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Wait, that's not what the character in Popeye is supposed to be, right? - Victor Ganata
Pain Really Is All In Your Head. Emotion Controls Intensity - NPR
Sure, emotional states definitely modulate pain sensation, but it's still important to remember that neuropathic and psychiatric pain are real physical pain, and that there isn't really a mind/body dichotomy. - Victor Ganata
I think it's possible to get too reductive on this. Pain's all in our head, yes. So's hunger signals, but if you don't eat you eventually die. Just because it's in our head, it's still at some level "real." - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I'd hope that this would lead to some better pain treatments, and better patient interactions - knowing that someone's emotional state can make a large difference in the amount of pain that they feel means that it isn't something that can be ignored or brushed aside. - Jennifer Dittrich
"That suggests that at least some people can teach their brains how to filter out things like chronic pain, perhaps through meditation, Jones says." I hate this langauge. One doesn't "filter out" chronic pain. I've used meditation and relaxation techniques for years to/mitigate/ chronic pain. It doesn't all get blocked, though. According to what is said earlier in the piece, the non... more... - Michael W. May
Kanye West vs. white mediocrity: The real story behind Beck, Beyonce and “SNL” 40 - Arthur Chu - Salon via Chieze Okoye
Excellent. This is what many black people have been saying for years. I don't even like West's music all that much, but his critiques are almost always right. As for me, I've always found amusement in white people who have something to say about Kanye. It's clear most of them have never heard his music. Most of them listen to exceptionally shitty white musicians who stole from black... more... - Anika
Study Finds Jack Shit - The Onion - 2003 Jun 4
"A team of scientists at Johns Hopkins University announced Monday that a five-year study examining the link between polyphenols and lower cholesterol rates has found jack shit." - Victor Ganata
Los Angeles is the Least Sprawling Big City in the US - Curbed L.A. - before you object to how preposterous this sounds, look at the definitions they used #FunWithStatistics
What is the oldest city in the world? - The Guardian
Er... - Pete
Um - Todd Hoff
My odds are on Leisure World, Seal Beach. - Micah from FFHound!
So my dad learned how to take selfies.
Uh-oh? - Anne Bouey
Expect belfies by the end of the month :) - Eivind
Fifty Shades of Socialist Feminism - Penny Red
"I have no idea why he has agreed to this interview with Red Rag – he must have had his people research our political leanings, and he knows we’re looking through his financial records, which are murky and confusing, just like Grey Holdings itself. Nobody’s ever been sure what the company actually does. They prefer to focus on Christian Grey’s tight abs and storm-grey eyes. But I can’t get excited over someone whose precise methods of profiting from the alienated labour of god knows how many low-waged staff still need investigating." - Victor Ganata
"They’ve got a point, though – Christian Grey is incredibly hot, and also really rich and successful, like Mark Zuckerberg if Mark Zuckerberg were incredibly hot. Also a bit like Edward Cullen from Twilight, although not enough to constitute a copyright violation, because he’s wearing a business suit. Just another bloodsucker." - Victor Ganata
"‘I can’t stop thinking about you, Emma,' he says, 'I feel like you really see me. Like you know parts of me nobody has ever known before.’ ‘That’s because nobody has ever taken a detailed look at your overseas tax holdings before.’" - Victor Ganata
"Christian Grey fixes me with a penetrating stare, like he wants to beat fifty shades of shit out of me." - Victor Ganata
"Christian Grey has bought me a priceless first edition of my favourite book, *On the Origins of the Family, Private Property and The State* Five minutes later, the phone rings. It’s Christian. 'I can’t accept gifts from a source,' I say. 'Honestly, though, have you even read this book?' 'No,' he says, 'I just thought that if I gave you very expensive gifts you would stop hounding me with FOI requests and then let me fuck you.'" - Victor Ganata
"'Jeez,' I say, 'You need to go away and sit and think about commodity fetishism and the compensation of emotional labour. Also your obvious issues with women. By the way, how did you get this number?'" - Victor Ganata
"Alright, alright, so I had sex with Christian Grey. What can I say? I was bored and horny and my hitachi was broken. Great body, but he lurches between ranting about his childhood and trying to play out his virgin fantasies, which I was having none of." - Victor Ganata
"'Holy crap,' I say, 'I have never seen a contract like this before in any of my extensive experience within the BDSM community. This isn’t about sex. This is about controlling every aspect of my behaviour. This is the work of a disturbed person with a team of lawyers enabling his abusive tendencies. Nobody in their right mind would sign.'" - Victor Ganata
"'My desires are… unconventional,' he admits. 'So are mine,' I say. 'I want to overthrow the government, eliminate the money system, institute complete automation and destroy the male sex.' Christian goes off to sulk in his helicopter." - Victor Ganata
"'Say it again, bourgeois scum!' 'The history of all previous societies has been the history of class struggle!' He’s so freaking hot when he’s quoting Marx. 'No,' I say, tweaking Christian’s nipple-clamps, and I smile. 'Say the other thing.' 'SAFE, SANE AND CONSENSUAL!' He screams." - Victor Ganata
Is Milk Your Friend or Foe? - Web M.D. - 2014 Oct 29
"Instead of reduction in fractures, study suggests higher risk of heart disease, cancer" - Victor Ganata
"But this new study found that drinking large amounts of milk did not protect men or women from bone fractures, and was linked to an overall higher risk of death during the study period." - Victor Ganata
"Women who drank three glasses of milk or more every day had a nearly doubled risk of death and cardiovascular disease, and a 44 percent increased risk of cancer compared to women who drank less than one glass per day, the researchers found." - Victor Ganata
"Men's overall risk of death increased about 10 percent when they drank three or more glasses of milk daily, said the study, published online Oct. 28 in BMJ." - Victor Ganata
Everything in moderation. - Victor Ganata
"In addition, excessive milk drinking appeared to actually increase a woman's risk of broken bones, compared with women who drank little milk. The risk of any bone fracture increased 16 percent in women who drank three or more glasses daily, and the risk of a broken hip increased 60 percent, the findings indicated." - Victor Ganata
Huizar, Molina tussle over transportation and planning - L.A. Times - 2015 Feb 13
When Presidential Brains Go Awry: Neuro Disorders In The Oval Office - WBUR
A Brief Chat With a Woman Who Made Yogurt From Her Vaginal Secretions - Jezebel
I suppose it's all straightforward microbiology and biochemistry but I am still agog. Or perhaps aghast. - Victor Ganata
"Westbrook says she expected that the whole idea might not have been very healthy, a fact confirmed by the FDA." - Victor Ganata
I've seen stories about people who've also made bread via much the same mechanism. It weirds me out as well. - Jennifer Dittrich
There's also the guy who makes beer from stuff in his beard. - John (bird whisperer)
"I was actually surprised to know that we really don't know a lot about vaginal flora. There's really been only one or maybe two big studies and interestingly, most of the information that we do know about is from white women, which suggests that there might be some indication that people from different ethnic backgrounds might have different flora. I was surprised about how much we didn't know." - Victor Ganata
I will say, though, that I'd be more likely to try yogurt made from vaginal secretions than beer made from beard yeast, if for some reason I had to choose between the two. - Victor Ganata
... uhm... - MoTO Boychick Devil
If I had to choose between vagina yogurt and beard beer, I'd guess I'd been kidnapped by the provisional wing of Heston Blumenthal - Pete
*reads thread and pukes in mouth a little* - Big Joe Silence
You could always freeze the vagina yogurt and use it with the beard beer to make a vagina yogurt beard beer float... - Hookuh Tinypants
If you like this you might also like my toe jam. Only small jars are available. - Todd Hoff
Knitting and now yogurt making join a growing list that could become a coffee table book called "Bejazzlin' All the Things". - Micah from FFHound!
As the kids say, "I can't even..." - Brian Johns
That's the yeast of her problems. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
^^^lol - Victor Ganata
I realize not everyone is a fan of summer weather and this is definitely going to wreak further havoc on water supplies, but I'm not too mad about it being 86°F on a February day.
kind of nuts out there today, melty hot - Steve C, Team Marina
Here too - Todd Hoff
Apparently the West Coast funneled away what little remaining heat we have here on the East Coast. ;-p - rönin
If I was in LA today I would be probably furious at the heat. - Andrew C (✔)
Literary Study Finds All Modern Narratives Derived From Classic ‘Alien Vs. Predator’ Conflict - The Onion
Joseph Campbell's lecture series about our deep-seated Gigertypes was really informative in that regard. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
The only problem with this summer heat: I am so sleepy….
At least now I know it's not a poltergeist #DeliberatelyCryptic
A hidden history of Spanglish in California - PRI
"…California was, is and has always been a multilingual place." - Victor Ganata
"Spanglish may seem like a product of modern culture — but its roots go back centuries." - Victor Ganata
Black and Latina women scientists sometimes mistaken for janitors - WaPo
"They tend to feel they can’t afford to make a single mistake." Wife and I have covered this subject a lot over the years. And whether the feeling is warranted or not, you experience it enough that you're antennae are always up. - MoTO Boychick Devil
No Big Bang? Quantum equation predicts universe has no beginning -
Then why is the universe expanding at an accelerated rate? - Todd Hoff
There are a lot of cosmological theories with increasingly rapidly expanding universes that don't have singularities. This is just one of them. - Victor Ganata
Any examples? - Todd Hoff
It's turtles all the way down. - Steven Perez from Android
^^^^this - Kevin Johnson from Android
then where's all that background radiation and the mysterious signal coming from?? IT'S COMING FROM INSIDE CERN! - Big Joe Silence
The models that don't feature a singularity account for the CMB. The original Big Bang Theory without Inflation actually can't account for the CMB. The cold patch might be proof there are other branes floating around the multiverse, which would fit with ekpyrotic universe model. - Victor Ganata
this is when i discover i am seriously out of my depth on this topic. *shuts up and reads* - Big Joe Silence
5 Iconic Fantasy Characters Whose Bodies Wouldn't Work - Cracked
Nothing about the preposterousness of centaurs ;) - Victor Ganata
See, I think they miss something important about the Minotaur -- maybe that's why he can't /leave/ the darn labyrinth! Hard enough when you've got a ball of string and forward facing eyes! - Jennifer Dittrich
I dunno why, but I read that as "Final Fantasy" at first. - Andrew C (✔)
I think the Minotaur is a weak argument. It makes some hard line assumptions about biology being literally a cow head and person body. The werewolf one was the same, but a little more reasonable. - Heather
What's the deal with ents. They're mf'ing trees. - Rodfather
California drought: Are rain barrels really a good idea? - KPCC 89.3 FM
Not really. They don't store much water. - Todd Hoff
Richard Dawkins condemns Chapel Hill shooting suspected to have been carried out by 'anti-theist' that left three Muslims dead - The Independent
It seems pretty ridiculous for a single murdering atheist to represent all atheists everywhere—just as it's ridiculous for Muslim terrorists to represent all Muslims everywhere—so it seems bizarre that Dawkins finds it necessary to respond so. Although I guess he'd have no problem condemning entire religions if the situation were reversed. - Victor Ganata
I agree with Dawkins' sentiment here: "How could any decent person NOT condemn the vile murder of three young US Muslims in Chapel Hill?" ( The alleged perpetrator was an atheist: -- and it appears many called for Dawkins to renounce the shooting. His response seems apt -- anyone would denounce this killing, theist or atheist. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
OK, that does make more sense. - Victor Ganata
Why Vaccination Refusal Is a White Privilege Problem - xojane
Hate-crime charges to be explored in N.C. shooting deaths of 3 Muslims - L.A. Times
"Authorities will investigate whether religious hate played a role in the shooting deaths of three young Muslims in an incident police said stemmed from a parking dispute at a housing complex in Chapel Hill near the University of North Carolina." - Victor Ganata
"…Hicks described himself on Facebook as an 'anti-theist' and has posted condemnations of all religions." - Victor Ganata
"'Based on the brutal nature of this crime, the past anti-religion statements of the alleged perpetrator, the religious attire of two of the victims, and the rising anti-Muslim rhetoric in American society, we urge state and federal law enforcement authorities to quickly address speculation of a possible bias motive in this case,' Nihad Awad, national executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations, said in a prepared statement." - Victor Ganata
Chapel Hill shooting and western media bigotry - The religious identity of violent perpetrators is only highlighted when they're Muslim - Al Jazeera
"When Christians, Jews and other non-Muslims are killed by Muslims, Islam is identified as playing a direct role. When Muslims are killed by Jews, Christians and other non-Muslims, however, the religious identity of the violent perpetrators is downplayed or ignored." - Victor Ganata
"In much of the western news discourse, the implication always seems clear; western societies should be suspicious of Muslims - all Muslims. Various pundits have taken to prominent media to offer up inflated estimates of the number of Muslim terrorists, with some suggesting that 'peaceful' Muslims are, in the first place, a minority, and, more importantly, only peaceful because they have misunderstood the teachings of their inherently violent religion." - Victor Ganata
"Always ignored is empirical evidence - of which there is no shortage - showing that Muslims aren't more violent than non-Muslims and that the overwhelming majority of Muslims believe terrorism to be an abomination." - Victor Ganata
I'm starting to feel like the universe is telling me both directly and indirectly that I need to start writing again.
*cough* start writing again *cough* - Kevin Johnson from Android
^ Oh, that could mean anything. - Andrew C (✔)
Flu death toll could hit 15-year high, says Chinese University of Hong Kong microbiologist - South China Morning Post
Maybe I have time for a coffee nap.
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