Link Dump

I don’t know how long this one will be. We will see.

A mysterious Viking message scratched on a piece of wood. After much deliberation, the code was finally cracked, only to reveal a cheeky message of “Kiss me.”

While on the subject of Vikings, archaeologists uncovered ruins of a Viking trade center in ….wait for it….Australia

An explanation of the Kensington System, a system created by Victoria, Duchess of Kent, in order to render her daughter Victoria, future queen of the United Kingdom, as weak and dependent on her mother as much as possible.

Dr. James Barry: The first woman military surgeon? (note the question mark.) He/she rose to the status of Inspector General in the British Army during the early 19th century, and was quite a successful but very hardened doctor.  She was quite dedicated to improving the diets and sanitary conditions of the patients.

Toads and clever crows. Please don’t read if you don’t like thinking about violent ways of dying. Really.

While on the subject of livers, (if you clicked the above), a Russian man who recently got a liver transplant from an African-American has reported his skin getting darker despite not having been in the sun. Really raises some interesting questions regarding the role of the liver. Is filtering blood all it does?

Well this link dump has a great vibe, doesn’t it. How about a wasp the size of your hand that has a sting so powerful that it makes you wish you were dead? Luckily it only lasts three minutes and isn’t deadly, but that isn’t much consolation if you’ve been stung by one.

Here’s another wasp, but with venom that kills cancer cells.

This is huge. I can’t emphasize this enough. This is huge! A new system of vessels directly link the brain to the immune system.

These vessels, part of the lymphatic system, have escaped detection until now because they closely follow blood vessels, making them very easy to miss if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for.  The vessels carry and distribute lymphatic fluid with immune cells between the lymphatic system and the body.

A very interesting article written by a liberal professor about his liberal students. It is truly scary. As a student at a large university, I experience it often in classes outside of the music building. Very often the vibe inside of liberal study-related classes can only be compared to walking on glass shards and hot nails. Teachers can barely teach for fear of having a single student be potentially “mentally affronted” or “emotionally damaged” or whatever, which could very easily cost them their job.

As Northwestern University professor Laura Kipnis writes, “Emotional discomfort is [now] regarded as equivalent to material injury, and all injuries have to be remediated.” Hurting a student’s feelings, even in the course of instruction that is absolutely appropriate and respectful, can now get a teacher into serious trouble.

This whole social justice situation has reached a point of complete paranoia. This constant push for complete freedom, particularly emotionally, doesn’t free people – it restricts them, because we have to constantly monitor our smallest actions for fear of stepping on someone’s emotional foot. It has completely blown itself out of proportion, and all we can do to keep from being “haters” or “unsympathetic” and what-not is to close our eyes and fumble around the elephant in the room, hoping we don’t trip up. As the author said himself, “No one can rebut feelings, and so the only thing left to do is shut down the things that cause distress — no argument, no discussion, just hit the mute button and pretend eliminating discomfort is the same as effecting actual change.” How can you teach, especially in higher level classes, when you can’t have any discussions for fear of offending someone? It’s ludicrous. Anyways. This isn’t the point of my blog.


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