800 percent

why are people setting off fireworks the entire State is On Fire, You Absolute Demons

it is!!! 106 degrees out!! Tomorrow it will be hotter! Everything is 800 percent more flammable!! I’m flammable! You’re flammable!! The fragile state of my mental and emotional health is flammable and the Boom Boom Crack of Fireworks ain’t helping!!!!

During the CBS Democratic debate on Saturday, November 14, 2015, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tried to use the tragedy of 9/11 as a political excuse for her coziness with Wall Street interests, including the millions she has received in Wall Street campaign funding over her career. That defense of the Clinton campaign’s corporate fundraising has been widely assailed in the media and on social media. In an attempt to divert the public’s gaze from Wall Street coziness, the Clinton campaign has launched a false attack on universal health care – something she has previously supported. The Clinton campaign received more contributions from the pharmaceutical industry than any other – Republican or Democrat – through the first six months of the campaign. So, what is this false attack really all about: either Secretary Hillary Clinton is repudiating years of advocating for universal health or she’s playing politics with the health of America’s families.
 
It’s hard to understand how someone who claims to have been a supporter of universal health insurance for years is suddenly moving to the right and attacking universal health care. Or, maybe it’s not:
 
The Clinton campaign received far more money from the drug and medical device industries than any other presidential candidate in either party during the first six months of the campaign, according to figures compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics. She accepted $164,315 during that period.
 
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At the same time, she has accepted significant contributions from individual donors. She received contributions, for example, from two executives at Jazz Pharmaceuticals, which raised the price of a drug used to treat sleep disorders by more than 800 percent, from roughly $2 to $19 a pill.
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Bernie Sanders

So, what is this false attack really all about: either Secretary Hillary Clinton is repudiating years of advocating for universal health or she’s playing politics with the health of America’s families.

It’s hard to understand how someone who claims to have been a supporter of universal health insurance for years is suddenly moving to the right and attacking universal health care. Or, maybe it’s not:

The Clinton campaign received far more money from the drug and medical device industries than any other presidential candidate in either party during the first six months of the campaign, according to figures compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics. She accepted $164,315 during that period.

This is one of the many reasons I won’t support Hillary Clinton in the primary. I just don’t believe her when she claims to have strong progressive beliefs and values. She isn’t going to fight for the things that are important to me the way Senator Sanders will, because those things aren’t truly important to her.

I believe that she’s a corporatist Democrat, who has more in common with the now-extinct “moderate” republicans than she does with the type of Democrats I support.

Warning: minor spoilers from here on out.

During one of the flashbacks in the new season of Orange Is the New Black, a teenager is threatening to jump off the roof of his high school while a crowd of fellow students gathers below him.

“I’m failing Math and Western Civ!” he wails.

Someone deep within the throng of onlookers yells back, “We’re all failing Western Civ!”

It’s a funny line uttered by a faceless stranger, but the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it sentiment encapsulates so much of what the Netflix series is about, from the fact that the number of women in prison has grown an astounding 800 percent over the past three decades, to the revelation that it took a Trojan horse—as show creator Jenji Kohan called the Caucasian, blond character of Piper Chapman, based on the real-life memoir by Piper Kerman—to get viewers to care about stories that center around incarcerated black, Latina, and older women.

‘Orange Is the New Black’ Explores Motherhood Behind Bars in Season Three

Are you ever so overwhelmed by the thought of going out to socialize that you just stay home instead? And then once you stay home, you’re bummed out at yourself for not leaving the house in the first place? Is your typical party maneuver to hang out in the corner pretending to text someone? Is the slow march of time a crippling experience that can only be made bearable by drinking alcohol and seeking out progressively more dangerous experiences?

Oh. Whew. Us too!

Seems that anxiety and depression are taking a bigger stranglehold of our culture and there are actually some statistics to back that up. Suicides are at a 30 year high, drinking is at a 25 year high, rates of depression are up 800 percent over 70 years and prescriptions for antidepressants were up 400 percent between 1988 and 2011. That’s some grim shit. But we have a theory as to why this may be happening.

Around some 200,000ish years ago, the human brain stopped evolving, but our culture hasn’t. Rigorous jobs, ever-expanding social networks, complex societal problems have all made our lives more convoluted, but our brains were only designed to handle things like, “where’s the fire?” and, “hey, there are some deer over there.” Evolution has left us hanging and we don’t know how to cope.

THIS WEEK: For a multi-tiered deep-dive into this subject, Jack O'Brien is first joined by Cracked executive editor Jason Pargin (aka David Wong) to discuss the increasing role of anxiety in our population. Later, Jono Zalay, the world’s foremost comedian with a PhD in neuroscience, joins the conversation to talk about the role of drugs in this equation and some of the scientific reasons for why our brain needs anxiety.

The Evolutionary Case for Religion and Schizophrenia

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New Houses Are 8x More Flammable Than Many Old Ones

This one’s for all you prodigious Millennials out there that are somehow able to afford to buy a home (and here we thought we were going to be a generation of renters), particularly the newer constructions being propped up across the country. As it turns out, you might want to inquire with your contractor as to the sort of wood product they’re using to craft the home, as a new study has revealed that OSB beams burn 800 percent — a.k.a. eight times faster — than solid wood beams. Um, that’s quite a big difference!