PIC: Rob Speed (CC) One of Edward Snowden’s leaks revealed this incredible bit of absurdity: The agency has its own “Dear Abby” type advice column titled “Ask Zelda”.
Pic: Sruli Recht (C) Fresh on the heels of that post about engagement rings being a huge scam comes the story of an Icelandic artist who surgically removed some of his own skin in order to make this unique, hairy ring.
Pic: Ober Ranks (CC) After being transported to Auschwitz, Eva Mozes Kor and her twin sister Miriam were subjected to gruesome medical experiments under the infamous Nazi doctor, Josef Mengele – “The Angel of Death”.
By Andrew Emett On February 25 at 5:59 a.m., the Monterey County Sheriff’s Department, Salinas Police Department and the FBI orchestrated the simultaneous arrests of six King City police officers.
Can scientists really explain OOBEs? The Sploid blog at Gizmodo reports that they can… Some people claim that they have experienced out-of-body experiences—aka “astral trips”—floating outside of their bodies and watching themselves from the outside. A team of scientists found someone who says she can do this at will and put her into a brain scanner.
William Rafti (CC) Strange as it may seem in what in many cases is an extremely reactionary period of time, the war on some drugs has loosened up considerably and not just in the burgeoning mariajuana legalization movement.
The frontrunner to become the next president of the United States is playing an old and dangerous political game — comparing a foreign leader to Adolf Hitler.
Via We Are Change Pic: Luke Rudkowski (C) The post Luke Rudkowski and Ben Swann: Ukraine, RT, and Big Money in Journalism appeared first on disinformation.
PIC: NASA (PD) NASA plans on sending an unmanned vehicle to search for life in the oceans of Europa, Jupiter’s sixth-closest moon.
Pic: Dr. Hagen Graebner (CC) Another natural cure for a common ailment. Take note, though, beer drinkers: It’s the part of the leaves discarded in the brewing process.
Pic: Museo della Grande Guerra, Peio (C) The slowly-melting glaciers of the Italian Alps are yielding up a gruesome find: The once-frozen corpses of World War I soldiers.
They’re saying it might be a suicide. There’s been a lot of theft, hacking and bad press aimed at Bitcoin lately.
Via CNN: Two men claiming to be Los Angeles-area gang members have posted a video showing them firing rifles in Syria’s civil war, apparently fighting on behalf of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
Pic: US Fish & Wildlife/Geoff Walsh (PD) Otters are cute and cuddly (and I’ll be damned if they can’t play a mean washtub bass), but they’re also voracious predators who use ambush hunting tactics to take down everything from fish to small birds… and apparently that includes alligators, too.
Hey kids! Meet Lammily, the doll with the reasonably realistic body of a 19 year-old American woman! Lammily is the creation of artist Nickolay Lamm, who hopes to raise enough money for his dolls to go into mass production as a competitor to the freakishly proportioned Barbie.
Abby Martin Breaks the Set on, Rohingya Muslim Persecution, Offshore Fracking, and Russia in Crimea. LIKE Breaking the Set @ http://fb.me/BreakingTheSet FOLLOW Abby Martin @ http://twitter.com/AbbyMartin EPISODE BREAKDOWN: On this episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin calls attention to one of the most underreported injustices in the world, the persecution of the Rohingya people in Myanmar (Burma), citing the wave of violence that has displaced 140,000 people and the government’s denial of the crisis, and the almost total media blackout on the issue.
Tiny Bhutan is the world’s perennial leader in Gross National Happiness. Nestled high in the Himalayas and home to a population of three-quarters of a million people, the GNH is Bhutan’s answer to the outside world’s obsession with acquiring and measuring wealth.
Remember “peer pressure”? Of late it has been largely discarded as the go-to means of explaining/demonizing youth behavioral patterns, but The New Inquiry offers a look back: Parents have mostly given up on peer pressure as a paradigm defining element of molding their teenagers.
Some people might say you’d have to have a mental problem to enlist in the military, but that’s not exactly the point of a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry as reported in The Guardian: The first three studies in a large research initiative to better understand US military suicides indicates that some patterns in military suicide are reflective of mental health problems in the civilian population.
Pic: Neon_JA (CC) Kanina Foss writing at the University of the Witwatersrand: The question of why an individual would actively kill itself has been an evolutionary mystery.