Cat answers phone like world’s best/worst secretary


from Mashable

By Lindsey Robertson2015-09-10 08:41:08 UTC

Jax the cat knows that when the phone rings, it’s impolite not to answer.

When the phone rings, this attentive feline rushes to greet the unknown caller before realizing … well, that he can’t talk. Jax has no idea what to do, so he just lets the phone fall to the floor, unable to respond to the caller.

It’s okay, Jax — everyone knows it’s the thought that counts when it comes to phone calls. Right?

(For the record, the show in the background is the episode of New Girl where Nick dresses up as the fictional Julius Pepperwood to solve a mystery. In case you were wondering).

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“Deal With It Yourself”: 911 Operator Hangs Up On Caller While Teen Dies


from Gawker

"Deal With It Yourself": 911 Operator Hangs Up On Caller While Teen Dies

A 911 dispatcher with the Albuquerque Fire Department has been reassigned after hanging up on a frustrated caller attending to a dying gunshot victim, NBC News reports.

In a released audio recording, dispatcher Matthew Sanchez can be heard saying “I’m not going to deal with this, okay?” in response to the caller’s vulgar language before ending the phone call. From KOB-TV:

Caller: (inaudible) I’m keeping him alive.

Sanchez: Is he not breathing?

Caller: Barely. (inaudible) Stay with me. Stay with me, ok. Good job Jaydon.

Sanchez: Is he breathing?

Caller: He’s barely breathing. How many times do I have to [fucking] tell you?

Sanchez: Ok, [you know] what ma’am? You can deal with yourself. I’m not going to deal with this, ok.

Caller: No, he’s going to die.

The call ends there.

According to KRQE, fire department units had been dispatched before Sanchez…

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A 911 Dispatcher Hung Up On Callers Who Couldn’t Speak English


from BuzzFeed Index – Latest

The dispatcher in Lawrence, Massachusetts, is now under investigation.

Lawrence Police Department / Via Facebook: 216461291837947

A 911 dispatcher in Lawrence, Massachusetts, is being investigated for hanging up on Spanish-speaking callers unable to communicate in English.

“Someone speak Spanish?” a male caller can be heard asking in one of the recordings released by police to the media. “No. Just English,” the dispatcher can be heard saying before the call is disconnected. The caller never phoned back, authorities said.

Police Chief James Fitzpatrick told Fox25 the calls came to light during a routine internal audit.

“We came across these particular calls showing that this person was ineffective at their job, so we took it upon further investigation, [and decided to] look into it as a personnel matter,” Fitzpatrick said.

The police chief said the 911 dispatcher should have followed protocol by requesting an interpreter.

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This Man Went Blind In One Eye After Sleeping In His Contact Lenses


from BuzzFeed Index – Latest

And doctors say his story is actually more common than you might think.

This is Chad Groeschen, a 39-year-old from Cincinnati.

This is Chad Groeschen, a 39-year-old from Cincinnati.

Chad Groeschen / Via Facebook

Last month, Groeschen was at work when his eyes started itching. He figured it was allergies, so he wasn’t too concerned.

Last month, Groeschen was at work when his eyes started itching. He figured it was allergies, so he wasn't too concerned.

Chad Groeschen / Via Facebook

Groeschen told BuzzFeed News that he woke up the next day feeling like he had a sinus infection, so he went to the doctor for medicine.

Groeschen told BuzzFeed News that he woke up the next day feeling like he had a sinus infection, so he went to the doctor for medicine.

He said his vision was a little cloudy, but he wasn’t too alarmed.

Chad Groeschen / Via Facebook

The day after, Groeschen woke up with excruciating pain in his left eye, and almost no vision at all. He found a specialist, who told him his eye was severly infected with Pseudomonas bacteria.

The day after, Groeschen woke up with excruciating pain in his left eye, and almost no vision at all. He found a specialist, who told him his eye was severly infected with Pseudomonas bacteria.

Cincinnati Eye Institute

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These eyedrops make you feel like you’re wearing night vision goggles


from Business Insider

night vision goggles

In March, Gabriel Licina pinned his eyes open and had his friend, Jeffrey Tibbetts, place several drops of a carefully calibrated liquid into his eyes.

After a few minutes, to let the drops settle in, they headed outside to a dark field. The drops contained a small amount of a chemical called Chlorin e6, or ce6.

The chemical has been used in cancer treatment for years, but that’s not why Licina put it in his eyes.

Licina and his team were using it for another property: ce6 makes people’s eyes more sensitive to red light. They had used it to make night-vision drops.

Out in the field, Licina says it wasn’t a dramatic effect. “I wasn’t like ‘Oh my gosh I’m Riddick!’” he told me, referencing the titular protagonist of the science-fiction film with a laugh. “It was more like, ‘Oh hey look I can see…

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Scientists are trying to cure blindness forever — and here’s how they plan to do it


from Business Insider

eye close upFlickr/Grégoire Lannoy

What exactly do you see when you’re blind?

It varies — vision loss manifests in many different ways — but the variety of colors, the sharpness of shapes, and the details that most of us take for granted are usually out of reach.

“The central vision is sort of a blurred mish mosh of colors that is indistinguishable,” Marc Muszynski, a 29-year-old whose vision is slowly fading away, told BuzzFeed. “Around that, the rest of it is pretty bad, too.”

Muszynski’s experience, or something like it, is one shared by many: Vision loss is one of the 10 most common disabilities US adults face. It affects more than 3.4 million Americans over age 40.

Historically, there has been little we can do for someone going blind. Slowly but surely, that’s starting to change.

An ‘audacious goal’

In many cases, diseases that cause blindness damage…

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People are getting Matrix-style brain implants to boost their memory


from Business Insider

The MatrixWarner Bros.

Like something out of the Matrix, we’re entering an era where it may be possible to boost your memory with a few zaps to the brain.

A few dozen people who were given brain implants that delivered targeted shocks to their mind’s memory center scored better on memory tests, DARPA announced at a conference in St. Louis last week.

These implants could someday be used to restore memory to people suffering from traumatic brain injury or other neurological problems, agency representatives said.

“As the technology of these fully implantable devices improves, and as we learn more about how to stimulate the brain ever more precisely to achieve the most therapeutic effects, I believe we are going to gain a critical capacity to help our wounded warriors and others who today suffer from intractable neurological problems,” program manager Justin Sanchez said in a statement.

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Too Many People Are Dying Over Risky Selfies: Report


from Technology – The Huffington Post


SYDNEY, Sept 3 (Reuters) – The rise of selfie photography in some of the world’s most beautiful, and dangerous, places is sparking a range of interventions aimed at combating risk-taking that has resulted in a string of gruesome deaths worldwide.

The act of taking a picture of oneself with a mobile phone, placing the subject center-stage, has exploded in popularity in recent years, with everyone from Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II to U.S. President Barack Obama joining in.

But the selfie has also inspired a spate of risk taking and offensive public behavior, pushing the boundaries of safety and decorum, whether by dangling from a skyscraper or posing with live explosives.

Several governments and regulatory bodies have now begun treating the selfie as a serious threat to public safety, leading them to launch public education campaigns reminiscent of those against smoking and binge…

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You can’t take a selfie stick to see the pope


from CNET News

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives.

Just the usual camera and cell phone pics, thank you.
ABC News/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

Ammunition. Explosives. Toy guns. Firearms. Weapons of any kind.

What also fits comfortably on this list? Selfie sticks.

I know this because all these things are on the Secret Service’s list of banned items for Pope Francis’s visit to Washington DC on September 22-24.

I’m sure this will be depressing news to so many who hoped to stick their cameras above everyone’s heads, just so they could get the very same picture of the pope that everyone else with a selfie stick would have.

I’m also sure it will be news of an ungodly depressing nature to those who have been praying that the good…

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