10 shocking facts about society that we accept as normal

When you take a moment and look around at the world, things can appear pretty messed up. Take 5 or 10 minutes and watch the 6 o’clock news. Chances are, the entire time, all you are going to see is war, conflict, death, illness, etc. Sure, this is part of the mainstream medias content strategy to sell drama and keep people focused on it, but besides that it reveals something real about the current state of our world. I believe Michael Ellner said it well in his quote: “Just look at us. Everything is backwards, everything is upside down. Doctors … Continue reading 10 shocking facts about society that we accept as normal

Infographic: The Apps That Know Everything About You

Of the apps in our chart, these — Viber, Skype, WhatsApp and GO Launcher EX (clockwise from top left) — ask for the most permissions. You’d may be surprised at the dozens of pieces of data that some of the most popular apps are collecting about you every day Authors:Eric Markowitz, EJ Fox It’s no secret that Facebook can track pretty much every detail about your personal life. But did you know that Happy Fish—a popular kids game based on the Android operating system—might be a worse privacy offender? Happy Fish’s developer, HappyElements, programmed the game so that it can … Continue reading Infographic: The Apps That Know Everything About You

David Cronenberg on Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis”

By Marcie Gainer David Cronenberg writes at The Paris Review: I woke up one morning recently to discover that I was a seventy-year-old man. Is this different from what happens to Gregor Samsa in The Metamorphosis? He wakes up to find that he’s become a near-human-sized beetle (probably of the scarab family, if his household’s charwoman is to be believed), and not a particularly robust specimen at that. Our reactions, mine and Gregor’s, are very similar. We are confused and bemused, and think that it’s a momentary delusion that will soon dissipate, leaving our lives to continue as they were. … Continue reading David Cronenberg on Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis”

Future of love and sex: monogamy no longer the default, say experts

By LightvsRight via Deviant Art (CC BY 3.0) By Chaos_Dynamics via IEET: There’s a pervasive notion that monogamous relationships are the end-all-be-all – the default pact in human couplings that keep the fabric of society from being torn apart. But growing numbers of scientists believe monogamy is not our biological default; and may not even represent the best road to happiness. Nearly all mammalian species demonstrate sexual promiscuity. Even mate-for-life prairie voles, the animal kingdom’s poster child of monogamous relationships produce pups from different fathers twenty percent of the time. Moreover, say historians, for humans, promiscuous behavior is not new … Continue reading Future of love and sex: monogamy no longer the default, say experts

Does white wine really send women crazy? From tears to tantrums, MailOnline investigates why this particular drink causes such carnage

White wine also contains up to 10 times more sugar than red, according to the Food Standards Agency. Whereas red contains 0.2g sugar per 100ml, rose contains 2.5g per 100ml. Meanwhile dry white wine contains 0.6g and medium white wine 3g per 100ml Many women say they can no longer drink white wine They complain it makes them upset, aggressive and/or accident prone MailOnline set out to investigate possible reasons why Some experts suggest speed at which it’s drunk, others blame alcohol level Other theories include higher levels of sugar and sulphites in white wine By Anna Hodgekiss for MailOnline … Continue reading Does white wine really send women crazy? From tears to tantrums, MailOnline investigates why this particular drink causes such carnage

This Is How Much Russians Hate America…

by Michael Snyder In Russia, shopping malls are putting out American flag doormats for people to wipe their feet on, and there are stores that are selling toilet paper with the American flag imprinted on it. Surveys show that Russian attitudes toward the U.S. are now even worse than they were during the end of the Cold War, and ordinary Russians are blaming America for everything from the overthrow of the Ukrainian government to the collapse of the ruble. The Russian government has just authorized a new military doctrine which identifies the United States as a top threat, and commentators … Continue reading This Is How Much Russians Hate America…