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    Someone ate a $120,000 banana that an artist had taped to a wall



    The work, by Maurizio Cattelan, was ripe for the picking -- and on Saturday, it was unceremoniously taken off the wall at the Art Basel Miami Beach and eaten by a performance artist, amid a crowd of stunned onlookers, some of whom posted videos of the incident.

    "I really love this installation. It's very delicious," David Datuna wrote on Instagram, alongside a video showing the aftermath of his stunt.

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    How the World Anti-Doping Agency Betrays Honest Athletes

    If an athlete named Dick Pound didn't exist, we'd have to invent him.

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    When he was in high school, Pete Buttigieg wrote a prizewinning essay praising Bernie Sanders.

    Gems include: “Such an atmosphere inevitably distances our society from its leadership and is thus a fundamental threat to the principles of democracy. It also calls into question what motivates a run for office — in many cases, apparently, only the desire to occupy it.”

    "A new attitude has swept American politics. Candidates have discovered that it is easier to be elected by not offending anyone rather than by impressing the voters. Politicians are rushing for the center, careful not to stick their necks out on issues."

    Lmao. Buttigieg became exactly the sort of politician he condemned. And lol at Jacobin listing him as the author.
    As a goatherd learns his trade by goat, so a writer learns his trade by wrote.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FreelancePoliceman View Post
    When he was in high school, Pete Buttigieg wrote a prizewinning essay praising Bernie Sanders.

    Gems include: “Such an atmosphere inevitably distances our society from its leadership and is thus a fundamental threat to the principles of democracy. It also calls into question what motivates a run for office — in many cases, apparently, only the desire to occupy it.”

    "A new attitude has swept American politics. Candidates have discovered that it is easier to be elected by not offending anyone rather than by impressing the voters. Politicians are rushing for the center, careful not to stick their necks out on issues."

    Lmao. Buttigieg became exactly the sort of politician he condemned. And lol at Jacobin listing him as the author.
    Well, a vote for Pete Buttigieg is a vote for his parents, which is why I would probably not even vote for him against Trump. People make jokes about him being gay and his last name being like butt or booty but honestly I think those jokes would be funny if he were a real candidate. The only butt or booty that he brings to mind for me is the ones he brown-noses, especially with his facial expression always looking like he is sniffing a butt. Be gentle on Pete, since it's not like he decides what kind of politician he is. Also, don't vote for him.

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    @kalinoche, the article on dopamine reinforcement is quite good. Thanks for posting it.

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    An article with evidence on how the mind can repair the body, affecting aging and Alzheimer's and trauma:

    https://getpocket.com/explore/item/w...=pocket-newtab

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    Protestors blockade Aldi as it’s German, saying ‘this is Brexit at it’s best’

    They blockaded it with non-British European vehicles. Brexit = a euphemism for British hatred of Germany.

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    I swear, this gotta be a way to launder money or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Strange View Post
    Everyone knows dinosaurs are just dragon bones the Devil left to deceive the faithful. They aren't fossilized because dragon bones are already made of basalt and wurtzite, just like the rest of Hell. [/s]

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    Shut Up and Eat

    Behold: the New Yorker magazine complaining about social mobility.
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    Cthulhu and Christ

    I mostly disagree with the essay, though it has some decent insights regarding the author's life experiences. However, the comic is hilarious, and as one commentor put it, because Jack Chick is a dolt.

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    "“Gone But Not Forgotten.” It sounds like the title of a paperback crime thriller or a steamy gay romance movie (because it is, in fact), but it’s also the title of a new psychological study subtitled “Virginity Loss and Current Sexual Satisfaction.” The study, conducted by two psychology professors at the Universities of Mississippi and Tennessee, purports to demonstrate that the way you lose your virginity “is so salient that it is related to future sexual satisfaction and functioning.” Or, as The Atlantic’s Lindsay Abrams puts it, skillfully ramping the hysterical implications of this study up to 11 while appearing to ask a simple rhetorical question, “[W]hat if there’s even more pressure on that situation than we realize, and how it goes the first time affects the sex you have for the rest of your life?”"


    Full article:
    https://slate.com/human-interest/201...-for-life.html


    I'm not sure what i think of this as of yet.

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    When it comes to caring about christianity at all, I only notice militant atheists or trad folks here and I guess this is kinda gross to both, but I felt it sooo hard.

    http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/0...ng-the-church/

    I point to research that shows young evangelicals often feel they have to choose between their intellectual integrity and their faith, between science and Christianity, between compassion and holiness.

    I talk about how the evangelical obsession with sex can make Christian living seem like little more than sticking to a list of rules, and how millennials long for faith communities in which they are safe asking tough questions and wrestling with doubt.

    Invariably, after I’ve finished my presentation and opened the floor to questions, a pastor raises his hand and says, “So what you’re saying is we need hipper worship bands. …”

    And I proceed to bang my head against the podium.

    ...

    What millennials really want from the church is not a change in style but a change in substance.

    We want an end to the culture wars. We want a truce between science and faith. We want to be known for what we stand for, not what we are against.

    We want to ask questions that don’t have predetermined answers.

    We want churches that emphasize an allegiance to the kingdom of God over an allegiance to a single political party or a single nation.

    We want our LGBT friends to feel truly welcome in our faith communities.

    We want to be challenged to live lives of holiness, not only when it comes to sex, but also when it comes to living simply, caring for the poor and oppressed, pursuing reconciliation, engaging in creation care and becoming peacemakers.

    You can’t hand us a latte and then go about business as usual and expect us to stick around. We’re not leaving the church because we don’t find the cool factor there; we’re leaving the church because we don’t find Jesus there.

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    Sky High Is the Only Good Superhero Movie

    We've had enough movies about superheroes. It's time for webcomics about warlocks.

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    The 'Avengers' director shares his thoughts on something that's bugged him for years.

    Joss Whedon has directed two of the biggest superhero films ever, so he knows the genre like few can — and there's one thing in particular that bothers him about it.
    During a Tumblr Q&A, one person asked if the popularity of superhero movies might have something to do with "the rise of authoritarian wannabe regimes all over the world." The director responded in the affirmative.

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    Marvel apparently rejected an Art Spiegelman essay about fascism because of a Trump reference

    In an extra addendum, Spiegelman says that a Folio Society editor told him that Marvel (as co-publisher of the collection) was trying to stay “apolitical” and wanted him to remove the “Orange Skull” reference. “I didn’t think of myself as especially political compared with some of my fellow travelers,” Spiegelman explains, “but when asked to kill a relatively anodyne reference to an Orange Skull I realized that perhaps it had been irresponsible to be playful about the dire existential threat we now live with.” Spiegelman says he decided to withdraw his essay from the publication because of that, adding that he had also recently learned that Marvel chairman Ike Perlmutter and his wife had both recently given the maximum donation of $360,000 to Trump’s reelection campaign.

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    ON ODE TO OUR NEW LORD AND SAVIOR, CHRIS-CHAN

    This is one of the greatest works of satire I've ever read.

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    I'm still not a vegetarian, but -

    https://www.texasobserver.org/ptsd-i...laughterhouse/

    "'Pigs down on the kill floor have come up to nuzzle me like a puppy. Two minutes later I had to kill them. … I can’t care.”

    It will come as no surprise that the consequences of such emotional dissonance include domestic violence, social withdrawal, drug and alcohol abuse, and severe anxiety. As slaughterhouse workers are increasingly being treated for post-traumatic stress disorder, researchers are finally starting to systematically explore the results of killing sentient animals for a living.

    Amy Fitzgerald, a criminology professor at the University of Windsor in Canada, has found a strong correlation between the presence of a large slaughterhouse and high crime rates in U.S. communities. One might object that a slaughterhouse town’s disproportionate population of poor, working-class males might be the real cause, but Fitzgerald controlled for that possibility by comparing her data to counties with comparable populations employed in factory-like operations. In her study released in 2007, the abattoir stood out as the factor most likely to spike crime statistics. Slaughterhouse workers, in essence, were “desensitized,” and their behavior outside of work reflected it.

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    My Get-Rich-Quick Scheme: Sell Dollar Bills on eBay

    This is how our economy works. You don't buy goods because they have value; you buy goods because you have value and because buying goods gives them value for when you own them.

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    What The Incredibles Doesn't Understand About Superheroes

    Foreverial Self-Actualized Oprah Incredibles

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    DAVID DIES AT THE END

    David Has Aids


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    Anti-prion activity found in beetle grub hemolymph of Trypoxylus dichotomus septentrionalis


    We have two options here: drink toasted bug guts, or die of mad cow disease, Alzheimer's, and autism all at once.

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    Slate Magazine - An Early Review

    New York - California score: 3 - 1.

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    One thing lazy people in California who are resentful of New York-based "high culture" enjoy: not-very-subtly comparing pedants or "Grammar Nazis" to actual National Socialist Nazis. This is one example of why it matters that Slate Magazine is run by Microsoft. (Most Silicon Valley entrepreneur-types also have offices in New York, sometimes primary offices, but they still come into conflict with the established culture.)

    Prescriptivism (Thoughtco., owned by "digital media company" Dotdash)

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Nordquist
    Prescriptivism is the attitude or belief that one variety of a language is superior to others and should be promoted as such. It is also known as linguistic prescriptivism and purism.
    Prescriptivism is a horrible artificial ideology promoting a pure, superior Aryan Master Race Language Variety!

    An ardent promoter of prescriptivism is called a prescriptivist or, informally, a stickler.
    Or a Grammar Nazi, but directly comparing "Grammar Nazis" to real historical Nazis just sounds literal-minded and dense, so we'll gloss over that.


    Why Do You Think You’re Right About Language? You’re Not. (Slate Magazine)

    Quote Originally Posted by Gretchen McCulloch
    What we think of as “good” English is the English historically spoken by people with the most power.
    All language rules are Will-to-Power!

    The bumper crop of grammar texts and usage guides that started proliferating in the mid-18th century were part of an attempt by the growing middle class to access economic opportunities that were only available to people who spoke like Henry Higgins.
    We dun' need ta speak proper grammer! We are modern people with modern opportunities and not old-fashioned disciplinarians like Nazis!

    We don’t pick where and how we grow up, and we know that where and how you grow up influences your idiolect, so why is it acceptable to penalize people for something no one has any control over?
    No one has control over what words they use! They just sort of gush out of our mouths like a waterfall! Are you a Nazi who wants eugenics based on the involuntary words which flow out of our mouths like the mouth of a river which started where we were born?

    The answer is simple if your goal is to keep power and economic opportunity in the hands of those who have always had it.
    My, you are a Nazi who wants all the power for your white patriarchal oppressor friends, Grammar literally ******!

    We like to think we’re more enlightened and less bigoted than our ancestors, but as long as we believe that some idiolects are right and some are wrong, we’re not making much progress. “Standard English” is a loose assortment of idiolects like any other dialect, and valuing one over the other is a social construct that has nothing to do with linguistic merit.
    You bigoted elitist Nazi scumbag. Language is a social construct so respect my enlightened, progressive idiolect or you're literally sending me to a concentration camp, and I can say literally because I'm not a Grammar Nazi like you literal Nazi!

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    Hamburg Is Ugly

    “Ja, Oskar, Ich struck another blow against die damn capitalists by scrawling mein name on ein Gastehaus die Amerikans namen Kentucky Fried Chicken.”
    I've just found out someone I don't like also is considering moving to Hamburg, and this is what I show people for why Hamburg is just irredeemably awful and anyone who wants to go there should be shunned. Berlin has bad parts which should be avoided, but all of Hamburg is basically a bad part of Berlin.

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    Pseudo-penis

    Thanks @BandD. @maniac and @sbbds either really want to know this or really don't want to know this, especially the part where female insects with a penis and male insects with a vagina mate, the female sucks up all the sperm through her penis, and then rips the male's abdomen off. Nature is amazing.

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    On a related note, I know you all need Alexander von Humboldt's lactating men in your lives:

    Strange but True: Males Can Lactate

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    Here's an example of the detrimental effects of cults with art as an example:

    The Dark Side: Tonalism v. Colorism

    The second painting is really perfect Neo-Impressionism despite using black. The Impressionists didn't use black, but that's really what they did wrong since the eye can indeed really see black and color is seen through opponent processes, and Neo-Impressionism doesn't have to exactly emulate them. On the other hand, besides not using black, the top one uses not even yellow but red for white, and the only difference between the shadows and the light area is the shadows are cooler. People can like it if they want, but I doubt anyone truly does, since it isn't so much "modern art" as just a bad grainy film in painting form to my eye. The top is perhaps appealing if you like what's objectively not true to nature in Impressionist theory and wish there were more, like a less blurry Renoir.

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    Tension of the Opposites: https://www.scribd.com/doc/340294601

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    honest labor needs no master

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    150 Years Ago, a Philosopher Showed Why It’s Pointless to Start Arguments on the Internet


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