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PRI returns to power in Mexico

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Monday, July 2, 2012
Category: World

From www.washingtonpost.com

As the new face of a political party once known for corruption, Peña Nieto and his Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), completed a remarkable act of political rehabilitation, returning to power after 12 years on the sidelines.

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The Surprising Truths About Income Inequality in Americ

Monday, July 2, 2012
Category: Society

From www.gq.com

The gap between the richest and the poorest among us is now wider than it has been since we all nose-dived into the Great Depression.

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How gang territories resemble predator hunting grounds

Monday, July 2, 2012
Category: Crime

From newsroom.ucla.edu

The research demonstrates that the most dangerous place to be in a neighborhood packed with gangs is not deep within the territory of a specific gang, as one might suppose, but on the border between two rival gangs.

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Crocodile on plane kills 19 passengers

Monday, July 2, 2012
Category: Odd

From www.news.com.au

The croc had been hidden in a passenger′s sports bag - allegedly with plans to sell it - but it tore loose and ran amok, sparking panic. A stampede of terrified passengers caused the small aircraft to lose balance and tip over in mid-air during an internal flight in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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The High Priestess of Fraudulent Finance

Monday, July 2, 2012
Category: History

From blogs.smithsonianmag.com

As she climbed into the carriage, Dillon apologized for what he was about to ask: Who was her father, exactly? Please, Cassie said, raising a gloved finger to her lips, he mustn’t disclose her secret to anyone: She was Andrew Carnegie’s illegitimate daughter.

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China responds to Fukushima

Monday, July 2, 2012
Category: Energy

From thebulletin.org

Although the Chinese government reaffirmed nuclear energy as an indispensable resource, the suspension of new nuclear projects sent shock waves through the ranks of international nuclear vendors and investors.

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The case for a world republic

Monday, July 2, 2012
Category: History

From thebulletin.org

In the late 1940s, the movement for world government was every bit a force as the remarkable movements that would follow, like the environmental, civil rights, and women′s movements. The "United World Federalists," who aspired "to strengthen the UN into a world government," marshaled 720 chapters and nearly 50,000 members.

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Aussies the biggest recreational drug users in the world

Monday, July 2, 2012
Category: Society

From www.news.com.au

Annual use among Australians and New Zealand for all drugs except for heroin “remain much higher than the global average”, said the report, published a short time ago in Vienna. The major destinations for cocaine traffickers continue to be in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, suggesting the Mexican drug cartels are continuing to make strong inroads into the Oceanic market.

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We are more likely to die on our birthday than any other day

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Monday, July 2, 2012
Category: Health

From www.telegraph.co.uk

On average, people over the age of 60 were 14 per cent more likely to die on their birthdays. Heart attacks rose 18.6 per cent on birthdays and were higher for men and women while strokes were up 21.

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Boardwalk Empire As History

Monday, July 2, 2012
Category: Entertainment

From www.foreignaffairs.com

It is no secret that Hollywood producers and writers often scramble essential facts to heighten story lines in Mafia tales -- even while maintaining that they are based on biographies and actual events.

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Quants, Models, and the Blame Game

Monday, July 2, 2012
Category: Finance

From www.nakedcapitalism.com

Why do flawed models become widely accepted? Decision-makers really want simple heuristics. They don’t like ambiguity or having to weigh lots of tradoffs, even though that is what they are paid to do.

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Typosquatter Used Misspelled Domains to Intercept Email, Claims $1 Million Lawsuit

Monday, July 2, 2012
Category: Crime

From www.wired.com

Arthur Kenzie is being sued by Gioconda Law Group, which says that he set up email accounts under a doppelganger domain, GiocondoLaw.com, that is designed to catch email that is intended for the law firm’s domain, GiocondaLaw.

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Animal Footprint Shoes by Maskull Lasserre

Monday, July 2, 2012
Category: Odd

From www.thisiscolossal.com

Shoes are outfitted with specially carved rubber soles meant to mimic the footprints of moose, Kodiak bears, deer, rabbits and other animals. The shoes are then worn in the snow leaving the impression to unsuspecting passersby that wildlife has wandered into urban areas including Montreal, Ottawa, Boston, and New York.

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Wanna Check Air Quality? There′s An App For That

Monday, July 2, 2012
Category: Health

From cerritos.patch.com

The American Lung Association in Los Angeles has announced a free smartphone application that provides detailed information about air quality wherever you happen to be. "More than 90 percent of people in California live in areas where air pollution continues to threaten their health," said Jane Warner, president and CEO of the American Lung Association in California.

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What Darwin′s Theory of Evolution Reveals About Artificial Intelligence

Monday, July 2, 2012
Category: Science

From www.theatlantic.com

To this day many people cannot get their heads around the unsettling idea that a purposeless, mindless process can crank away through the eons, generating ever more subtle, efficient, and complex organisms without having the slightest whiff of understanding of what it is doing.

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Agency proposes age limit on beauty patients

Monday, July 2, 2012
Category: Health

From www.thelocal.se

The Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) is proposing a special medical licence for practitioners wanting to carry out cosmetic surgery and an age limit of 18 for patients.

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Free Speech for Computers?

Monday, July 2, 2012
Category: Rights

From www.nytimes.com

Is there a compelling argument that computerized decisions should be considered speech? As a matter of legal logic, there is some similarity among Google, Ann Landers, Socrates and other providers of answers.

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Capitalists Who Fear Change

Monday, July 2, 2012
Category: Technology

From lfb.org

The promise of the future is nothing short of spectacular — provided that those who lack the imagination to see the potential here don’t get their way. Sadly but predictably, some of the biggest barriers to a bright future are capitalists themselves who fear the future.

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Can Motivation Be A Bad Thing?

Monday, July 2, 2012
Category: Behavior

From peerreviewedbymyneurons.wordpress.com

The researchers had subjects read about a stabbing that occurred, but the story was excessively favorable to the accused stabber. Subjects recorded their judgment about the defendant, then read supplementary materials that were less favorable to him, and then recorded their judgment again.

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