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A Drug Family in the Winner’s Circle

Thursday, June 14, 2012
Category: Crime

From www.nytimes.com

Mr. Treviño, a younger brother of José Treviño, is second in command of Mexico’s Zetas drug trafficking organization. Thin with a furrowed brow, he has become the organization’s lead enforcer — infamous for dismembering his victims while they are still alive.

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Anarchopanda Hugs the Front Lines of Montreal Student Protests Threat Level Wired.com

Thursday, June 14, 2012
Category: World

From www.wired.com

Our hug dans la rue put us on the wrong side of the law due to Bill 78, which prohibits any gathering of fifty people or more without prior police approval. After Bill 78 passed on May 18 this year, in open defiance Montreal residents have taken to the streets in the thousands " including my new panda friend.

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US Military Wants Drones in South America, But Why?

Thursday, June 14, 2012
Category: Military

From www.wired.com

The list of obvious uses for drones by the US military in South America starts with spying on drug-runners … and ends there. (In case you’re wondering, US Southern Command doesn’t have anything to do with Mexico and its cartel chaos; that’s the province of US Northern Command.

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Bronte Capital: The Macroeconomics of Chinese kleptocracy

Thursday, June 14, 2012
Category: World

From brontecapital.blogspot.de

The real threat to the Chinese establishment is that the inflation rate is falling - getting very near to the 1-3 percent range. Low Chinese inflation rates will mean reasonable returns on savings for Chinese lower and middle income savers.

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Arduino rover doubles up on obstacle avoidance - Hack a Day

Thursday, June 14, 2012
Category: Engineering

From hackaday.com

[Eduard Ros] wrote in show off his first attempt at building an autonomous rover (translated). As with many of these projects, he started with the base of a remote control toy truck. This solves so many mechanical issues, like steering, locomotion, and power source.

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First Contact (photo)

Thursday, June 14, 2012
Category: Casual Reading

From www.thisiscolossal.com

There’s nothing like the awe of a child encountering a new life form.

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Champagne Sells for $156,000 After 170 Years Under Water

Thursday, June 14, 2012
Category: Business

From finance.yahoo.com

Eleven bottles of some of the world’s oldest champagne sold for more than $156,000 at an auction in Finland today after 170 years at the bottom of the sea. Six bottles were Juglar, a house that disappeared in 1829, four were Veuve Clicquot and one was Heidsieck.

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Hybrid and Electric cars too quiet: Why they’re dangerous to pedestrians. - Slate Magazine

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Thursday, June 14, 2012
Category: Technology

From www.slate.com

In the absence of much regulation, automakers responded with ... well, bells. Newspaper columnist Frederick Othman marveled at driving a Rauch-Lang Electric Brougham through St. Louis in 1916: "you went silently like a panther.

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The AI game that knows you better than anyone - tech - 06 June 2012 - New Scientist

Thursday, June 14, 2012
Category: Technology

From www.newscientist.com

How do you turn social media information into a game? Michael Cook, a computer scientist at Imperial College London, is using social media to teach games about the real world. He has created an AI system that designs its own simple video games and recently added the ability to base these games on news articles using personal opinions gathered from Twitter users.

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The Long, Fake Life of J.S. Dirr: A Decade-Long Internet Cancer Hoax Unravels

Thursday, June 14, 2012
Category: Crime

From gawker.com

If any of it had been true, it would have made for a very sad story—the kind of story that would have taken over the news cycle on Mother′s Day, even. But there was none of that, because the Dirrs are not real.

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Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: “Bibi” Controls His Country, But Not His Destiny Politics

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Thursday, June 14, 2012
Category: World

From www.vanityfair.com

It is the paradox of Israel that in Benjamin Netanyahu, 62 years old, now entering his seventh year in office, the country has both its strongest and its weakest leader in memory—and, as things now look, will have both sides of him for many years to come.

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Could the NYT make money from its scoops? Felix Salmon

Thursday, June 14, 2012
Category: Business

From blogs.reuters.com

Shouldn’t the NYT, which can always use a bit of extra revenue, take advantage of the fact that its stories can move markets so much? Not directly: I’m not suggesting that the New York Times Company should start buying out-of-the-money put options on Mexican corporates in advance of its own stories.

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Can using different types of models benefit brands? : Culture - Elle Canada

Thursday, June 14, 2012
Category: Society

From www.ellecanada.com

Fashion companies could be missing out on the bottom line when they use only one kind of model.

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