Game theory says you should charge your friends to borrow things

Want to borrow my tent? No problem, that will be £25 please. That might sound annoying, but it will be better for society in the long run. Surprisingly, this is the conclusion reached by a new game theory analysis of sharing goods.

With larger and more expensive items that are used infrequently, like power tools and hiking gear, people often face a choice between buying one themselves or borrowing from a friend. Assuming that this choice solely comes down to cost, Ariel Procaccia and ...
Submitted by Lurchi at 2017-05-28 18:14pm to the The Economy forum.

Merkel warns US, Britain no longer reliable partners

Europe "must take its fate into its own hands" faced with a western alliance divided by Brexit and Donald Trump's presidency, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday.

"The times in which we could completely depend on others are on the way out. I've experienced that in the last few days," Merkel told a crowd at an election rally in Munich, southern Germany.

Submitted by raith at 2017-05-28 16:38pm to the Politics forum.

What Soylent tells us about Silicon Valley

I sift through the open pouch in front of me with a metal spoon. The powder’s consistency falls somewhere between cornmeal and flour. Its smell is a combination of rancid vanilla and wet cardboard. I mix a few tablespoons with water and start to drink, yet it takes only a few sips to feel sick; it’s as if my stomach knows that I shouldn’t be drinking this. An hour after rinsing my mouth out, I can still faintly taste it in the back of my throat.
Submitted by Late Night Love Visit from Panoptical Goat Satan at 2017-05-28 15:16pm to the Food forum.

Aaron Hernandez ate 20 honey buns one night in jail before guards realized it

For a glimpse into just how much Hernandez's life had changed, Wetzel recounts a story from Nov. 20, 2013. Hernandez was on on Disciplinary Detention Status at the time in the Bristol County Jail, where he was housed while awaiting trial, which also meant he couldn't receive commissary. But a mistake was made, two dozen honey buns were delivered to his cell, and Hernandez realizing what had happened, got to work on finishing off every last honey bun before the officers caught on.
Submitted by Double The Fist at 2017-05-28 10:39am to the Food forum.

Study links Facebook use to reduced gray matter volume in the nucleus accumbens

People who frequently check Facebook on their smartphone tend to have less gray matter in a reward-related area of the brain, according to new research.

“Smartphones, Facebook – in short the digital world – is a major part of our lives,” the study’s corresponding author, Christian Montag of Ulm University, told PsyPost. “A better neuroscientific understanding of digital usage is of importance to also understand how our brains react and are shaped by digital societies.”
Submitted by very modest bondage dungeon at 2017-05-28 4:17am to the Science forum.

United Doesn't Want You to Hear What It Did to These Gay Dads

United is apologizing publicly to gay dads and their son, and this time the airline looks homophobic in its customer service.

The apology, the fathers tell The Advocate, isn’t fixing the damage done by United’s accusation against the couple. “Those statements are generically manufactured and only in place to protect United,” said Henry Amador-Batten.

A flight attendant spotted Amador-Batten holding his sleeping 5-year-old son on the plane and reported him to authorities. The United ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2017-05-28 4:35am to the Crime forum.

US President Can't Escape Troubles on the Road

Missing, however, was Sean Spicer, who is Catholic and who had reportedly been greatly looking forward to the opportunity to kiss the pope's ring. His absence was apparently a bit of diplomatic spitefulness on the part of the Holy See.
Submitted by Tingleberries at 2017-05-27 22:49pm to the Politics forum.

Half of 8th grade class from New Jersey refuses to pose with Speaker Ryan

A group of middle school students from New Jersey caused quite a flap, after half of them refused to take a picture with Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Submitted by katheudo at 2017-05-28 0:44am to the Politics forum.

Gunman at Phoenix Comicon, Claiming To Be The Punisher, Targeted Jason David Frank

According to a report in the Phoenix New Times, 31-year-old Matthew Sterling told police he was targeting “bad police officers” because he was the real-life version of The Punisher, Marvel’s uncompromising vigilante. Sterling told police he was aware that real weapons were banned from the con, but said the rule didn’t apply to him because, as he previously claimed, he was the Punisher.
Submitted by B. Weed at 2017-05-27 20:53pm to the Crime forum.

Suspect in Portland Hate Crime Murders is a Known White Supremacist

The man accused of the brutal hate crime slayings of two people at the Hollywood Transit Center on Friday afternoon is a known local white supremacist.
Jeremy Christian, 35, was booked early Saturday morning on two aggravated murder charges, an attempted murder charge, two intimidation (hate crime) charges, and a felon in possession of a restricted weapon charge.
A few Portland police officers on April 29 appeared to be familiar with Christian, but not threatened by him. They claimed he had a ...
Submitted by sleeppoor at 2017-05-27 18:35pm to the Crime forum.

Philippines' Duterte makes rape joke for martial law troops

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte joked Friday that soldiers could rape up to three women, as he reassured them of his full support under his newly imposed regional martial law.

Duterte, who often peppers his language with man-on-the-street curses, made the comments in jest during a speech at a military base to lift the spirits of troops tasked with quelling what he says is a fast-growing threat of Islamist terrorism.

"For this martial law and the consequences of martial law and the ...
Submitted by Lurchi at 2017-05-27 13:26pm to the The World forum.

Zbigniew Brzezinski, National Security Adviser to Jimmy Carter, Dies at 89.

Mr. Brzezinski, a descendant of Polish aristocrats (his name is pronounced Z-BIG-nyehv breh-ZHIHN-skee). Like his predecessor Henry A. Kissinger, Mr. Brzezinski was a foreign-born scholar (he in Poland, Mr. Kissinger in Germany) with considerable influence in global affairs, both before and long after his official tour of duty in the White House. In essays, interviews and television appearances over the decades, he cast a sharp eye on six successive administrations, including that of Donald J. ...
Submitted by Tansy Ragwort at 2017-05-27 13:03pm to the Politics forum.

Pauline Hanson's One Nation to be investigated by Electoral Commission over plane ownership

The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) has launched a formal investigation into the ownership of a plane used by One Nation.

Former president and secretary of the Western Australian branch of One Nation, Ron Mclean and Marye Louise Daniels, told Four Corners that Mr McNee told them he bought the plane for One Nation.

Mr McNee denied purchasing it.

Mr Rogers declined to answer further questions about the plane from Senators, including Senator Hanson, while the matter is under investigation.
Submitted by Double The Fist at 2017-05-27 8:19am to the Politics forum.

2 killed in stabbing on MAX train in Northeast Portland as man directs slurs at Muslim women, police say

Two men were killed in a stabbing on a MAX train Friday when they tried to intervene as another man yelled racial slurs at two young women who appeared to be Muslim, including one wearing a hijab, police said.
Submitted by What about the Danger at 2017-05-27 6:08am to the Crime forum.

In Its 7-Year Run The Cast Of “Golden Girls” Ate Over 100 Cheesecakes

A food holiday for cheesecake lovers, National Blueberry Cheesecake Day is observed on May 26th.

Cheesecake is a sweet dessert that is a mixture of fresh soft cheese, cream cheese or cottage cheese, eggs and sugar on a crust made from crushed graham crackers, crushed cookies, pastry or sponge cake. Cheesecakes can be prepared baked or unbaked and are often served topped with fruit, chocolate or whipped cream. There are many varieties of cheesecake. However, this day honors the blueberry ...
Submitted by Tingleberries at 2017-05-27 0:20am to the Horseshit! forum.

Who’s the real cunt?

The word cunt was invented by the Norwegians. At first the OED wouldn’t have it in its pages and even today the dictionary describes it as the most taboo word in English. Norsemen said kunta and the Danes said kunte, as did ninth-century Germans, though not, seemingly, in anger or spite. Apparently, the first known use of the word in English was in 1230, when an Oxford street was named Gropecunt Lane. Paul Dacre, that nice man who edits the Daily Mail, has become famous in recent times for ...
Submitted by raith at 2017-05-27 1:10am to the Books forum.

A poor blind man living on the brink in Salinas gets hit by one thing after another, including a car.

Miguel Chappotti, 66, is having a string of bad luck, to put it mildly.

All in one week, the Salinas man was: detained by police for three days on a charge that was later deemed unfounded; thrown out of the motel where he was living; the victim of theft; and hit by a car, among other things.
Submitted by Tingleberries at 2017-05-26 23:00pm to the Crime forum.

Your Car Key Could Unlock Somebody Else’s Car

"I went to pull out the owner's manual and actually looked around, and thought, oh my god, this doesn't look like my car," she said. "Like, my car doesn't have a cover like that. My car doesn't have a baby seat. Holy crap, this isn't my car."

As it turns out, car keys aren't totally unique. It's been previously reported that Honda, for example, only has about 3,500 different lock combinations.

Submitted by Tingleberries at 2017-05-26 21:55pm to the Education forum.

Gianforte wins Montana vote despite 'body slam' charge

With about 96% of areas reporting, he has secured 51% of the vote. His Democratic rival Rob Quist has 43%.

Mr Gianforte has apologised for the incident in which he is accused of "body slamming" Ben Jacobs who works for the UK's Guardian newspaper
Submitted by wintermute at 2017-05-26 19:05pm to the Politics forum.

California Democrats Are in a Civil War Over Healthcare

Last weekend, Democrats in California gathered to choose their new state party leader. And, is if they set out to prove that we will keep playing out the Democratic presidential primary until the endtimes, fault lines between establishment Democrats and Bernie Sanders supporters created a fissure in the convention.

Establishment Democrats supported Eric Bauman, the party’s vice chairman, while so-called “Berniecrats” supported insurgent candidate Kimberly Ellis. Ellis ended up losing to ...
Submitted by nocash at 2017-05-26 18:45pm to the Politics forum.