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Appearance and Reality: Animation shows how we hide our true feelings from the world

Elena Rogova's Appearance and Reality is a clever short story that tackles something we can all relate to: the difference between the feelings we show to the world and our hidden true feelings. It's like as we grow up, we put on a mask to suppress our feelings to look cool or appear strong or whatever. Screw that.

Sure, growing up teaches you a few things and adds wrinkles to emotions but sometimes, life is more enjoyable when you take that mask off.

Comment: It's not so much just 'taking the mask off'. Not expressing our true selves is what stops real, healthy development in the first place. It's possible to 'grow up' without becoming a jerk! G.I. Gurdjieff said:
A small child has no personality as yet. He is what he really is. He is essence. His desires, tastes, likes, dislikes, express his being such as it is. But as soon as so-called 'education' begins personality begins to grow. Personality is created partly by the intentional influences of other people, that is, by 'education,' and partly by involuntary imitation of them by the child itself. In the creation of personality a great part is also played by 'resistance' to people around him and by attempts to conceal from them something that is 'his own' or 'real.' Essence is the truth in man; personality is the false. But in proportion as personality grows, essence manifests itself more and more rarely and more and more feebly and it very often happens that essence stops in its growth at a very early age and grows no further.


WKUK- What anarchy might look like!

What happens once we have anarchy?

Comment: Nuclear power would be a huge problem if the current society's technology crashes.

We're not sure how long the elite could survive in bunkers if/when this happens!


For real? Fox host speculates metric system brought down AirAsia flight

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Fox News host Anna Kooiman
Fox News host Anna Kooiman speculated on Sunday that an AirAsia flight could have gone missing because international pilots were trained using the metric system.

During breaking coverage of missing Flight QZ8501, Kooiman asked former FAA spokesperson Scott Brenner if the "real reason" the plane had disappeared was because of the "different way other countries train their pilots."

"Even when we think about temperature, it's Fahrenheit or Celsius," she pointed out. "It's kilometers or miles. You know, everything about their training could be similar, but different."

Comment: Makes perfect sense for people who don't think.


Top 10 Russian viral videos of 2014

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No matter the stormy geopolitics that this year brought, Russia still remained one of the key exporters of viral, unusual, weird, and simply funny videos. Cats, gophers, police officers, bikers, and cosmonauts - here RBTH presents a selection of 10 of the most interesting Russian video hits of 2014.

1. Cartoon characters attack a driver


Videos of showdowns between angry drivers are frequently uploaded to the internet, but have you ever seen attackers dressed as cartoon characters?

Comment: The world may be crazy, but don't forget to laugh once in a while!

Christmas Tree

Homeowner ordered to take down zombie nativity scene

Talk about a nightmare before Christmas.

An Ohio homeowner was ordered by town officials to remove a Nativity scene in front of his house that featured zombies instead of wise men and a baby Jesus.

"I wanted a Nativity and I worked with what I had," Jasen Dixon, who manages a nearby haunted house, told Fox 19. "The neighbors don't like it. My father hates it and anything bad that happens he blames it on that."

The Nativity scene features life-size figures and a zombie baby Jesus, with pale skin and pure white eyes. At night, the figures are illuminated by red and green lights.


BBC reporter standing next to burning pile of drugs too high to finish report

The BBC's Middle East correspondent Quentin Sommerville was unable to finish a video broadcast after inhaling fumes from a pile of burning drugs.

In the video, Sommerville attempts to deliver a serious opener only to fall into a giggle fit, overcome by the potent narcotic fumes.

"Burning behind me is eight tones of heroin, opium, hash and other narcotics," Sommerville begins, but after pausing for breath he starts to laugh and is unable to continue.


Ukraine MP recommends that Yatsenyuk ride a donkey

Serhiy Kaplin, a member of the Petro Poroshenko bloc in the Verkhovna Rada, has recommended that Aresniy Yatsenyuk change his ride
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The deputy was enraged by the fact that the Ukrainian prime minister changed the tires on his service Mercedes with government money at an obviously inflated rate. Meanwhile, the wealth of most Ukrainian citizens is vanishing every day. In some regions, people are even starving.

"You should ride a donkey while the country is going through such a crisis," the parliament member told Yatsenyuk.

The state paid over $10,400 for the snow tires. Kaplin claims Yatsenyuk is no better in his spending habits than the unpopular ex-prime minister Mykola Azarov.

"Just recently, Yatsenyuk bought winter tires for his Mercedes that used to belong to Azarov. One tire cost $2,655. It is a cold shot for the entire country where regular people can't even afford to change their tires and have to use summer tires. And he did that on government money," Kaplin said on Ukrainian TV.

The deputy believes all government officials must reduce their expenses during such difficult times, including government members, judges, prosecutors and their assistants. Also, the government should be more careful with its ministerial expenses.


Your questions, our food: McDonald's scary website

No, seriously.

Or maybe alternately, "Who in their right mind would eat at McDonalds ever again after visiting the company's website?!?!"

See video above. They don't say, "Hi, how are you?" or try to dazzle you with the requisite "Here are all of our glorious food products you know and love" slideshows...or really anything remotely close.

You don't even get the flat, emotionless "Hey..." you might expect to receive from one of the teenagers working the cash register after school.

No, what you are confronted with when you currently visit the front page of the main U.S. version of the McDonalds website is something downright...frightening.


Your tax dollars at work: Eight absurd government projects in 2014

The feds wasted millions on mountain lion treadmills, synchronized swimming for sea monkeys, monkey gambling, and more.

It's that time of year again: Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) just released Wastebook 2014, his annual list of the most wasteful government projects during 2014. Coburn's wastebook list includes a comprehensive analysis of 100 of the most wasteful government projects funded over the last year. The full report, which includes detailed descriptions and investigations of every wasteful project, spans more than 200 pages.

Here are eight of the most egregious and infuriating wasteful projects listed in Coburn's 2014 Wastebook report, which can be read in full here.

Mr. Potato

Squirrels and beavers contributing to global warming more than previously thought

Arctic ground squirrels churn up and warm soil in the Tundra, releasing carbon dioxide, while methane released by beavers contributes 200 times more methane than they did 100 years ago, scientists say

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An arctic ground squirrel, not giving a damn about GW.
Rodents such as squirrels and beavers are contributing far more to global warming than previously thought, forcing climate scientists to alter the models they use to chart how the world is warming up.

Arctic ground squirrels churn up and warm soil in the Tundra, releasing carbon dioxide, while methane released by beavers contributes 200 times more methane than they did 100 years ago, according to scientists from the American Geophysical Union.

Faeces and urine produced by rodents are speeding up the release of carbon from the permafrost, the vast store of greenhouses spanning the Arctic Circle, researchers found.

Comment: Since vegans and vegetarians tend to pass more gas, surely the American Geophysical Union should take a very dim few of such excess emissions and send a team to investigate?