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Kids, don’t go into crushing debt for something people won’t pay you back for. Those are called hobbies.

Kids, don’t go into crushing debt for something people won’t pay you back for. Those are called hobbies.

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That’s a weird ass animal.

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Defense

Defense

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This little girl is more punk than you will ever be!

This little girl is more punk than you will ever be!

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Who are the climate change deniers? [OC]

Obviously we need to explain to them that the sky fairy is very angry with us and declare a holy war on global warming. I think that hits all bases.

If knowledge has little to do with climate change acceptance, what does? American conservatives are well-known to be climate change deniers, so what do the poll results look like when we break the answers down by political affiliation?

That’s not an error with my plotting software. 86% of Democrats accept climate change, whereas half of all Republicans are still in denial on the issue. While there are still some Democrats in denial about climate change, it’s fair to say that the majority of climate change deniers today are Republican.

Oddly enough, climate change has also become a religious issue in the past decade. Could a person’s religiosity affect whether they accept that global climate change is occurring?

Sure enough, we see the same trend as with political affiliation: The more religious a person is, the more likely they are to deny climate change. Whereas 80% of atheists accept climate change, only 56% of all very religious Americans agree.

It’s fairly clear from these graphs that religious, Republican American conservatives are the majority of climate change deniers today. If income, education, and knowledge has little to do with climate change acceptance, then could it be that climate change acceptance has become a cultural rather than factual issue in America? Do conservative Americans deny climate change simply because it conflicts with their identity as a conservative?

If that’s the case, then throwing facts at climate change deniers isn’t going to make them budge on the issue. So what can we do to convince that last 30% of Americans? First off, we should stop talking about “what scientists believe” and instead actually take into consideration who we’re trying to communicate with. Then we need to figure out: How can we discuss climate change without alienating the average American conservative?

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smartercities:

Smart ideas can turn city into a better place, here’s one. The dancing traffic light.

More than I expected when I clicked on it.

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This is how the works of Shakespeare are supposed to sound, Original Pronunciation reveals more of his genius.

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The next thing Silicon Valley needs to disrupt big time: its own culture

How to make it in the Valley

As far as I can tell, these are the seven rules to follow if you’re going to have a chance at being snubbed by a Valley Culture startup. The initial gauntlet is not as harsh if you possess trendy technical skills—but that is by no means a free ticket.

  1. Live in the Valley. If you don’t, move. The pioneers who are connecting the global human family and removing barriers of time and space won’t take you seriously unless you brunch at the same restaurants they do. Ideally you should live in “The City,” which is on a peninsula, and not on “The Peninsula,” which is in a valley.

  2. We expect you to click with us “organically,” which means on our schedule. Be flexible with your time. It’s best to behave as though you have nothing better to do all day but wait for us to call you in for coffee or some skateboarding.

  3. Don’t overdress, but don’t underdress. You should mirror as precisely as possible our socioeconomic level, social cues, and idiom. Remember unlucky Mr. Hoops. But no pressure, you know? Laidback.

  4. To distinguish yourself from the throngs, find a way to surprise us that has nothing to do with your ability to perform your job. Maybe you could bring some appropriately quirky luxury foods as tribute.

  5. You are expected to read everything we blog about and work it into the conversation. This shows commitment.

  6. We don’t actually want to talk to you. You need to locate someone else in our social circle and convince them to send us a “warm intro.” This is a wonderfully recursive time-waster, as those people will want a warm intro from someone they know before talking to you, and so on.

  7. We’re objective meritocratic folks and will violently reject any suggestion that we are not. We totally won’t “ding” you for not doing steps 1-6, we swear. But they help. Totally.

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I almost peed myself. This is hilarious. Poor little dog :-)

Greatest prank ever? These jokers put a giant spider outfit on a dog and scared the life out of people

(via Lost At E Minor: For creative people)

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This is the most detailed map yet of our place in the universe

This really gives you an idea of how microscopic we all are. Scientists have created the most detailed map of the known universe and galaxies surrounding us:

This video shows in even more detail the structures of the universe and it is the best look I’ve seen so far at the way the universe is laid out and our teeny tiny little part of it:

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