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6 Terrifying Ways Crows Are Way Smarter Than You Think

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. OK, so the scientists weren't just playing out horror movie fantasies -- they were testing whether the crows could recognize human faces or not. In case you think they were just telling each other "get the guy with the mask," they weren't: The test was repeated with multiple people wearing multiple masks, and without fail, the crows left the masked men who hadn't messed with them alone, but went murder-crazy on the mask that had been worn while messing with them. "Wow. Oh, and also none of the scientists were ever seen again. #5. #4. One.

5 Reasons You Hated School (That You Were Right About) 5The School System Was Designed Like A Factory (Over 100 Years Ago) American Historical Association No matter where you are in the Western world, you can bet that your education looked pretty much the same: 12 years of sitting in classes that focused almost entirely on memorizing facts. Sure, there have been a bunch of outstanding teachers who took a Dead Poet's Society-level of personal interest in their students, but for the most part, the education of our youth has been rather paint-by-numbers. You progress through a series of "grades" lasting one year each, and everybody gets about the same material. Digital Vision. The thing is that by the third grade or so, you probably knew why this is bullshit. It turns out that it was concocted nearly wholesale by a committee of ten guys way back in the early 1890s. joebelanger/iStock/Getty ImagesFrom here on out, go ahead and assume finger quotes every time the word "works" comes up. 4Standardized Testing Is A Relic Of The Cold War

Seven Sins of Our System of Forced Education By Peter Gray, Ph.D. / Sometimes I find, no matter how uncomfortable it makes me and others feel, I have to speak the truth. We can use all the euphemisms we want, but the literal truth is that schools, as they generally exist in the United States and other modern countries, are prisons. Now you might argue that schools as we know them are good, or necessary; but you can't argue that they are not prisons. Sometimes people use the word prison in a metaphorical sense to refer to any situation in which they must follow rules or do things that are unpleasant. Now here's another term that I think deserves to be said out loud: Forced education. The question worth debating is this: Is forced education--and the consequential imprisonment of children--a good thing or a bad thing? 1. In my system of values, and in that long endorsed by democratic thinkers, it is wrong to deny anyone liberty without just cause. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

23 Very Famous Quotes You Probably Have Wrong 1. “Ignorance is bliss” is actually “Where ignorance is bliss, ’tis folly to be wise” and it was said by Thomas Gray. 2. In the bible, “Money is the root of all evil” is actually “For the love of money is the root of all evil” in the King James Version and in the New International, it’s “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.” 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. Other things Marilyn Monroe didn’t say: 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. Want to get invited to exclusive private parties where you live? Bisexual VS Pansexual We all know there’s a lot of words for queer identity. As someone who has been out as about half of them for varying lengths of time (look, I question myself a lot), I know that there’s no real succinct explanation for a lot of them. There’s no question I get asked quite as often as “what’s the difference between bi and pan?” It’s not just confused outsiders asking it- it’s people questioning themselves, people who identify as one of the two and, well, everyone. First of all, we need to work something out. BISEXUAL has a thousand different definitions. A lot of people assume that what that means is that bisexuals either don’t know non-binary people exist or aren’t attracted to non-binary people… or even trans people at all! As a bi non-binary person, I promise you that isn’t the case. While some people might use bi to mean they only like girls and boys, that isn’t a universal definition. Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t mean “gender-blind” or "hearts, not parts". No!

10% of the Brain Myth Let me state this very clearly: There is no scientific evidence to suggest that we use only 10% of our brains. Let's look at the possible origins of this "10% brain use" statement and the evidence that we use all of our brain. Where Did the 10% Myth Begin? The 10% statement may have been started with a misquote of Albert Einstein or the misinterpretation of the work of Pierre Flourens in the 1800s. Perhaps it was the work of Karl Lashley in the 1920s and 1930s that started it. The Evidence (or lack of it) Perhaps when people use the 10% brain statement, they mean that only one out of every ten nerve cells is essential or used at any one time? Furthermore, from an evolutionary point of view, it is unlikely that larger brains would have developed if there was not an advantage. Finally, the saying "Use it or Lose It" seems to apply to the nervous system. So next time you hear someone say that they only use 10% of their brain, you can set them straight. "We use 100% of our brains."

Topeka, Kansas City Council Considers Decriminalizing Domestic Violence To Save Money Faced with their worst budget crises since the Great Depression, states and cities have resorted to increasingly desperate measures to cut costs. State and local governments have laid off teachers, slashed Medicaid funding, and even started unpaving roads and turning off streetlights. But perhaps the most shocking idea to save money is being debated right now by the City Council of Topeka, Kansas. The city could repeal an ordinance banning domestic violence because some say the cost of prosecuting those cases is just too high: Last night, in between approving city expenditures and other routine agenda items, the Topeka, Kansas City Council debated one rather controversial one: decriminalizing domestic violence.Here’s what happened: Last month, the Shawnee County District Attorney’s office, facing a 10% budget cut, announced that the county would no longer be prosecuting misdemeanors, including domestic violence cases, at the county level.

TO TRAIN UP A CHILD Permission to Reprint: We receive many requests to reprint our articles in other publications. All of our material is copyrighted so that we can maintain control. However, we do hereby grant permission for any publication to reprint our articles in their entirety, without editing, on the conditions that: with each reprint, clear recognition be given as to the source; and the article must include our address and an offer to receive our free newsletter. This permission is in force unless otherwise notified.--The Pearls The Website of Michael and Debi Pearl is NO GREATER JOY where you can get their address and request a free copy of their newsletter. This book is not about discipline, nor problem children. Any parent with an emotional maturity level higher than the average thirteen-year-old can, with a proper vision and knowledge of the technique, have happy obedient children. CHAPTER 1 To Train Up a Child Another mother walks in with her little ones and sits down to talk. 2. 1. 2. 3. 4.

Things are getting crazier in America By David Limbaugh • • July 7, 2015 Lately I’ve shared my lament that in America today we are witnessing a surreal transformation of the greatest nation in history. Last week, a spate of headlines made this point better than I could make it on my own. I was minding my business, mind you, surfing the Internet to check out the news and political sites and forums I customarily visit, and these news and column headlines, most from last week, some from a bit earlier and a few from this week, bombarded me. I wasn’t looking for trouble. • Shakespeare’s Works — Too Hard, Too White. • Obama Red-Faced: Iran Nuclear Stockpiles Grew 20 Percent in 18 months. • Obamacare Dangerous to Our Health. • Eye-Popping Premium Increases. • Obama, Clinton Want To Enforce ‘Correct’ Thinking in America. • High School Denies Pro-Life Club! • Pentagon Officials Call Out Obama’s ‘Pathetic’ ISIS Strategy. • Obama: Climate Change Deniers Endangering National Security. • Video Shows U.S. • U.S. • U.S. ~Éowyn

The Six Things Americans Should Know About the Second Amendment, by Richard W. Stevens by Richard W. Stevens A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state,the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. FIRST: The Second Amendment protects an individual right that existed before the creation of any government. A. 1. B. C. D. E. F. SECOND: The language of the Second Amendment prohibits the federal government from “infringing” on this right of the people. A. B. THIRD: The Second Amendment refers to “a well-regulated militia.”The right of the people to form citizen militias was unquestioned by the Founders. A. B. C. D. E. F. FOURTH: The Second Amendment begins with the phrase “A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State.” A. New Hampshire’s Constitution in 1784 contained a preamble for the freedom of the press: “The Liberty of the Press is essential to the security of freedom in a state; it ought, therefore, to be inviolably preserved.” B. A. B. A. The Bill of Rights Sentinel, Fall 2001, pp. 31-33

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. But the focus on mental illness after mass shootings lives on. Dan Kitwood/Getty Images Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Don't Thank Me for My Service U.S. Marine in Zaranj, Nimroz province, December 30, 2011. (Photo: Cpl. Bryan Nygaard / U.S. Now, that is not something for which a person should be proud nor thanked. In making this request not to be thanked for my service, I am, of course, expressing only my opinion, and, perhaps, my idiosyncrasy, and I make no claim to be speaking for other veterans. First, what was accomplished by your sacrifice and by the waste of lives and treasure in Vietnam, in Iraq and in Afghanistan? So, in the future, if you really insist on thanking me for something, do not thank me for the eight years I spent as a Marine, but for the 45 or so years following my discharge from the military that I have spent as an activist fighting for human rights and social justice and to end the insanity of war. Make some demands. Demand, for example, an immediate end to the corporate takeover of our "democracy" and to the undue influence of the military-industrial-Congressional complex.

Are Americans Still Puritan? “I THINK I can see the whole destiny of America contained in the first Puritan who landed on those shores,” the French political thinker Alexis de Tocqueville wrote after visiting the United States in the 1830s. 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.