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    One of my greatest aims is to make Whitechapel a nexus for Desirable Information.

    Memes, virals, that which makes you laugh, that which makes your bowels weep; anything found or scavenged online which has no informative value: that stuff will continue to go in “Around The Net.” I’ll be updating that once every four weeks too.

    This…? This is for everything else.

    News Stories. Mad Science. Horrific Nature. Metaphysical madness.

    Here is where we gorge ourselves on the creamy clostrum of Information. Here is where we nuzzle at the red-raw teat of the Up-To-Date Dataweb. Bring me the light of your Weird Wisdom and your New News.

    (Anything of particular interest, go ahead and create new threads in this category to delve deeper.)
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      CommentAuthorJ.Brennan
    • CommentTimeSep 13th 2011
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    Audience at tea party debate cheers leaving uninsured to die

    I'm not sure if the crowd's reaction is full on cult behavior, mob mentality gone wild, or what. Though I'd put money on the very same people raising hell the second somebody told them an ill and uninsured loved one was being left to the elements Spartan style. I'd also put money that most of them would identify as Christians: love-thy-neighbor (except in case of...). Weren't these the very same people who were crying about death panels in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Well, I suppose it's ok if it's the hospitals and insurance companies letting people die in the name of saving money instead of the government.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeSep 13th 2011
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    @J.

    Really, as much as it disgusts me, I love seeing that stuff. The GOP candidates have started one-upping themselves to please the Sleep-of-Reason-Breeds-Monsters demographic. (Record number of executions? YAY! Attacking vaccinations? YAY! Leaving the uninsured to die? YAY!)

    If they keep going the way they're going they'll nominate someone so totally bugfuck that independents will stay away.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeSep 13th 2011
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    Meanwhile in the news:

    Study confirms: Changing diapers makes your balls shrink

    Giant terrestrial planets all over the place
    "Terrestrial" essentially means rocky . . . not a gas giant.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeSep 13th 2011
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    Rushing himself to hospital, the man underwent a three-hour operation to remove the six-inch eel which was dead by the time doctors found it.

    In the movie version, the eel will be played by James Franco
    • CommentAuthorcardo
    • CommentTimeSep 13th 2011 edited
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    What are your initial thoughts on this report? What do overseas 'chapelers think of the uk tax set up?

    Fuel duty should be replaced with congestion tax...
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    Interesting-ish
    • CommentAuthorDC
    • CommentTimeSep 14th 2011
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      CommentAuthorcelan
    • CommentTimeSep 14th 2011 edited
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      CommentAuthorsneak046
    • CommentTimeSep 15th 2011
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    Via Next Nature:

    Tattoo 2.0


    These electronic patches consist of tiny semiconductor circuits, and are able to stretch with the skin. Scientists from the University of Illinois have created demonstration versions of these “tattoos” using a diverse array of electronic components mounted on a thin, rubbery substrate. Possible applications include sensors, LEDs, transistors, radio frequency capacitors, wireless antennas, and conductive coils and solar cells for power.
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      CommentAuthorDoc Ocassi
    • CommentTimeSep 15th 2011
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      CommentAuthorsneak046
    • CommentTimeSep 15th 2011
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    @Doc - brilliant article that. Been digesting it for a few days. Love or hate Adam Curtis' films it's a fine read. Have you seen Monbiot's article abt think tanks in the grauniad?
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      CommentAuthorSobreiro
    • CommentTimeSep 15th 2011
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      CommentAuthortaphead
    • CommentTimeSep 15th 2011
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      CommentAuthorcelan
    • CommentTimeSep 15th 2011 edited
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    Hope is a thing with Dinosaur Feathers:
    The most diverse amber-preserved, fossilized feather collection ever found – unearthed in the Prairies of southeastern Alberta – is offering new insight into the evolution of dinosaur and bird feathers.
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      CommentAuthorEd Jackson
    • CommentTimeSep 15th 2011
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      CommentAuthorVornaskotti
    • CommentTimeSep 16th 2011 edited
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    You foreign devils don't know about our dish draining closets.

    You barbarians with your drying rags...

    The dish draining closet is a Finnish invention by Maiju Gebhard, intended to speed up the drying up of washed dishes, or even to make the entire drying phase unnecessary. It was developed in the Finnish Association for Work Efficiency from 1944 to 1945. The Finnish Invention Foundation has named it as one of the most important Finnish inventions of the millennium.
    • CommentAuthorDC
    • CommentTimeSep 16th 2011
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    ^I saw one of those in Spain!
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeSep 16th 2011 edited
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