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Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Deep South has the highest death rate of newly diagnosed AIDS cases in the country, according to new research which analyzes the growing epidemic in the region and seeks to articulate its causes, which include social stigma, rural geography, and poverty.

Those states now account for 49 percent of people living with HIV/AIDS, despite making up just 37 percent of the national population,


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A 16-year-old self taught programmer from Seattle has created a brower plugin that shows where politicians are getting their money. The Greenhouse plugin by Nicholas Rudin highlights the names of House and Senate members on any web page. A user can hover the mouse over a name to see all the industries and groups who funded the politician's campaign and how much money was received from each business sector. "Whether Democrat or Republican, we should all want a political system that is independent of the influence of big money and not dependent on endless cycles of fundraising from special interests," Rudin explained.


Sunday, January 18, 2015

WARNING: This product contains deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). The Surgeon General has determined that DNA is linked to a variety of diseases in both animals and humans. In some configurations, it is a risk factor for cancer and heart disease. Pregnant women are at very high risk of passing on DNA to their children.

Polls repeatedly show that much of the public is often ignorant of both basic scientific facts, and basic facts about government and public policy.


Saturday, January 17, 2015

North Korea has its own K-pop band, Moranbong Band. "Consisting of 18 female members, each one selected by the country's supreme leader Kim Jong-un, the group debuted at a concert in his honor in June 2012," reports MessyNessiChic. "These are clearly extremely well-polished musicians who have been meticulously trained throughout their lives. ... I had the, um, pleasure of combing through their available performances uploaded onto YouTube and thought I'd share a few special moments." read more


A QVC pitch for printed cardigans progressed to an unlikely but vigorous debate about whether the moon is a planet or a star.


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