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Lying Commies






” “UNDER capitalism”, ran the old Soviet-era joke, “man exploits man. Under communism it is just the opposite.” In fact new research suggests that the Soviet system inspired not just sarcasm but cheating too: in East Germany, at least, communism appears to have inculcated moral laxity.

  Lars Hornuf of the University of Munich and Dan Ariely, Ximena García-Rada and Heather Mann of Duke University ran an experiment last year to test Germans’ willingness to lie for personal gain. Some 250 Berliners were randomly selected to take part in a game where they could win up to €6 ($8).”



The results were less than surprising …



” After finishing the game, the players had to fill in a form that asked their age and the part of Germany where they had lived in different decades. The authors found that, on average, those who had East German roots cheated twice as much as those who had grown up in West Germany under capitalism. They also looked at how much time people had spent in East Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall. The longer the participants had been exposed to socialism, the greater the likelihood that they would claim improbable numbers of high rolls.”


The Economist












‘Man Up,’ ‘Don’t Be A Pussy’ Labeled Offensive Language At Duke University





” A new word-discouragement campaign at Duke University has labeled phrases such as “Man Up,” “That’s So Gay,” and “Don’t Be a Pussy” offensive language that “delegitimizes” homosexuality and oppresses and insults people.

  But as the campaign has gained national popularity, its detractors have bristled at the effort, calling it a politically correct war on words that will stifle free speech and suggesting its true aim is to redefine terms to control public opinion and – ultimately – public policy.

In fact, the “You Don’t Say” campaign creators have admitted as much.

“ Language is a reflection of how we think about others and view the world,” Jay Sullivan, a student leader of the campaign, tells Duke Today. “My goal is to…. help facilitate discussion about how language affects many social issues, from race to gender and sexuality.”

  The campaign consists of a series of black-and-white memes with students posing behind large pledges to avoid so-called offensive language.”


Story continues at The College Fix








Crystal Mangum Found Guilty Of 2nd-Degree Murder




” A jury found Crystal Mangum guilty of second-degree murder Friday for stabbing and killing her boyfriend, Reginald Daye, in 2011.

After Superior Court Judge Paul Ridgeway sentenced Mangum to 14 years and two months to 18 years in prison, deputies immediately led her handcuffed out of the courtroom.

In 2006, Mangum accused three Duke lacrosse players of raping her at a party. The charges were later dismissed after the evidence did not back up Mangum’s story. Her accusations tore apart the Duke lacrosse program and resulted in the disbarment of District Attorney Mike Nifong.

Assistant District Attorney Charlene Franks, who prosecuted the murder case, said it was never about Crystal Mangum, the Duke lacrosse accuser.”











Honey , How Could You ?


How Could You ?



” Honey, you’re embarrassing me! Don’t tell me you’ve never heard that line, or thought it.

I hear plenty about wives who never speak in a group, and husbands who never shut up. People have partners who misuse words, launch into political rants and are much too fond of bad puns. Some have regrettable table manners or clothing choices. Others think their jokes are hilarious.

“The number of ways for spouses to embarrass each other is almost endless,” says Mark Leary, professor of psychology and neuroscience and director of the Social Psychology Program at Duke University. It is perfectly ordinary in a loving relationship for one spouse to mentally wince from time to time because of something the other spouse has said or done. But chronic feelings of embarrassment, and constant fighting about them, could be a sign of serious problems in the relationship.

Why do we often find a spouse’s faux pas so much more embarrassing than our own? Spouses represent one another. Doesn’t it say something about you if the person you chose to spend your life with tells insensitive jokes or dances with a lamp shade on his head? You may feel torn between your spouse and the people watching the behavior. And there’s the lack of control: “It’s the uncertainty that gets us—how bad is this going to get?” Dr. Leary says.”








Science Can Now Create Telepathic Rats



” Neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis foresees a day when our brains really will be interconnected in what he calls a brain-net, and we won’t even need aliens to achieve it. In his lab at Duke University, Nicolelis has taken the first steps toward bringing brain-to-brain communication into reality by electronically connecting rats’ brains. The results are published in today’s issue of Scientific Reports.

In Nicolelis’s experiments, two thirsty rats are placed into separate, identical cages. They cannot see or hear each other, but their brains are wired together via electrode implants in their motor cortices.

The rats have been trained to push a lever on cue. In this case, the cue is a light that flashes above the correct lever. When the rat steps on the correct lever, it is rewarded with a sip of water. However, only the first rat sees the light signal. To get a taste of that sweet H2O, rat No. 2 has to interpret rat No. 1’s thoughts. ”


Telepathic Rats


Pentagon Invisibility Cloak for American Solders The Photos Will Blow Your Mind!



 ” The Pentagon is betting big on a real life invisibility cloak for American solders, according to recent reports.

Hyperstealth Biotechnology Corp, a Canadian company known for its innovative camo technology, is attempting to revolutionize the battlefield by providing true invisibility for soldiers. The special material being used is know as Quantum Stealth. The pictures posted on the company’s website of the fabric, which apparently bends light to create the effect, look as though they are straight out of a Harry Potter movie:






Hyperstealth Biotechnology Corp Reportedly Develops Invisibility Cloak Camo

Invisibility Cloak