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January 24, 2012 at 6:07 pm

Thursday Night

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* 10 words you need to stop misspelling.

* Why you can’t discuss health care with the GOP. Related: “A guide to debunking Republican talking points at the health care summit.”

* David Simon on the mythos behind his new show, Treme: What is it about Americans that makes us Americans? The one thing we have unarguably given the world is African-American music. If you walk into a shebeen in South Africa, or whatever version of a bar they have in Kathmandu, if they have a jukebox, you’re going to find some Michael Jackson, some Otis Redding, some John Coltrane. It has gone around the world. That is the essential American contribution to worldwide culture. The combination of African rhythms and the pentatonic scale and European instrumentation and arrangement. That collision of the two happened in a 12-square block area of a city called New Orleans that had a near-death experience in 2005. Via Alyssa Rosenberg.

* Yet another reason I need an iPhone: they now play Final Fantasy I & II.

* Two from Gawker’s “Science Fact Is Stranger Than Science Fiction” round-up: cities that will likely be destroyed by earthquake in the next century and genetic link discovered between misery and death.

To confirm the biochemical link between misery and death, and the genetic variation that breaks it, the researchers turned to epidemiological studies to prove that carriers of that specific genetic variation were less susceptible to death due to inflammation-related mortality causes under adverse social-environmental conditions.
They found that people with the most common type of the IL6 gene showed an increased risk of death for approximately 11 years after they had been exposed to adverse life events that were strong enough to trigger depression. However, people with the rarer variant of the IL6 gene appeared to be immune to those effects and showed no increase in mortality risk in the aftermath of significant life adversity.

* And rest in peace, Boner Stabone.