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How To Build A 21st Century Bullpen With Failed Hitting Prospects And A Radar Gun (Baseball Nerdish)

Thursday, June 28, 2012
Category: Sports

From deadspin.com

A fifth of all current MLB closers started their careers as position players—59.5 total career wins above replacement from players who initially appeared to have no chance of making the big leagues.

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Database of Rulings from the Supreme Court of the United States

Thursday, June 28, 2012
Category: Law

From scotus.krankymind.com

At KrankyMind, we thought we′d note the end of the US Supreme Court session and the arrival of the Healthcare precedent with a new data project for you all to enjoy. This is a database of all the SCOTUS rulings for the terms from 1946 to 2010.

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The Sharp, Sudden Decline of America′s Middle Class

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Thursday, June 28, 2012
Category: Society

From www.rollingstone.com

Every night around nine, Janis Adkins falls asleep in the back of her Toyota Sienna van in a church parking lot at the edge of Santa Barbara, California. On the van′s roof is a black Yakima SpaceBooster, full of previous-life belongings like a snorkel and fins and camping gear.

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Amazon′s Kindle Fire 2 Could Debut in July

Thursday, June 28, 2012
Category: Technology

From www.wired.com

Amazon is eying a July 31 unveiling for a new Kindle Fire tablet, according to a CNET report. Such an announcement would place the Kindle Fire 2, as it’s being unofficially called, hot on the heels of a Google Nexus 7 tablet, built by Asus, which is expected to debut at Google’s I/O developer conference this week.

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What’s Driving U.S. Exports?

Thursday, June 28, 2012
Category: Economics

From panjiva.com

In short? Airplane parts, oil and new vehicles.

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Who needs experts to forecast international politics?

Thursday, June 28, 2012
Category: World

From duckofminerva.blogspot.co.il

There are so many cognitive biases to take into consideration and even knowing your own weaknesses often does not help. Neither does being smart, apparently. So, what does make for “good judgment” when it comes to forecasting? When, if ever, do experts have advantages in making predictions? And how can we combine expertise and statistical models to produce the best possible predictions? This is not just an academic question, but one relevant for policy makers as well, as Frank Gavin and Jim Steinberg recently pointed out.

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Foxes may hold key to Lyme disease spread

Thursday, June 28, 2012
Category: Science

From www.upi.com

A decline in foxes, not an increase in the deer population, may be responsible for the explosion of Lyme disease in parts of the United States, researchers say. Normally, small mammals get infected by the bacteria and ticks get infected by feeding on the mammals.

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There is no such thing as “public opinion”

Thursday, June 28, 2012
Category: Economics

From www.themoneyillusion.com

In polls, Americans have clearly supported higher taxes on the rich and a much more punitive approach to banker compensation. That’s one way of asking the question—should the filthy rich and evil bankers pay more? But what if you ask the public what they consider to be the appropriate top income tax rate? Three-quarters of likely voters believe the nation’s top earners should pay lower, not higher, tax rates, according to a new poll for The Hill.

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Informed consent: A broken contract

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Thursday, June 28, 2012
Category: Science

From www.nature.com

The research coordinators who develop consent forms cannot predict how such data might be used in the future, nor can they guarantee that the data will remain protected. Many people argue that participants should have more control over how their data are used, and efforts are afoot to give them that control.

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In the new Myanmar, the gulag endures

Thursday, June 28, 2012
Category: World

From www.reuters.com

The military junta that ruled the country for nearly 50 years is gone. But it is survived by a formidable apparatus of oppression: corrupt judges, horrific prison conditions, draconian laws still on the books, and police and soldiers who torture with impunity.

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For Rescue Line, Cyprus Prefers Loan From Russia

Thursday, June 28, 2012
Category: Economics

From www.nytimes.com

Officials say they hope to negotiate securing a new loan from Moscow as early as this week. Analysts say it could be as high as 5 billion euros. A loan from Moscow is the favored option, Cyprus officials say, because it would come with fewer conditions than a European Union bailout and help ensure that Cyprus’s 10 percent corporate tax rate — the lowest in the Union and the main draw for the estimated 50,000 Russian-speakers in Cyprus — remains unchanged.

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In New Jersey Halfway Houses, Escapees Stream Out as a Penal Business Thrives

Thursday, June 28, 2012
Category: Crime

From www.nytimes.com

After decades of tough criminal justice policies, states have been grappling with crowded prisons that are straining budgets. In response to those pressures, New Jersey has become a leader in a national movement to save money by diverting inmates to a new kind of privately run halfway house.

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Aussie E-tailer Begins Taxing IE7 Holdouts

Thursday, June 28, 2012
Category: Internet

From www.maximumpc.com

Australian online retailer Kogan has announced a 6.8-percent tax on all products purchased using the “antique browser.” Avoiding taxes is usually very tough (and often criminal), but as Kogan pointed out in its announcement, the “Internet Explorer 7 Tax” can be avoided simply by updating away from IE7, which is estimated to command anywhere between 1.

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The Nonna State of Italy and Spain

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Thursday, June 28, 2012
Category: Society

From online.wsj.com

Family has long been the glue of Southern European society, and intergenerational help has deep historical and religious roots. Catholicism and the Muslim influences that infuse the continent′s Mediterranean rim eschew the individualistic nature of Protestant Northern European and Anglo-Saxon countries.

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Conflict Kitchen

Thursday, June 28, 2012
Category: Odd

From www.conflictkitchen.org

Conflict Kitchen is a take-out restaurant that only serves cuisine from countries with which the United States is in conflict. The food is served out of a take-out-style storefront that rotates identities every six months to highlight another country.

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