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This 715-song playlist is scientifically verified to give you the chills, thanks to "frisson"


This 715-song playlist is scientifically verified to give you the chills, thanks to “frisson”
Listening to some songs can cause a powerful physiological response known as "frisson." What is it, and why does it happen?
A feeling of "frisson" can be elicited by the music of artists as disparate as Johnny Cash, Metallica, Céline Dion, and Mozart. One possible explanation for the phenomenon is that it results from a violation of expectations. Regardless of the ultimate cause, music and "frisson" are so powerful because they remind us what it is like to be alive.

Sam Gilberg


The physiology of frisson

There is a word that describes this common human response to music — a word for “that moment” when a song pierces your body and soul. It’s called “frisson,” and it’s the reason why music from artists as seemingly disparate as Johnny Cash, Metallica, Céline Dion, and Mozart are all featured on a recently released, scientifically-backed playlist of songs that researchers claim are likely to give people “chills.” The 715-song playlist was curated by a team of neuroscientists and is available on Spotify.

“Frisson” derives from French and is “a sudden feeling or sensation of excitement, emotion or thrill,” and the experience is not confined to music. Historically, frisson has been used interchangeably with the term “aesthetic chills.”

According to a 2019 study, one can experience frisson when staring at a brilliant sunset or a beautiful painting; when realizing a deep insight or truth; when reading a particularly resonant line of poetry; or when watching the climax of a film.

Researchers often describe frisson as a “piloerection” (or “skin orgasm”) noting that the experience retains similar “biological and psychological components to sexual orgasm.” Some refer to frisson as “pleasurable gooseflesh,” while others maintain that the definition should expand “to include other perceptible, non-dermal reactions such as tears, lump-in-throat sensations, and muscle tension/relaxation.”


Posted by babylonsister | Sat May 21, 2022, 10:46 AM (5 replies)

Fox News Lies, Says Biden Gave Putin Money To Invade Ukraine


Fox News Lies, Says Biden Gave Putin Money To Invade Ukraine
The absurdity of Charles Hurt astounds.
By John Amato — May 20, 2022

Fox News contributor Charles Hurt ranted like a clown that it's Biden's fault Russia invaded Ukraine because he purposely jacked up the gas prices which is somehow funded Putin's invasion.

This is next level lunacy.

Earlier today on Fox News' The Faulkner Focus, host Harris Faulkner was fired up and did a long segment on rising prices in America.

After a reporter gave Harris a dire report, Faulkner used a New York Post front page to bash the sitting U.S. president.

It's as if a worldwide pandemic that has killed over a million Americans never happened.

Charles Hurt, who is also the Washington Times opinion editor was up first and he went where no cultist went before.

Hurt made sure to claim he hates Putin before adding,"Heap all the scorn we can heap on Vladimir Putin."

"But the idea that Joe Biden is sitting there and blamed Vladimir Putin for the price of gasoline today is so absurd," Hurt said.

Really, Hurt said that. Russia's invasion has no bearing on energy prices as most of the world refuses to buy from Russia.

Hurt continued,"The reason the gas prices are where they are is because of the decisions Joe Biden made when he came into office."

Now comes the insanity and pro-Putin propaganda.

"And the reason that Vladimir Putin had the money to invade Ukraine in the first place is because Joe Biden jacked up the gas prices," Hurt claimed.

WTF? Who knew President Biden had the authority to regulate gas and oil prices all by his lonesome?

Hurt continued, "And for him to sit here and spend all this time blaming Vladimir Putin for his mistake - it's appalling."

I thought it was NATO's fault by enticing Ukraine to join that forced Putin to take action?

It's as if the entire world never shut down production trying to quell infections and deaths from Covid19 in 2020.

It's as if a barrel of oil wasn't worthless during the pandemic.
It's as if energy companies aren't price gouging their customers while CEOs make record profits once again.
It's as if there were no COVID supply chain problems caused by world wide shut downs.

Nope. It's Joe Biden's fault because they say so.

Maybe Charles Hurt will take Trump up on his suggestion and drink some bleach/Ivermectin cocktail if he gets COVID.
Posted by babylonsister | Sat May 21, 2022, 08:37 AM (7 replies)

Number on Unemployment Hits 52-Year Low


Number on Unemployment Hits 52-Year Low
May 20, 2022 at 9:17 am EDT By Taegan Goddard

“The number of people receiving unemployment benefits fell in early May to the lowest point in more than 50 years, adding to signs the U.S. labor market remains unusually tight,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
Posted by babylonsister | Fri May 20, 2022, 09:52 AM (7 replies)

Where Are the Goddamn Men?


Where Are the Goddamn Men?
Abortion Rights | Social Justice and Activism
by Robert Lipsyte | May 20, 2022 - 6:25am

— from TomDispatch

For 50 years now, people have told desperate, heart-breaking stories about what it was like to search for an abortion in the days before Roe v. Wade. These were invariably narratives of women in crisis. They sometimes involved brief discussions about economic inequality, police-state intrigue, and unwanted children, but for the most part men were invisible in them, missing in action. Where were they? And where are they now that a wall of fundamental rights seems to be crumbling away not just for women, but for all of us? This is another example of what I used to call the Bystander Boys.


It's time, though, for the boys to become men, to step out on the streets, organize, demonstrate, march (maybe wearing knitted penis caps), guard clinics, escort patients, make noise. Older men like me who can evoke the terrible pre-Roe days should tell their stories, at least to their grandsons, especially the ones who claim that their impractical progressive ideals prohibit them from voting in lesser-of-two-evils elections (too common these days, it seems.)

Just hold your nose, sonny, if it means doing the right thing.

And perhaps it's most important to keep reminding ourselves and everyone we know that abortion isn't the whole abortion story, that the bullies are preparing to go after the entire schoolyard, not just the girls, and (as has become so common these days) they're going to stomp into the school-board meeting as well. Sooner or later, they'll try to take over the school itself and, eventually, the mind and soul of this country thanks to the holes they're about to tear in the Constitution. There are more of us than them and, if we stand together and fight, we can still win. No place for bystanders now.

© 2022 TomDispatch.com
Posted by babylonsister | Fri May 20, 2022, 08:45 AM (80 replies)

GOP Anti-Abortion (Expert) Witness: DC Electricity Comes From Burning Fetuses


GOP Anti-Abortion Witness: DC Electricity Comes From Burning Fetuses
“The next time you turn on the light, think of the incinerators," Catherine Glenn Foster told Congress while under oath on Wednesday.
Ryan Grenoble
May. 19, 2022, 10:39 PM EDT

At a House Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday concerning abortion access, an expert witness called by Republicans made a head-scratcher of a claim: Washington, D.C., is literally powered by burning fetuses.

“Bodies [are] thrown in medical waste bins, and in places like Washington, D.C., burned to power the lights of the cities’ homes and streets,” Americans United for Life President Catherine Glenn Foster proclaimed.

“Let that image sink in with you for a moment,” she continued. “The next time you turn on the light, think of the incinerators, think of what we’re doing to ourselves so callously and so numbly.”

Foster, a Georgetown Law graduate who earns more than $190,000 a year as president of the anti-choice group, followed up the claim by accusing people who support women’s right to bodily autonomy of being “devastating to the fabric of American democracy.”


Posted by babylonsister | Fri May 20, 2022, 07:50 AM (29 replies)

House Republicans Claim They Only Offered Family Tours On The Eve Of 1/6 Attack


Posted on Thu, May 19th, 2022 by Jason Easley
House Republicans Claim They Only Offered Family Tours On The Eve Of 1/6 Attack

Rep. Barry Loudermilk denies providing a reconnaissance tour to terrorists and says he only gave family tours.

Loudermilk and Rep. Rodney Davis said in a statement:
The 1/6 Committee claims to have video evidence of the tour. The Republicans are claiming that they were just showing a family around on 1/5. If the Republicans stick to this story, it could get ugly fast if the video tells a different story.

Republicans have lied and refused to testify before the committee, so there is no good reason for anyone to believe them when they claim that they were giving “family tours.”

If Loudermilk was only giving a family tour, he should have no problem with explaining this to the committee. The denial and claim that the 1/6 Committee is pushing a false narrative is political spin, not an explanation for what was happening in the Capitol on 1/5.

House Republicans have gone from denying that there were any tours of the Capitol before the attack to claiming that they were only providing family tours.

Something isn’t adding up, and the 1/6 Committee should release the video and allow the American people to see who is telling the truth.
Posted by babylonsister | Thu May 19, 2022, 11:24 PM (31 replies)

CPAC Head Suggests Abortion Ban Will Solve 'Great Replacement'


CPAC Head Suggests Abortion Ban Will Solve ‘Great Replacement’
Mathew Murphy
Senior News Editor
Published May. 19, 2022 3:34PM ET

Matt Schlapp, the head of the influential Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), has suggested the racist “great replacement theory” could be solved by banning abortion. The confidant of former President Donald Trump said that a “first step” in handling immigration issues was to overturn Roe v. Wade. “If you say there is a population problem in a country, but you’re killing millions of your own people every year through legalized abortion every year, if that were to be reduced, some of that problem is solved,” Schlapp said at the conference in Hungary, according to Vice News. “You have millions of people who can take many of these jobs. How come no one brings that up? If you’re worried about this quote-unquote replacement, why don’t we start there. Start with allowing our own people to live.” The “great replacement theory,” which has been embraced by right-wingers, alleges that white Christian populations are being replaced by immigrants of different races and religion. The 18-year-old Buffalo shooter, who killed 10 Black people on Saturday, wrote in his diary about being inspired by the racist theory to allegedly commit the horrific attack.
Posted by babylonsister | Thu May 19, 2022, 04:17 PM (10 replies)

RepSwalwell (D-CA) slams GOP for trying to force "government-mandated pregnancy"...


Posted on Wed, May 18th, 2022 by Jason Easley
Eric Swalwell Goes Off And Slams GOP Government Mandated Pregnancies

Swalwell said, “They don’t want to be at the kitchen table for anything else after the baby is born. They don’t want to be there at all. They don’t want to be there to help her finance that family. They walk away from every piece of legislation that we have that would help mothers feed their kids. They don’t want to be there to help the mother educate their children. They don’t want to be there to help her get a child care tax credit, or child tax credit that could be permanent. They don’t want to be there to fund the education and good schools in the neighborhood. They certainly don’t want to be there to take the most dangerous weapons out of the hands of the most dangerous people that could kill that kid at their elementary school. They don’t want to be there to make college more affordable. They just want to be there to tell her that she has to have a government-mandated pregnancy and if she doesn’t do it. She’s a criminal.”

Posted by babylonsister | Thu May 19, 2022, 05:36 AM (7 replies)

Imagine Dealing With This Many Condescending Anti-Abortion White Men and Not Losing Your Shit

9 hours ago
Imagine Dealing With This Many Condescending Anti-Abortion White Men and Not Losing Your Shit
A round of applause for Dr. Yashica Robinson.
Abigail Weinberg

Today’s House hearing on abortion rights was bound to have its share of ignorant and offensive questions, not to mention disinformation, from a certain cohort of white male Republicans. But at times the questions asked of the witnesses—particularly Dr. Yashica Robinson, an OB-GYN and abortion provider in Alabama—were just too absurd, if not simply hateful.

Dripping condescension, but seemingly unaware of what an abortion is, Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.) repeatedly asked Robinson if she would support the abortion of a child who was “halfway out of the birth canal.”

“I can’t even fathom that,” she replied, “just like you probably can’t imagine what you would do if your daughter was raped. If it hasn’t happened, it may be difficult for you to—.” Johnson cut her off before she could continue.
The immense disrespect that these men exhibited toward a testifying doctor, a Black woman, was palpable.

“Ms. Robinson, I want to ask you a question,” Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) said.

“Yes, my name is Dr. Robinson,” she responded, “and I provide abortion care in Alabama.”


Posted by babylonsister | Thu May 19, 2022, 05:16 AM (25 replies)

Trump Illegally Retaliated Against Yevgeny Vindman, DoD Watchdog Says


Trump Illegally Retaliated Against Yevgeny Vindman, DoD Watchdog Says
Justin Rohrlich

Published May. 18, 2022 11:25AM ET

The Trump administration unlawfully retaliated against whistleblower Yevgeny Vindman for helping to expose the former president’s ham-handed attempt to withhold vital military aid to Ukraine unless it dug up dirt on Joe Biden, who would go on to unseat Trump in the 2020 election. That’s according to a newly released report from the Pentagon’s inspector general, who says then-Lt. Col. Vindman “was the subject of unfavorable personnel actions from administration officials” after he reported the wrongdoing. “We make no recommendation with respect to the Complainant, who has been promoted to the rank of Colonel and whose performance record has been corrected,” the IG report states, but does not recommend any punishment for the administration officials at fault, as they have “departed their positions in the White House.” Vindman’s twin brother, Alexander, left the Army in 2020 after Trump launched a “campaign of bullying, intimidation, and retaliation” for his impeachment testimony over the same issue.
Posted by babylonsister | Wed May 18, 2022, 11:30 AM (19 replies)
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