For those of you who still drop by to read now and then, I wanted to let everyone know that for the next couple weeks, I will not have reliable computer or internet access, and will not be able to post any new material. I’ve notified Colin of the situation, but I don’t know his current status – as you may recall, he’s been dealing with some health issues that have made it harder for him to post as frequently. If he is able, Colin will come back and try to keep content coming until I’m back. Otherwise, I expect to be back and functioning again as of August 28.
So if by some chance DotD dies down for a couple weeks, rest assured it’s not dead yet, and it should be back up and kicking by August 28.
(I just realized this is kind of a two weeks notice… just not that kind of two weeks notice. I’ll be back.)
It’s been a little while since I saw anything from Adam Ruins Everything, but this one has a few good points – what we think of as “alpha males” doesn’t actually exist. At least not in the way we think of them among humans or several other species. The whole frat/bro culture of alpha vs. beta males doesn’t actually play out in reality, because the so-called alpha males may dominate in one particular area, but be worthless in several others. The guy who could beat you up and steal your lunch money would be completely lost in so many other areas.
The whole idea came from observations of wolf packs, where one, or maybe two specific wolves were seen to basically dominate the pack. The researcher who discovered this put out a book about the “alpha male,” and it sold very well. There’s almost nobody who isn’t familiar with the idea. However, that same researcher a few years later completely retracted his original findings, pointing out that he was wrong, and there are no alpha males in wolf packs. The ones he thought were alphas were just… the parents. The “alpha” was no more dominant than your own balding, middle-aged dad was as he yelled at you to pipe down or by God he was going to pull that minivan over.
That concept didn’t take with the public though, and the idea of the alpha male has persisted. Maybe this is one idea it’s not so bad to let Adam ruin though?
Climbing to the top of Mount Everest is serious business, as two Indian police officers recently found out. For unknown reasons, the pair – who also happen to be a married couple – apparently faked photographs of themselves at the summit of Everest. As a result, they were fired by their police department after it had conducted its own investigation. The official department stated they had given false information to the media, and had cheated the Indian and Nepali governments. What’s more, the Nepali government has issued a 10-year mountaineering ban against the couple.
The couple claimed to have reached the summit on May 23, 2016. However, fellow climbers doubted this, and suggested the pictures had been Photoshopped. Investigations by Nepal and India revealed this was the case. The incident also prompted Nepal to review its procedure for certifying summit ascents, to ensure this sort of fraud is less likely to happen again. The process that has been used requires photographic proof, along with climb reports from team leaders and government liaisons stationed at the base camp. Apparently, even this isn’t enough though, so those procedures could change.
[via The Guardian]
Wyoming’s Worland Volunteer Fire Department recently released this video of a sulfur fire they had responded to. It looks crazy because of the small blue/purple flames that look almost like the fire is pouring down a hillside. As pretty as it is though, sulfur fires are toxic – they create sulfur dioxide. What’s more, when sulfur dioxide mixes with water (the thing that puts out fires, or even moisture in your lungs), it forms sulfurous acid. It’s a weak acid, but still something to be concerned with.
Luckily, this particular fire occurred in a natural “bowl,” so all the water used to fight the fire was contained to the immediate area. Apparently, there are quite a few sulfur deposits in the area, left over from a sulfur plant that had operated in the 1950s. With stuff like this though, I think I’m plenty happy to watch it on video rather than live.
For the first time in its history, the NAACP has issued a travel advisory against a US state – Missouri. This advisory warns travelers and residents about possible discrimination and racist attacks. Basically, Missouri has become so terrible at violating people’s civil rights, from the governor, to law enforcement, to stores and schools, to individual residents and/or groups, that the NAACP has cautioned minorities that visiting, traveling through, or living in Missouri is dangerous.
Just this past May, a man from Tennessee who took a wrong turn while he was out for a drive, accidentally ended up in Missouri and ran out of gas. He ended up dying in police custody, having never been charged with a crime. Police say he had been acting erratically, and a decision was made to place him on a 96-hour hold following two mental health evaluations. Apparently some sort of altercation occurred in the jail, and the man died as a result.
Missouri governor Eric Greitens also recently signed into law state legislation that will make it more difficult for people to sue for housing or employment discrimination. An earlier version of this bill was backed by the University of Missouri System. Incidentally, black students at University of Missouri also report being frequent targets of racial slurs. Black drivers in Missouri are statistically 75% more likely to be pulled over than whites, according to attorney general reports – and this disparity has existed since data first became available in 2000. And to make it clear that this number doesn’t somehow correlate to the general state population, blacks make up only 11.8% of the population, while whites make up 82.8%.
So what the hell, Missouri? Get your act together already. There’s got to be some way to fix this. Get some people into office who understand how wrong discrimination is, start punishing people properly for hate crimes, punish law enforcement for inappropriately targeting minorities or violating the civil rights of anyone, and basically just clean all this crap up. There is absolutely no legitimate reason that in 2017, an entire United States state should be flagged as dangerous for people to be in.
[via Kansas City Star]
“WOOOooooooooo I’m a flopghost.”
“Oh please, Milton, I know it’s you.”
“No, really, I’m a flopghost!”
“I swear I’m going to tie you up in that thing and leave you there if you keep flopping on me…”
“OK, you asked for it.”