the 2 percent

I wasn’t in the room when the independent panel decided to halt the recent male birth control trial. I don’t know what their decision-making process was like. Certainly, depression and mood changes aren’t things to be taken lightly, and of course it’s in everyone’s best interest to have new drugs be as safe as possible.

However. In the male birth control trial, 4.7 percent of men experienced mood swings, and 2.8 percent experienced depression. These were two of the side effects cited as reasons for ending the trial. On the other hand, let’s take Liletta, an IUD approved by the FDA in 2015—5.2 percent of its users experienced mood swings, and 5.4 percent experienced depression. A woman using Liletta has a higher chance of experiencing the same side effects than a man using the injectable birth control that was deemed too risky. The standards are different.

In 2007, the pharmaceutical company Bayer gave up on a male contraceptive “that involved an annual implant and a quarterly injection,” as my colleague Olga Khazan reported in 2015. The company, she wrote, “concluded that men would consider the regimen—in the words of a spokesperson—‘not as convenient as a woman taking a pill once a day.’”

Well, yes. That is far more convenient—for the men. Women will put up with it, of course, as they have for years, because the stakes are that high. And as research into male birth control accelerates, we are starting to see this hypocrisy more clearly—that the burdens women bear in exchange for their reproductive freedom are considered too much to expect men to deal with.

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Have you ever found yourself wanting a metric ton of DAI music? Have you ever thought to yourself, aw man, DAI’s soundtrack was 15 hours shorter than I wanted it to be? If that sounds like you, then this is a link for you.

I’ve ripped all the music from this game - that is, all the ambient snippets of music that you hear while running around in the world, and all the music that happens in cutscenes - and it turns out there’s 16 hours (1.6 gigs) of it.

(- here’s the download link -)

So if you’ve found yourself wishing you had the heaps of music that never made it to the official soundtrack, you can now roll around in hours of it. 

What if...

What if we unconsciously choose our ultimate biases based on some of our features we recognize in them… ‘like bias like fan’.
Write in tags some of yours and your bias’ similar features, i really want to know if this theory makes sense 🤗

I think it’s worth pointing out that Gary Johnson is currently pulling 2.2 percent of the vote in Florida, which in a close race could be the difference.
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New York Times reporter ALAN RAPEPORT.

Gary fucking Johnson, who doesn’t know what Aleppo is and who cannot name a single world leader.

People voted for this dipshit.

Then again, an avowed misogynist and racist has a chance of winning the Presidency.

Jesus fucking Christ.

Hillary Clinton’s Popular Vote lead is now over 2 Million.

Compare this to when Donald was declared the winner on election night, and Hillary’s lead was as narrow as .2 percentage points, it is now a full 2 percent.
It is no longer questionable how much Americans favored her, this is a crystal clear lead and sign that we wanted her as president.

To put in perspective how insane it is that she won by this large of a margin and yet still lost the presidency, The Atlantic compiled a list of presidents who won the presidency with a much, much smaller lead than she did:

  • James Garfield in 1880: 0.09 percentage points
  • John F. Kennedy in 1960: 0.17 percentage points
  • Grover Cleveland in 1884: 0.57 percentage points
  • Richard Nixon in 1968: 0.7 percentage points

And to also put in perspective, in 2000 Al Gore won the popular vote by only 500,000 votes. Hillary? 2 fucking million votes.
And the Atlantic also noted that Drumpf “is on track to lose the popular vote by more than any successfully elected president ever.”

I understand that she already conceded, I also understand that Obama now intends on having Drumpf be inaugurated, but this is still insane, and this is still fucked up. The Electoral College needs to go and be repealed and replaced.

This isn’t about partisanship, this isn’t being a sore loser, if you can win over 2 million votes in an election and lose? That is not normal, that is not democracy, that is fucked up.

There is a lot of democracy in America, but we are not a full democracy, unfortunately, not where it counts the most.

“I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” reaches new peak position at No. 2 this week and it becomes the highest-charting Hot 100 single from the Fifty Shades franchise

Zayn and Taylor Swift’s “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)” rises 3-2 on the Hot 100, hitting a new peak. As parent album the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, following its Feb. 10 release and the arrival of the movie the same day, “Live” lifts 3-2 on Digital Song Sales (143,000, up 31 percent). It also jumps 5-2 on Radio Songs (109 million, up 10 percent), while keeping at No. 4 on Streaming Songs (21.2 million, down 7 percent).

Just as Fifty Shades Darker becomes the franchise’s first Billboard 200 No. 1, besting the No. 2 peak of 2015’s Fifty Shades of Grey, “Live” takes over as the highest-charting Fifty Shades Hot 100 hit; it one-ups the No. 3 peaks of the first soundtrack’s “Love Me Like You Do” by Ellie Goulding and “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)” by The Weeknd.

The avatar 99 percent of the time: “Guys we don’t need to fight. Why are we killing senselessly?”

The avatar in Kana’s paralogue: “Who touched my kid. Who sneezed on my child. Jakob, get my Yato. It’s time to cut some bitches.”

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When modern humans migrated out of Africa between 100,000 and 60,000 years ago, they encountered and bred with Neanderthals, our close relatives living in Europe and Asia. For people of non-African descent, approximately 2 percent of their genome has some Neanderthal DNA. Recent research is investigating which components of the Neanderthal genome survive today—and what traits they influence.

In 2015, of 2,039 stories published in 63 magazines, 38 were written by black writers. 38. That’s not even 2 percent.

The probability that it is random chance that only 1.96 percent of published writers are black in a country where 13.2 percent of the population is black is 0.00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000321 percent.
—  FICTION, WE HAVE A PROBLEM: The exclusion of black writers (and by extension, leading black characters) in publishing isn’t some weird inexplicable coincidence - It’s Racism

Meals cooked at home keep getting cheaper, and Thanksgiving dinner will be a real bargain this year.

That’s what two separate measures of food prices showed on Thursday.

One gauge, the Consumer Price Index done in October by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, showed that the cost of food at the supermarket — known as “food-at-home” prices — fell for the sixth straight month. Such prices are now down 2.3 percent from the same time last year.

And in its annual survey of Thanksgiving dinner prices, the American Farm Bureau Federation reports that the cost of a Thanksgiving Day meal for 10 has fallen from last year, reflecting lower turkey and milk prices.

Thanksgiving Dinner Is Getting Cheaper, As Grocery Prices Fall Again

Photo: Love_Life/Getty Images

5 Cities With Model Parks Systems


SN: the following is from an article with the title above followed by this subheading; “Can Milwaukee learn lessons from them on how to fund its parks?” It’s a question all cities should ask. Inspiration can found locally or globally, city planners just need the vision to create park spaces.

The article also introduced me to: “The Trust for Public Land’s annual “ParkScore Index” ranks the 100 most-populous U.S. cities, based on comparable metrics.”

BOSTON - ParkScore ranking: #9; public investment in parks: $122 per capita; parks as percentage of city land: 17 percent.

CHICAGO - ParkScore Ranking: #15; public investment in parks: $172 per capita; parks as percentage of city land: 9.2 percent.

MADISON - ParkScore Ranking: #10; total public investment in parks: $122 per capita; parks as percentage of city land: 13.4 percent.

MINNEAPOLIS- ParkScore Ranking: #1 (annually since 2013); public investment in parks: $275 per capita; parks as percentage of city land: 12.5 percent

SEATTLE - ParkScore Ranking: #13; public investment in parks: $224 per capita; parks as percentage of city land: 14.9 percent.

Zayn and Taylor Swift set a new Hot 100 high (at number 2) for a song from the Fifty Shades franchise…

Zayn and Taylor Swift’s “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)” rises 3-2 on the Hot 100, hitting a new peak. As parent album the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, following its Feb. 10 release and the arrival of the movie the same day, “Live” lifts 3-2 on Digital Song Sales (143,000, up 31 percent). It also jumps 5-2 on Radio Songs (109 million, up 10 percent), while keeping at No. 4 on Streaming Songs (21.2 million, down 7 percent).

‘Fifty Shades Darker’ Soundtrack Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart
Just as Fifty Shades Darker becomes the franchise’s first Billboard 200 No. 1, besting the No. 2 peak of 2015’s Fifty Shades of Grey, “Live” takes over as the highest-charting Fifty Shades Hot 100 hit; it one-ups the No. 3 peaks of the first soundtrack’s “Love Me Like You Do” by Ellie Goulding and “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)” by The Weeknd.

—  Billboard on ‘I Don’t Wanna Live Forever’ and it’s move to number 2 on the Hot 100 this week
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Every year when Morton Pollner had his checkup, he worried that doctors would find something on his lung. For years, they didn’t. Then his luck ran out.

“My reaction was, ‘Well, you smoked for 30 years. You got away with it for another 30 years and this is it.’ I thought it was a death sentence,” he says.

Pollner, who lives in Monroe, N.Y., was 76 when he was diagnosed with lung cancer. Like many patients his age, he didn’t expect there would be any effective treatment. Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in men and women. And it is mainly a disease of older people. Only about 2 percent of lung cancer patients are under 45 and the average age at diagnosis is about 70.

Older patients are frequently not offered curative treatment like surgery, because they and their families and even their doctors often think they won’t be able to tolerate it. So they are referred for supportive care to control symptoms, rather than surgery to remove the cancer.

Older Patients Can Benefit From Lung Cancer Surgery

Photos: Michael Rubenstein for NPR