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February 19, 2012
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  • How Your Cat Is Making You Crazy – Magazine – The Atlantic
    Cats

    “[Jaroslav Flegr] began to suspect that a single-celled parasite in the protozoan family [carried by house cats] was subtly manipulating his personality, causing him to behave in strange, often self-destructive ways. And if it was messing with his mind, he reasoned, it was probably doing the same to others.

    “..if Flegr is right, the “latent” parasite may be quietly tweaking the connections between our neurons, changing our response to frightening situations, our trust in others, how outgoing we are, and even our preference for certain scents. And that’s not all. He also believes that the organism contributes to car crashes, suicides, and mental disorders such as schizophrenia. When you add up all the different ways it can harm us, says Flegr, “Toxoplasma might even kill as many people as malaria, or at least a million people a year.”

    c/o kottke

  • All sizes | so you want to be a modern poster designer? | Flickr – Photo Sharing!
    6 Rules of modern poster design c/o kottke
  • A nice cup of rabies – Memorial: Ricky Garduno
    Memorial: Ricky Garduno

    The “In loving memory of Ricky Garduno” at the end of Family Guy’s “Tom Tucker: The Man and His Dream” episode prompted a search for Ricky Garduno which led to this heartfelt and searching illustrated tribute to him.

  • The Electoral Wasteland – NYTimes.com
    “[W]hen you look at the numbers, it’s stunning how little this Republican primary electorate resembles the rest of the United States. They are much closer to the population of 1890 than of 2012.” c/o @syntheticpubes
  • Retailers Shut Facebook Storefonts Amid Apathy – Bloomberg
    “We just didn’t get the return on investment we needed from the Facebook market, so we shut it down pretty quickly,” Sheetz said in a telephone interview. “For us, it’s been a way we communicate with customers on deals, not a place to sell.”

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December 13, 2011
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  • How Doctors Die « Zócalo Public Square
    “But doctors still don’t over-treat themselves. They see the consequences of this constantly. Almost anyone can find a way to die in peace at home, and pain can be managed better than ever. Hospice care, which focuses on providing terminally ill patients with comfort and dignity rather than on futile cures, provides most people with much better final days. Amazingly, studies have found that people placed in hospice care often live longer than people with the same disease who are seeking active cures.” c/o danny yee
  • Why Spotify can never be profitable: The secret demands of record labels — Tech News and Analysis
    “[T]he stark reality that every digital-music subscription service such as Spotify, Rhapsody, MOG, Rdio, and others must confront … are being made public. The specifics are even more onerous than the hot dog example cited above. Together they doom online audio companies to a life of subjugation to the labels” c/o waxy
  • Now it’s three-speed Europe. And we’re left on the hard shoulder | Andrew Rawnsley | Comment is free | The Observer
    “Even European leaders who can normally be counted as sympathetic to the British agenda weren’t interested… [David Cameron] complete lack of friends in Brussels starkly reveals that he has not nurtured vital relationships… Angela Merkel went so far as to question whether he had even negotiated in good faith… Our capacity to shape the future of the world’s wealthiest economic bloc… has just been dramatically diminished. This will have consequences not just for Britain’s influence in Europe, but its standing in the world. A Britain with reduced clout in the European Union is a Britain of less interest to the United States, China or any other important global power.”

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December 12, 2011
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