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imabonehead
Beer and Gouda Fried Risotto Balls (Arancini) : Bay Area Bites - http://blogs.kqed.org/bayarea...
Beer and Gouda Fried Risotto Balls (Arancini) : Bay Area Bites
"The great thing about these risotto balls (called arancini) is that they not only make a great starter, but you can put them on a salad or have them as a side. Super versatile!" - imabonehead from Bookmarklet
I lived on these for a while in Italy. They were inexpensive and I was so poor. - Marie
Steven Perez
america-wakiewakie: California Leans Heavily on Thousands of Inmate Firefighters | KQED The Bully Fire, which has burned more than 12,600 acres in Shasta County, is nearly contained. In the two weeks since it ignited, about 2,000 firefighters have battled the blaze. Nearly half of them — 900 — are inmates with the California Department of... - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
america-wakiewakie:
 
California Leans Heavily on Thousands of Inmate Firefighters | KQED
 
The Bully Fire, which has burned more than 12,600 acres in Shasta County, is nearly contained. In the two weeks since it ignited, about 2,000 firefighters have battled the blaze. Nearly half of them — 900 — are inmates with the California Department of Corrections. These “low-level offenders” making just $2 a day are a crucial component in how the state battles wildfires.
 
“First day we was out here it was like 111 or 115 and that’s not including the fire,” says Emir Dunn. His orange fire suit swamps his slender body, but don’t be fooled by his size. Like most inmate firefighters he lugs more than 100 pounds of gear with him: an axe, food, water, fuel for the chainsaw.
 
The air tastes like a charcoal briquette. The wind picks up, and a mix of dirt and ash swirl from the ground. Dunn scours the scorched area looking for embers that could reignite. He sees smoke billowing from the ground. He readies the hose and he and a crewmate blast the smoking mound with water.
 
Dunn and 15 others will stay here for a 24-hour shift. They might catch some sleep, but very little. They hiked up here and they’ll hike back to the pick-up point, a slog that’s likely to be several miles.
 
Each crew has one professional firefighter, a captain, and the rest are men convicted of crimes including drug offenses and armed robbery.
 
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Con crews are a common sight on any large fire. - Jenny H. from Android
In the caste system of Type I and Type II wildfires (yes, that's a thing), con crews are like the untouchables and Hot Shot crews are royalty. Con crews are looked down on a lot, but I've worked with many in Nevada and they're an indispensable resource on fires. - Jenny H. from Android
Thanks for the insider info Jenny that's pretty interesting. - Steve C Team Marina
Eric
Happy birthday to my always wonderful wife!
Happy birthday, Elena! - Anika
Thanks, Anika! - Elena
Happy birthday! :D - Jennifer Dittrich from FFHound!
Happy birthday, Elena! - Anne Bouey
happy bday! - imabonehead
Happy Birthday, Elena! - joey
Happy birthday :) - Eivind
Happy Birthday, Elena! - MoTO: Team Marina from Android
Happy birthday! - John (bird whisperer)
Happy birthday, Elena! - Stephan #TeamMarina from iPhone
Happy Birthday, Elena! - vicster: full-bodied
Happy birthday Elena! - Corinne L
Happy Birthday!!! - Katy S from iPhone
Happy birthday! - Jim: with more caffeine!
Have a wonderful birthday! - LB: #TeamYou
Happy dappy! - Spidra Webster
Happy birthday, Elena! :) - Jenny H. from Android
Happy birthday! - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Thanks, everyone! Could not have asked for a better day! - Elena
Aw, I missed it! Hope you enjoyed your day Elena! - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Happy birthday, Elena! - Tamara J. B.
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
RT @schillingc: You might not think a review of all 30 Mario Kart 8 characters would be that interesting, but @johnteti wrote it. http://www.avclub.com/article...
RT @schillingc: You might not think a review of all 30 Mario Kart 8 characters would be that interesting, but @johnteti wrote it. http://www.avclub.com/article/all-30-mario-kart-8-characters-reviewed-207500
Glen Campbell
AAARGH my wife has been looking for a teaching job for 5 years now. Had a great interview on Tuesday, and got an email this evening saying that they're trying to call her references (which basically means they want her for the position) but none of them are answering.
Hard to keep in touch with people years after you worked for them, and none of the local school district people will be in their offices until August 1st. - Glen Campbell
Oh no! I hope she can get the job on the strength of her experience and interview. - Jenny H. from Android
Two MORE good interviews; still no response from ANY of her references. Sigh. - Glen Campbell
:( i hope they come through for her! - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Eek fingers crossed. I hope they can wait until the first. - joey
Starmama
Origins of Mysterious World Trade Center Ship Revealed http://www.livescience.com/47026-o...
Andrew C (✔)
Governor Christie Embraces Theft | The National Memo - http://www.nationalmemo.com/governo...
Governor Christie Embraces Theft | The National Memo
"Embattled New Jersey governor Chris Christie has come out foursquare for wage theft. As reported Sunday by Karen Tumulty of The Washington Post, Christie met with 200 citizens at the Jersey shore last week and, regarding state worker retirement benefits, declared: “Promises were made that can’t be kept… Welcome to the real world, folks.”" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"Tumulty and other first-rate political reporters are covering Christie’s not-fully-specified plans to cut post-retirement health care benefits and/or pensions as a political story: Reformist GOP governor championing taxpayer interests takes on greedy, Democratic-allied public worker unions. Nothing better illustrates why policy reporters, not politics reporters, should be covering... more... - Andrew C (✔)
"And to be clear, it’s not the taxpayers’ money, but the workers’. The state gets their labor as compensation for the work they do. No moral principle supports paying workers less than was agreed. Christie is winning plaudits from many people who fail to grasp the principle that all compensation is earned and failing to pay in full is theft. These plaudits would be far less likely if he ran a company instead of a government." - Andrew C (✔)
"Pensions are not gifts. Pensions are earned. Ditto post-retirement health care benefits that new hires were told they would earn. Declaring that any compensation that was earned will not be paid is to engage in deliberate and calculated theft." - Andrew C (✔)
Jessie
WATCH: Texas open carry advocates fume after ‘skanky topless libtards’ disrupt pro-gun rally - http://www.rawstory.com/rs...
WATCH: Texas open carry advocates fume after ‘skanky topless libtards’ disrupt pro-gun rally
"Come and Take It Texas, a group affiliated with the open carry movement, is complaining that topless protestors are ruining their monthly walks in support of gun rights. They are being “trolled by skanky topless libtards,” one post on the group’s Facebook page reads. Another post identifies the counter-protestors as members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America (MDA), even though they made no claim to being affiliated with that organization. The topless counter-protestors carried signs that read, “You realize that everyone thinks you’re overcompensating for your teeny tiny ‘gun’ right?” and “Boobs for peace.” The women confronted the open carry advocates and said that as long as they openly carried their weapons, the counter-protestors would bare their breasts." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
I think is what the word "trololol" was invented for. - Deborah Fitchett
Stephen Mack
A compilation of the music videos for Weird Al Yankovic's new album, Mandatory Fun [Wiki link] - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki...
A compilation of the music videos for Weird Al Yankovic's new album, Mandatory Fun [Wiki link]
A compilation of the music videos for Weird Al Yankovic's new album, Mandatory Fun [Wiki link]
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From the Wiki article: "To help promote Mandatory Fun in social media circles, Yankovic produced eight music videos for the album; one was revealed each day starting on July 14, 2014, a day prior to the album's release. Yankovic commented that 'there is no more music television' as there was in the past, and that 'the Internet [...] is the new MTV' that operates continuously. He took the idea that promoting a new video for eight continuous days 'would make an impact because people would be talking about the album all week long.' [...] The music video aspect of Yankovic's songs had been a past part of his success, but for Mandatory Fun RCA Records opted not to fund production of any videos. Instead, Yankovic turned to various social media portals including Funny or Die and CollegeHumor which he had worked with in the past; these sites helped to cover the production costs to allow Yankovic to make the videos with Yankovic foregoing any ad revenue from the videos. Yankovic chose to... more... - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
More: "The first music video debuted on July 14, featuring the song "Tacky". Produced by Nerdist Industries, the one-shot video features Aisha Tyler, Margaret Cho, Eric Stonestreet, Kristen Schaal, Jack Black, and Yankovic dressed in tacky clothes and dancing purposely poorly while lip-synching to the song reflecting on the song's lyrics about a person who brags on about his obnoxious... more... - Stephen Mack
1. Monday, July 14, "Tacky" (Parody of Pharrell's "Happy") https://www.youtube.com/watch... (from Nerdist) - Stephen Mack
Also: Thursday, July 17, "Tacky" (live on Conan) https://www.youtube.com/watch... (from Team Coco) - Stephen Mack
More: "The video for 'Word Crimes' features kinetic typography created by Jarrett Heather, reflecting the song's theme of proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation." - Stephen Mack
2. Tuesday, July 15, "Word Crimes" (Parody of Thicke's "Blurred Lines") https://www.youtube.com/watch... (from alyankovicVEVO) - Stephen Mack
3. Wednesday, July 16, "Foil" (Parody of Lorde's "Royals") https://www.youtube.com/watch... (from College Humor) - Stephen Mack
More: " 'Foil''s video, produced in conjunction with CollegeHumor, shows Yankovic as a host of a cooking show obsessing on the use of aluminium foil, slowly descending into conspiracy theories; it also includes guest appearances by Patton Oswalt, Tom Lennon, and Robert Ben Garant. - Stephen Mack
More: "'Handy' was released through Yahoo! Screen's 'Sketchy' channel, and is presented in the style of a late-night informercial with Yankovic performing as a residential general contractor; the video also includes Eddie Pepitone, Justin Giddings, and Ted Hollis." - Stephen Mack
4. Thursday, July 17, "Handy" (Parody of Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy") https://screen.yahoo.com/weird-a... (from Yahoo Sketchy) -- reposted by a random individual on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch... - Stephen Mack
More: "The video for 'Sports Song' plays to the song's theme, featuring Yankovic along with the Riverside City College Marching Tigers band performing a routine on a football field during the song; the video was directed by Yankovic with Andrew Bush and Brad Schulz and produced in conjunction with Funny or Die." - Stephen Mack
5. Friday, July 18: "Sports Song" https://www.youtube.com/watch... (from FunnyOrDie) - Stephen Mack
More: "The video for "First World Problems" was directed by Liam Lynch, and shows Yankovic, posing as a 'pretentious jerk' wearing a 'douchey blonde wig,' over-reacting to minor annoyances of a well-off lifestyle." - Stephen Mack
6. Saturday, July 19: "First World Problems" https://www.youtube.com/watch... (from alyankovicVEVO) - Stephen Mack
More: 'Lame Claim to Fame' is a stop-motion video directed by animator Tim Thompson, using a scrapbooking approach to show the protagonist's passing ties with various celebrities. Among the cut-outs of celebrities named in the song, the video includes pictures of Dr. Demento, the radio host that helped Yankovic's rise to popularity." - Stephen Mack
7. Sunday, July 20: "Lame Claim to Fame" https://www.youtube.com/watch... (from alyankovic) - Stephen Mack
More: "The final video released was for 'Mission Statement,' and was produced by TruScribe, featuring time-lapse drawings relating to the song's lyrics on a white board. The video took about 10 months to create." - Stephen Mack
"Handy" was July the 17th according to the wiki. Sports Song the 18th, and First World Problems the 19th. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki... - NOT THE CRICKET
8. Monday, July 21: "Mission Statement" (Parody of Graham Nash's "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes") http://blogs.wsj.com/speakea... (from WSJ via Vevo) [YouTube URL for Mission Statement forthcoming, I don't think it's been published there yet] - Stephen Mack
"Word Crimes" is definitely my favorite. - Stephen Mack
Thanks, Jimminy -- I corrected the dates above. - Stephen Mack
For me, it's a toss-up between "Word Crimes" and "Foil" :) - Brent Schaus
The co-branding I find fascinating. - Stephen Mack
And using a CSN melody for "Mission Statement"? Stroke of genius, imo. - Brent Schaus
I haven't watched that one yet. :) Tonight! - Stephen Mack
The big downside to his strategy of peppering his eight videos across different sites is that it's tough to find them all. Yesterday I was at a friend's house and we were searching YouTube (via the TiVo app) trying to watch them all, and missed half of them. It'll also be interesting to see if some of the better videos don't get as many views because of which account or site was used to post/promote, or if some of the more marginal videos get more views because of the traffic of the originating site. - Stephen Mack
labels (not just RCA) refusing to bankroll promotional stuff is a pretty common occurrence. has been for ages and ages. they sure want a cut of any profits made, tho! #LittleRedHen - Big Joe Silence
The album has hit #1 on Billboard: http://t.co/dVSO6q5KbL (via Andy Baio, http://friendfeed.com/waxpanc...) - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Controversy over a word used in Word Crimes: http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll... - Stephen Mack from iPhone
The distribution strategy was because he wanted to see the videos made. http://adage.com/article... Edit: I Are Cannot Reed. - NOT THE CRICKET
Jessie
Highway, fire site voted ‘most haunted’ places - Taipei Times - http://www.taipeitimes.com/News...
"The Taipei-Yilan Highway has been voted Taiwan’s most-haunted site in an online survey of the nation’s top 10 haunted places conducted by Internet portal Yam.com. The winding mountain road, which runs from New Taipei City’s Xindian District (新店) to Yilan County — also known as Provincial Highway No. 9 — has many hairpin turns. It has been dubbed the “Highway of Death,” because of the many fatal accidents that have happened on it. In recent years, traffic on the road has declined considerably with the opening of the Hsuehshan Tunnel and the Taipei-Yilan Freeway (National Highway No. 5) in June 2006. Some motorists have reported seeing ghostly apparitions, human-like figures shrouded in white floating through the air, while driving the mountainous area." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"No. 2 on the online poll is Greater Taichung’s Port Road, the site of the Wellcome Restaurant blaze in 1995 that resulted in 64 deaths. It is the worst fire disaster in the nation’s history. Locals claim to have seen a “ghost ship” appearing over the site late at night, with anecdotes saying the phantom ship will only set sail after it has gathered 100 souls." - Jessie
Mike Nencetti
Hello Friendfeed.
I miss conversations. brain cancer unfortunately can make every conversation a struggle. - Mike Nencetti
We miss you, too. Hoping and praying for the best for y'all. - LB: #TeamYou from Android
Just to clarify for all - left frontal lobe glioblastoma brain tumors affect personality and communication. If you met my wife you would have a normal conversation. When I talk to her she takes everything I say is an attack. I am on numerous Facebook support groups, our situation is common. She's doing good. she has lost some weight, had some falls. but is still independent. She still drives, she can be on her own. Chemotherapy will not cure her. Immunotherapy is her best hope for long term survival. - Mike Nencetti
You and your wife are always near in my thoughts. - vicster: full-bodied
Hey Mike. It's good to hear from you. I'm sorry to hear that conversations with Beverly are becoming increasingly difficult. I hope your support groups are helping you cope with the changes. I can't imagine how difficult this must be for you both. *hug* - Jenny H. from Android
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
RT @bantik: "Hot Summer Could Wipe Out Goth Population, Experts Warn" http://www.newsbiscuit.com/2014...
RT @bantik: "Hot Summer Could Wipe Out Goth Population, Experts Warn" http://www.newsbiscuit.com/2014/07/21/hot-summer-could-wipe-out-goth-population-experts-warn/
The New York Times
Why do Americans stink at math? http://www.nytimes.com/2014...
That A&W anecdote. Not surprising but still, WTF. - rönin
Mahdi
Coffee Around the World: How Turkish People Drink Coffee — Smart Coffee for Regular Joes | The Kitchn - http://www.thekitchn.com/coffee-...
Coffee Around the World: How Turkish People Drink Coffee — Smart Coffee for Regular Joes | The Kitchn
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Eivind really likes Turkish coffee. :) - Jenny H. from Android
I love Turkish coffee :) - Mahdi
I haven't tried it yet, but I'm looking forward to when I do. :) - Jenny H. from Android
I love it too - Shevonne from iPhone
The first cup of coffee I ever had was a Turkish coffee. Now I'm hooked. :) - Ken Morley
I LOVE Turkish coffee. - Bren from iPhone
Me, too. Especially with real turkish delight... with pistachio and such. - Brent Schaus
I've never tried the fortune reading, that sounds like fun. Bookmarked for future reference :) >> http://www.mehmetefendi.bg/en... - Ken Morley
There's a Turkish proverb that coffee lovers adore to quote, especially if you're the type that likes to take your coffee black: "Coffee should be black as hell, strong as death and sweet as love." never heard of it. - akaşa
ahaha acayip - püsünklet
Ben de Türk Kahvesini severim. - طررا بارسلونوي from Android
ben de sporcunun zeki, çevik ve ahlaklısını severim - babeuf
History of coffee an article http://ff.im/11gxkU - طررا بارسلونوي from Android
bg bulgarca oluyomuş. - hia
ya, teyzem girit'ten kahve getirdi. bi acayip o.O suda çözülüyor o.O kavrulmuş kahve o.O - hia
Eric
Border Sheriffs Perplexed by Rick Perry's Plan to Send 1,000 Troops to Stare at Mexico - http://www.thewire.com/politic...
Border Sheriffs Perplexed by Rick Perry's Plan to Send 1,000 Troops to Stare at Mexico
"“I don’t know what good they can do,” Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio told the Dallas Morning News. “You just can’t come out here and be a police officer.” Lucio and other sheriffs said they weren't consulted before Perry's announcement and, in Lucio's opinion, the police and Border Patrol agents were handling the small uptick in crime. "At this time, a lot of people do things for political reasons. I don’t know that it helps,” Lucio said." - Eric from Bookmarklet
Amit Patel
Woot, I was published in Hacker Monthly http://hackermonthly.com/issue-4...
Nice! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Also you've got one of the most popular posts of the past week still sitting on the front page, for you're updated interactive page. https://news.ycombinator.com/item... http://www.redblobgames.com/pathfin... - NOT THE CRICKET
Comment from gggg? I missed that. NOT THE CRICKET: yep, fun!! :) Also on reddit/r/gamedev and reddit/r/programming - Amit Patel
congrats! - imabonehead
Amit, the comment from gggg - http://theory.stanford.edu/~amitp... - NOT THE CRICKET
Ah, that gggg! Those kinds of comments are rare but they do happen. I try to be polite to everyone. - Amit Patel
Jessie
Red panda debuts at Taipei Zoo - Taipei Times - http://www.taipeitimes.com/News...
Red panda debuts at Taipei Zoo - Taipei Times
"One of three red pandas obtained from China’s Fujian Province made its public debut at the Taipei Zoo yesterday. Children thronging in front of the animal’s enclosure were elated to see Huan Huan (歡歡), peeping out from behind a bush. “There he is, how lovely he is,” they shouted in excitement. Huan Huan, the only male of the trio, adapted to the new environment more quickly than the others, so he was the first to meet the public, the zoo said. Huan Huan, weighing in at 4.7kg, is getting along well with his keeper, the zoo said, adding that his diet consists of bamboo, carrot, steamed cornbread and apple." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"The three red pandas arrived on June 6, but had been quarantined after their arrival. They were bred by a research center in Fujian and given to the Taipei Zoo to promote breeding cooperation and help Taiwanese to understand the efforts made by China in wildlife protection. The Taipei Zoo has been trying to breed red pandas for the past 20-odd years, but the attempts have never succeeded." - Jessie
Mahdi
Steakhouse Roasted Mushrooms — A Food Centric Life - http://afoodcentriclife.com/steakho...
Steakhouse Roasted Mushrooms — A Food Centric Life
Steakhouse Roasted Mushrooms — A Food Centric Life
Steakhouse Roasted Mushrooms — A Food Centric Life
Andrew C (✔)
RT @BigRedDreck: "So many MORONS who are computer-illiterate," I say as I drive a magical 2 ton self-propelled system of steel whose oil I can't even change
Victor Ganata
Hmm. I don't know if Malaysian Airlines really deserves that much blame. It's their normal route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur which they've flown regularly without incident. I don't think it was widely known that the Russian sympathists in the Ukraine had access to missiles capable of shooting down high-altitude aircraft. What are the odds?
If airlines had to refrain from flying over anywhere with missiles, it would be pretty hard to get anywhere. - Victor Ganata
OTOH, Ukraine has been talking about these guys having these missles and they told other gov't to avoid flying over. - Anika
Airliners fly over Afghanistan all the time. If they were to make a change, it should have been to established flight paths for all airliners. - Eric
Maybe it's utterly naive, but even over a war zone, I'd think they'd just shoot military planes and not commercial jets. I mean, that's just bad optics for your cause, you know? - Victor Ganata
The switch from organized military to militia with the same weapons and no training. - Eric
Daniel Norton
"I'm not a scientist" isn't an acceptable answer from a politician. You're not an economist either, but you still pass economic legislation.
Jessie
Awww - the Chinese postdoc who I've been coaching on English oral presentations just got back from his dissertation defense. He said the dissertation committee was "stunned" by his progress in the two months since his practice defense. *preens*
Well done superwoman - Steve C Team Marina
I'm not surprised. :) Good work, Jessie! - Anne Bouey
Tamara J. B.
So in love with the sneak peek pictures of Marina Skye from our photo shoot this morning. Squeee! I love, love, love her. Shout out to Bachmanville Photography for the wonderful pics.
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There's one picture I can't wait to see. I bought her a mermaid outfit for this session so I'm most excited to see how that one came out. - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
Andrew C (✔)
How To Talk To Babies About Marxist Theory - http://the-toast.net/2014...
"BABY: [builds tower with blocks] ME: ok this is very good under capitalism massive building projects are constructed through wage slavery and through their sheer size and scale intimidate and pacify the masses so this is a great comment BABY: [knocks over tower] ME: that’s right" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
Scalia’s major screw-up: How SCOTUS just gave liberals a huge gift - Salon.com - http://www.salon.com/2014...
"Let’s go back to 2012, when the Supreme Court ruled that the Affordable Care Act’s mandate for the purchase of insurance was constitutional as a tax, to fund the public good of healthcare. The issue necessarily now shifts to whether an individual or a privately held company has to pay a tax for anything religiously abhorrent that is less essential, or only as essential, to the common good as women’s ability to avoid unwanted pregnancies, including from rape." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"My husband, Tom, and I have been dancing gleefully with our Corgi Bessie in our modest home every evening since the Hobby Lobby ruling, because it’s clear that the conservative majority of justices has written itself into a corner in which it cannot refuse religious exemptions from selected tax obligations. The same preponderance of Supremes will have no way out of ruling, for example,... more... - Andrew C (✔)
I imagine the conservative justices will be able to adjust their principles regarding religious liberty to make sure the military-industrial complex still has financial support. - John (bird whisperer)
I'm sure they'll twist themselves into knots to preserve the status quo, but it won't do a whole lot for their legacy to be shown as relentlessly partisan hacks who made up the law to suit their politics. - Andrew C (✔)
Victor Ganata
A guide to the science and pseudoscience of A Troublesome Inheritance, part III: Has natural selection produced significant differences between races? - Nothing in Biology Makes Sense...
"Wade argues that genetic studies completed in the eleven years since the Human Genome Project was completed reveal real and important differences between human races. Unsurprisingly, the book’s release has been met with a sharply divided critical reception. Whereas the book has been widely embraced by those on the political right, and by the white identity movement, it has been panned by anthropologists, evolutionary biologists, and population geneticists." - Victor Ganata
"By Wade’s account, natural selection has dramatically reshaped the human genome, producing major differences between races. This much more dramatic interpretation is entirely unsupported by the literature, however." - Victor Ganata
"Wade repeatedly cites the statistic that, 'No less than 14% of the genome' has been changed by recent natural selection. This claim, however, is such a staggering misinterpretation of the evidence that I am almost inclined to think Wade must not have read more than the abstracts of most of the papers he cites." - Victor Ganata
"So, in fact, the Akey study that Wade cites in support of his 'copious' natural selection headline, actually shows that only a tiny fraction of the genome has been consistently identified as being under selection." - Victor Ganata
"Although it is certainly true that humans have adapted to different environments as we dispersed across the globe, the effect of these adaptations have been to create differences between populations within races (say, between Finns and Italians), not to create differences between races (say, between Africans and Asians)." - Victor Ganata
"So, despite the fact that skin color is the feature most commonly used to identify someone’s race, there is both substantial variation in skin color within the geographic groups that Wade identifies as races, and in many cases natural selection has independently produced similar skin tones in people of different races." - Victor Ganata
"For example, people living in the sub-continent of India and in central and south America appear to have independently evolved darkly pigmented skin as they adapted to regions where there are high levels of ultraviolet radiation." - Victor Ganata
"Amongst mammals, humans are unusual in that (some of us) continue to drink milk after weaning. Because most mammals stop drinking milk relatively early in life, the body stops producing lactase – the enzyme needed to digest milk sugar, or lactose. As a result, most ‘normal’ mammals are lactose intolerant as adults." - Victor Ganata
"However, among human populations that have developed the cultural practice of keeping dairy cattle, some people continue to produce lactase as adults. Remarkably, this evolutionary innovation has occurred repeatedly, with natural selection favoring the independent evolution of ‘lactase persistence’ in different populations. Examining the global distribution of lactase persistence... more... - Victor Ganata
"By and large natural selection has NOT produced major differences between 'races.'" - Victor Ganata
"widely accepted by the political right" Which also contains a large constituent who don't believe in evolution. - Greg GuitarBuster
From dealing with climate change denialists, it seems like there are a lot of people on the political right who will totally embrace (and cherry-pick) science when it supports their agenda and prejudices. - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
Not that anyone takes us seriously about human rights after Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, and the NSA, but after deporting children, we probably can't say shit about human rights abuses without getting laughed at and told to STFU. #AmericanExceptionalism
Yep. - Jenny H. from Android
Act as we say, not as we do. - John (bird whisperer)
Jessie
How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall? Talent - NYTimes.com - http://www.nytimes.com/2014...
How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall? Talent - NYTimes.com
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"The 8-year-old juggling a soccer ball and the 48-year-old jogging by, with Japanese lessons ringing from her earbuds, have something fundamental in common: At some level, both are wondering whether their investment of time and effort is worth it. How good can I get? How much time will it take? Is it possible I’m a natural at this (for once)? What’s the percentage in this, exactly? Scientists have long argued over the relative contributions of practice and native talent to the development of elite performance. This debate swings back and forth every century, it seems, but a paper in the current issue of the journal Psychological Science illustrates where the discussion now stands and hints — more tantalizingly, for people who just want to do their best — at where the research will go next. The value-of-practice debate has reached a stalemate. In a landmark 1993 study of musicians, a research team led by K. Anders Ericsson, a psychologist now at Florida State University, found that... more... - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"One of those people, Dr. Ericsson, had by last week already written his critique of the new review. He points out that the paper uses a definition of practice that includes a variety of related activities, including playing music or sports for fun or playing in a group. But his own studies focused on what he calls deliberate practice: one-on-one lessons in which an instructor pushes a... more... - Jessie
"One is the age at which a person picks up a violin, or a basketball, or a language. People who grow up in bilingual households fully integrate both languages at the same time that language-specialized areas in their brains are developing. The same may be true of many other skills — there may exist a critical window of learning in childhood that primes the brain to pick up skills... more... - Jessie
Stephen Mack
World Cup player introductions: A deep analysis of how soccer players fold their arms [Slate] - http://www.slate.com/blogs...
World Cup player introductions: A deep analysis of how soccer players fold their arms [Slate]
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OMG! This article is amazing. (h/t to Sam Grover, http://friendfeed.com/samgrov...) - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
I wish the animated gifs came over to FF properly. - Stephen Mack
This is super funny. =) - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
I love Assou-Ekotto! :) - Eivind
Read this again. LOL! - Yvonne Renee
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