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  • Armed robbery fails when gas station employee, customers scoff at fake rifle

    12/28/2017 12:31:30 PM PST · by Simon Green · 54 replies ^ | 12/28/17 | Chris Egan
    (The clerk and three customers reportedly took cover when Derringer came in waving the “gun” then soon chased him from the store.) An Ohio man by the name of Derringer cobbled together a “gun” made from household items and furniture legs in an attempt to knock over a Circle K on Christmas. Police in Akron took Jeffrey Derringer, 48, into custody on Monday after customers and staff at the convenience store chased the man into an empty parking lot and detained him, the Akron Beacon-Journal reported. The gun-like piece of industrial art that Derringer used in his failed stick-up...
  • Science Shows That Torture Doesn't Work and Is Counterproductive

    05/10/2016 4:05:03 PM PDT · by Cyberman · 81 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 05/08/2016 | Rupert Stone
    In early 2003, Glenn Carle, an interrogator with the CIA, arrived at a secret detention facility overseas to question a recently captured Al-Qaeda suspect.... The man's dilapidated state of mind was the result of a systematic program of torture inflicted on terrorism suspects by the CIA after 9/11. Nudity, extreme temperatures, sleep and sensory deprivation, dietary manipulation, waterboarding and other "enhanced interrogation techniques" were meant to break down detainees' resistance to interrogation. The stress and disorientation induced by these methods, it was believed, would force them to cooperate and release whatever precious information they were hiding. But according to Carle,...
  • Networks Censor Release of Fifth Planned Parenthood Baby Parts Video; Continue Lion Coverage

    08/05/2015 2:31:34 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 8/5/15 | Curtis Houck
    With the ABC and CBS preoccupied with continuing coverage of Cecil the Lion and NBC harping on Jeb Bush’s comments about women’s health, the major broadcast networks found zero time on Tuesday night to mention the fact that arguably the most disturbing video yet in the Planned Parenthood scandal was released hours earlier by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP). Despite multiple mentions on cable networks CNN, the Fox News Channel (FNC), and MSNBC, the “big three” networks reverted back to their old ways of censoring the CMP videos as they did in the case of the third video (plus...
  • The Smartest Person Who Ever Lived

    01/26/2015 8:10:21 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 154 replies
    RCS ^ | 01/26/2015 | Alex B. Berezow
    Who was the smartest person to ever live? There are certainly many worthy contenders. Today, the very name of "Einstein" is synonymous with genius. Others may suggest Stephen Hawking. Those who appreciate literature and music may proffer William Shakespeare or Ludwig van Beethoven. Historians may recommend Benjamin Franklin. Before I submit my own suggestion, we must first discuss what we even mean by smart. Colloquially, we routinely interchange the words smart and intelligent, but they are not necessarily the same thing. There is an ongoing debate among psychologists, neuroscientists, and artificial intelligence experts on what intelligence actually is, but for...
  • Obama:Republicans Just Have Bad Ideas (Barfus Alertus Maximus)

    10/19/2014 7:24:42 PM PDT · by lbryce · 20 replies
    My Fox Chicago ^ | October 19, 2014 | Josh Nederman
    President Barack Obama says Republicans want what's best for America, but just have bad ideas that they keep recycling. Obama is headlining a rally for Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn in Chicago. The Democrat is running for re-election in Obama's home state. Obama says voters this year have a choice to make between two visions of America. He says the election comes down to the question of who will fight for the middle class. Obama says Republicans always say no to ideas that would help the middle class. He's singling out fair pay, education and a proposed minimum wage hike.
  • Asking the Right Questions about Pot

    01/12/2014 9:26:07 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 98 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 1-12-14 | Sally Zelikovsky
    He was in high school and quite brilliant. The kind of kid who didn't pick up a book all year and aced all of his honors and AP tests -- in complex subjects like Physics. He was also musically gifted. But he couldn't stop smoking weed. The school and his parents did all they could; he even took up sports so he wouldn't go home after school and smoke. The more he smoked, the more he slacked off, the less frequently he attended class, did his work, and participated in class. They finally expelled him. He was last seen walking...
  • As Children’s Freedom Has Declined, So Has Their Creativity

    01/02/2014 10:27:33 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 25 replies
    Psychology Today ^ | 17SEP2012 | Peter Gray
    If anything makes Americans stand tall internationally it is creativity. “American ingenuity” is admired everywhere. We are not the richest country (at least not as measured by smallest percentage in poverty), nor the healthiest (far from it), nor the country whose kids score highest on standardized tests (despite our politicians’ misguided intentions to get us there), but we are the most inventive country. We are the great innovators, specialists in figuring out new ways of doing things and new things to do. Perhaps this derives from our frontier beginnings, or from our unique form of democracy with its emphasis on...
  • 15-year-old Canadian girl invents flashlight powered only by body heat...

    06/30/2013 2:01:44 AM PDT · by rawhide · 26 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6-29-13 | By Ashley Collman
    ...and earns spot in Google Science Fair finals This girl's science project really puts your baking soda volcano to shame A 15-year-old girl in Canada has invented a flashlight that only needs the warmth of the hand to turn on. Ann Makosinski, a high school junior in Victoria, British Columbia, was trying to think of a way of harvesting untapped energy when she was inspired to make the flashlight. She realized that the warmth generated by the human body was an overlooked energy source. Her project objective was to create a flashlight that ran solely off the heat of the...
  • 12 Most Striking Tendencies of Creative People

    06/20/2013 9:08:00 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 23 replies
    12 Most ^ | March 13, 2012 | Kim Phillips
    Ever wonder what makes those wacky, creative types tick? How is it that some people seem to come up with all kinds of interesting, original work while the rest of us trudge along in our daily routines? Creative people are different because they operate a little differently.
  • Why we have our best ideas in the shower: The science of creativity

    03/02/2013 5:44:49 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 20 replies
    Buffer ^ | 2-28-2013 | Leo Widrich
    “I’m not really a creative person”, always struck me as an odd sentence. Could it really be that some of us are born to be more creatively gifted than others? If so, I thought at first, that’s definitely a downer. In school, what was considered “being creative”, like writing or drawing nice pictures was never my strength. (snip) Why do we have great ideas in the shower then? Alice Flaherty, one of the most renowned neuroscientists researching creativity has an answer for us. Another ingredient, that’s very important for us to be creative is dopamine: The more dopamine that is...
  • Creativity Linked to Mental Illness, Study Confirms

    10/17/2012 4:33:24 PM PDT · by Paradox · 38 replies
    Live Science ^ | 16 October 2012 | LiveScience Staff
    Creative types are thought to be more likely to suffer from mental illnesses, such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. A new large-scale study of the Swedish population helps confirm this link. Last year, researchers at the Karolinska Institutet near Stockholm found that families with a history of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia were more likely to produce artists and scientists. They built on this evidence in a new study, published this month in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, which covers a larger population sample and a wider scope of psychiatric diagnoses...
  • Obama Biographer Says Book Is Being Misused by the Right

    06/23/2012 2:30:16 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 21 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 23 June 2012 | John Semmens
    Barack Obama biographer David Maraniss says right-wing political opportunists are misusing his book. The book in question is Barack Obama: The Story. In this book, Maraniss cited dozens of instances in which Obama’s autobiography—Dreams from My Father—presented a false picture of the President’s early life. “First of all, the idea that these people would bother to read my book is a bit of a stunner for me,” Maraniss admitted. “I mean, I’m for Obama all the way. I can’t fathom why anybody on the right would read me.” “Second, they’re being completely unfair to the President,” Maraniss complained. “He wrote...
  • Where good ideas hide

    03/18/2012 9:04:26 PM PDT · by TBP · 3 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 18, 2012 | Kyle Smith
    Viewing an exhibition of children’s art in 1956, Pablo Picasso said, “When I was the age of these children, I could draw like Raphael. It took me many years to learn how to draw like these children.” These two factors — persistent hard work plus the liberating effect of a feeling of childhood — are among two critical ingredients scientists have discovered in creativity. In one experiment mentioned in Jonah Lehrer’s superb new book “Imagine,” a group of people were asked what they would do if they were 7 years old, had a day off and were free to do...
  • Silvio Berlusconi warns Milan could become 'Gypsytown'

    05/24/2011 10:42:46 AM PDT · by mewykwistmas · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | 5/24/2011 | BBCX
    "Milan cannot turn into an Islamic city, a zingaropoli [Gypsytown] full of Roma camps, besieged by foreigners to whom the left wants to give the right to vote," Mr Berlusconi said on his People of Freedom party website. "Milan is... one of the most important capitals in Europe in terms of intelligence, creativity and entrepreneurialism," he said. "A city like this will surely not want to hand itself over to the far left with the risk of becoming a disorderly, chaotic and unsafe city." Mr Berlusconi is understood to have taken first-round defeat in Milan - his home town and...
  • Education Establishment Claims That Public Schools Are Like Factories....If Only!!!!

    04/18/2011 6:42:36 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 13 replies ^ | April 18, 2070 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Will slick sophistries never cease!?! One of the big ones now is that our public schools are like factories. Relentless and robotic, they move kids along conveyor belts, stuffing them with esoteric facts, pasting labels on them, ruthlessly packing them in cardboard boxes for shipment to profit-crazy corporations across the country. There is only one problem with this feverish technicolor nightmare. The kids in our public schools hardly know any facts, esoteric or otherwise. The Education Establishment hates content and knowledge. They have always been ingenious at finding elaborate excuses for kicking these reviled intruders from the classroom. Out, damned...
  • Human Creativity May Have Evolved as a Way for Parents to Bond With Their Children

    11/24/2010 4:00:51 AM PST · by samtheman · 7 replies ^ | Nov. 15, 2010 | ScienceDaily
    Evidence from Disneyland suggests that human creativity may have evolved not in response to sexual selection as some scientists believe but as a way to help parents bond with their children and to pass on traditions and cultural knowledge, a new study published in the inaugural issue of the International Journal of Tourism Anthropology suggests.
  • This Exists: Doggie Butt Covers

    10/15/2010 1:50:00 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 46 replies
    Mediaite ^ | October 15, 2010
    That’s right. You read that correctly. Finally you no longer need to be embarrassed by your dog’s exposed anus. A new product called “Rear Gear” protects your dog from “feeling left in the dirt because of his/her unsightly rear.” Not sure who is going to actually buy this product, nor the psychological profile of the individual who had this idea. But if there is one thing in can say is that, yes, this is one of those rare instances where words fail. The website Etsy has the product and order information that includes: "Is your pet feeling left in the...
  • Ad Wars: Republicans Are Winning

    08/26/2010 3:56:07 AM PDT · by Scanian · 3 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | August 26, 2010 | Rosslyn Smith
    In recent years, I've been highly critical of the tired and boring ways most Republican promote their message, especially the ads run by most candidates. The images of McCain's campaign (up until he named Sarah Palin as his running mate) depressed me to no end. Two years later, it is refreshing to see many candidates taking new approaches. Some are lighthearted and campy in nature, others serious, but they all convey variations on the same message: There are too many out-of-touch politicians out there. The message that these might not be the be the same tired Republican candidates began with...
  • The Creativity Crisis

    08/02/2010 8:14:46 PM PDT · by woofie · 27 replies · 23+ views
    Newsweek ^ | July10,2010 | Po Bronson / Ashley Merryman
    For the first time, research shows that American creativity is declining. What went wrong—and how we can fix it. Back in 1958, Ted Schwarzrock was an 8-year-old third grader when he became one of the “Torrance kids,” a group of nearly 400 Minneapolis children who completed a series of creativity tasks newly designed by professor E. Paul Torrance. Schwarzrock still vividly remembers the moment when a psychologist handed him a fire truck and asked, “How could you improve this toy to make it better and more fun to play with?” He recalls the psychologist being excited by his answers. In...
  • Remarks by President Obama and President Medvedev of Russia at the U.S.-Russia Business Summit

    06/25/2010 3:42:17 AM PDT · by Cindy · 19 replies ^ | June 24, 2010 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: Home • Briefing Room • Speeches & Remarks The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release June 24, 2010 Remarks by President Obama and President Medvedev of Russia at the U.S.-Russia Business Summit U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Washington, D.C. 3:08 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, good afternoon, everybody. It is a pleasure to be here with my friend and partner, President Medvedev, and I want to thank him again for his leadership, especially his vision for an innovative Russia that’s modernizing its economy, including deeper economic ties between our...