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Interview: Louis C.K., Comedian And Star Of 'Louie' Louis C.K. remembers getting "really big laughs" during his third try at stand-up. "I was so excited that I had a little foot in the door," C.K. says. He's pictured above in his FX series Louie. KC Bailey/FX hide caption itoggle caption KC Bailey/FX Louis C.K. remembers getting "really big laughs" during his third try at stand-up. "I was so excited that I had a little foot in the door," C.K. says. He's pictured above in his FX series Louie.

KC Bailey/FX After years working the stand-up circuit, Louis C.K. is well established as a comic powerhouse; his FX series Louie is in its fifth season, and C.K. also has a new comedy special that's available as a digital download on his website. "I sputtered, my whole throat constricted and I heard this roaring in my ears and my eyes were watering," C.K. tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. C.K.' Interview Highlights On getting started in stand-up People who start doing stand-up are very crazy. On finding his way as a comic On the importance of being useful. Saudi king resets succession to cope with turbulent times. ELI5: why does the giant red spot on Jupiter keep on going? If it's a storm why hasn't it just blown its self out/dispersed over time? How long will it last before it does go? : explainlikeimfive. Quora. Visiting India’s ancient monuments? Prepare for racism. This post originally appeared at To a frustrated single person, life can often feel like this: And at first glance, research seems to back this up, suggesting that married people are on average happier than single people and much happier than divorced people.

But a closer analysis reveals that if you split up “married people” into two groups based on marriage quality, “people in self-assessed poor marriages are fairly miserable, and much less happy than unmarried people, and people in self-assessed good marriages are even more happy than the literature reports.”In other words, here’s what’s happening in reality: Dissatisfied single people should actually consider themselves in a neutral, fairly hopeful position, compared to what their situation could be. A single person who would like to find a great relationship is one step away from it, with their to-do list reading, “1) Find a great relationship.” So how big a deal is it? Well, start by subtracting your age from 90. The truth about inequality. ‘One myth is that inequality in the UK has risen since the financial crisis. In fact it has fallen quite sharply’ How serious a problem is inequality? And if it is serious, what can be done about it?

Myths abound. Many people seem to believe that Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century showed that wealth inequality is at an all-time high; instead, his data show that wealth inequality has risen only slowly since the 1970s, after falling during the 20th century. Another common belief is that the richest 1 per cent of the world’s population own half the world’s wealth (almost true) and that their share is inexorably increasing (not true). Neither is it clear that global inequality is rising. One final myth is that inequality in the UK has risen since the financial crisis. Given all this, why the sudden anxiety about inequality? Yet there is more going on than a change in the political wind.

I recently attended the launch of Inequality: What Can Be Done? Hillary Clinton calls for overhaul of crime policies put in place under Bill Clinton. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called for reform to the justice system, including an end to excessive prison sentences in a speech at Columbia University. (Reuters) This story has been updated. Tough-on-crime policies that emphasized arrests and convictions for relatively minor offenses have failed the country, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday, leading to overcrowded prisons and too many black men "missing" from their families and communities. "We need to restore balance to our criminal justice system," Clinton told an audience at Columbia University in New York. Calling for an "end to the era of mass incarceration," Clinton endorsed body cameras for police nationwide to record interactions between officers and potential suspects.

In effect, she was saying that policies put in place when her husband Bill Clinton was president have not worked. Spoiler Alert: HRC policy on internet might also be different than WJC policy in 1994. The Best Places to Post Your Resume, Depending On Your Field. Open Letter to the Woman Who Lost It on Her Son in Baltimore | TIME. Dear Toya Graham, aka the Mom who was videotaped losing it on her son in Baltimore, You’re about to hear from the world. Everybody is going to want to weigh in on your parenting skills. It’s not every day that we see a woman really lay into her almost full grown son in public, whacking him on the head, chasing him down the street and shouting curses at him for his misdeeds. I do not know exactly what set of circumstances led you to march down to the part of Baltimore where the unrest was erupting, possibly putting yourself in danger, and then popping open a can of maternal whupass on your child.

I know that you found him, wearing a mask, at protests which had turned ugly, with people burning shops and cars and throwing rocks at the cops. I know you told CBS that you “just lost it,” that you were “shocked” and “angry, because you never want to see your child out there doing that.” Many people are going to want to give you advice. I am not in their number. Baltimore Protests, Then and Now.

This Calculator Helps You Crack Any Master Combination Lock in 8 Tries. Life advice upon turning age 30, from the president of Y Combinator. With the unveiling last week of all 6,000 pages of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), fans of abstruse trade law can spend some time digging into the meaty goodness of tariff schedules and regulatory harmonization designed to boost trade. But there is one chapter health-care advocates are focused on—and they say it will likely make vital medicine more expensive in the poorer countries involved in the pact.

The TPP was agreed to earlier this year by 12 nations including the US, Mexico, Canada, Japan, Vietnam, Peru, and Chile, and now awaits ratification; South Korea and Indonesia are expected to join in the coming years. Though the US in the end relented on some of its demands to protect its drug makers from competition—to the point where some US trade boosters threatened to pull their backing for the deal—the TPP still obliges signatory countries to accept many of the patent rules that help drug firms keep prices high in the US. US drugs already have strong patent protections. Does the digital era herald the end of history? Has the digital transformation of our society put the future of recorded history in jeopardy? Many internet observers fear so. But why, and what do they mean? Since the 1980s our lives have grown increasingly digital, and with dizzying speed. Most of our photos, videos, conversations, research and writings are now stored as strings of ones and noughts on local computers or in data centres distributed throughout the world.

Data specialist EMC estimates that in 2013 the world contained about 4.4 zettabytes (4.4 trillion gigabytes) of data. By 2020, it expects this to have risen tenfold. History, in other words, has gone online. While this means unprecedented instant access to vast stores of human knowledge and culture, it also means that mountains of digital data of crucial importance to archivists and future historians are potentially under threat from deletion, corruption, theft, obsolescence and natural or man-made disasters. How so? Data threats Inaccessible (Figures are decimal, not binary) The Best US Colleges, Based on Alumni Salary. The quiet global crisis that scares the State Department.

A big new State Department assessment has identified a major threat to global security. It's not ISIS or Vladimir Putin. It's not a rickety global economy or climate change or the threat of global pandemics. Instead, the report argues, these individual problems are symptoms of a much bigger issue — namely, a slow breakdown in global governance. Many of the institutions that were created in the past century to deal with economic and security risks around the world, such as the UN and IMF, may no longer be adequate to the task. If the authors of the report are right, then the world's biggest problems are all really about this one big thing.

The world's institutions are no longer adequate for today's problems The report, called the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, was tasked with a broad review of State Department policies. Much of what the report's authors saw was quite good. That's all true. The State Department mostly has small solutions to this crisis That's by design.

The Clinton Blind Spot | TIME. “You’re singing my song!” Hillary Clinton told students and educators at Kirkwood Community College in Monticello, Iowa, near the end of her first official event of the 2016 presidential campaign. High school students had been talking about how they were getting a leg up, taking college-level courses at the school and getting both high school and college credits for their work. One young woman said she was going to a four-year college next year and would be able to finish in two because of the credits she’d already accrued—thus cutting her college loans in half. A young man headed to Annapolis was getting a head start on the information–tech and engineering courses he’d have to take at the U.S. Naval Academy. It was perfect Hillary Clinton. Almost everyone, it turned out. I was ready to push back against that. There is more than the appearance of impropriety here. In recent days, I’ve spoken with a bunch of Democrats about the Clinton mess.

See Hillary Clinton's Evolution in 20 Photos. The origin of the robot species. A “mother robot” (A) is used for automatic assembly of candidate agents from active and passive modules. For the construction process, the robotic manipulator is equipped with a gripper and a glue supplier. Each agent is represented by the information stored in its genome (B). It contains one gene per module, and each gene contains information about the module types, construction parameters and motor control of the agent. A construction sequence encoded by one gene is shown in (C). First, the part of the robot which was encoded by the previous genes is rotated (C1 to C2). Researchers led by the University of Cambridge have built a mother robot that can build its own children, test which one does best, and automatically use the results to inform the design of the next generation — passing down preferential traits automatically. Natural selection Creative machines “One of the big questions in biology is how intelligence came about — we’re using robotics to explore this mystery,” said Iida.

s8NBEMt.jpg (JPEG Image, 750 × 421 pixels) Majestic church is transformed into a gorgeous modern family home in Chicago. Despite the contemporary upgrade to the interior, the designers kept the church’s old cream-colored facade intact to maintain the historic integrity of the neighborhood and surrounding homes that range from the Victorian to the Italianate era. The interior, in contrast, was gutted to make room for a modern and minimalist makeover with seven bedrooms, six bathrooms, and a series of additional rooms outfitted with custom-designed and fabricated furnishings. Reminders of the building’s past life punctuate the home, from the numerous black metal-framed stained glass windows and exposed brickwork to the hidden doors, crawl spaces, and other nooks and crannies that serve as secret play spaces for the children. Related: Gorgeous 15th-Century Church Renovated as a Modern Bookstore in The Netherlands The most dramatic space in the new home is the light-filled great room housing the open-plan dining, kitchen, and living area.

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Since school let out, the boy had been following the band around with his best friend in a GMC Jimmy. It was the best damn weed he'd ever smoked. The bag also contained 13 seeds, and they sprouted legend. If you are one of the more than 100 million Americans who have ever gotten high, chances are you've smoked a descendant of those lucky 13 seeds. Chemdog 91, in turn, is the mother of Sour Diesel, possibly the most popular marijuana strain in existence. The 18-year-old never had any intention of growing marijuana. So, the kid got into gardening. He's also broke. Chapter II: Dirt weed The U.S. John Conrad/AP. Health | Smoking 'is bad for your brain' More research has been published linking smoking to health risks - with a study suggesting the habit affects IQ Researchers from the Universities of Aberdeen and Edinburgh looked at how the cognitive abilities of smokers and non-smokers changed over time.

They found smokers performed significantly worse in five separate tests. The research, part of the Scottish Mental Health Survey, is published in New Scientist magazine. Around 465 people were tested on their mental abilities in 1947 when they were aged 11. They were then tested a second time between 2002 and 2002, when they reached the age of 64. On this occasion they underwent tests to evaluate their non-verbal reasoning, memory and learning, how quickly they processed information, decisions about how to act in particular circumstances and construction tasks.

Current or former smokers were found to perform less well in the tests even after factors such as childhood IQ, education, occupation and alcohol consumption were taken into account. Quora. The Difference Between Living in New York and San Francisco. The Difference Between Living in New York and San Francisco This originally appeared on

After living in New York for 5 years, I recently moved to San Francisco. Neither city is clearly superior, but there are some distinct differences… Love psychology. From Ferguson to Baltimore: The Fruits of Government-Sponsored Segregation. In Baltimore in 1910, a black Yale law school graduate purchased a home in a previously all-white neighborhood. The Baltimore city government reacted by adopting a residential segregation ordinance, restricting African Americans to designated blocks. Explaining the policy, Baltimore’s mayor proclaimed, “Blacks should be quarantined in isolated slums in order to reduce the incidence of civil disturbance, to prevent the spread of communicable disease into the nearby White neighborhoods, and to protect property values among the White majority.”

Thus began a century of federal, state, and local policies to quarantine Baltimore’s black population in isolated slums—policies that continue to the present day, as federal housing subsidy policies still disproportionately direct low-income black families to segregated neighborhoods and away from middle class suburbs. In the last 50 years, the two societies have become even more unequal. In 1917, the U.S. HSBC Advises Clients Against Fossil Fuel Investment. The Items That are Cheaper at Grocery Stores than Warehouse Stores. Degree of stupidity: Wal-Mart heiress ‘cheated’ at USC. The dangers of letting algorithms enforce policy. Astronauts will get dumber on their way to Mars. Quora. How to Stop Working and Go Home At Night. More trees than there were 100 years ago? It's true!

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