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This Woman Came Back From the Dead to Spite the Husband Who Paid to Have Her Murdered

Noela Rukundo lived happily in Australia with her husband Balenga Kalala until she left to visit the country of Burundi where she grew up for her stepmother’s funeral.

In Burundi, she stepped out for some air after finishing a phone call with her loving husband to meet a man with a gun pointed at her.  Under the threat of death, she did what he told her to do and was taken to a secluded place where her kidnappers met with other gang members. Fortunately for her, the hitmen her husband sent to kill her were principled.

They told her they don’t kill women and children so after some theatrics over the phone, during which she heard her own husband command them to “Kill her” and the hitmen demanded more money and told him that she was dead.

With evidence from her would-be killers she headed home to crash her own funeral. She showed up right as mourning friends and family were leaving her husband’s home.

What kind of thing would you say to the person you love who tried to have you murdered?  Rukundo just said, “Surprise! I’m still alive!”

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a couple days ago, i had the opportunity to attend an eye-opening presentation by social psychologist and vegan activist dr. melanie joy.

i have seen arguments for veganism put forth on ethical, environmental, and health grounds, but until now, never have i seen the topic approached from a psychological perspective as done here. instead of focusing on why we ought not to eat meat, she explores why we do eat meat.

dr. melanie joy looks at carnism (the consumption of meat and other animal products) as an ideology - one that actively works to convince us that meat eating is natural, normal, and necessary when in fact it actually runs counter to our deeply held values and beliefs (such as empathy, loving animals, etc.). her findings about the cognitive dissonance induced by meat eating have been supported by recent psychological studies.

for those interested in further reading, she wrote her doctoral dissertation on this topic and an abstract can be found here. if you have access to online academic databases, you can read it in full. it’s really quite fascinating.

Taser Shock Can Impair Memory and Ability to Process Information

New research from a first-of-its-kind human study by Drexel University and Arizona State University reveals that the burst of electricity from a stun gun can impair a person’s ability to remember and process information. In a randomized control trial, participants were subjected to Taser shocks and tested for cognitive impairment. Some showed short-term declines in cognitive functioning comparable to dementia, raising serious questions about the ability of police suspects to understand their rights at the point of arrest.

The research is in Criminology & Public Policy. (full access paywall)

People who make you forget about your mortality, deadlines, and responsibilities are people you to want to keep around. Our heads are already overflowing with facts and numbers and unspoken laws, and we’re tired and stressed most of the time. Our goals are set before we learn anything about ourselves, and more than anything, we need a break. That’s what those people feel like- a break from reality, and a reason to keep our sanity. And they’re precious, because you never know how many of them you have yet to encounter.