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RIP Roddy!

"Rowdy" Roddy Piper, the wrestling star and pop culture icon, died Friday of cardiac arrest. He was 61.

Born Roderick George Toombs, he made his wrestling debut in Canada at the age of 15, where he made his way to the ring playing bagpipes, and, as a result, was given the nickname "Roddy Piper." The moniker stuck, and when coupled with his background as an amateur boxer, he quickly developed a reputation as a man not to be messed with – a trait that made him a natural heel. During the 1970s, he'd work as a villain in several territories, including the AWA and NWA, had memorable feuds with the likes of Chavo Guerrero Sr. and Ric Flair and had a tremendous impact on a wrestling fan named Rick Rubin, who'd later credit Piper's smack-talking bad guy character as a major influence on the Beastie Boys.



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One of wrestling's all-time heels, and a star of several cult films, Piper died Friday at his home in Hollywood
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"Without any orbit, Earth would likely go crashing directly into the sun. That's because our planet's path around that big, bright star in the sky is what keeps Earth from being pulled in directly by the sun's gravity. Picture yourself throwing a tennis ball off a roof. The harder you throw it, the faster the ball moves and the farther it travels before being pulled to the ground. Our giant tennis ball of a planet moves around the sun at a crisp 18.5 miles (29.8 kilometers) per second. It's constantly falling toward the sun, but moving too fast to actually reach it. All that would change pretty fast if the orbit stopped, burning up the planet and everything on it as the planet moved increasingly closer to the sun [sources: National Graphic, Bhatia, Dutch]."
Our planet's path around the sun defines life on Earth. What would happen if it changed?
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"Anxiety overall is a gendered experience: In fact, 23% of women suffer from "any anxiety disorder," compared to 14% of men. But one 2012 study found that not only do more women experience social anxiety, they experience it differently than their male counterparts. Specifically, women in the study experienced more "internalizing disorders" whereas men experience more "externalizing disorders."

"Women who have social anxiety disorder tend to be more depressed, and social anxiety takes a toll on their whole life, in terms of all of their social interactions, whereas for men it tended to be a little more specific to dating ... and they tend to deal with it with alcohol and drug use," Raja explained of the findings."
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7 scientists who are helping us understand how the world works

"Even within concrete sciences like math and physics, there are plenty of discoveries to be made.
From a physicist who is creating a hacker-proof way to transmit information to a mathematician developing a new type of alegbraic geometry, we've highlighted seven people who are changing the landscapes of math and physics.

All of these scientists also appeared on our list of groundbreaking scientists who are changing the way we see the world."

http://www.businessinsider.com/top-scientists-in-math-and-physics-2015-7
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Get ready for the biggest month of US economic data in years

"Signs of wage growth will also certainly be a part of the Fed gaining confidence in its inflation outlook, and Friday is the most important figure in that arena we'll get before the September 16-17 meeting. For unless wages go up, we're going to have trouble putting together the most basic ingredients for inflation: too much money chasing too few goods.
After Friday's ECI report, we'll get the July jobs report in a week and then, on September 4, the August jobs report.

In a note on Wednesday, Citi's Steve Englander said that if these upcoming jobs reports show nonfarm payrolls grow by at least 210,000 — with the unemployment rate correspondingly dropping further — the Fed will likely have reason to raise rates."


http://www.businessinsider.com/us-economy-moment-of-truth-2015-7
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"A blue moon is rising Friday, and, weather permitting, people all over the world will have a chance to see the rare lunar event.

Friday's full moon probably won't look markedly different than other full moons this year, but it will be the second full moon of July making it a rare blue moon, according to a modern definition."
Look up Friday night to see the last blue moon until 2018.
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Another reminder of just how awful this practice really is.

"In a video made with United Kingdom-based human rights group Reprieve, Yasiin Bey, the actor/rapper formerly known as Mos Def, volunteered to have himself force-fed in the same manner as a procedure reportedly used on hunger-striking Guantanamo detainees."
Yasiin Bey, as the actor/rapper is known now, teams up with human rights organization Reprieve.
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Machines can replace anyone...


"MLB might be an organization extremely resistant to change, but fortunately independent leagues like the Pacific Association are free to experiment. That's how a minor-league game between the San Rafael Pacifics and the visiting Vallejo Admirals had its balls and strikes called by the Pitch F/X system last night. Wired was on hand to check it out, and it sounds like it was a lot less drama than you'd expect — the home plate umpire was freed up to keep a closer eye on other parts of the game. The computer results of the ball and strike data were simply checked out by another umpire at a computer terminal; that ump then made the call over the loudspeaker. It's the first professional baseball game in which a computer had the final say on balls and strikes."
Baseball is a sport that's often caught between two worlds. It's a sport that embraced advanced statistics alongside more "old school" scouting and basic counting stats like RBIs, but it's also one...
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The return of lyin' Brian in the works?

MSNBC may be setting the stage for Brian Williams' return to TV

"The freshened MSNBC lineup could also create a platform for Brian Williams' comeback. His personal stock has waned in the months since he confessed to saying things that were not true about his coverage of the Iraq war.

Williams finishes his 6-month suspension next month.

Business Insider has reached out to NBC for comment. We will update this post if/when we hear back."


http://www.businessinsider.com/huge-changes-are-coming-to-msnbc-ahead-of-brian-williams-return-to-tv-2015-7
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Oil execs think lower prices are here to stay

"The Shell CEO stressed that “I can’t predict the future,” but Andy Brown, the company’s director of oil and gas production outside America, gave a more specific view of Shell’s expectations in a separate interview with Reuters, published July 16.

Brown said Shell sees no quick rebound in oil prices, but only a gradual recovery over the next five years. He attributed this sluggishness to a slowdown in China’s economy, leading a drop in demand for fuel and the continuing oversupply of oil."


http://www.businessinsider.com/oil-execs-think-lower-prices-are-here-to-stay-2015-7
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As other analysts (not heavily leveraged in fossil fuel portfolios) have pointed out, the appetite for energy is reliably accelerating, and renewable sources like wind and solar are permanent whereas oil, gas, and coal are not.  They are fuel, and must be constantly and expensively extracted.    Once you build a solar plant or a wind farm, its capacity is eternal.   That is a huge difference.  The tipping point is approaching fast. 
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A different view and perspective

"I’m tired of people trying to inspire me to have a better, bigger, happier life. Let me exist. Let me fumble. Let me find the patch of light in the long tunnel of darkness. Let me figure out some shit on my own. I say we need less fake inspiration in this world and more realness. Less doomsday. Less fake happiness. More real shit. Less preaching. More storytelling. Less advice. More community."
I think when people are ultra-positive and have this incomparably sunny disposition toward the world, I get turned off. …
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Yes indeed, I feel this..just let me live 😁
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"BuzzFeed is in talks to take a $250 million investment from NBCUniversal, which is owned by Comcast, a source familiar with the matter confirmed. The cash infusion would value the media company at $1.5 billion. The deal was first reported by Recode."


BuzzFeed is reportedly in talks to take a $250 million investment from NBCUniversal.
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