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What Obama And George W. Bush Have In Common

Okay, this is a tough one to talk about. Since 2004, the United States Armed Forces have been using unmanned combat air vehicles (also known as “drones”) to kill people in Pakistan. Drone strikes have actually increased under Obama’s presidency, and while they are more precise (read: less civilian casualties), in my mind they represent a scary future of warfare. They make war an easier, and less personal, decision. Share this if you think it’s a subject worth talking about.

What Obama And George W. Bush Have In Common

What you see below are screenshots of an interactive map set up by Slate’s Chris Kirk, which compare drone strikes from Bush (red) and Obama (blue). Lighter colors around a circle means some non-militants — aka civilians — were killed in that strike. Here's one of Obama's attacks:


And here's one of Bush's attacks:

Don't forget to check out the interactive map. Once you’re there, click on a circle to see details about the strike, including the administration responsible, the date, the location, and the number of militants and non-militants killed.

Albert Einstein

One of the strangest things about being human is that people of lesser intelligence tend to overestimate how smart they are and people who are highly intelligent tend to underestimate how smart they are.

This is called the Dunning-Kruger effect and it’s proven every time you log onto Facebook and see someone from high school who thinks they know more about vaccines than a doctor.

The interesting thing is that even though people are poor judges of their own smarts, we’ve evolved to be pretty good at judging the intelligence of others.

“Such findings imply that, in order to be adaptive, first impressions of personality or social characteristics should be accurate,” a study published in the journal Intelligence says. “There is accumulating evidence that this is indeed the case—at least to some extent—for traits such as intelligence extraversion, conscientiousness, openness, and narcissism, and even for characteristics such as sexual orientation, political ideology, or antigay prejudice.”

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'Merry Christmas' on YouTube.

The world must have been—mostly—good this year. Because Elton John and Ed Sheeran have teamed up to gift us all with a brand new Christmas single.

The song, aptly named “Merry Christmas,” is a perfect blend of silly and sweet that’s cheery, bright and just a touch bizarre.

Created with the holiday spirit in every way, it has whimsical snowball fights, snow angels (basically all the snow things), festive sweaters, iconic throwbacks and twinkling lights galore. Plus all profits from the tune are dedicated to two charities: the Ed Sheeran Suffolk Music Foundation and the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

I personally don’t know which is more of a highlight: Ed Sheeran channeling his inner-Mariah, performing a faux sexy dance in a leg revealing Santa outfit, or him flying through the air with a giant Frosty the Snowman … who seems to be sporting glasses similar to Elton’s. Are we meant to believe that Elton is the Snowman? This music video even has mystery.
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