Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines...archaic??

Understanding that having "some" sort of military is probably necessary.  However, is there a need for such a massive military? Historically speaking, having a large military was more practical once upon a time, when the world was less civilized, when the world's peace was susceptible to a random war-monger attempting to occupy any land that he (or she) pleases?


oh sh!t, funny thing is, as I'm typing this...it dawned on me that OUR president is part of the reason why every country should maintain a "proper" military. 

I intended to offer the idea...that the thought of spending so much on a "military" was starting to be archaic. I was starting to think that the world (in general) had reached a civilized point...thinking that we should only be occupying other country's with our military in justified peace-keeping missions, but even then I would expect to do that with other civilized peace keeping countries, lessening the need of having a massive, costly military...I was thinking that other than those "peace keeping, humanitarian missions" what other reason would we have to invade another country? But now, considering how my country (U.S.) conducts itself, it makes perfect sense for everyone to have a "proper" military, because you'll never know when another "Bush" will rise to power, anytime, anywhere...

In 1999, David Bowie knew the internet would change the world

Musican. Actor. Fashion Icon. Internet Visionary?

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  • David Bowie was well known as a rock star, but somehow his other interests and accomplishments remain obscure.
  • In this 1999 interview, he explains why he knows the internet is more than just a tool and why it was destined to change the world.
  • He launched his own internet service provider in 1998, BowieNet. It ceased operations in 2006.
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People who constantly complain are harmful to your health

Moans, groans, and gripes release stress hormones in the brain.

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Could you give up complaining for a whole month? That's the crux of this interesting piece by Jessica Hullinger over at Fast Company. Hullinger explores the reasons why humans are so predisposed to griping and why, despite these predispositions, we should all try to complain less. As for no complaining for a month, that was the goal for people enrolled in the Complaint Restraint project.

Participants sought to go the entirety of February without so much as a moan, groan, or bellyache.

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​Is science synonymous with 'truth'? Game theory says, 'not always.'

Good science is sometimes trumped by the craving for a "big splash."

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  • Scientists strive to earn credit from their peers, for grants from federal agencies, and so a lot of the decisions that they make are strategic in nature. They're encouraged to publish exciting new findings that demonstrate some new phenomenon that we have never seen before.
  • This professional pressure can affect their decision-making — to get acclaim they may actually make science worse. That is, a scientist might commit fraud if he thinks he can get away with it or a scientist might rush a result out of the door even though it hasn't been completely verified in order to beat the competition.
  • On top of the acclaim of their peers, scientists — with the increasing popularity of science journalism — are starting to be rewarded for doing things that the public is interested in. The good side of this is that the research is more likely to have a public impact, rather than be esoteric. The bad side? To make a "big splash" a scientist may push a study or article that doesn't exemplify good science.