Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

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* Scientists prove life down here began up there.

The Isua region of southwest Greenland is home to a number of these mud volcanoes, which researchers at the Laboratory of Geology in Lyon, France believe erupted 3.8 billion years ago. These eruptions forced up to the surface some chemical elements crucial to the formation of biomolecules. This probably wasn’t the first or last time that that sequence of events occur, but the researchers argue that, in this particular instance, conditions were aligned perfectly for the emergence of life…and 3.8 billion years later, here we are.

* It turns out tear gas is a war crime, but still perfectly okay for local police departments.

* More on the lethality of nonlethal weapons. Still more.

* Gawker discovers the Occupy Wall Street “I’m Getting Arrested” app.

Walmart CEO Makes Average Workers Annual Salary Every Hour.

* College tuition is up 8.3% this year, while salaries for college grads are down. Obama has a new plan for student loan relief that will cap loan repayment at 10% of income (as opposed to 15%) and dissolve the debt entirely after twenty years (as opposed to after 25). The Atlantic estimates this will save the average college student… less than $10 a month.

* And totally unrelated to anything above: Young Americans Rapidly Sour on Obama.

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  1. Better student debt relief – make student loan payments pre-tax. Would have a much more immediate impact than telling recent college grads “don’t worry, you can be done in 20 years.”


    October 27, 2011 at 9:19 am

  2. When dealing with tear gas, the main thing is not to freak out. CS is not all that bad–just resolutely and absolutely resist every temptation to touch your face after being exposed. The grenade canisters get almighty hot, though, so don’t pick them up without, say, a water-soaked bath towel to protect your hands. An added benefit of the wet towel technique is that, used as a sling, it increases the range you can throw ’em back at the bastards.

    R. B. Blair

    October 30, 2011 at 4:38 pm

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