A woman in China was alighting a shopping mall escalator when a floor plate at the top of the escalator gave way. The woman passed a child she was carrying to mall workers as she was swallowed by machinery that crushed her to death.
An article in the NY Times discusses suicide among top students who can't bear recognition of their own imperfection:
America’s culture of hyperachievement among the affluent has been under scrutiny for at least the last decade, but recent suicide clusters, including the deaths of three high school students and one recent graduate in Palo Alto, Calif., have renewed the debate. “In the Name of College! What Are We Doing to Our Children?” blared a Huffington Post headline in March. Around the same time, the New York Times columnist Frank Bruni published “Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania,” which he was inspired to write after years of observing the insanity surrounding the process — not only among students but also their parents. Numerous other alarms have been sounded over helicopter parenting, and how it robs children of opportunities to develop independence and resiliency, thereby crippling them emotionally later in life. These cultural dynamics of perfectionism and overindulgence have now combined to create adolescents who are ultra-focused on success but don’t know how to fail.
Going into the ninth inning yesterday, the Cubs were hopelessly trounced by the Phillies, so the thing to do was pull 38-year-old catcher, Dave Ross, off the bench to pitch to the Phillies. With a lazy non-windup, Ross lobbed "fastballs" in the high 60s, retiring the Phillies 1-2-3.
If that wasn't enough, as the first Cub at bat in the bottom of the ninth, Ross connected for a home run. Ross's first career home run was against the Diamondbacks in 2002, when first baseman Mark Grace took over pitching duties as the D-Backs trailed the Dodgers by 18 runs in the ninth. (Ross "pitching" above, and connecting for a home run below.)
The hacker is believed to be someone who hates NYC and anything that bears its name, so the Metropolitan Correctional Center would be the perfect federal prison for this hacker to serve a prison sentence.
The New Yorker site is up again. The accounts of the accusers are staggering.
Though there was no camera in 2011 when Jon Stewart went ballistic on a staff writer who expressed racism concerns about Stewart's Kingfish-like imitation of Herman Cain.
The U.S. and Israel deny a link between the Iran nuclear deal and the early release of Jonathan Pollard. Pollard, a former US Navy intelligence officer, was sentenced to thirty years in prison for spying on behalf of the Israeli government. Not that it matters, but I see no reason to take officials at their word.
First they came for verbs I said nothing because verbing weirds language Then they arrival for nouns and I speech nothing because I no verbs
"Too high for his nut" and other slangisms from America's past.
Trump continues to prove he's a monumental jackass, which should help him to lock up America's jackass vote, currently estimated at 25-30% of the American population. Okay, I made that last part up.
With a pledge of $100 million from a Russian billionaire, the search for extraterrestrials just got turbocharged. The most surprising revelation (to me) is that some scientists don't want researchers to actively broadcast signals to announce ourselves for fear that bad aliens alerted to our presence will zap us with death rays.
H/T to Retriever on this one: Researchers found that males who lose in video games are more likely to harass female players. Not entirely a surprise.
A rat study found that marijuana enhanced healing of broken bones, but the improved healing isn't caused by THC, which is the part that gets people stoned. Cannabinoid molecules appear to be responsible for the effect.
NASA published a beautiful image of Earth from a distance of 1 million miles. The photo comes from the Deep Space Climate Observatory.