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Scientists: Earth Endangered by New Strain of Fact-Resistant Humans - now he tells us (Borowitz)

MINNEAPOLIS (The Borowitz Report) – Scientists have discovered a powerful new strain of fact-resistant humans who are threatening the ability of Earth to sustain life, a sobering new study reports.

The research, conducted by the University of Minnesota, identifies a virulent strain of humans who are virtually immune to any form of verifiable knowledge, leaving scientists at a loss as to how to combat them.

“These humans appear to have all the faculties necessary to receive and process information,” Davis Logsdon, one of the scientists who contributed to the study, said. “And yet, somehow, they have developed defenses that, for all intents and purposes, have rendered those faculties totally inactive.”
More worryingly, Logsdon said, “As facts have multiplied, their defenses against those facts have only grown more powerful.”

While scientists have no clear understanding of the mechanisms that prevent the fact-resistant humans from absorbing data, they theorize that the strain may have developed the ability to intercept and discard information en route from the auditory nerve to the brain. “The normal functions of human consciousness have been completely nullified,” Logsdon said.

While reaffirming the gloomy assessments of the study, Logsdon held out hope that the threat of fact-resistant humans could be mitigated in the future. “Our research is very preliminary, but it’s possible that they will become more receptive to facts once they are in an environment without food, water, or oxygen,” he said.


My 21 year old Cousin Sara - reporting from the heart of Kathmandu/Nepal - and 3 photos

My 21 year old second cousin Sara is a butterfly on the surface of the world. She grew up in Vienna where her parents live, is smart, educated, and gathers money where she can and then is off again into the world.
She is teaching English and German to Nepalese children at the moment and was taking them for a walk outside of Kathmandu when the earthquake hit.
Our family has been worried sick about her. Every now and then she was able to get through and report about her condition and the situation she is now in.

Emails have gone around the world to family and friends, we had to come to terms with her decision to not try to come home which would be our wish, but instead she is asking us for all the money we can send to her. The need is great.
All the begging for money has now brought in over 8000 Euros they have been sent on to a bank she has found that will not charge her any fees. She says she feels incredibly strange to have custody of the money and the huge power to decide whom of the many needy people to help.

LOOK, here she has spent 1700 of the Euros and is distributing food

She has since the earthquake lived in a tent in the street, well chaperoned by the family with whom she was staying and who all survived and are with her.

She says that some stores are opening, the schools are closed. The after shocks are terrifying, and one at 4.6 Richter scale night before last really frightened the people especially the children who have seen too much and who are still in shock. The after shocks are abating slowly, she says.

Here are a couple more photos she somehow managed to send, my first cousin, her uncle, sent them on to me by email.

Needless to say I am incredibly proud of this very young courageous relative.

The most racist areas in the United States - Map / Daily Kos


There are neighborhoods in Baltimore in which the life expectancy is 19 years less than other neighborhoods in the same city. Residents of the Downtown/Seaton Hill neighborhood have a life expectancy lower than 229 other nations, exceeded only by Yemen. According to the Washington Post, 15 neighborhoods in Baltimore have a lower life expectancy than North Korea.
North Korea.
And while those figures represent some of the most dramatic disparities in the life expectancy of black Americans as opposed to whites, a recent study of the health impacts of racism in America reveals that racist attitudes may cause up to 30,000 early deaths every year.

The study, Association between an Internet-Based Measure of Area Racism and Black Mortality, has just been published in PLOS ONE and has mapped out the most racist areas in the United States. As illustrated above, they are mostly located in the rural Northeast and down along the Appalachian Mountains into the South. How they did it and what it may mean are below the fold.
We already know about the racism that led to Jim Crow, the KKK, and lynchings. We also know about the racism that has become embedded in our justice system, from cops who kill, to prosecutors who ensure that blacks receive longer prison terms than do whites. We know that those sentencing disparities lead to greater disenfranchisement of blacks.

We think we know how racism has injured and killed black Americans. But do we really? There are the obvious cases, like Freddie Gray, Michael Brown, and Eric Garner, but what about the silent killers? The hypertension and the chronic medical conditions that lead so many more blacks to an early grave than they do whites. Could racist attitudes lead to 30,000 early deaths every year?
According to the authors of the study, current research points to a variety of causes for the disparities in health between white and black Americans, many of which can be traced to racial segregation. Many blacks are restricted to high-crime neighborhoods that are lacking in outdoor recreational areas, access to healthy foods, and decent health care. Discrimination in employment leads to lower wages that further impact the ability to enjoy healthy food, exercise, and recreation.

more of the study at link above


Ruth Bader Ginsburg Asks Someone to Wake Her When Scalia Stops Talking- Scotus update by Borowitz

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report) – As Justice Antonin Scalia weighed in on same-sex marriage at the United States Supreme Court on Tuesday, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg interrupted the proceedings by announcing, “Someone wake me up when he stops talking.”

There was stunned silence in the courtroom after the pronouncement by Justice Ginsburg, who had been visibly nodding off during Scalia’s remarks, her head jerking upward violently at various junctures.

“Look, it’s not like he’s going to say anything on this subject that I haven’t heard him say nine zillion times before,” she said. “I’m gonna get me some shut-eye.”
Having completed her remarks, Ginsburg moved down the bench to what she called “my favorite quiet place,” next to Justice Clarence Thomas, and fell soundly asleep.


President Obama just nailed a whole lot of it concerning the riots in Baltimore

Speaking up at a news conference he is holding with the Japanese Ambassador, when asked by the press corps about Baltimore he let loose with an acknowledgement that this is a long standing problem, that it has been going on for a very long time, we have bad corrupt politicians, and business leaders, and police officers. That we not only have to help the city now to regain its footing but we have to collectively help with education, jobs, support for the bitterly poor and not just hold open pipe lines from schools to prisons for young folks without hope.
And that it takes a whole lot more than just an occasional news reporter task force. If we really want to participate in solving these deep rooted problems of inequality we all have to recognize our parts in them and pull together to solve them

I'm paraphrasing.
I watched his frustration and was happy and of course not surprised to see him have such a clear perception of the vastness of the problems.

Then, of course, come the presently seeming insurmountable problems and pushbacks about doing the right things.

Justices Appear Deeply Divided on Right to Same-Sex Marriage

Source: NYTimes


BREAKING NEWS Tuesday, April 28, 2015 12:02 PM EDT
Justices Appear Deeply Divided on Right to Same-Sex Marriage
The Supreme Court on Tuesday seemed deeply divided about one of the great civil rights issues of the age: whether the Constitution guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry.
They appeared to clash over not only what is the right answer but also over how to reach it. The questioning illuminated their conflicting views on history, tradition, biology, constitutional interpretation, the democratic process and the role of the courts in prodding social change.
Justice Anthony M. Kennedy said he was concerned about changing a conception of marriage that has persisted for millennia. Later, though, he expressed qualms about excluding gay families from what he called a noble and sacred institution. Chief Justice John C. Roberts Jr. worried about shutting down a fast-moving societal debate.
In the initial questioning, which lasted about 90 minutes, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. asked whether groups of four people must be allowed to marry, while Justice Antonin Scalia said a ruling for same-sex marriage might require some members of the clergy to perform the ceremonies, even if they violate their religious teaching.
Justice Stephen G. Breyer described marriage as a fundamental liberty. And Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan said that allowing same-sex marriage would do no harm to the marriages of opposite-sex couples.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/29/us/supreme-court-same-sex-marriage.html?emc=edit_na_20150428

This is supposed to be funny. But if I were a man, and black...

I might well need a coffin

+++++Winners for Color Riot - April Contest+++++ are posted in GD

Thanks to all for participating and for helping to keep things kicked and moving along.
I am just subbing for Whoa_Nelly, she won the March contest - was happy to do it.



+++++Here are the Winners - top 10 Spots in order+++++ April Photo Contest “Color Riot”

I was glad to do the work of posting for this contest, Whoa_Nelly actually was the winner and I did this as a favor more or less at the last minute, which explains why I had an entry in the contest.

Congratulations to everyone for participating, this has been a riot of color and fun,
I'm leaving in the photos so you get to see them all one more time

1st Place goes to justiceischeap

for the wonderful portrait of


It would be great to know where it was taken and if Hon knows of her good luck

2nd Place goes to Mira for

Dance like everyone's watching…

I took that a half a year ago in a Restaurant on top of a mountain in San Jose Costa Rica

3rd Place goes to Solly Mack for

Colors in Motion

Many of us have expressed curiosity about how she achieved it. Maybe now she will let us know

4th place is shared by

I'm Feeling Blue by NV Whino

Farmer's Market Flowers by dyedinthewoolliberal

5th place belongs to Binkie the Clown for


6th comes next for Tom Kitten with

Inside Salvation Mountain

7th is Turborama with

Purple Power

8th is Mz Pip with

Tiptoe Through the Tulips With Me

and then finally we have CC with

Himalayas meet Hawaii at Longwood

My hostess awards go to postatomic for his intriguing photograph called


and to JDB for the architecture and color in

Eye catching

Thank you, everyone, and take it away for the contest in May, Justiceischeap!

G.O.P. Chairman Warns Against Hatred for Hillary Peaking Too Soon/ overheard by Borowitz

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—In an urgent memo to the field of G.O.P. Presidential candidates, the Republican National Committee chairman, Reince Priebus, praised them for their relentless personal attacks on Hillary Clinton, but warned that their hatred for the former Secretary of State might be “peaking too early.”

Priebus called the candidates’ ongoing evisceration of Clinton “magnificent,” but expressed his concern that “no human beings, even an impressive group like yourselves, could possibly sustain such a high intensity of throbbing hatred for an entire year and a half.”

“Remember, this is a marathon, not a sprint,” he wrote. “You need to leave some hate in the tank.”

In the conclusion of his memo, Priebus advised the candidates to take an occasional day off from hating Clinton so that they could “return to despising her with renewed freshness and vigor.”

Responding to the R.N.C. directive, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said that he understood Priebus’s concerns, but assured him that, at the end of the day, they were groundless. “Anyone who doesn’t think I’m capable of spewing an infinite stream of vitriol and bile doesn’t know what I’m made of,” he said, pointing with pride to his long record of hating President Obama.


by the way, a reminder, if you take out all the vowels from
Reince Priebus you get
(he's good at it)

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