The_depressive_and_the_psychopath. Five years ago today, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold murdered their classmates and teachers at Columbine High School.
Most Americans have reached one of two wrong conclusions about why they did it. The first conclusion is that the pair of supposed "Trench Coat Mafia outcasts" were taking revenge against the bullies who had made school miserable for them. The second conclusion is that the massacre was inexplicable: We can never understand what drove them to such horrific violence. The Sad Truth: Nauseatingly profound illustrations of what the world is turning into. ISIS New Years Eve Terror Plot Story Is Totally Bogus. Another major holiday, another sensational ISIS terror plot the FBI takes credit for preventing.
This time, the case splashed across the news is that of Emanuel Lutchman, a 25-year-old panhandler in Rochester, New York who allegedly plotted to attack a restaurant on New Years Eve. All major network broadcasts led with the story and it was breathlessly featured everywhere from the New York Times to CNN. These Photos Will Make You Want To Put Your Phone Down Forever.
It looks like smartphones really have killed the concept of "idle time.
" Last year, photographer Babycakes Romero captured an array of images showing people glued to their mobile devices when they could otherwise be having a conversation, enjoying dinner or simply staring into space. The series, titled "The Death of Conversation," was published on Bored Panda and ultimately led to a TEDx Talk this Tuesday. In the time that's passed since he first published the photo series, Romero says the smartphone problem -- as he sees it -- has only gotten worse.
"As smartphones encompass more and more of people's lives everyone is turning to them more and more as every aspect of their existence has been digitized and made accessible to them 24/7," Romero told The Huffington Post via email. According To This Sleep Expert, Work And School Shouldn't Start Until After 10am. Sleep is money for the brain, and young adults are accruing as much as 10 hours of sleep debt each week.
According to sleep expert Paul Kelley, a sleep-deprivation crisis is burdening young adults in today's world. “This is a huge issue for society,” Kelley, who works for the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute at the University of Oxford, told the Guardian. If You're White, Married, or College Educated, There's a Good Chance You Just Got Poorer. Library of Congress Are you white?
Or married? Or do you have a college degree? If you answered yes to any of these questions, there's a good chance that you got poorer last year. The US Census Bureau released its annual report on income and poverty today, and it's the latest reminder that the economic recovery hasn't really brought about any recovering for large segments of the population. A deeper dive into the data reveals trends that could have ramifications for the presidential election. White people are getting poorer: While the overall median income remained unchanged between 2013 and 2014, some demographic subgroups fared worse than others. Educated and married people are getting poorer: The percentage of people living below the poverty line (about $20,000 a year for a family of three) has remained stubbornly unchanged at 14.8 percent—2.3 percent higher than it was in 2007.
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Was he right? Do present-day Americans still exhibit, in their attitudes and behavior, traces of those austere English Protestants who started arriving in the country in the early 17th century? It seems we do. Consider a series of experiments conducted by researchers led by the psychologist Eric Luis Uhlmann and published last year in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. Don't Thank Me for My Service. U.S.
Marine in Zaranj, Nimroz province, December 30, 2011. (Photo: Cpl. Bryan Nygaard / U.S. Everyone blames mental illness for mass shootings. But what if that's wrong? It seems like there's one thing everyone agrees on after a mass shooting: The shooter must have been mentally ill.
President Barack Obama said as much in his reaction to the Umpqua Community College shooting on Thursday: "We don't yet know why this individual did what he did, and it's fair to say that anybody who does this has a sickness in their minds, regardless of what they think their motivations may be. " But what if the assumption is wrong, or at least misses the nuance of the issue? Jonathan Metzl, a professor of psychiatry, sociology, and medicine, health, and society at Vanderbilt University, argues that mental illness is often a scapegoat that lets policymakers and the public ignore bigger, more complicated contributors to gun violence. For example, some studies have found that people with schizophrenia are more likely to commit violent acts. Texas Students Mock Gun Law By Pledging to Open-Carry Sex Toys. From the Campus (Dildo) Carry Facebook group.
So far in 2015, there have been more mass shootings in the United States than days in the year. But instead of pursuing gun control laws that save lives, some states have been making it even easier to carry guns wherever you want. 9 Ways We Can Make Social Justice Movements Less Elitist and More Accessible. In my first year of college, I stopped calling myself an activist. It took attending just a few meetings of the campus queer group for me to realize that I didn’t fit in with everyone else. Despite that the fact that I was definitely queer – a pre-transition trans woman at the time – I could tell immediately that I wasn’t “queer enough” to fight for social justice alongside these university-educated revolutionaries who spoke with such confidence and rolled their eyes every time I opened my mouth.
I didn’t know what “trigger warnings” or “intersectional systemic oppression” were. I didn’t dress in ripped denim and black leather, or have a colorfully dyed, asymmetrical haircut. I wasn’t white, like most of the people in the room. Famous suicide notes - dying words of famous people. Volunteer for Social Change. Io9.gizmodo. Stop watching TV! (and check out Timothy Leary's "Brain Manual") 6 Terrifying Ways Crows Are Way Smarter Than You Think. Mankind has a long and checkered past with crows and ravens: They have been feared as symbols of death, because they're all black and scary, revered as creators of the world because, well, it was either them or the seagulls, and worshiped as trickster gods, because of their baffling intelligence.
Intelligent enough, in fact, for us to start worrying ... #6. They Can Remember Your Face Next time you see a group of crows, look closely. The Confessions. Brain Scans Reveal What Dogs Really Think of Us. In the 30,000 years humans and dogs have lived together, man's best friend has only become a more popular and beloved pet. Today, dogs are a fixture in almost 50% of American households. From the way dogs thump their tails, invade our laps and steal our pillows, it certainly seems like they love us back. Why Adorable Puppies Can Make You Feel Violent. 3 Ways Men Wanting to 'Focus On Her Pleasure' During Sex Can Still Be Sexist. Topeka, Kansas City Council Considers Decriminalizing Domestic Violence To Save Money. Seven Sins of Our System of Forced Education. 5 Reasons You Hated School (That You Were Right About)
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