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florduh

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That's literally why the Puritans came to America. 17th century Christians in England, who were plenty conservative, weren't extreme enough for them. The first North American colonists were basically the Christian Taliban.

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derosavapore

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That's literally why the Puritans came to America. 17th century Christians in England, who were plenty conservative, weren't extreme enough for them. The first North American colonists were basically the Christian Taliban.

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Now the EU is doing similar by telling people to not use words like Christmas. You should use "Holidays" instead because its less tradtional, less Christian, it is more political correct. Shame on them.
 
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Robert-in-YEG

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Alberta shivers as Arctic blast chills province to record lows​





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Berzzerkker

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You Have No Idea How Hard It Is to Get a Hamster Drunk​


“You just put a bottle of unsweetened Everclear on the cage and they love it,” says Gwen Lupfer, a psychologist at the University of Alaska Anchorage who has studied alcohol consumption in hamsters. They regularly down 18 grams per kilogram of body weight a day, the alcoholic equivalent of a human drinking a liter and a half of 190-proof Everclear. In the wild, hamsters hoard ryegrass seeds and fruit in their burrows, and they eat this fermenting store as it becomes more and more alcoholic over the winter. In the lab, well, they’re pretty happy with Everclear. Given the choice between water and alcohol, they go for the booze.

And they can drink a lot before getting drunk. When Lupfer was studying dwarf hamsters, she and her students rated the animals’ drunkenness on a literal wobbling scale. They scored the hamsters from zero, for “no visible wobbling,” to four, for “falls onto side and does not right self.” (They had previously, unsuccessfully, tried to track the hamsters’ walking by dipping their paws in watercolor—they couldn’t tell the drunk and sober hamsters’ paw prints apart.) The hamsters never averaged above 0.5 on the wobbling scale—even at the highest oral doses. But when Lupfer and her team instead injected the ethanol directly into the hamsters’ abdomens, the animals didn’t do so well. They started wobbling and falling over at much, much lower doses.

Consumed orally, Lupfer explains, alcohol goes straight from the gut to the liver, which starts breaking down the mind-altering toxin that is ethanol. Hamster livers are “so efficient” at processing ethanol that very little ends up in their blood, says Tom Lawton, a critical-care doctor in Bradford, England. But when the hamsters got injected with ethanol, the substance could bypass the liver and go into their bloodstream and then their brain—hence much wobbling and falling over. Hamsters’ alcohol tolerance is likely an adaptation to their hoarding lifestyle.

 

Berzzerkker

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Our Ladies of the Perpetual High, Sisters of the Valley​

How a New Age order of feminist nuns is reimagining spiritual devotion and trying to heal the world — one joint at a time

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florduh

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that’s like half of the total number of cars Tesla has ever sold in the US.

If you ever needed further evidence that the stock market is built on complete bullshit, Tesla still closed at over $1,000 a share. After it was revealed that 50% of the products they’ve ever made are defective.
 

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florduh

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Yep. The "Justice" system worked exactly as designed here.

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florduh

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Apparently this guy is looking for a Republican co-sponsor. Let's fucking go! I don't think anyone in Congress should be able to trade a single stock while they're in office. Neither should their spouses.

I'd counter any argument against this with: they can always get another job if not being able to insider trade is too burdensome. "Nobody wants to work anymore" so they'd have no problem finding gainful employment elsewhere. It's not written in the stars somewhere that these ghouls need to stay there until they die.
 

Berzzerkker

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In a medical first, doctors in Maryland have transplanted a genetically modified pig’s heart into a human patient in a last-ditch effort to save his life.

Doctors at the University of Maryland medical center said Monday that the patient was doing well three days after the highly experimental surgery, though it is too soon to know if the operation has been a success.

Nonetheless, the transplant marks a step in the decades-long quest to one day use animal organs for life-saving operations. Doctors said the transplant showed that a heart from a genetically modified animal can function in the human body without immediate rejection.

The patient, David Bennett, 57, a handyman, knew there was no guarantee the experiment would work but he was dying, ineligible for a human heart transplant and had no other option, his son said.

“It was either die or do this transplant. I want to live. I know it’s a shot in the dark, but it’s my last choice,” Bennett said a day before the surgery, according to a statement provided by the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

On Monday, Bennett was breathing on his own while still connected to a heart-lung machine to help his new heart. The next few weeks will be critical as Bennett recovers from the surgery and doctors carefully monitor how his heart is faring.


 

florduh

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Remember when everyone called essential workers heroes? Turns out that was a big fucking joke.


Like most grocery store chains, Kroger saw a massive increase in profits in 2020 and 2021. Let's check in on the people whose work generated those massive profits...

Nearly two-thirds of Kroger workers say they do not earn enough money to pay for basic expenses every month. Among the workers who are unable to afford necessities, 44 percent say they are unable to pay for rent and 39 percent say they are unable to pay for groceries. Fourteen percent of Kroger workers are homeless now or have been homeless during the past year.

We all rely on grocery store workers to keep the shelves stocked with food. Yet the vast majority of Kroger workers have trouble putting food on their own tables.

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Due to the pandemic, Kroger saw their profit skyrocket.

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The pay for Kroger’s CEO has increased 296 percent over the past decade and is now 909 times greater than the median pay for company employees. This is one of the largest CEO-worker pay gaps of any major American company. As Kroger’s stock price increased, the company recently adopted a stock buyback program that enriched its largest shareholders rather than invest in its front-line workers.

Kroger took their extra billion+ in profits and used most of it to artificially inflate their stock price. They also gave their CEO a 6.4 million dollar raise. All while 14% of the people who generated those profits are homeless, and the majority of them lack secure access to food.


Solidarity with Colorado Kroger workers who are trying to push back against these absolute criminals.

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Berzzerkker

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Charity 3D prints home for Virginia woman in 12 hours​


Nonprofit group Habitat for Humanity recently partnered with the 3D-printing company Alquist to print a home for Williamsburg, Virginia resident — and now, a homeowner — April Springfield. The printing of Springfield’s new three-bedroom, two-bathroom, 1,200-square-foot home’s liquid concrete foundation took just 12 hours. Usually, the process of constructing a home’s foundation takes about four weeks, SWNS reported.

Springfield helped subsidize the cost of her new home by helping construct it, a key tenant of Habitat for Humanity’s home-building program in the area: The houses are assembled cooperatively, in a joint effort between buyers, volunteers and house sponsors.


 

JOHN GALT

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Over a thousand years ago, people in South America threw one hell of a rager—and showed Westerners how to mix and match their vices.

Throughout the Andes, stretching skyward from dry tropical rainforests, is an inconspicuous tree that can turn your mind euphoric. While the bark of the Anadenanthera colubrina, or vilca, can be used to make tea and its leaves are used for dye, it’s the thin, disc-like seeds within its flattened 13-inch-long pods that have captured people’s attention for 4,000 years. They’re filled with high levels of bufotenine, a potent hallucinogen similar to LSD.

To trip on vilca, modern and ancient people have smoked it or used it as an enema because you can’t just eat the seeds to get high. Enzymes in the gut neutralize the psychedelic effects of vilca when it’s ingested. But a new study published Wednesday in the journal Antiquity reveals that the Wari civilization that ruled the Peruvian Andes between 600 and 1,000 A.D. were perhaps the first to find a way to side-step this snag. The answer? They mixed their drugs with their beer, of course.

More specifically, the Wari mixed vilca seeds with chicha, a beer-like beverage brewed from a plant called Schinus molle, (or molle del Peru, better known in the U.S. as the Peruvian peppertree). A type of chemical produced during fermentation called beta-carbolines can suppress the action of the gut enzymes. If you drink molle chicha mixed with vilca, you can still feel vilca’s psychotropic effects—maybe a bit weaker than vilca that’s smoked or used as an enema, but longer lasting.

“This is yet another example of how drugs were used in the past, which can help us reflect on what shaped the role of drugs in our own society and how that is shifting a bit,” said Matthew Biwer, a paleoethnobotanist at Dickinson College and the lead author of the new study.


 

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In the last 24 hours we've seen a huge explosive volcanic eruption from the Tongan island of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai - the blast is so large it's easily visible from multiple satellites in geostationary orbit, tens of thousands of miles up. The blast sent a soundwave around the world which is still being measured and the resulting tsunami caused flooding around the pacific ocean.
 
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