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Halloween’s Origin Story

For this latest spooky October post, I wanted to cut to the chase. I’ve grown a little bit impatient with the month.

The Laborers Who Keep Dick Pics and Beheadings Out of Your Facebook Feed

By Christopher via Flickr (cc by-sa 2.0) Meet the people who keep graphic and vulgar videos off YouTube and out of your Facebook feed.

Transhumanism and Scientific Requirements to Hold Political Office

via Humanity+ Magazine: Recently I have written multiple articles about the scientific illiteracy of American politicians. Even members of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology display an ignorance of science that should make a high school student blush.

Taking Down the Daily Show with Allison Kilkenny and Jamie Kilstein

Abby Martin interviews co-founders of Citizen Radio and authors of the new book, #NEWSFAIL, Allison Kilkenny and Jamie Kilstein, about the biggest flaws in corporate comedy news and why topics like feminism and climate change are covered so poorly by cable news.

Costumes to Make Zombie Einstein Proud

Thinking about creating a costume relating to Anti-matter, the Holographic Universe, or Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle?

How Words Absolve Mass Murder | Brainwash Update

Abby Martin goes over some of the phrases and terms that are used by politicians in order to dehumanize victims of war and absolve top policy makers from responsibility.

King of Horror

For this spooky October post I found a little gem on YouTube. It claims to be the first ever television interview with Stephen King and since I couldn’t find an earlier one on the site, I’m gonna take their word for it.

Ancient City Ruled by Genghis Khan’s Heirs Revealed

Archaeologists with the Saratov Regional Museum of Local Lore have uncovered part of the ancient city of Ukek, founded by the descendants of Genghis Khan.

When Will EPA Meet with Residents Harmed by Fracking?

Emily Wurth writes at Food & Water Watch: For over a year now, residents from communities affected by drilling and fracking for natural gas have tried to meet with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.

The Ketamine Key

K-holes for everyone! via Psychology Today: As with everything in the brain, the story isn’t so simple as a single neurotransmitter system like dopamine.

Is Obama Stalling Until Republicans Can Bury the CIA Torture Report?

Dan Froomkin writes at the Intercept: Continued White House foot-dragging on the declassification of a much-anticipated Senate torture report is raising concerns that the administration is holding out until Republicans take over the chamber and kill the report themselves.

Amnesty: US Human Rights Abuses on Display in Ferguson

Jon Queally writes at Common Dreams: In a report released on Friday, Amnesty International roundly condemns the excessive force used by local law enforcement agencies in Ferguson, Missouri earlier this year and called for ‘accountability and systemic change’ in order to curb the kinds of human rights abuses increasingly seen in U.S.

The British-American coup that ended Australian independence

Prime minister Gough Whitlam watches ACTU president Bob Hawke drink beer from a yard glass Melbourne, Australia, 1972.

The Difference Between a Great Horror Movie and a Great Halloween Movie

via Screen Crush: I never watch ‘Halloween’ on Halloween. That’s not to say that I dislike John Carpenter’s slasher classic.

Digital Afterlife: 2045

Excerpt from Richard Weber’s History of Religion and Inequality in the 21st Century (2056) via The Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies: Of all the bewildering diversity of new of consumer choices on offer before the middle of the century that would have stunned people from only a generation earlier, none was perhaps as shocking as the many ways there now were to be dead.

Dreams of the Universe: Is Particle Physics Unscientific?

Watch more videos on From string theory to the multiverse, the theories of modern physics look increasingly exotic and untestable.

Ebola News Gives Me a Guilty Thrill. Am I Crazy?

Ebola virus. (Photo: NIAID/Flickr) via Pacific Standard: Folks speak blithely about their guilty pleasures.

Don’t Let Them Eat Cake: More U.S. Cities Are Banning Feeding the Homeless

I’m regularly asked for something to eat by people on the subway or on the streets of New York City. Complying with such a request may well be illegal before long if a trend in other American cities expands.

Writing about demonic possession is a thankless task

This week I have added /r/Shinto and /r/Buddhism to the list of subreddits I follow, including /r/Christianity which I am currently banned from on Reddit for talking about psychosis as a rite of passage in mystical experiences related to sorcery.

Sales Of Plug-In Cars Exceed 600,000 Worldwide

via CleanTechnica: It hasn’t even been four full years since the first plug-in hybrid and electric cars went on sale across the globe, and in many places plug-in cars are still few and far between.