrer.

Dr. Garcia tried grinding the mystery material, to no avail. Then she took a hammer to the beaker to free it.

That laboratory error has led to the discovery of a new family of materials that are unusually strong and light, exhibit “self-healing” properties and can be easily reformed to make products recyclable.

The materials — two new types of synthetic polymers — could have transportation uses. Because of their recyclability, they also could have an impact on consumer products, as well as on the industrial packaging for microelectronics components…

…The IBM scientists say that this is the first distinctly new family that has been discovered in several decades.

They said they had not yet named the new family, which they have code-named “Titan” and “Hydro.” The materials are not yet ready for commercial use, but the scientists said they had already begun working with several universities on composite applications that could have a significant impact on manufacturing and fabrication in the fields of transportation, aerospace and microelectronics.

The materials are known as thermosets because they are formed using a heating process. Their strength comes from their three-dimensional network of chemical bonds. The polymers have the rigidity of bones, one of the strongest biological materials, and can be made as much as 50 percent stronger by blending them in composite form with materials like carbon nanotubes. They also tend to perform better than other types of polymers under high temperatures.

Read more.

19 May 20:07

Oregon gay marriage ban struck down by federal judge; same-sex marriages to begin |

by gguillotte
Oregon's ban on same-sex marriages was struck down Monday by U.S. District Judge Michael McShane, who ruled that the prohibition violated the federal constitutional rights of gays and lesbians. Jubilant couples who anticipated a favorable decision from the judge began the rush to officially wed at locations around the state. McShane ordered that his ruling take immediate effect. 
19 May 19:43

hounddogsrunning: Smokey! HA!

19 May 19:12

Minecraft, Sword & Sworcery composers sign on for Amplitude soundtrack

by Dave Tach


Amplitude, developer Harmonix Music Systems' sequel to the 2003 game of the same name currently seeking funds on Kickstarter, will include tracks from the band Anamanaguchi, composer Jim Guthrie and more. 

According to an update today on the game's Kickstarter blog, the game's list of collaborators includes the following: 

As of this writing, Harmonix has received $368,066 in pledges of its $775,000 goal from 7,214 backers with four days remaining in the campaign. 

For more on the Kickstarter campaign and the sequel Harmonix wants to make for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, be sure to read our interview with creative lead Ryan Lesser.


19 May 19:11

mishasminions: Michael Fassbender on his signature pose


Michael Fassbender on his signature pose

19 May 19:11

disjune, n.


no, it's still may

19 May 19:02

psychylustro, 7 Colorful Outdoor Installations Along Rail Lines in Philadelphia

by EDW Lynch


psychylustro, 7 Colorful Outdoor Installations Along Rail Lines in Philadelphia

“psychylustro” is an outdoor art project encompassing seven colorful installations along rail lines in Philadelphia. The installations have been painted on buildings, walls, and scenery along the tracks. “psychylustro” was created by artist Katharina Grosse and is currently on display along the Northeast Rail Corridor in Philadelphia (the installations will be allowed to naturally degrade over time). The project is presented by the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.

psychylustro, 7 Colorful Outdoor Installations Along Rail Lines in Philadelphia

psychylustro, 7 Colorful Outdoor Installations Along Rail Lines in Philadelphia

psychylustro, 7 Colorful Outdoor Installations Along Rail Lines in Philadelphia

psychylustro, 7 Colorful Outdoor Installations Along Rail Lines in Philadelphia

photos by Steve Weinik

via CityLab

19 May 19:01

reilluminated: My mom let her facebook friends/family know...

Courtney shared this story from Super Opinionated.


My mom let her facebook friends/family know what’s up regarding me just now and this is how she did it.

Heck yeah, mom.

19 May 19:00

baseattackbonus: I mean, I guess. Thanks SRD. Thanks. 




I mean, I guess. Thanks SRD. Thanks. 

19 May 18:57

Not to sound stupid, but what is white feminism? I didn't know there was more that just Feminism.














19 May 18:56


19 May 18:41

California bill would safeguard consumers’ rights to criticize firms online

by Joe Silver
Mac Terms and Conditions.

There has been a lot of attention lately on consumers’ legal rights when reviewing products online. In 2013, we followed the saga of a patient trying to sue his dentist after the medical professional tried to censor negative online reviews. And last week, a similar pro-consumer ruling came down against toy-maker KlearGear after it sued a customer for less-than-positive feedback on

Most notably, we reported on wireless router manufacturer Mediabridge sending a scathing letter that threatened a lawsuit against an individual who wrote a negative product review on Amazon. Our follow-up report asked legal experts about the line between critical and libelous online reviews. Afterward, we even enlisted a defamation attorney to answer readers' direct questions about online speech rights.

Now, in light of all the increasing attention, the California legislature appears to be taking up the cause of protecting online reviewers’ rights. A recent bill making it illegal for retailers to require customers to waive their rights to express public dissatisfaction in online reviews and on other platforms—often through the use of so-called clickwrap licensing agreements—passed the state assembly last Thursday.

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