David Miscavige’s Father Exposes Scientology’s Cruelest Policy – “An ex-Marine who had modest success as a musician and a salesman, Ron Miscavige introduced his family to Scientology and spent more than 26 years in the church before escaping in 2012. But this book is not primarily about the psychological or physical horrors he saw while living and working in the Sea Org, an upper-level division of the church akin to a monastery in a regular church.” From Amy.
A Lot of Voters Think Hillary Has an “Advantage” Because She’s a Woman. – “For the better part of a century, Gallup has been trying to gauge Americans’ willingness to vote for a female candidate for president. When pollsters started asking the question back in the 1930s, only a third of respondents said they would be willing even “if she were qualified in every other respect.” Last year, that number was 92 percent. Progress? Sure. But the inverse of that number means that there are still 8 percent of Americans who aren’t only unwilling to vote for a female candidate no matter what, they’re willing to openly acknowledge it. It should not surprise you that Gallup doesn’t feel the need to bother itself with asking the same question about a hypothetical male candidate.”
Satan’s Credit Card: What The Mark Of The Beast Taught Me About The Future Of Money – “To hear Silicon Valley tell it, the broken-in leather wallet is on life support. I wanted to pull the plug. Which is how, ultimately, I found myself in this sterile Swedish backroom staring down a syringe the size of a pipe cleaner. I was here because I wanted to see the future of money. But really, I just wanted to pay for some shit with a microchip in my hand.”
Donated organs kept ‘alive’ may ease the transplant shortage – “The new approach flips that idea — emphasizing warmth instead of cold and maintaining an organ’s natural processes rather than slowing them down. That may speed an individual heart or liver’s return to service, and it offers the eventual possibility of more: the potential to reduce the chronic shortage of organs for transplant by expanding the pool of usable ones.”
The History of Banana Flavoring – “You may have heard the persistent rumor that, banana to banana, the Gros Michel bested the Cavendish in every way. According to the some somber assessments, the Cavendish is blander, needs ‘artificial’ ripening, and is altogether more buttoned-up and tucked-in than the wilder, fruitier Fat Mike. You might also have read that if you want a hint of what the Gros Michel tasted like, try a banana Laffy Taffy, or those tiny yellow banana-shaped candies, or any cheap banana-flavored thing. Fake banana flavor, the legend goes, is based on the Gros Michel. But was ‘fake banana’ flavor really ‘based’ on the Gros Michel? Was the Gros Michel actually a better banana? Is the fake inevitably an attenuation of the real? What is ‘real’ banana flavor, anyways? And could it even be possible that fake banana flavor came before real bananas?”