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Gay Man Walking Around NYC For 3 Hours Exposes Rampant Homophobia & Harassment


Rosetta probe Philae discovers organic molecules on comet

Source: Wall Street Journal

Gautam Naik

Updated Nov. 17, 2014 6:03 p.m. ET


The probe that landed on the surface of a comet has discovered organic molecules, the most rudimentary building blocks of life, according to the German agency involved in the mission.

An instrument aboard the Philae lander detected the molecules after “sniffing” the comet’s atmosphere. An organic compound is one whose molecules contain the carbon atom, the basis of life on earth.

Scientists are analyzing the data to see whether the organic compounds detected by Philae are simple ones—such as methane and methanol—or a more complex species such as amino acids, the building blocks for proteins. A drill on Philae also obtained some material from the comet’s hard surface, but data about organic molecules from that experiment have yet to be fully analyzed.

Comets contain some of the most pristine materials in the solar system, dating to about 4.5 billion years ago. Previous studies have suggested that comets forge organic material in their dusty atmospheres.

Read more: http://online.wsj.com/articles/rosetta-probe-directly-discovers-organic-molecules-on-comet-1416256078

If this pans out it is perhaps the greatest discovery in the past 50 years if not our lifetime. This is a big f...ing deal in my opinion!

Investors Ready to Liquidate Public Schools

Plans are under way for investment corporations to execute the biggest conversion – some call it theft – of public schools property in U.S. history.

That is not hyperbole. Investment bankers themselves estimate that their taking over public schools is going to result in hundreds of billions of dollars in profit, if they can pull it off.

I was a public schools teacher for 16 years and knew many highly skilled teachers. Now, in addition to teaching ESL classes in a very good community college, I write about the politics of public education. That puts me in the presence of many very good, committed public school teachers. They grew up loving public school and love it now. And not one of them seems to really imagine the destruction of the current public schools system in the U.S.


But, there are very clear plans being made for just such a thing.

More: http://www.brettdickerson.net/investors-still-ready-liquidate-public-schools/

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: The Lottery (HBO)

Toddler displays remarkable empathy

Glenn Beck’s Secret Brain Trouble, How He ‘Fixed' It Is Most Troubling Of All

Paul Piff: Does money make you mean?

I am sure this has been posted before but it's a must see for anyone who hasn't seen it:


Drunk Girl In Public (Social Experiment)

I am a male and I find the way the guys act in this video creepy as hell. I find this video more disturbing than the catcalling video. Not sure if it is real though as I find it odd that these folks gave consent.


Capitalism is Religion

Just how small is an atom? - Jonathan Bergmann

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