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January 11th, 2012 by in Images, Links

6 Horrible Aftermaths Implied By Movies With Happy Endings - [Cracked] The 10 Cheesiest Movie Moments of 2011 - [FilmDrunk] Reddit To Go Dark January 18th To Protest SOPA - [Reddit]
Instead of the normal glorious, user-curated chaos of reddit, we will be displaying a simple message about how the PIPA/SOPA legislation would shut down sites like reddit, link to resources to learn more, and suggest ways to take action. We will showcase the live video stream of the House hearing where Internet entrepreneurs and technical experts (including reddit co-founder Alexis “kn0thing” Ohanian) will be testifying. We will also spotlight community initiatives like meetups to visit Congressional offices, campaigns to contact companies supporting PIPA/SOPA, and other tactics.
Romney Wins In New Hampshire - [The Hill]
Mitt Romney won the Republican presidential primary in New Hampshire on Tuesday night, giving the former Massachusetts governor a sweep of the first two primary contests. The victories give him strong momentum heading into South Carolina, the next state to hold a primary. A victory there would make it hard on his rivals to continue their presidential campaigns. Related: Stephen Colbert Leads Jon Huntsman in South Carolina Poll

Natalee Holloway Suspect Joran van der Sloot Admits To Killing Woman In Peru - [MSNBC]

Joran van der Sloot pleaded guilty to murder Wednesday in the 2010 killing of a 21-year-old Peruvian woman. Van der Sloot, who was arrested but not charged in the 2005 disappearance of 19-year-old Natalee Holloway on the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba, admitted killing Stephany Flores in his Lima hotel room on May 30, 2010, after the two left a casino together. "Yes, I want to plead guilty. I wanted from the first moment to confess sincerely," he told the court. "I truly am sorry for this act. I feel very bad."
Study: Casual Marijuana Smoking Not Harmful to Lungs - [Scientific American]
The study, led by Mark Pletcher of the University of California, San Francisco, compared the effects of both cigarette and marijuana smoking over a period of 20 years in a group of more than 5,000 adults, part of a longitudinal study called Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA). The data revealed nothing new about tobacco: As exposure to tobacco goes up, lung capacity in terms of the amount of air a smoker can exhale goes down. It's a linear relationship. Not so with marijuana. More pot smoking was associated with increases in lung capacity up to a level equivalent to about one joint per day for seven years or one joint per week for up to 49 years. Only at levels of marijuana smoking higher than this did the researchers see a leveling off and then potential reversal of this relationship to improved lung capacity.
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