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How Iran′s revenge bomb plot over nuclear programme took shape

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Category: World

From www.guardian.co.uk

In October a bizarre plot to kill the Saudi Arabian ambassador in Washington had been uncovered by US authorities, blamed on possible "rogue" elements within the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. Israel and the US were reported to have been behind a computer worm called Stuxnet, which infected the operating systems at Iran′s uranium enrichment plant in Natanz and contributed to its temporary shutdown in November 2010.

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How a Mexican Drug Cartel Makes Its Billions

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Category: Crime

From www.nytimes.com

In the sober reckoning of the RAND Corporation, the gross revenue that all Mexican cartels derive from exporting drugs to the United States amounts to $6.6 billion. By most estimates, Sinaloa has achieved a market share of at least 40 percent and perhaps as much as 60 percent, which means that Chapo Guzmán’s organization would appear to enjoy annual revenues of some $3 billion — comparable in terms of earnings to Netflix or, for that matter, to Facebook.

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Africa Review - New Ethiopian law criminalises Skype, installs Internet filters

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Category: Rights

From www.africareview.com

The Ethiopian government has passed new legislation that criminalises the use of Internet-based voice communications such as Skype and other forms of Internet phone calling. Authorities have also installed a new filtering system that monitors the use of the Internet in the tightly-controlled Horn of Africa country in a move seen as targeting dissidents.

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Has Africa always been the world’s poorest continent?

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Category: World

From marginalrevolution.com

Many East African economies like Kenya never experienced rapid growth in the colonial period. It was the crisis of the 1970s that created the current view we have of all of sub-Saharan Africa as sharing a common set of problems.

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Why The Economy Can′t Get Out of First Gear

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Category: Economics

From robertreich.org

The major reason this recovery has been so anemic is not Europe’s debt crisis. It’s not Japan’s tsumami. It’s not Wall Street’s continuing excesses. It’s not, as right-wing economists tell us, because taxes are too high on corporations and the rich, and safety nets are too generous to the needy.

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Here Comes the Domain Name Gold Rush

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Category: Internet

From www.wired.com

One of them is John Berard, CEO of Vox Populi Registry, who thinks companies should want to scoop up “.sucks” domains that include their name as a way to channel consumer vitriol into a venue they can control.

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Credit WritedownsWelcome Back to 1931

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Category: Economics

From www.creditwritedowns.com

The parallels between Europe in the 1930s and Europe today are stark, striking, and increasingly frightening. We see unemployment, youth unemployment especially, soaring to unprecedented heights. Financial instability and distress are widespread.

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Plague Rare in U.S., Surfacing in More Affluent Areas - Yahoo! News

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Category: Health

From news.yahoo.com

lthough the plague is typically considered a remnant of the Middle Ages, when unsanitary conditions and rodent infestations prevailed amid the squalor of poverty, this rare but deadly disease appears to be spreading through wealthier communities in New Mexico, researchers report.

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Is Dark Matter a Glimpse of a Deeper Level of Reality?

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Category: Science

From blogs.scientificamerican.com

String theorists and other would-be unifiers of physics face a basic problem. The theories they seek to unify, quantum field theory and Einstein’s general theory of relativity, are well-grounded and well-tested, yet mutually incompatible.

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Genome test slammed for assessing ‘racial purity’ : Nature News & Comment

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Category: World

From www.nature.com

Officials in Hungary united this week to condemn ongoing ethnic violence and anti-Semitic attacks, including an assault on the former Chief Rabbi on 5 June. But a cause for further soul-searching has emerged: a scientific scandal recalling discredited notions of racial purity.

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Germany, Not Greece, Should Exit the Euro - Bloomberg

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Category: Economics

From www.bloomberg.com

All the debate about the pros and cons of a Greek exit from the euro area is missing the point: A German exit might be better for all concerned.

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The Quest For the “Lipstick Effect” « peer-reviewed by my neurons

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Category: Behavior

From peerreviewedbymyneurons.wordpress.com

Although economic data provides some support for the Lipstick Effect, there has never been any experimental evidence that demonstrates its existence or explains why it arises. Nevertheless, a group of researchers led by Sarah Hill and Christopher Rodeheffer of TCU decided to put on their Indiana Jones hats and attempt to prove to the world once and for all that the Lipstick Effect is real.

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