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Posted by David Mikkelson

An account describing the horrific results of a 'Russian Sleep Experiment' from the late 1940s is a work of modern creepy fiction.
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Posted by Associated Press

A teenager fell about 25 feet from a stopped gondola ride at an upstate New York amusement park, tumbling into a crowd of park guests and employees gathered below to catch her before she hit the ground.

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Jun. 25th, 2017 01:04 pm
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So, Pokémon GO gym rehaul ruined the game for me. To save the rant: the game heavily shifted towards casual players, while screwing up the dedicated players. Serves me right, to get dependent on somebody else's framework. Good thing that I have a healthy variety of hobbies and other exciting activities to keep my life full. Oh, I forgot - I don't.

Venom aside, seeing how hard is it to keep me enthusiastic about anything, what was the exact combination of magical ingredients provided by PoGo? Maybe it can be reproduced elsewhere?

* Competitive but without explicit interaction/socializing. Ok, that's a lot of multiplayer games, MOOCS and other social sites. Such as Hogwarts (where I still didn't get around to completing my 2nd round of homework...)

* Focused on (non-strenuous) physical activity as opposed to intellectual. (I do enough thinking at work... it's refreshing to push my ass around, for a change!) Ok, that still leaves a lot of fitness apps and social networks.

* Doesn't take itself seriously - is a game, not gamification. It's not about counting kilometers, reps and calories, but about catching, raising and battling imaginary creatures. And that leaves... nothing?

Well, it was fun while it lasted. (I still tag along, but much more casually, and with very little satisfaction.) Is there, perhaps, another successful recipe? Not involving solo competition, physical activity and/or gaming, but involving something else that escapes me?
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I'm wondering what the English equivalent for the German "Aktionismus" is.

In German this is a usually pejorative term to describe activities somebody (often people in a position of power but accountable to the public, more rarely subordinates under pressure from above) undertakes to be visibly seen as "doing something" to address a problem, but the actions are not well thought out, unlikely to really solve or improve the situation, but are (at least from the perspective of the speaker making the charge of something being "Aktionismus") done wholly or partly to provide cover against the accusation of inactivity or indifference.

Like when you hastily implement "security theater" measures against a real security threat, because you can't think of any actual solution to improve security for real, but not doing anything and admitting to having no solution would be politically very costly. Opponents then might accuse you of "Aktionismus".

So "Aktionismus" is a general term for hasty, thoughtless responses of this type, used by opponents of the actions. It is often coupled with "blind" as in "blinder Aktionismus" to emphasize the lack of plan or vision to arrive at a real solution.

It is similar to the accusation that something is merely a "symbolic action" but that implies more a deliberate gesture lacking concrete results, whereas "Aktionismus" is more of a harmful flailing around.

"Aktionismus" has also some sort of specialized meaning for some performance art movement from Vienna, and apparently the word "actionism" exists in English in the translation for that Austrian art, but it doesn't seem to be used in the colloquial sense. But clearly this is a common phenomenon (and accusation) in politics, so there ought to be an English term.
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Posted by Alex Kasprak

A controversial 2014 study used survey data to demonstrate that 38 people might have voted as non-citizens in 2008, and web sites subsequently did a lot of extrapolating.
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Posted by Bethania Palma

What caused the "Satanic Panic" phenomenon to begin in the 1980s, and how did a husband and wife who started a daycare center get swept into the center of it?
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Posted by David Emery

The "Atlas Shrugged" author called government handouts "immoral," but there is evidence that she accepted Social Security benefits in her later years — and that it was consistent with her worldview to do so.


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