The best way to remember what you’re reading  

A study run by researchers Noah Farrin and Colin MacLeod, from the University of Waterloo in Ontario Canada found that the most effective way to remember what you’re reading is to read it to yourself out loud.

And here’s why.

Mind and brain as two separate entities  

Does the brain create consciousness, or is it merely the mouthpiece of the mind?:

Traditionally, scientists have tried to define the mind as the product of brain activity: The brain is the physical substance, and the mind is the conscious product of those firing neurons, according to the classic argument. But growing evidence shows that the mind goes far beyond the physical workings of your brain.

Actually, scientists had already begun to define the mind and brain as separate entities at least as far back as the beginning of the late modern era. ‘Nineteenth-century Irish physicist and popularizer of science, John Tyndall,’ was one such.

Tyndall wrote:

The passage from the physics of the brain to the corresponding facts of consciousness is unthinkable. Granted that a definite thought, and a definite molecular action in the brain occur simultaneously, we do not possess the intellectual organ, nor apparently any rudiment of the organ, which would enable us to pass by a process of reasoning from the one phenomenon to the other. They appear together but we do not know why. Were our minds and senses so expanded, strengthened and illuminated as to enable us to see and feel the very molecules of the brain, were we capable of following all their motions, all their groupings, all their electric discharges, if such there be, and were we intimately acquainted with the corresponding states of thought and feeling, we should be as far as ever from the solution of the problem. How are these physical processes connected with the facts of consciousness? The chasm between the two classes of phenomena would still remain intellectually impassable.

Cali man plans to launch himself in a home-made rocket to prove Earth is flat  

Mike Hughes, a 61-year-old limo driver in California, has built himself a steam-powered rocket out of scrap metal parts in his garage in which he hopes to launch himself miles up into the sky.

Hughes says he’s doing it to prove that astronauts lied about the shape of the Earth. He expects to take pictures showing that the Earth is actually a flat disc.

Good luck with that.

The court’s will have to save net neutrality  

Net neutrality is a crucial “part of the United States legal order. On that foundation — an open internet, with no blocking — much of our current internet ecosystem was built.”

Now, however, Trump-designated Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai wants to change that. And, to be clear, he doesn’t merely want to weaken it — he wants to kill net neutrality outright.

On Tuesday, the F.C.C. chairman, Ajit Pai, announced plans to eliminate even the most basic net neutrality protections — including the ban on blocking — replacing them with a “transparency” regime enforced by the Federal Trade Commission. “Transparency,” of course, is a euphemism for “doing nothing.” Companies like Madison River, it seems, will soon be able to block internet calls so long as they disclose the blocking (presumably in fine print). Indeed, a broadband carrier like AT&T, if it wanted, might even practice internet censorship akin to that of the Chinese state, blocking its critics and promoting its own agenda.

Allowing such censorship is anathema to the internet’s (and America’s) founding spirit. And by going this far, the F.C.C. may also have overplayed its legal hand. So drastic is the reversal of policy (if, as expected, the commission approves Mr. Pai’s proposal next month), and so weak is the evidence to support the change, that it seems destined to be struck down in court.

Seems destined to be struck down in court, and actually struck down in court are two vastly different things. Let’s hope it turns out to be the latter.

Nurses laughed as 89-year-old World War 2 veteran died in Georgia care home  

James Dempsey, a decorated World War 2 veteran, desperately called repeatedly for help, saying he couldn’t breathe, and pressed the call light, which flashed on at 4.35am., before apparently lapsing into unconsciousness.

A nurse did not appear until 4.42am, at which point all she did was readjust the bed, turn off the call light, and leave, as Dempsey struggled for air.

At 6.23pm, two nurses entered the room. They fixed his blanket and adjusted his bed as Dempsey lay motionless. Then another nurse entered, and all three stood “around the bed talking.”

Then came the chilling moment the “group of nurses laughed” as the “World War II veteran died” in front of them.

“The nurses were meant to be fixing an oxygen mask onto” 89-year-old James Dempsey:

But a surveillance camera captured them laughing as the breathing machine failed, and Dempsey fell unconscious, and records show they waited an hour to call 911.

One of the nurses is seen laughing so hard she is doubled over Dempsey’s deathbed.

Initially, Dempsey’s family in Woodstock, Georgia, thought he had died of natural causes in Northeast Atlanta Health and Rehabilitation Center in 2014.

However, his son Tim had promised they would install a hidden camera when he first moved in there as he feared mistreatment.

“Weeks after Dempsey’s death, Tim reviewed the footage — and what he saw sparked a three-year legal battle” that led to the nurses losing their licenses.

Trump’s FCC chairman announces plans to repeal the neutrality of the internet  

Trump-designated Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is by all accounts hell bent on scrapping the “net neutrality regulations that require internet providers to treat all content equally.”

The net neutrality provisions, which were “enacted by the Obama administration in 2015,” limit the power of “monopolistic internet providers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon” to control how its customers access online content.

So now Pai has set up a meeting of the FCC on December 14 to vote on the repeal.

And it’s a foregone conclusion that the vote will result in a win for Pai’s agenda, and the telecom industry, which, according to “regulators, consumer advocates and some tech companies,” will give internet service providers even more power than they already have “to block or slow down rival offerings.”

A repeal also opens the ability for ISPs to charge a company like Netflix for a faster path to its customers. Allowing this paid-priority market to exist could skew prices and create winners and losers among fledgling companies that require a high-speed connection to end users.

Pai, who was appointed by President Donald Trump, said in an interview on Fox News Radio that Trump did not have any input on his proposal. Asked whether deregulation would result in higher prices and put speedy internet access out of the reach of blue-collar Americans, Pai said “it’s going to mean exactly the opposite.”

“These heavy-handed regulations have made it harder for the private sector to build out the networks especially in rural America,” Pai said.

Consumer groups and internet companies, however, are not buying Pai’s reassurances. Neither is the paying public out there:

A data firm called Emprata that was backed by a telecom industry group found in August that after filtering out form letters, the overwhelming majority of comments to the FCC — about 1.8 million — favored net neutrality, compared with just 24,000 who supported its repeal.

Carmen Scurato, director of policy and legal affairs for the National Hispanic Media Coalition, said ISPs’ ability to impose monthly caps on data use already act to raise prices and limit access. Repealing net neutrality, she said, “is just erecting more barriers.”

In an article chillingly titled, “The Republican Plan to Nuke the Internet Is About to Be Revealed,” Vanity Fair columnist Maya Kosoff recaps the necessity of the strict Obama era regulation “to prevent large Internet service providers from destroying small businesses or overcharging consumers.”

Kosoff writes:

While the exact details of the plan are not yet public, Pai’s initial proposal, which sought to undo the Title II classification of service providers, was a roadmap to radically reshape the Internet. Rather than actually enforcing net-neutrality rules, the F.C.C. would ask Internet providers to promise in writing not to slow down competitors’ traffic or block Web sites, a voluntary system that the agency would not enforce. Enforcement powers would instead be handed to the Federal Trade Commission, which could punish Internet service providers for deceptive or unfair trade practices, but could not force them to make such promises to consumers in the first place. There would be nothing to stop Internet providers from changing their terms of service to allow them to control access speeds at will, though I.S.P.s have curiously insisted that they would welcome laws that ban throttling content.

Zookeeper being mauled by tiger thought of her children as she waited to die  

From the DailyMail.com:

A zookeeper mauled by a tiger in a Russian zoo has described the moment she thought she would die when a giant tiger pounced on her in photographs which shocked the world.

Nadezhda Srivastava, a 44-year-old mother-of-three, was left in critical condition after being savaged by male tiger Typhoon at Kaliningrad Zoo two weeks ago.

New Delhi’s ‘gas chamber’ smog stops United Airlines flights to the city  

Toxic smog that, according to one official, has turned India’s capital city into a ‘gas chamber,’ has caused United Airlines to cancel “flights to New Delhi until the air gets better.”

In United’s view, “the Indian capital’s smog concerns are on par with environmental disasters like hurricanes and volcanoes — a risk to be avoided. The company said it was letting passengers switch flights without charge or helping them find seats on other carriers.”

O.J. Simpson booted from Las Vegas hotel  

From Fox News:

“O.J. Simpson is out of jail, but isn’t staying out of trouble.” He “was reportedly booted from his Las Vegas hotel on Wednesday after allegedly” getting drunk and being “disruptive to other customers at the Clique bar located inside the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas.”

Hotel security stepped in and removed Simpson from the premises after his behavior caused glasses at the bar to break. And “he’s been permanently banned from the Cosmopolitan.”

Heroic local exchanged gunfire with Texas shooter  

According to a report in the Daily Mail.com, the shooter, “Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, was leaving First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs after he opened fire on parishioners during mass when a local man grabbed his rifle” and exchanged shots with the suspect.

The suspect then dropped his assault rifle — whether due to having been hit by gunfire from the unnamed neighbor isn’t clear from the report — and fled the scene in his SUV.

“But another local resident, Johnnie Langendorff, who had witnessed the confrontation refused to let the shooter get away. Both he and the unnamed neighbor jumped in his truck and gave chase.”

Langendorff’s girlfriend Summer Caddel later described in Facebook how the pair, after a highspeed chase, ran the shooter off the road.

Langendorff told KSAT 12 that he’d been speeding at 95mph, while on the phone to dispatch, while the neighbor kept his rifle trained on the gunman’s car.

As they approached a sharp curve in the road, near the 307 and 539, he said Kelley appeared to lose control and his car swerved off the road.

‘That’s when I put the truck in park,’ he said. ‘The other gentleman jumped out, and had his rifle on him. He didn’t move after that.’

“Kelley was already dead when they found him inside his vehicle having shot himself dead. Police revealed during a press conference on Monday that the gunman called his father to let him know he had been shot and he didn’t think he was going to make it.”