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    Thought Experiment: The Spider in the Urinal – Learn Liberty

    August 18, 2019


    Warning, the following program is
    a philosophical thought experiment. Do not attempt at home. A few months ago, in the men’s
    room in the philosophy department, a large spider appeared in the urinal. I saw him in the same spot for
    a week straight. I noticed that whenever
    the urinal was in use, he would try to scramble out of
    the way as fast as humanly possible. Often, he would get caught,
    tumbled and drenched by the flushing torrent of Princeton’s city water and
    the urine of aspiring philosophers. The worst part was, that there was no
    way for the spider to get out, and no way to tell if he even wanted to. None of the other students or professors
    did anything to alter the situation. As the months wore on,
    I arrived with much uncertainty and hesitation at the decision
    to liberate him. He just sat there, not moving a muscle. The next day,
    I found him in the same place. His legs shriveled in that way
    characteristics of dead spiders. His corpse stayed there for
    a week until they finally swept the floor. No! For weeks after, I had recurring
    nightmares, giant spiders, teeth, webs, me, your humble narrator, charged with
    manslaughter in the high spider court. Your honor, my client was acting
    with the best of intentions when he rescued Mister Spider
    from the urinal. Mister Spider was forcibly
    removed from his home. Objection! Sustained. Please proceed. Your client without fully considering
    the potential consequences of his actions proceeded to interfere in and
    ultimately, end Mister Spider’s life. We find the defendant guilty! This thought experiment forces us to
    question the morality of intervention. Good intentions do not
    always yield good results. You gotta let these people think for
    themselves. If you were in my position,
    would you move the spider or let him be? What do you think? I’m not that bad of a guy. Am I? Am I? Am I?

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    DEADLIEST SPIDER BITE!

    August 13, 2019


    – [Coyote] You ready? – [Cameraman] Oh,
    spider, huge spider! Right there right there,
    Oh, whoa. right there, right there.
    Is that a tarantula? – [Coyote] No no no no no. I think that’s a
    funnel web spider. – Okay, a bite from this
    is potentially lethal. I’m just gonna set that down
    and see if I can coax it. It’s in, it’s in
    there, it’s in there. (highly energetic music) Australia’s arguably the most dangerous continent
    in the world. I’m sure that as your
    imagination begins to run wild, you are likely
    thinking about being snatched from a river’s
    edge and eaten alive by a giant Saltwater Crocodile. Or perhaps you are envisioning
    how terrifying it would be if you were to stumble
    upon and be bitten by one of it’s incredibly
    venomous snakes, like the Eastern Brown. However, it’s not
    only the reptiles that you need to be weary off. Tonight we are exploring
    just outside of Sydney, the most densely populated
    city in Australia, which also happens to be home to the world’s deadliest spider,
    the Sydney Funnel Web. Armed with a set
    of massive fangs, and an incredibly toxic
    venom, just a single bite from this spider has the
    ability to kill a human. Sounds terrifying, yet these
    spiders are rather illusive and tend to avoid
    humans at all cost. In fact, they can be
    rather difficult to find, as building their silk
    lined, funnel shaped burrows under rocks or in rotting logs keeps them hidden
    and out of sight. Ooh, covered in ants,
    watch out for that. Let’s go on the back
    side of this tree. There’s some logs
    to flip over here. So, unless you’re like me
    and are flipping over debris in the environment, your
    odds of encountering one are pretty unlikely. You ready? Lift this up. Oh, spider, huge spider. Right there, right there,
    Oh, Whoa. right there, right there.
    Is that a tarantula? No, no, no, no, no, I think
    that’s a Funnel Web Spider. Right there, just came out
    from underneath that log. Look at it’s
    abdomen, right there. Holy cow, that’s definitely
    a Funnel Web Spider. Hold on, I need to get
    it in this container. Oh my gosh, did you see? It’s a good thing I picked up
    the log from the other side. It was just burrowed
    right underneath there. – [Cameraman] That’s a
    tiny container, dude. That looks too big
    to be a Funnel Web. – [Coyote] No, no,
    no, it definitely is. Look at the front of it’s body. – [Cameraman] Oh yeah. – [Coyote] Wow, that
    spider’s so big, I don’t think it’s going
    to fit in this container. Mario, you have that bigger jar? – [Mario] Yeah, I think might
    have one in my backpack. Hang on. – [Coyote] Let me see
    if I can peel back some of these grasses.
    It looks like a tarantula but, Ooh, it’s moving, hurry up. – [Mario] I understand, here. – [Coyote] Okay, bite from
    this is potentially lethal. I’m just going to set that
    down and see if I can coax it. I’m going to try to coax it
    right into the container. Now they cannot jump but
    they will lunge forward. Oh, it’s in, it’s
    in there, it’s in. There we go. Wow, look at that.
    Oh yeah. That is 100 percent
    a Funnel Web Spider. – [Cameraman] That is a big one. – Wow, we can not
    miss getting this up close for the cameras. Okay, let me grab my bag and
    let’s head up to those rocks. Wow, that is without
    question a Funnel Web Spider. The question that remains
    is what species is it? I want to find a
    good, flat open rock. – [Cameraman] How about
    that one right there? – This? Yeah.
    Yeah, that looks pretty. – [Cameraman] Or that
    one. Is that better? – Yeah, that’s a
    little bit better. Let’s see if it will just
    sit on top of the rocks if it’s just like this. – [Cameraman] Yeah, I
    like this, this is good. – Wow. – [Cameraman] Let’s have a look. – That is intimidating. It does, it looks
    like a tarantula. I know you said,
    “Is it a tarantula? “You sure it’s a
    Funnel Web Spider?” 100 percent certain it’s
    a Funnel Web Spider. One of the ways that you can
    identify this species as such is they have a very
    bald cephalothorax. Now, they do have hairs on
    their legs, and on the abdomen, but that is how you can
    recognize a Funnel Web Spider, and that’s the perfect
    sort of place to find them. Underneath logs
    where they can wait and ambush for their prey. Now, they will also,
    obviously, be inside of burrows with those little funnel web
    systems, and whoa, am I glad that I picked up the log
    from the end that I did. Now, my fingers didn’t
    tuck underneath the log. I was on the top side
    and that’s why you always pick up a log from an
    area that you can see, because if you tuck
    your fingers underneath, you grapple onto that
    spider, and you take a bite, you are on your way to the
    hospital, without question. Okay, now, I know it’s probably
    kind of tough to see it inside of this container, so
    let me see if I can take it out and place it on the rock here, and let’s get some
    shots with you. Are you ready for that? – [Cameraman] Okay,
    let me help the guys break out the light real quick. – Okay,
    It’s getting dark. We’re losing light here. (dramatic music) Alright guys, we have
    the lights set up now, and in the lights, the
    spider is even more intimidating looking. You can see the sheen on the
    legs and the cephalothorax. Ah, it’s already cast
    a little bit of webbing inside the container
    there, and uh, I think if you guys are ready, let’s take it out
    of the container and see if it will just hold
    it’s ground here on the rock. Now, this is an extremely
    aggressive spider species, and often times, they won’t run, but what they will do is rear up and show you those fangs,
    and those front legs. Okay.
    We have to be very cautious. Yeah, I’m just going to
    gently tilt this down like this, and let’s
    see if it will crawl out and just stop right
    there, here we go. Okay, see if I can
    get it to stay still. Ooh, you stay, you
    stay, you stay. Actually, maybe I’ll do this. It seems to be more comfortable
    inside the container. – [Cameraman] Yeah,
    that works for me. How about you, Mario?
    Okay. This is such a dangerous spider. I mean, even more so
    than a wandering spider. – [Cameramen] Ohh.
    Okay. Look at those hooked legs,
    allowing it to hold on to the edge of the container. Let me see if I do
    this, maybe if I put the container over
    top of it, and give it just a second to
    stay right there. Now, one reason that
    the bite it so bad is that because when they
    bite, their fangs are so long, they actually will
    hook into you, hold on, and continue
    to pump venom. And it’s not like a Black
    Widow or a Red Back Spider where they might give
    you a warning bite. A bite from this spider
    species is full on, as much venom as I can inject. Okay, let’s try this. Everybody got a decent
    shot on the spider? There you have it, wow,
    and just for scale. Look at how big that
    spider is next to my hand. Not taking my eyes
    off of the arachnid. That is definitely as close
    as I feel like I can get. Alright Mark, let’s try this, I’m going to try to present it from just it’s still
    position, right there, and like all spider species,
    you see those very defined eight legs, but they also have
    very long pedipalps upfront and that helps them to
    grapple on to their prey, and when they rear up,
    they show those fangs, and their fangs are
    incredibly long. Longer, in some
    cases, than even some of the snake species
    here in Australia. Now, one of the reasons that
    this spider is considered so dangerous, is because
    they can often times be found in residential areas. The Sydney Funnel Web
    specifically is often times found right in
    people’s backyards. That’s why they tell
    you if you’re out there working in the garden, make
    sure you have on gloves. You can be tilling up
    dirt, accidentally grab one of these things, it bites
    you on the tip of the finger, and you may be seeing symptoms
    in as few as 15 minutes. Now, the immediate bite, you’re
    definitely going to notice. The fangs are long
    enough to draw blood, but immediately you’ll feel
    throbbing in your finger, and shortly after,
    you’ll start to feel a tingling in your
    mouth and lips. Now, if you’re bitten
    by one of these spiders, you want to apply compression
    to the entire arm. So, let’s say you’re bitten
    on the top of your finger, put compression straps up
    the length of your arm. That will help slow the movement of the venom into your body. Wow, that is impressive. Now, there are around
    40 recognized species of Funnel Web Spider, with
    one of the most dangerous being the Sydney Funnel
    Web, and I can’t identify exactly if this is
    a Sydney or not, but what we do want to do
    is actually take this spider back with us into civilization. Where we want to go is the
    Australian Reptile Park. They are, oh, it’s moving. The Australian Reptile
    Park is the one place in Australia where they
    actually extract venom from these spiders
    and then in turn build an antivenom for
    people that are bitten. So, this spider that
    we found right here, might actually be used
    to save some lives. How cool is that?
    Awesome. I think the best thing to
    do now is put a cap on this, place it in my pack,
    and call it a night. I’m Coyote Peterson,
    be brave, stay wild. We’ll see you on
    the next adventure. Alright, we are
    taking this spider to the Australian Reptile Park. Wow, what a find! Australia’s home to a collection
    of dangerous arachnids, from the Red Back,
    to the Huntsmen, and ultimately the Funnel Web. This beautiful continent is
    crawling with venomous spiders. Catching a Funnel Web
    Spider is something I had always hoped to do, and
    now with one in my possession, it was time that the crew and I headed to the
    Australian Reptile Park. Famous for being the only
    sanctuary of it’s type in Australia, they’re
    renowned for their spider and snake venom milking program. Will our spider’s venom be
    used to save human lives? Stay tuned for the
    fascinating conclusion as I get dangerously close
    to this creepy arachnid. And don’t forget, subscribe so
    you can join me and the crew on this season of
    Breaking Trail. Things are about
    to get dangerous. (animal noises)

    AT4W: Spider-Man #56 (1 of 2)
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    AT4W: Spider-Man #56 (1 of 2)

    August 13, 2019


    Happy Halloween, everyone. I decided that for this recap, the only way to do it justice was by video. Plus, I wanted to experiment around a different format than just the text recaps. As such, let’s dig into Adjectiveless Spider-Man #56, part 3 of Smoke and Mirrors. The cover is… well, just kinda meh… …nothing pops out at us, but at least it doesn’t seem as busy as the last one. What IS weird about it is the Jackal. The angle of the shot may be responsible for this… …but he looks really bulky here as opposed to the lean, athletic Jackal who came back last issue. Plus, he’s olive green now instead of the lighter green we usually see. The cover promises the triumph of the Jackal and the return of Gwen Stacy. How much you wanna bet neither occurs? Like a modern Venus, she emerges from the swirling mists of a high-tech capsule. Wait, she has arms! I call foul! The image of her standing there stirs the shared memories of Spider-Man… …and the man called the Scarlet Spider. But they are painful memories. Isn’t it nice when a bad comic reminds us of a good comic we could be reading instead? For the woman standing before them is Gwen Stacy. And they both know that Gwen is dead. Or is she? I mean it’s not like the Jackal has already lied to us about other crap. Honestly, I don’t get how anyone could ’ve bought into this, be they Spider-Man or fans. Right as she comes out she asks… Spider-Man? Peter? What’s happened to me? Gwen never found out that Peter was Spider-Man. Never! The clone of Gwen Stacy found that later, but not the original! That’s a warning sign right there! Next, if Gwen Stacy never died… …then what the hell was Warren’s motivation for becoming the Jackal in the first place! Furthermore, the sheer gall necessary to undo the death of Gwen Stacy… …and the Green Goblin is just so astronomically… Let’s just move on! The Jackal has Jack go get some clothes for Gwen and the two Spider-Men are still flabbergasted. Boys, shall we all avert our eyes while our beloved Gwen dresses? Oh, boys! I say… BOYS! No. We never got to sleep with Gwen Stacy when she was alive… …so we’re going to look for as long as we can, damn it! Spidey launches himself at the Jackal having another Heroic Spaz Attack saying what we all figured. Gwen Stacy died and this is all a lie. Fake Gwen consoles him calling him Peter once again. For crying out loud, I thought Spider-Man was supposed to be intelligent. The Jackal tells him… There’s a good boy, Peter! Do go talk with your dear sweet Gwen! And I’ll just watch you from here like a creepy voyeur. Scarlet Spider grabs the constantly grinning Jackal – Did those genetic modifications include Joker gas? – …and says they’re going to talk. At this point, we have a couple pages of Aunt May at the hospital… …but I’m skipping over them since, ya know, they’re actually good. The Jackal tries to convince the Scarlet Spider that a life with Gwen or Mary Jane or… …“any woman of his choice” could’ve been his. During this, Jack keeps interrupting the Jackal so he can learn more about the clone degeneration… …but the Jackal just smacks him away. If one annoying character is beating up another annoying character, should I be happy? Not-Gwen keeps on the acting about how she’s the real Gwen and Spidey’s all “No, I’m over that and all”… …and once again Spidey decides to flip out and start smashing computers. No! Not again! NOT AGAIN! Not another Heroic Spaz Attack! It’s not funny anymore! The Jackal talks to Ben about how he only has himself to blame about all the events in their lives. I was a pathetic man searching… searching… for power… for love. Well, you certainly were pathetic, I’ll give you that. He also starts referring to Ben as his “son” and that it was all a game to him… …with the mind control, the cloning and all this serves to remind me of is… …that the Jackal’s plans make no damn sense. Even if we accept the idea that the Jackal who died in the old Clone Saga was just another clone… …and that the real Jackal has been manipulating all these events for years, it still leaves a lingering question. WHY? Seriously, he never offers an explanation for all of this. The Jackal is just some moustache-twirling villain and he’d be better off just tying the clone of Gwen Stacy… …to some railroad tracks. That would have at least have some plausible sense than this nonsense. But wait, we’re in for another shock! The Jackal leans in close to Ben and says he’ll finally tell him the truth. Yes, Ben… or should I call you Peter… you… you are the real one. So then, we get a page of the Jackal trying to fill in all the plotholes of this crap… …like how he made Spidey think that Ben was dead… …implanting memories to make Ben think he was the clone… – again, what was the point of it? – …and then says he’s offering Peter’s life back to him. We get more pointless shots of Kaine looking down at the entire thing, wanting to join in on the action… …but something keeping him for doing so. We see that Scrier is standing even farther up than him… …implying that he’s somehow responsible for keeping Kaine from doing anything. And the point of this page is…? Meanwhile, the less interesting but actual plot of the story. The Jackal goads Ben on into trying to kill Spider-Man so he can take back his life. Jack, once again, tries to bring up the clone degeneration, but Jackal’s had enough and… …not only backhands Jack, but then for some reason attacks Scarlet Spider as well. The man must have bipolar disorder or something considering his sudden heel changes. Jack! Where are you? Get over here! Assist me! Hey, you’re the one who keeps telling him to go away, you asshole! Make up your mind already! In what possibly might be the most disturbing part of this comic… Jack suddenly leaps onto Scarlet’s head and wraps his body around it! Dear God, comic! What new spore of madness have you released upon the world this time?