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Weekend Open Thread

Hope y'all are enjoying the summer as best you can.

 

Can summer evening chill jazz increase your enjoyment? Only one way to find out:

(This is an early "fusion jazz" album from '69 -- overshadowed by Miles's other fusion albums around the time, "Miles Ahead" ('68) and "Bitches Brew" ('70). It's my fav. among the 3.)

Weekend Open Thread

Leave any thoughts below, and here's some very chill jazz music for a relaxing summer weekend:

 

Junk DNA and The Sting Open Thread

Most non-coding human DNA has no biological function, so don't buy into the common "modern science has discovered junk DNA probably isn't junk after all" narrative.

 

Around the World Open Thread

In Italy, a new law allows prisoners to reduce their sentences by reading books.

 

In the UK, a new law forbids family and friends from sending books to prisoners.

 

In Iran, women are posting pics of themselves on facebook sans headscarves.

 

Young Blood Reverses Aging

More precisely, infusing young blood in mice reverses many of aging's central effects:

 

Scottish Independence and Texan Wild Boars Open Thread

Scottish Independence is losing ground despite Chomsky's support. The latest poll shows momentum swinging to "No" on the referendum, 51 to 37.

 

Texans actually aren't eating enough bacon and ham:

Open Thread!

Income inequality is a hot topic among intellectuals. You've got Thomas Piketty's new book this month. You've got a new think tank this year, The Washington Center for Equitable Growthfounded to accelerate cutting-edge analysis into whether and how structural changes in the U.S. economy, particularly related to economic inequality, affect economic growth.

 

Open Thread (with a bit of trade deficit)

February's trade deficit widened to 42.3 billion, with about half due to trade with China.

 

Dean Baker, economic prognosticator extraordinaire at the Center for Economic and Policy Research, identifies the US trade deficit as the biggest obstacle to full employment. 

 

Philomena Review, including spoilers

Philomena is a complex and emotionally gripping story, excellently acted especially by Judi Dench. 

 

I was unfamiliar with the film’s central topic – that the Catholic Church in 50s Ireland essentially conscripted many young women who had children out of wedlock, forcing them to work without pay and with no means of paying for their release. Then the nuns in the reform school would sell the young women’s children to rich foreigners, probably on the pretense that the children were abandoned.

 

Digital Sunrise Open Thread

 The way to see the sun in Tiananmen Square is now on an LED Screen:

 

... I'm in sunny San Diego and giving thanks for the EPA. Open Thread!

Open Thread, with comedy!

The best comedy albums and specials of 2013, according to the AV club:

 

1. Louis C.K., Oh My God

2. Kumail Nanjiani, Beta Male

3. Maria Bamford, Ask Me About My New God!

4. Amy Schumer, Mostly Sex Stuff

5. Aziz Ansari, Buried Alive

5. (tie) Kurt Braunohler, How Do I Land?

6. Pete Holmes, Nice Try, The Devil

Open Thread, Open Existence

Have fun dropping whatever in comments below.

 

A recent piece in the Guardian from a guy I work with on how terrible the elderly fare in Asian countries.

 

I sense quite a bit of cognitive dissonance in South Korea, which supposedly culturally values its elders, but which leaves many to suffer in poverty and is obsessed over youth. 

 

From the article:

 

1980s Mall Pics Open Thread

More thread and more open

A couple nuggets:

 

* My thesis: no one has ever been justified in believing in miracles.

 

I Met A Convicted Serial Killer, And He Made Me Feel More Loved Than Anyone Else In My Life

 

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