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"Academics found sitting through 1980 psychological thriller The Shining could see us expend 184 calories"
Dark dramas trigger the production of adrenalin and dopamine: they could even help you lose weight. Time to shelve the romcoms, says a recent horror film convert
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. . . that country where it is always turning late in the year. That country where the hills are fog and the rivers are mist; where noons go quickly, dusks and twilights linger, and mid-nights stay. That country composed in the main of cellars, sub-cellars,...
. . . that country where it is always turning late in the year. That country where the hills are fog and the rivers are mist; where noons go quickly, dusks and twilights linger, and mid-nights stay. That country composed in t...
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Incredible!~
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I took this last year at Kichijoji, right before the 2015 new year.

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" . . . the school's sex education program, which takes up three days in the fall semester and, of course, is focused on abstinence. . . Texas is the eighth-worst state in the country for STI transmission rates. West Texas, in particular, clings to the belief that we can finger-wag away our entire species' storied history of enjoying sex."
When you're on the high school speech-and-debate team in rural West Texas, you spend a lot of time on weekends napping in school buses in front of other small-town high schools. For me, one of those was Crane High School, where I wiled away many hours playing card games while waiting...
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"Non-believers are not only distrusted; they also stir up morbid thoughts, and perhaps raise discomforting doubts about what happens after we die."

"Why Atheists Terrify Believers" http://www.psmag.com/health-and-behavior/why-atheists-terrify-believers #sociology #feedly #religion
Their presence challenges fundamental defense mechanisms that protect people from fear of death.
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Atheists have never frightened a single Christian, in fact it is the other way around.  Athiests already know that God is real and are angry that He insists they do what they're told by Him.  Proof of that is clear, you never hear an athiest complaining about things like fairies being real or monsters being real, because they KNOW those things are not real but God?
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I've been saying this for years, and people always dismiss the argument:

"'We added four times more jobs in food services and retail than in every other high-tech industry in the last 20 years,' Huff said. 'Those are the jobs we are creating. Those are the jobs that are very subject to automation.' "
Sometimes I wonder if I'm in the very last generation of newspaper reporters.
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+Jonathan Tweet that's always the sense I get when I bring up this scenario to others. The plausibility is frightening, nonetheless.
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The new Google Photos service was launched just a couple of weeks ago. Below is a thorough look at what the Android app offers and how it stacks up. After months of rumours swirling around, Google Photos was finally unveil...
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Consumers want more than fisheries can supply, and certification standards are falling.
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Hmmmm... Probably isn't sustainable
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"...science might lose its say in government because of Congress, where a few candidates have shown their cards. Obscure bills such as the Secret Science Reform Act and Regulatory Accountability Act would undermine and handicap the ways federal agencies rely on science by forcing them to go through a glacial, bitter and mostly unproductive Congress."

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Experts voice concerns that science ‘ends up being a proxy for identity politics’ as presidential candidates play to their conservative base
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One in six species could be wiped out by climate change, study says
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About one in six species now alive on the planet could become extinct as a result of climate change, according to a study published in Friday’s edition of the journal Science.
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"If you can't write clearly, you probably don't think nearly as well as you think you do." ~Kurt Vonnegut
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I'm a writer, educator, and linguist in the Los Angeles area.
Had the avocado and bacon bits sandwich here today for lunch. It was good, but slightly pricey. It's convenient for those wanting to hike up to Griffith Observatory, however.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
My wife and I ate here tonight. We had the egg & mushroom and garlic shrimp. We were only having an evening snack, but everything was good, and the atmosphere was superb.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
This was my wife and my first experience with mole. We had the mole sampler, which comes with 4 varieties of chicken mole. If you don't mind sweet sauce, it's very good.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
This is where I usually come for dim sum. It's reasonable and good.
Food: Very GoodDecor: GoodService: Poor - Fair
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
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I used to meet some friends here for a game a few months back, but we started going to Pasadena instead, even though this place is within walking distance to my house. The place is clean and the atmosphere is nice, but the staff is really uptight about language, and I'm not someone who generally uses a lot of foul language. I understand a business not wanting people to use vulgar language, but when I go to a store, I don't expect it to be run like a church either. The clerk said something to one of my friends for using the word "d@mn." That was a bit much.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
I don't know what happened to this restaurant, but the quality has plummeted. My wife and I went there to celebrate my birthday dinner yesterday, and the entire experience was a disappointment. First, the maitre d' just assumed we wanted to sit outside, which I thought was odd. He was friendly, but it seemed somewhat amateurish. I didn't think much of it at the time, however. After being sat we ordered the calamari as an appetizer, and while it was OK, it was nothing special; the calamari itself was greasy and the sauce was a mixture of mayonnaise, ketchup, and chili pepper--nothing you couldn't get at a much cheaper restaurant. Again, this by itself was not a big deal. After this things really went south though. We went exclusively for the bouillabaisse, which we'd had several years ago, before the remodeling. We ordered our entree when the appetizer arrived, yet 10 minutes or so later, the server returned to the table and informed us the bouillabaisse was unavailable because the sauce would not be ready for several hours. This in and of itself ruined the experience, since this was the reason we chose this restaurant. I didn't want to spoil the entire experience, however, so I chose the house special which was a Virginian bass, and my wife ordered the all natural hanger steak. These entrees were also disappointing, however. First, the bass was served on a flat sushi-style plate, yet it was covered with a very runny and thin red fruit sauce, which promptly ran all over the table and made a horrible mess, even as the server set it in front of me. What kind of quality chef overlooks such a flaw in presentation? Then my wife's steak was overcooked, thin, and unimpressive to say the least. She'd ordered it medium, but it came out med-well, and parts of it were well done. Honestly, it tasted like something you could order at a Sizzler. In addition, the polenta that was served with it was completely tasteless. My bass was equally unimpressive; the sauce was unmemorable, the presentation was ghastly, and the pieces of melon that littered the plate were an unnecessary distraction. Finally, although superficially friendly, the service was also inadequate. After we expressed our disappointment that the bouillabaisse was unavailable, I sensed a dismissive attitude from the server, and his attention to our table afterwards was minimal. By the end of the meal, the intervals between his taking our plates, bringing the desert menu, and presenting the check were glacially slow. Also, the water server splashed water on the table by overfilling the water glasses. How much serving experience is required to know you don't fill a water glass to the brim? Lastly, while they brought us copious helpings of bread, it was thoroughly unimpressive--just cold, white bread with butter. In closing, I'll just point out that I overheard the man sitting behind me complain about his meal as well. My overall impression was that it was amateur hour at this restaurant. Too much attention was given to personality and decor--every single employee said hello and greeted us--and not enough on actual quality. The only way I'd come back is if someone else were paying, and I couldn't talk them into going somewhere better.
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I've been getting my hair cut here by Robin for the past few years.
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