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Why the modern bathroom is a wasteful, unhealthy design

Nobody seriously paused to think about the different functions and their needs; they just took the position that if water comes in and water goes out, it is all pretty much the same and should be in the same room. Nobody thought about how the water from a shower or bathtub (greywater) is different from the water from a toilet (blackwater); it all just went down the same drain which connected to the same sewer pipe that gathered the rainwater from the streets, and carried it away to be dumped in the river or lake.

It is hard to find something that we actually got right in the modern bathroom. The toilet is too high (our bodies were designed to squat), the sink is too low and almost useless; the shower is a deathtrap (an American dies every day from bath or shower accidents). We fill this tiny, inadequately ventilated room with toxic chemicals ranging from nail polish to tile cleaners. We flush the toilet and send bacteria into the air, with our toothbrush in a cup a few feet away. We take millions of gallons of fresh water and contaminate it with toxic chemicals, human waste, antibiotics and birth control hormones in quantities large enough to change the gender of fish.

We mix up all our bodily functions in a machine designed by engineers on the basis of the plumbing system, not human needs. The result is a toxic output of contaminated water, questionable air quality and incredible waste. We just can’t afford to do it this way any more.

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Scientists Are Beginning To Figure Out Why Conservatives Are…Conservative

they’re all out to get you, all over nothing They’re painting your life in a permanent gray They’re all out to get you, but all out forgetting It takes more than tears to get rid of the stains, sometimes

Behavioral and Brain Sciences employs a rather unique practice called “Open Peer Commentary”: An article of major significance is published, a large number of fellow scholars comment on it, and then the original author responds to all of them. The approach has many virtues, one of which being that it lets you see where a community of scholars and thinkers stand with respect to a controversial or provocative scientific idea. And in the latest issue of the journal, this process reveals the following conclusion: A large body of political scientists and political psychologists now concur that liberals and conservatives disagree about politics in part because they are different people at the level of personality, psychology, and even traits like physiology and genetics.

That’s a big deal. It challenges everything that we thought we knew about politics—upending the idea that we get our beliefs solely from our upbringing, from our friends and families, from our personal economic interests; and calling into question the notion that in politics, we can really change (most of us, anyway).

It is a “virtually inescapable conclusion” that the “cognitive-motivational styles of leftists and rightists are quite different.”

The occasion of this revelation is a paper by John Hibbing of the University of Nebraska and his colleagues, arguing that political conservatives have a “negativity bias,” meaning that they are physiologically more attuned to negative (threatening, disgusting) stimuli in their environments. In the process, Hibbing et al. marshall a large body of evidence, including their own experiments using eye trackers and other devices to measure the involuntary responses of political partisans to different types of images. One finding? That conservatives respond much more rapidly to threatening and aversive stimuli (for instance, images of “a very large spider on the face of a frightened person, a dazed individual with a bloody face, and an open wound with maggots in it,” as one of their papers put it.)

In other words, the conservative ideology, and especially one of its major facets—centered on a strong military, tough law enforcement, resistance to immigration, widespread availability of guns—would seem well tailored for an underlying, threat-oriented biology.

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The Spider Wars - This is what happens when an entemologist stays in a room filled with brown recluse spiders

•Before reading, please note that this is a dramatized account of the Spider War. The events are real, but the thoughts and intentions of the arachnids are fictional, as these animals are incapable of grasping the finer points of armed conflict. This is not a DIY guide for controlling spider populations, and I am not an arachnologist, nor a pest control expert. My intention is not to cultivate irrational fear of spiders, but respect and understanding, as these are the best tools for avoiding problems for human and arachnid alike. Spiders, even the scary ones, are a vital part of the planet’s biota, and they are not actually plotting our demise. That’s the job of the mosquitoes. Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy my story.•

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Always keep this in mind when reading mainstream media science coverage. If you want the real truth, read the study.

Always keep this in mind when reading mainstream media science coverage. If you want the real truth, read the study.

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Wasps aren’t always black and yellow

Wasps aren’t always black and yellow

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War after war the media paints the conflict as a specific race/religion/community attacking another. This perpetuates distrust and hate against anyone we see as ‘other.’ The media fails to illuminate the real political power struggles of the elite few who are using the strategic murder of innocents to increase their power and wealth. Question all you hear, and please, don’t let them ever make you hate your loving neighbor.

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poliscrutiny101:

Please be sure to SHARE this one! “On Tuesday, Cruz filed an amendment to the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2014 (S. 2363) to force the federal government to sell off a significant portion of the country’s most prized lands in the West. Th…e amendment would prohibit the federal government from owning more than 50 percent of any land within one state, and requires the government to transfer the excess land to the states or sell it to the highest bidder. Federal lands make up one-fifth of the nation’s landmass and over 50 percent of the land Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Oregon and Alaska. Under Cruz’s proposal, these states, which are home to some of the country’s most beloved national parks, forests, wildlife areas and iconic natural resources, would be forced to either pass the costs of managing these lands along to state taxpayers or, more likely, give them away or sell them off for mining, drilling, and logging.”
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/07/10/3458798/ted-cruz-auction-off-public-lands/

For anyone who’s still not up to speed on Ted Cruz.

poliscrutiny101:

Please be sure to SHARE this one!
“On Tuesday, Cruz filed an amendment to the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2014 (S. 2363) to force the federal government to sell off a significant portion of the country’s most prized lands in the West. The amendment would prohibit the federal government from owning more than 50 percent of any land within one state, and requires the government to transfer the excess land to the states or sell it to the highest bidder.
Federal lands make up one-fifth of the nation’s landmass and over 50 percent of the land Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Oregon and Alaska. Under Cruz’s proposal, these states, which are home to some of the country’s most beloved national parks, forests, wildlife areas and iconic natural resources, would be forced to either pass the costs of managing these lands along to state taxpayers or, more likely, give them away or sell them off for mining, drilling, and logging.”

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/07/10/3458798/ted-cruz-auction-off-public-lands/

For anyone who’s still not up to speed on Ted Cruz.

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OECD predicts collapse of capitalism

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development — a pro-establishment, rock-ribbed bastion of pro-market thinking — has released a report predicting a collapse in global economic growth rates, a rise in feudal wealth disparity, collapsing tax revenue and huge, migrating bands of migrant laborers roaming from country to country, seeking crumbs of work. They prescribe “flexible” workforces, austerity, and mass privatization.

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A Video Game in Which You Make Video Games Fights Pirates with Piracy

Hilarious. Way to fight fire with fire.

There’s a recent tradition of developers screwing with pirates—from releasing enormous, immortal pink scorpions on them, to booby trapping their games with glitches when they get cracked. This weekend, Greenheart Games, creator of Game Dev Tycoon, just blew the curve for everyone. This is fantastic.

As the title suggests, the game is about video games development. Greenheart is releasing it DRM-free, so this thing is sure to be pirated. Greenheart’s Patrick Klug figured, why wait, put a cracked version on “the number one torrent sharing site,” and sat back to watch what happened.

Something like 94 percent of the game’s users were playing the pirated, cracked version that Greenheart itself had uploaded. But here’s where the fun begins.

"As players spend a few hours playing and growing their own game dev company, they will start to see the following message, styled like any other in-game message:"

"Slowly their in-game funds dwindle, and new games they create have a high chance to be pirated until their virtual game development company goes bankrupt." The best part? The pirates complained about it.

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What if they threw a war and nobody showed up?

What if they threw a war and nobody showed up?

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