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Psychologists find that death anxiety increases creativity if you can leave a legacy

In the Plato’s Phaedo, the famous ancient Greek thinker Socrates defines philosophy as melete thanatos — “rehearsal for death.” More than 2500 years later, psychologists are beginning to pick apart how the awareness of death impacts humans’ cognitive functions and maybe even gives rise to the “love of knowledge.” Research…

New Men’s Rights Movement’s leader ‘doesn’t give a f**k about rape victims’ when they’re women

This weekend, R. Tod Kelly wrote a damning profile of the new online leader of the Men’s Rights Movement (MRM), John Hembling, currently the editor in chief of A Voice for Men (AV4M). Hembling is a combative, controversial figure, who frequently makes untenable arguments, as when he claims women are…

Obama: The Affordable Care Act is not just a website

President Barack Obama said Monday there was “no sugarcoating” the problems clouding the online launch of his health care law, but mounted a firm defense of a system that will help define his legacy. Obama struggled to assert control over a mounting political storm over the rollout of Obamacare websites,…

Statue of noted anti-Semite and white-supremacist to be removed from Georgia state capitol entrance

The statue of Tom Watson that graces the entrance to the Georgia state capitol will soon be removed from the grounds. Watson was a newspaper magnate in the late 19th and early 20th century, and began his political career as a populist. In 1894, two years before he would be…

Researchers find Megaupload raid affected tens of millions of legitimate files

Megaupload raid affected tens of millions of legitimate files (via The Inquirer) THE UNITED STATES government shutting down filesharing websites might be a blunt tool that harms individuals more than it helps industry. A report from Northeastern University in Boston first noticed by Torrentfreak found that while there was some…

The Pirate Bay’s web browser hits one million downloads

The Pirate Bay’s web browser hits one million downloads (via The Inquirer) A WEB BROWSER released by filesharing website The Pirate Bay has been downloaded one million times in the two months since it was released. Called the Pirate Browser, the web browser offers users a way to The Pirate…

Dianne Feinstein insists NSA’s massive snooping operations are ‘not surveillance’

Dianne Feinstein, the chair of the US Senate committee charged with holding the intelligence establishment to account, declared on Monday that the National Security Agency’s mass collection of phone records is “not surveillance” and should be maintained as an essential tool to combat terrorism. Feinstein made the case for retaining…

North Korea threatens to ‘wipe out’ South Korea with ‘merciless firing’

North Korea on Monday warned of “merciless firing” against the South if it goes ahead with a reported plan to develop shells to carry anti-Pyongyang leaflets across the border. The South’s Joong-Ang Ilbo newspaper reported last week that South Korean troops were developing non-explosive hollow shells capable of carrying such…

Big-spending German Catholic bishop called before Pope Francis

A big-spending German Catholic bishop was called before Pope Francis on Monday, as speculation grows over whether he will be forced to resign for his high-roller lifestyle. Bishop of Limburg Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, dubbed the “bling bishop” by the press for his extravagances, was received by the pontiff after a…

‘Likely service disruption’ on Facebook prevents users from updating their status

A “likely service disruption” struck Facebook on Monday, preventing its 1.15 billion members from updating their status on the social media website. Users trying to do so were met with an error message that stated: “There was a problem updating your status. Please try again in a few minutes.” “Facebook…

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