Saturday, April 30, 2016

Coffee and Provocation

Weasel Shuts Down World's Most Expensive Machine 
The $7 billion Large Hadron Particle Collider, a 17-mile superconducting machine designed to smash protons together at close to the speed of light, has gone offline because a small mammal, possibly a weasel, gnawed-through a power cable.

How to Make Gun Powder From Urine
You will need to know this when the apocalypse hits.

America  Now Has a National Mammal
Without looking, can you guess what it is?

Ditch Diggers Find Half a Ton of Roman Coins
There's supposed to be buried gold and silver all over, and every once in a while someone stumbles on some of it.

The Pain of White Folks is Unbearable
Please send money. From Sabrina Tavernise at The New York Times: "Suicide in the United States has surged to the highest levels in nearly 30 years, a federal data analysis has found, with increases in every age group except older adults. The rise was particularly steep for women. It was also substantial among middle-aged Americans, sending a signal of deep anguish from a group whose suicide rates had been stable or falling since the 1950s. The suicide rate for middle-aged women, ages 45 to 64, jumped by 63 percent over the period of the study, while it rose by 43 percent for men in that age range, the sharpest increase for males of any age. The overall suicide rate rose by 24 percent from 1999 to 2014, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, which released the study on Friday.... The data analysis provided fresh evidence of suffering among white Americans. Recent research has highlighted the plight of less educated whites, showing surges in deaths from drug overdoses, suicides, liver disease and alcohol poisoning, particularly among those with a high school education or less. The new report did not break down suicide rates by education, but researchers who reviewed the analysis said the patterns in age and race were consistent with that recent research and painted a picture of desperation for many in American society."

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