Afflict the comfortable, comfort the afflicted

The Huffington Post has tracked 2,243 gun-related deaths in the United States since the Newtown massacre. Click here for an interactive map.

Second Amendment solutions, anyone? The National Rifle Association has been flooding Newtown with pro-gun robocalls and  postcards. “I’ve got a 5-year-old son who went to preschool on the Sandy Hook Elementary School campus,” a resident reported. “These calls were the very last thing I needed.” That’s your dues at work, NRA members. Stay classy!

A rethuglican sheriff in Massachusetts defends his joke that President Obama could best serve the country by being assassinated. Har-de-har har, eh?

I did not make this up: a Tea Party group is boycotting Fox News for being ‘too liberal’!

Tweets from the twits: Donald Trump and Michelle Malkin have a hilarious cat-fight via Twitter.  What a pair of useless bitches!

Carnegie Mellon’s snake-bot just got a little creepier. Oh, and meet the six deadliest real snakes in the world.

Speaking of real snakes,  rich moochers are leaching the economy dry using this 3-point plan. Let’s call it what it is: class warfare.

One of the most surprising facts of charity in America is that the people who can least afford to give are the ones who donate the greatest percentage of their income. Here’s a 2011 UC-Berkely study showing that the Riches are just less compassionate than the rest of us.

It’s as if their “bullshit detectors” get worn out:  the elderly may be easier to scam due to age-related disfunction of the brain’s ventromedial prefrontal cortex, the region that controls belief and doubt.

Researchers at the University of Nottingham have found no link between the noise level of small and micro wind turbines and reports of ill health. What they did find was a correlation between negative orientated personality traits and those complaining about ‘wind turbine syndrome’.

Can photovoltaics go greener? A transparent material derived from cotton and castor beans can replace the plastic or glass covering on solar cells.

A nice activity for the kids: Heifer International has a fun and educational how-to on making adobe bricks, with a demonstration of how adobe houses stay cool in the daytime and warm at night.

Not an internet hoax: the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is offering grants of $100,000 to $1 million to build a better condom. “We are looking for a Next Generation Condom that significantly preserves or enhances pleasure, in order to improve uptake and regular use”. I volunteer to lead the testing.


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