The 113th (Congress) hasn’t passed the bills every Congress does like a highway bill, or a defense bill, or a farm bill, or a budget. But what do we need a budget for? Clearly not for highways, defense or food! Besides, Congress did pass a bill insuring that people can fish near dams on the Cumberland River, AND (House Republicans) also passed deep cuts in food stamps for the poor. Which is good solid governing, because the poor don’t need food stamps anymore now that they can fish near dams on the Cumberland River.STEPHEN COLBERT, on what is now officially the least productive Congress — only 55 bills passed this year, with only a week left in their session — in American history, on The Colbert Report (via inothernews)
Yesterday, The Onion released this “story” about the NYPD’s Stop and Kiss program. It is an obvious parody of the Stop and Frisk controversy in New York City.
Not everyone understood the joke: these people took to twitter with outrage, because they thought it was real. It’s a must-read in ridiculousness from Gothamist.
Of course they would think it’s real. They don’t have time to stop-and-think.
Phobias may be memories passed down in genes from ancestors
Memories may be passed down through generations in DNA in a process that may be the underlying cause of phobias
Memories can be passed down to later generations through genetic switches that allow offspring to inherit the experience of their ancestors, according to new research that may explain how phobias can develop. Scientists have long assumed that memories and learned experiences built up during a lifetime must be passed on by teaching later generations or through personal experience. However, new research has shown that it is possible for some information to be inherited biologically through chemical changes that occur in DNA. Researchers at the Emory University School of Medicine, in Atlanta, found that mice can pass on learned information about traumatic or stressful experiences – in this case a fear of the smell of cherry blossom – to subsequent generations. The results may help to explain why people suffer from seemingly irrational phobias – it may be based on the inherited experiences of their ancestors. (via Phobias may be memories passed down in genes from ancestors - Telegraph)
#so… #the fact that most people are scared of features such as #pale skin black or dark eyes and long sharp teeth #or that this is most people’s idea of something scary-looking #could have been passed down in human genes #meaning there could have been an event long ago which caused humans… #to be scared of creatures that look like this? #im not saying it was aliens but it was aliens
Phobias of darkness and creatures like spiders would definitely fall under this explanation, not that this is any sort of scientifically valid given the limited data. Especially since evolution is a hoax, ya know.
Washington Post: The National Security Agency is tracking the location of cellphones around the world, documents shared by former contractor Edward Snowden show.
The nearly 5 billion records a day the NSA gathers are used to track the movements of individuals and visualize their relationships.