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    Because clearly, being bored in class is totally not ok: Idea of New Attention Disorder Spurs Research and Debate.
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    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeApr 14th 2014
    Canadian mail service to scrap all home deliveries

    In an attempt to cut costs, Canada Post has announced plans to scrap all home deliveries, making Canada the first country in the G20 to be without a door-to-door service. Once the cuts are implemented, only some business addresses will get post through the letter box – not even residents of cities such as Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal will receive mail at home.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeApr 14th 2014
    Man Kills 3 at Jewish Centers in Kansas City Suburb

    The suspect, 73, is a former Ku Klux Klan leader with a history of anti-Semitism and racism, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights organization that tracks hate groups. It identified him as Frazier Glenn Miller, 73, commonly known as Glenn Miller, and said he was the founder and grand dragon of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.

    Mr. Miller was taken into custody on Sunday afternoon at a local elementary school near Village Shalom, the police said. In video taken by KMBC, a local television station, the suspect yelled “Heil Hitler!” while sitting in a police car.

    Mr. Miller made several unsuccessful runs for public office, including a bid for the Senate in 2010. He kept a website where he espoused views of white supremacy and eschewed racial mixing. He was a fan of David Duke, a white nationalist and a former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, and Louis Farrakhan, the former leader of the Nation of Islam who blamed Jews for slavery in America.

    In a 2010 interview with Howard Stern, the radio shock jock, who is Jewish, Mr. Miller was asked who he hated more, Jews or African-Americans. Mr. Miller answered “Jews. A thousand times more. Compared to our Jewish problem, all other problems are mere distractions.”

    Prodded to explain, he said Jews controlled the federal government, mass media and the Federal Reserve Bank. “And with those powers, they’re committing genocide against the white race,” he said.

    In the same interview, Mr. Miller said he had “a great deal of respect for Muslim people” and called Adolf Hitler “the greatest man who ever walked the earth.”

    But :

    The police said it was too early in the investigation to determine whether the attacks were a hate crime.

    How much you wanna bet that absolutely no news outlet or government official will call this guy a terrorist?
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeApr 14th 2014
    They've already confirmed the nutter was the former head of a KKK group. The likelihood that it wasn't a hate crime is rapidly diminishing.
    • CommentTimeApr 14th 2014 edited

    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeApr 14th 2014
    "If this guy was a muslim politicians would be calling for air strikes by now." -- someone on Twitter
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeApr 14th 2014
    And while we're at it, can we please not with the drone strikes ?
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeApr 14th 2014
    How to Lie with Data Visualization

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    Do you see what they did there?
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeApr 15th 2014
    hahah, that's not even subtle is it?
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    wow... If Edward Tufte was dead, he'd be spinning so hard they could use him to drill for oil...
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeApr 15th 2014
    Adding Insult to Gun Injuries, Police Often Handcuff Victims

    Two days after he was shot, Andre Daly woke in a haze with a police officer standing by his hospital bed in Brooklyn.

    “I’m thinking he’s going to talk about the incident that happened to me — how I got shot,” Mr. Daly, 29, recently recalled. But the officer was not there to interview Mr. Daly. He had come to arrest him over an unpaid summons.

    “He’s telling me now I’m a prisoner of New York City because I have a warrant,” Mr. Daly said.

    Mr. Daly spent more than a week immobilized, not just by his three bullet wounds, but also by a set of handcuffs and ankle restraints — all because of an unpaid $25 fine for possessing a cup of wine in public.

    What happened to Mr. Daly in December was no fluke. The New York Police Department routinely performs warrant checks on shooting victims. If an outstanding warrant is found, the police generally handcuff and shackle the victim, often for the whole hospital stay, no matter how minor the underlying offense or how grievous the injuries.

    Stay classy, NYPD...
    • CommentTimeApr 16th 2014 edited
    Kind of newsy:

    Yeah, thanks for the props, but I have to say, I haven’t rolled my eyes this hard since Dove’s latest “Ladies are so gullible they think a patch can give them self-esteem!” bit. Let me break it to you gently, everybody. I don’t have the “World’s Toughest Job.” Aside from the fact that I harbor no illusions that what I do in raising my children is more difficult than, say, defusing IEDs or putting out oil fires or finding cures for cancer or being a sweatshop factory worker, I also don’t consider motherhood my job. I have a career, one that’s satisfying and challenging and for which I get paid. But being a mother isn’t a job any more than being a spouse or a daughter or a friend or, let’s not fail to mention here, a father is. Oh, it’s work, make no mistake, physically and emotionally demanding work. Work that many of us chose and love. But it isn’t a job and it sure as hell isn’t on a higher moral plane than many other forms of work.

    Motherhood isn’t the “world’s toughest job”
    An ad goes viral -- and is an insult to both men and women

    EDIT: link fixed
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeApr 16th 2014
    @Vorn : Bad link, I'm afraid
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeApr 16th 2014
    Also : Finland wins at being a country

    Finland to issue Tom of Finland Postal stamps

    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeApr 17th 2014
    NASA's Kepler Telescope Discovers First Earth-Size Planet in 'Habitable Zone'

    Woot! Now we just have to figure out interstellar travel and we can start wrecking a new planet once we're done with this one!
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeApr 18th 2014
    Well this is just horrifying:

    Ferry Captain Fled Sinking Ship

    The captain and crew of a ferry that sank off the southwest coast took no emergency measures but simply instructed passengers over the ferry's public address system to remain where they were and abandoned ship.

    Lee Joon-seok (69) and some of his crew were among the first to escape while hundreds of passengers became trapped in the capsized Sewol in waters off Jindo, South Jeolla Province. Prosecutors are considering an indictment.

    Maritime police on Thursday said Lee put out a distress call to Jeju Island, where it was heading, at around 8:55 a.m. after the ferry began to capsize some three minutes earlier. At around 9 a.m., he realized the seriousness of the situation and ordered his crew to evacuate but apparently told the passengers to stay put.

    According to survivors, Lee told his crew to tell the passengers to remain in their cabins, boarded a lifeboat and left the scene of the accident.

    At around 9:50 a.m., Lee was rescued by maritime police along with his chief engineer. Even then passengers were being instructed by crew to wait inside the safe cabins since it was "dangerous" to go outside.

    Lee set foot on dry land at 11 a.m. even before the ferry was completely submerged at 11: 20 a.m.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeApr 19th 2014 edited
    Who Wants to Remember Bill Cosby's Multiple Sex-Assault Accusations?

    To reiterate: This was in People magazine, published nationwide in December 2006. Four women said publicly, in major media outlets, that Bill Cosby had drugged and sexually assaulted them. This coverage was more recent and possibly more prominent that the coverage of the abuse allegations against Woody Allen.

    And? Basically nobody wanted to live in a world where Bill Cosby was a sexual predator. It was too much to handle. The original Philadelphia Magazine story set off his accusers' testimony in italicized interludes, between long sections about the more digestible controversies around Cosby's lecture tour denouncing black cultural pathology. The usually unflinching Ta-Nehisi Coates, in an otherwise comprehensive 2008 Atlantic essay on the context and politics of Cosby's performance as a public moral scold, dropped a sentence about the lawsuit settlement and its accompanying accusations into parentheses near the end.

    Conceptually, it was the sensible way to deal with it. No one was talking about it anymore. The whole thing had been, and it remained, something walled off from our collective understanding of Bill Cosby.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeApr 19th 2014

    I heard that one of the teachers who lived hung himself from a tree near where the families are waiting for word on any survivors. I hope those families find the captain and crew and drag them through the streets.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeApr 19th 2014

    It's true about the school vice-principal who hung himself

    “Surviving alone is too painful while 200 remain unaccounted for. I take full responsibility. I pushed ahead with the school trip,” his note said.

    “I will once again become a teacher in the afterlife for my students whose bodies have not been discovered.”

    After the police cut down his body, he was taken across the road to the Jindo funeral parlour and cremated. His ashes, according to his wishes, will be scattered on the ocean where the Sewol sank.

    As for lynching the captain, who had left an inexperienced third mate to steer the ship (and what the hell was he doing meanwhile?), I really don't know what that would acomplish.