Add to EJ Playlist "File this under: Things I wish existed when I was struggling for a C- in statistics. A team of researchers at University of Oxford and University College London may have found a way to unnaturally boost your arithmetic skills by hooking your brain up to -- get this -- electrodes."*
Low-level currents of electricity introduced to the brain may actually help people learn math, according to a research study. How does this actually work? Ana Kasparian, John Iadarola (Host, TYT University), and Cara Santa Maria discuss.
*Read more: http://techland .time.com/2011/ 04/05/suck-at-m ath-scientists- can-now-electro -shock-your-bra in-to-make-you- more-competent/ #ixzz2TldqNsNM
Add to EJ Playlist "As we told you this morning, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is having a rough day north of the border amid reports that he was caught on camera smoking crack that he bought from a group of Somali drug dealers. The mayor is denying the allegations, but both Gawker and the Toronto Star say their reporters got a firsthand look at the smartphone footage and have no doubt that the man in the video is the Canadian in question."*
Right-Wing Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was apparently caught on camera...smokin g crack?! Is the video legitimate? How could a mayor function with a crack addiction? Michael Shure (The War Room), John Iadarola (TYT University), and RJ Eskow (Writer) discuss.
*Read more from Slate:
http://www.slat e.com/blogs/the _slatest/2013/0 5/17/rob_ford_c rack_toronto_ma yor_s_youtube_g reatest_hits.ht ml
Add to EJ Playlist "Congressional Democrats have pounced on a nonpartisan government report showing the Department of Education this year is forecast to earn a record $51 billion profit off student borrowers, denouncing the Obama administration and urging for structural reforms."*
Who knew the Obama Administration made so much off student borrowers? The student loan policy is now under scrutiny because of the high costs, as it should be. How can we fix the soaring rates of student loans ? Ana Kasparian and Dave Rubin discuss.
*Read more from Huffington Post:
http://www.huff ingtonpost.com/ 2013/05/17/obam a-student-loan- policy_n_329402 6.html
Add to EJ Playlist "Last week, the federal government made public a vast trove of information on the list prices charged by hospitals for a large array of procedures commonly performed on hospitalized patients. It was a good start toward providing greater transparency in hospital billing, which has long been shrouded in secrecy."*
What is the true cost of Obamacare? As more information comes out, the better it seems, and the more likely it seems Republicans will not be able to repeal it. Repealing ACA would cost a huge amount, and as the ACA has revealed, so does going to the wrong hospital. John Iadarola breaks it down.
*Read more from The New York Times:
http://www.nyti mes.com/2013/05 /17/opinion/the -murky-world-of -hospital-price s.html?_r=0
Add to EJ Playlist "A common benchmark in the United States for determining when a driver is legally drunk is not doing enough to prevent alcohol-related crashes that kill about 10,000 people each year and should be made more restrictive, transportation safety investigators say."*
A national safety board has proposed lowering the blood alcohol content limit from .08 to .05. Would the change save lives, or are there other factors at play? Ana Kasparian and Dave Rubin discuss.
*Read more from CNN:
http://www.cnn. com/2013/05/14/ us/ntsb-blood-a lcohol/index.ht ml
Add to EJ Playlist "Disney World is looking into reports that some wealthy visitors are hiring disabled people to pretend to be family members so that they can skip lines.
"It is unacceptable to abuse accommodations that were designed for guests with disabilities," spokesman Bryan Malenius told CNN Wednesday. "*
According to a report, wealthy families are paying "disabled guides" to help them get to the front of the line at Disney World. Ana Kasparian, Gina Grad (Pretty Good Podcast), and Ben Mankiewicz (Turner Classic Movies) discuss.
*Read more form CNN:
http://www.cnn. com/2013/05/15/ us/disney-skipp ing-lines/index .html
Add to EJ Playlist "From the state that brought you the nation's first ban on climate science comes another legislative gem: a bill that would prohibit automakers from selling their cars in the state.
The proposal, which the Raleigh News & Observer reports was unanimously approved by the state's Senate Commerce Committee on Thursday, would apply to all car manufacturers, but the intended target is clear."*
North Carolina lawmakers want to effectively ban Tesla, the electric car company, because of "unfair" competition. Of course, the bill is being pushed by the state automobile dealer's association and the bill's sponsor took the maximum amount of campaign contributions from that group. Lovely. John Iadarola (Host, TYT University) breaks it down.
*Read more from Slate:
http://www.slat e.com/blogs/fut ure_tense/2013/ 05/13/north_car olina_tesla_ban _bill_would_pre vent_unfair_com petition_with_c ar.html
Add to EJ Playlist "Evening news coverage throughout April touched upon several economic issues, including income inequality, deficit reduction, and entitlement cuts. A Media Matters analysis of this coverage reveals that many of these segments lacked proper context or necessary input from economists, while some networks ignored certain issues entirely."*
How often does the economy get mentioned in mainstream media? The numbers are shockingly low. Why are news outlets ignoring such a massively important topic? Michael Shure (War Room), RJ Eskow (Writer), and John Iadarola (TYT University) discuss.
*Read more from Media Matters form America:
http://mediamat ters.org/resear ch/2013/05/14/r eport-how-eveni ng-news-covered -economic-issue s/194031
Add to EJ Playlist "A recent study by the Department of Sociology at the University of Louisville asks a very good question: Where are all the women in Sports Illustrated? Unless they're models wearing bikinis, they're certainly not on the cover. Researchers found that of the 716 SI issues published between 2000 and 2011, a mere 35 of them had covers featuring female athletes. That's only 4.9%."*
Sports Illustrated is famous for their swimsuit covers...but how many female athletes have actually appeared on the cover? Is the problem with SI, or sports in general? And are only "sexy" male athletes on the cover? Ana Kasparian and John Iadarola (TYT University) discuss.
*Read more from Jezebel:
http://jezebel. com/sports-illu strated-loves-m odels-female-at hletes-not-s-50 0138038
Add to EJ Playlist "Private firm Vigilant Video maintains a database called the National Vehicle Location Service (NVLS), containing hundreds of millions of data points showing the travel patterns of millions of people in this country. Now, according to PrivacySOS, the company — which is private and therefore not bound by the Fourth Amendment -- "has plans to create the largest private sector law enforcement database in the world, by combining plate reads with commercial databases, face recognition technology and more."
Vigilant Video is a private firm- not bound by the Fourth Amendment-- and seeks to collect personal information and make a huge database which they would then...share with authorities. Has privacy invasion gone too far? Ana Kasparian and Dave Rubin discuss.
*Read More from Salon: http://www.salo n.com/2013/05/1 6/private_firm_ hoards_license_ plate_data_plan s_vast_database /singleton/
Add to EJ Playlist "Five years after the financial crisis first hit Europe, citizens of European Union member states are growing increasingly wary of the body that was supposed to provide them with economic benefits. Public confidence in the E.U. has dropped to staggering new lows, according to an annual survey conducted by the nonpartisan, Washington-base d Pew Research Center."*
A Pew Research poll found what European Union member states really think of each other. Did they follow stereotypes? Ana Kasparian, Ben Mankiewicz, and Gina Grad discuss.
*Read more from Washington Post:
http://www.wash ingtonpost.com/ blogs/worldview s/wp/2013/05/14 /pew-poll-shows -europeans-losi ng-faith-in-the -e-u/
Add to EJ Playlist "Twitter has the capacity to ignite revolutions and enable small acts of kindness, but there's also a darker side to the microblogging network.
Floating Sheep, a group of geography academics, created the "Geography of Hate," which maps racist, homophobic and ableist tweets in the U.S. "*
Where are the most hateful, racist, homophobic tweets coming from? A "Geography of Hate" map can tell you, and probably dishearten you in the process. Are people comfortable with making hate public? Ana Kasparian and Dave Rubin (Rubin Report) discuss.
*Read more from Mashable:
http://mashable .com/2013/05/13 /geography-of-h ate/
Add to EJ Playlist Republicans are criticizing Obama for his lack of retaliation to terrorist attacks, specifically in Benghazi, calling him the weakest president on terrorism. But is this really true? Ben Mankiewicz gives us a reality check on history, with President Reagan and President George W. Bush's records. Have Republicans forgotten so quickly?
Add to EJ Playlist "Darla Burns wrote an entire book without ever physically typing a word. Burns suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and is completely paralyzed. She is unable to move her arms or hands to type, so she wrote a book using her eyes."*
Using similar technology to what is used in Stephen Hawking's computer, Darla Burns, who is completely paralyzed, was able to write a book using only hey eye movement. Ana Kasparian and John Iadarola (Host, TYT University) discuss.
Add to EJ Playlist "The House of Representatives voted again to repeal President Obama's health-care law Thursday afternoon, marking the 37th time that the GOP-led House has tried to undo all or part of the legislation."*
House Republicans are voting to repeal Obamacare...for the 37th time, wasting millions of taxpayer dollars. The real question is: is this insanity? Or selfishness? John Iadarola (TYT University) and Jayar Jackson discuss.
*Read more from Washington Post:
http://www.wash ingtonpost.com/ politics/house- votes-to-repeal -obamacare-for- 37th-time/2013/ 05/16/095d2d66- be6d-11e2-a31d- a41b2414d001_st ory.html
Add to EJ Playlist "Man uses machine in science lab to make illicit substance.
If that sounds like a pitch for the hit AMC television show Breaking Bad, it's also a pretty fair description of a real-life crime that unfolded recently at a top university in England -- only the English case involved a lab tech and cocaine instead of a high school chemistry teacher and methamphetamine ."*
A University of Bristol leb technician head plead guilty for using a physics lab to produce cocaine. Ana Kasparian, John Iadarola (TYT University), and Cara Santa Maria discuss.
*Read more from Huffington Post:
http://webcache .googleusercont ent.com/search? q=cache:http:// www.huffingtonp ost.com/2013/05 /16/physics-lab -tech-guilty-se ntence-cocaine_ n_3274296.html
Add to EJ Playlist "Here at Gingrich Productions, we've spent weeks figuring out," ponders Newt Gingrich. "What do you call this?" It's a phone, Newt. "But think about it. If it's taking pictures, it's not a cellphone. If you can get Wikipedia or go to Google, that's not a cellphone." Sigh."*
Newt Gingrich needs your help, America! What...is a phone if it can also take a picture? Do you call it something else?? If you know the answer, Newt is waiting for your reply! Desi Doyen (Green News Report), Dave Rubin (Rubin Report), and Jimmy Dore (The Jimmy Dore Show) discuss.
*Read more from Gizmodo:
http://gizmodo. com/newt-gingri ch-cant-work-ou t-what-his-phon e-is-504231397
Add to EJ Playlist "A Haitian pop singer-turned-n urse running for mayor in North Miami has claimed the ultimate endorsement: that of Jesus Christ.
Anna Pierre's latest campaign flyer begins with a statement against corruption and ends with an image of Jesus and the words "Anna Pierre, RN is endorsed by Jesus Christ."*
North Miami Mayoral candidate Anna Pierre scored the ultimate endorsement...J esus Christ! Think it was hard for her to get? Who else on the endorsement trail? Ben Mankiewicz (Host, Turner Classic Movies) and Mark Thompson (Host, The Edge) discuss.
*Read more from Huffington Post:
http://www.huff ingtonpost.com/ 2013/05/13/anna -pierre-endorse d-by-jesus-chri st-north-miami_ n_3267821.html