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Brian Gongol

Science and Technology Tetris may combat PTSD
Apparently, if played shortly after a traumatic experience, the game's visual elements help block the visual memories from being locked together in a traumatic way. Truly interesting.

Computers and the Internet Firefox devotee creates fractal edition of the browser's logo
Warren Buffett once said that he admired Harley-Davidson because it was a rare company that could create a brand so great that people would tattoo its logo onto their own bodies. This isn't quite it, but it's close.

Humor and Good News One of the funniest TV traffic reporters ever
(Video) Jennie Stencel apparently no longer reports on traffic at WXII-TV, but the station has a mountain of old videos from her on YouTube. It's too bad there aren't more people in television who can be spontaneously self-effacing. It probably doesn't hurt that she's a stand-up comic, too.

The United States of America Corrosion doesn't care which party controls Congress
Both of the major American political parties have been generally (and woefully) negligent of the need for maintaining our national infrastructure in a responsible fashion. Unfortunately, one crowd of politicians doesn't care how much debt they incur, as long as it's spent on short-term vote-buying, and another crowd thinks that taxes are always too high, no matter what taxes they are or who's paying them. But funding our infrastructure responsibly and sustainably is imperative if we want to maintain a leading global economy.

Humor and Good News Is it a good idea to buy stocks?
Depends on whether you're talking about the financial instruments or the tool of punishment. On the subject of jokes, it should be noted that Des Moines-area kids are compelled to tell jokes to get Halloween treats

Iowa Des Moines is the fourth-highest-taxed city in the country
When property, income, sales, and auto taxes are combined, the only places where people pay higher taxes in the country are New York City, Philadelphia, and Bridgeport, Connecticut. That's a problem.

Business and Finance Casey's declines takeover offer from 7-Eleven
The offer came in at $43 a share, which was more than the $40 a share that had been offered by a previous suitor, and far more than the stock's market price a few months ago

Computers and the Internet Charlie Brooker is going to strangle every single one of you
The British columnist expresses his discontent with a judicial decision against a man who made an over-the-top "threat" against an airport via Twitter -- by making his own over-the-top threat, against everybody. Related: An observer thinks that Qantas really dropped the ball with its Twitter accounts in the middle of the recent super-jumbo engine emergency.

Humor and Good News David Hasselhoff as a hairy little toddler

The United States of America Buffett/Gates 2012: A dream ticket
But it isn't going to happen

The American Way UK women say Margaret Thatcher is the most influential woman alive
The Western world needs more Thatcherites, even today

Humor and Good News How the bomb affected pop music
If people think that tomorrow may never come, it can be reflected in their music. And it was.

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Health Do yourself a favor: Take two minutes for a self-exam today
Take a minute or two and conduct some basic self-screenings for cancer. Early detection saves lives. There's lots of misinformation about cancer that finds its way around the Internet, largely because we've been trained to wait expectantly for some sort of magic-bullet solution to cancer. But cancer risks can be significantly reduced through a balanced diet, exercise, and early detection and treatment. Meanwhile, science is making great progress towards improving genetic detection, which holds great promise for some types of cancer. Instead of forwarding hoax-ridden e-mails about "cancer cures" and false threats, people should instead remind their friends and family to assess their health once a month.