Tweets 11/20/09

Tweets 11/20/09

Tweets 11/20/09

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Nov. 20 2009 7:42 AM

Tweets 11/20/09

Here are some of this week's Human Nature short takes on the news. To get them in real time, subscribe to the HN Twitter feed .

1. Mayor on Chicago's surveillance network: "cameras are the next best thing" to cops. http://bit.ly/syCfU Prediction: Domestic drones are next.

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2. Latest totalitarian hubris: central weather planning http://bit.ly/47M3a6 Didn't work for shamans, won't work for China, Cuba, or Venezuela.

3. GPS tracking is being extended from felons to old folks: http://bit.ly/1ufgAa And that's good for both of them. http://slate.com/id/2118117/

4. Penis-numbing spray prevents premature ejaculation: http://bit.ly/3bsu8i Overdose might have saved Bill Clinton, John Edwards, Mark Foley...

5. If Pistorius' artificial legs aren't faster than real ones ( http://bit.ly/10eGGM ), the next generation will be. http://slate.com/id/2191801/

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6. Dispersed insurgents force US to disperse surveillance & communications to soldiers: http://bit.ly/4sspv2 Infantry is becoming white-collar.

7. "Data does not tell us what to do" in medicine; we must consult "values." GOP on stem cells? No, Dems on breast cancer: http://bit.ly/2axkNH

8. Stupak consolation: No abortion coverage, but contraceptive coverage would cut your risk of having to pay for abortion. http://bit.ly/3nUFke

9. Latest female arousal drug: http://bit.ly/1YjUYL I've seen such hype before. But at least they're targeting the brain now, not the vagina.

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10. Palin denies we evolved from "monkeys who ...swung down from the trees." http://bit.ly/3h6VMc So do scientists, dingbat! http://bit.ly/N8k1N

11. As smokers decline to 20% or 15% of population, it becomes economically logical to ban them from apartment buildings. http://bit.ly/4hPmjk

12. "The IED has now replaced direct-fire weapons as the enemy's weapon of choice." http://bit.ly/31auLJ Surveillance, not combat, is the future.

13. God bless this effort to teach mullahs contraception: http://bit.ly/1JcRXf But the surest way to control population is to empower women.

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14. 26 gallons of water from a single moon probe impact: http://bit.ly/4pxXSK That's a lot of water. Moon habitation is looking more plausible.

15. Scary theory: By boosting your impression of alertness, caffeine dangerously masks the intoxicating effects of alcohol. http://bit.ly/1ofV83

16. The Vatican may burn a heretic now & then, but the arc of Catholic science bends toward curiosity: http://bit.ly/2HeIZp Also best lede ever.

17. Regrowing penises http://bit.ly/3b83l0 and breasts http://bit.ly/2KDjGT : Will it become possible to alter (or double) your sex "naturally"?

18. Laptop porn-viewing in public: http://bit.ly/2CrSyH Another sign we're mentally drifting out of physical/social reality and into cyberspace.