New research finds that kids aged 4-6 perform better during boring tasks when dressed as Batman

Not surprisingly to anyone who has kids, and iPads, the kids spent 37% of their time on the ‘work’ task, and 63% on the iPad.

But those kids pretending to be superheroes ‘worked’ more than those who thought of themselves in the third person, and both of those groups did better than the kids who just thought of themselves as ‘me’.

In other words, the more the child could distance him or herself from the temptation, the better the focus. “Children who were asked to reflect on the ...
Submitted by Late Night Love Visit from Panoptical Goat Satan at 2017-12-12 2:51am to the Education forum.

I Cut Hair, And In 2017 I Helped Men Look Less Fascist

Helping straight white men look less fascist was the last thing I thought I’d be doing when I started cutting hair at a queer-owned salon in Park Slope, Brooklyn, back in 2014.

But November 8, 2016, changed everything, and not long after Election Day one of my clients came in for a trim. Connor could go months between visits, and it was a surprise to see him come back sooner than expected, asking for an adjustment to his cut. At a dinner with his wife and friends, he explained, he’d been ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2017-12-12 1:40am to the Politics forum.

Ex-GOP governor stuns with call for Franken to keep job after ‘absence of anything resembling due process’

"Now reports are surfacing that Leeann Tweeden, Franken’s prime accuser, may have been coached by Roger Stone, a major Trump operator. Since there was no vetting, we only heard her story. But there has been no explanation as to why she attended a USO event in 2009 honoring Franken and was captured on tape joking around with him. This is three years after she claimed to be traumatized by Franken."

Carlson concludes. “The possibility of any rigging by Roger Stone and his associates should ...
Submitted by Late Night Love Visit from Panoptical Goat Satan at 2017-12-12 1:01am to the Politics forum.

The ‘Alt-Right’ Created a Parallel Internet. It’s an Unholy Mess.

If you’ve lost sleep worrying about the growing power of the alt-right — that shadowy coalition that includes white nationalists, anti-feminists, far-right reactionaries and meme-sharing trolls — I may have found a cure for your anxiety.

Just try using its websites.

In recent months, as sites like YouTube, Twitter and Facebook have cracked down on hate speech and barred several high-profile conservative users, the alt-right made a declaration of technological independence from Silicon ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2017-12-12 0:48am to the Off Topic News forum.

Ryan Lizza

The New Yorker Fires Star Reporter Ryan Lizza Over ‘Improper Sexual Conduct’

The magazine “severed ties” with the political journalist best known for ending Anthony Scaramucci’s brief Trump White House career.

The New Yorker has let go of its star reporter Ryan Lizza amid allegations of sexual misconduct, the magazine confirmed Monday.

“The New Yorker recently learned that Ryan Lizza engaged in what we believe was improper sexual conduct. We have reviewed the matter and, as a ...
Submitted by Lurchi at 2017-12-11 22:50pm to the Politics forum.

The Blue-Collar Hellscape of the Startup Industry

On November 13, Marcus Vaughn filed a class-action lawsuit against his former employer. Vaughn, who’d worked in the Fremont, California factory for electric automaker Tesla, alleged that the manufacturing plant had become a “hotbed for racist behavior.” Employees and supervisors, he asserted, had routinely lobbed racial epithets at him and his fellow Black colleagues. 

Vaughn said he complained in writing to the company’s human resources department and CEO Elon Musk, but Tesla ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2017-12-11 22:03pm to the The Economy forum.

Four California Deputies Fired for Partying With a Convicted Child Molester

Four Santa Clara County Sheriff’s deputies have been fired after they were caught attending a party thrown by a former lieutenant convicted of child molestation, sources told NBC Bay Area.

Sources told NBC Bay Area in an exclusive interview that Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith wasted no time in firing the deputies after she found out they were associating with a known felon.

The deputies were at a recent party for former sheriff’s lieutenant Armand Tiano who served time in prison ...
Submitted by Living.Burden at 2017-12-11 21:49pm to the Crime forum.

Fired Tech Workers Turn to Chatbots for Counseling

For months Lovkesh Joshi was quietly terrified of losing his job as a manager at a top Indian tech services company. Clients were cutting their budgets, prompting his bosses to fire dozens of colleagues. His manager told him not to worry, but it was hard not to when experts were predicting that millions of the country’s IT workers would be eliminated in the coming years. “My head was full of ‘yaar, kya honewalla hai?,'” says Joshi, using a Hindi expression that means “what’s going ...
Submitted by very modest bondage dungeon at 2017-12-11 20:43pm to the The Economy forum.

The Hugenberg Lesson

But much in Leopold’s narrative will sound familiar to those with knowledge of the political organization of capitalists today. This is especially troubling given that Hugenberg and his colleagues didn’t intend to bring the Nazis to power – they wanted to bring themselves to power. Had it been a simple matter of support for the Nazi cause there probably wouldn’t be significant lessons for the present. But the Nazis were a monster that Hugenberg and his coalition played a key role in ...
Submitted by WootFuxor at 2017-12-11 20:05pm to the Politics forum.

Questions We Have After Watching Michael Shannon’s Baffling Furry Christmas Movie

Dinky little movies live and die in silence all the time, so inquiring parties may be wondering what makes this one worthy of note. While Pottersville has the humble production values of a tax-funded boondoggle, director Seth Henrikson somehow wrangled a cast of beloved character actors for one of the more perplexing, deranged films it has ever been my pleasure to witness. Call it a Christmas miracle or call it blackmail, but that sure is Michael Shannon, Judy Greer, and Ian McShane right there ...
Submitted by nocash at 2017-12-11 17:25pm to the Movies forum.

Celebrating Abby Fisher, One of the First African-American Cookbook Authors

One summer day in 1880, a 48-year-old Mrs. Abby Fisher took the stage at the 15th annual San Francisco Mechanics’ Institute Fair to accept two medals: a bronze for best pickles and sauces, and a silver for best assortment of jellies and preserves. The jurors later wrote that “her pickles and sauces have a piquancy and flavor seldom equaled, and, when once tasted, not soon forgotten.”
Submitted by nocash at 2017-12-11 16:57pm to the Food forum.

Josh Homme Kicks Female Photographer in the Head During Show

Last night during Queens of the Stone Age’s set at the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas show in Inglewood, California, frontman Josh Homme kicked a photographer in the head, Variety reports. There’s footage of the moment below. Chelsea Lauren, the Shutterstock photographer who was struck by Homme, said, “It was obviously very intentional.” Lauren, who said she plans to file a police report today, told Variety: “The next thing I know his foot connects with my camera and my camera ...
Submitted by Late Night Love Visit from Panoptical Goat Satan at 2017-12-11 16:49pm to the Music forum.

10 Best Christmas Metal Songs from KORN, AMON AMARTH, KING DIAMOND, HALFORD, TWISTED SISTER and Beyond

When it comes to this time of the year, we’re constantly bombarded with the same Christmas songs that we’ve all heard countless times throughout the years. Given that, it’s probably no surprise that they’ve also been covered many times over, usually with the intent of putting a unique spin on them. Well, heavy metal is no different.
Submitted by DamnHead at 2017-12-11 16:12pm to the Music forum.

Man who ‘saved’ rabbit from wildfire probably made things worse

“If you encounter a wild animal in our neighborhood, leave it alone,” California Fish and Wildlife spokesperson Peter Tira told SFGate back in October as wildfires were raging in Northern California.

“Fire or no fire, just let the animals be,” he said.
Submitted by Late Night Love Visit from Panoptical Goat Satan at 2017-12-11 16:11pm to the Science forum.

DNC Unity Reform Commission Takes a Whack at Superdelegates

The Democratic Party’s Unity Reform Commission on Saturday voted nearly unanimously on a series of proposals aimed at reforming the presidential nominating process, including one that would eliminate 60 percent of superdelegates, and require the remainder to follow the wishes of their respective state.
Submitted by nocash at 2017-12-11 16:07pm to the Politics forum.

Mario Batali Steps Away From Restaurant Empire Following Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Four women accuse the chef of inappropriate touching in a pattern of behavior that spans at least two decades, according to dozens of Eater interviews.
Submitted by DamnHead at 2017-12-11 16:02pm to the Food forum.

Saudi Arabia Lifts 35-Year Ban On Cinemas; Movie Theaters Expected In March 2018

Saudi Arabia has officially declared that public movie theaters will return to the kingdom for the first time in more than 30 years. The move had been expected. Deadline reported last month that an initiative was afoot to build and open cinemas after being a focus of the Future Investment Initiative conference held in Riyadh in October.

Minister of Culture and Information Awwad bin Saleh Alawwad said today, “Opening cinemas will act as a catalyst for economic growth and diversification; by ...
Submitted by Lurchi at 2017-12-11 13:59pm to the Movies forum.

California Is Running Out of Inmates to Fight Its Fires

I've learned to have low standards about you America, but this is pretty fucked.
Submitted by Double The Fist at 2017-12-11 12:03pm to the The World forum.

Thomas fire creating its own weather, expert says

The massive smoke plume generated by the fire, also known as a pyrocumulus cloud, continues to rise, gathering heat energy from the flames below, Ripley said.

But the unstable column of air can collapse at any time, resulting in dramatic 180-degree wind shifts that pose a major danger to firefighters, he said.
Submitted by SolarW at 2017-12-11 8:00am to the The World forum.

Cracked Lays Off 25 As the Great Digital Media Purge Continues

This week, the humor site laid off a majority of its staff in the latest sign that ad-supported digital publishers are withering on the vine.

Twenty-five employees were let go, according to Kari Wethington, a spokeswoman for E.W. Scripps. She added that the onetime magazine, which in recent years has built out a robust YouTube presence in the hope of cashing in on video revenue, will now pivot back from its previous pivot and resume producing more written content.
Submitted by crossaffliction at 2017-12-11 2:24am to the Off Topic News forum.