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New Study Finds 85% Of Americans Don′t Know All The Dance Moves To National Anthem

Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Category: Humor

From www.theonion.com

"From a historical perspective, it came as quite a shock that nearly nine out of 10 Americans could not recall more than a single step of what was, for many years, an essential part of civic life," said Kenneth P.

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Libertarianism and the Workplace II

Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Category: America

From marginalrevolution.com

A job is an exchange with mutual consent and benefits on both sides of the bargain. The freedom is in the right to exchange not in the price at which the exchange occurs. A worker who is paid for 8 hours of work is not a serf 1/3rd of the day.

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What America Spends On Booze

Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Category: Economics

From www.npr.org

Out of every $100 American consumers spend, about $1 goes to alcohol. That hasn′t changed much over the past 30 years. But where we spend our money on alcohol has changed quite a bit. We spend a bigger chunk of our booze money in bars and restaurants.

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Standing Your Ground

Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Category: Crime

From www.freakonomics.com

If at least some of the additional homicides are due to individuals resorting to the use of deadly force against each other in situations where the threat of death or serious bodily injury is not imminent to either party, this could indicate that these laws impose serious costs not only on criminals both also private citizens as well.

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Why the Left-Brain Right-Brain Myth Will Probably Never Die

Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Category: Science

From www.psychologytoday.com

There is more than a grain of truth to the left-brain right-brain myth. While they look alike, the two hemispheres of the brain do function differently. For example, it’s become almost common knowledge that in most people the left brain is dominant for language.

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Research suggests "broken heart syndrome" protects heart from adrenaline overload

Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Category: Health

From www.gizmag.com

The researchers propose that the switch in the heart′s response to adrenaline might have evolved to protect the heart from being overstimulated by the particularly high doses of adrenaline that the body releases during stress.

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What China Censors

Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Category: Censorship

From www.freakonomics.com

The censorship program is aimed at curtailing collective action by silencing comments that represent, reinforce, or spur social mobilization, regardless of content. Censorship is oriented toward attempting to forestall collective activities that are occurring now or may occur in the future — and, as such, seem to clearly expose government intent, such as examples we offer where sharp increases in censorship presage government action outside the Internet.

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Would Paying Politicians More Attract Better Politicians?

Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Category: Behavior

From www.freakonomics.com

Just as it seems a bad idea to pay a schoolteacher less than a commensurately talented person can make in other fields, it is probably a bad idea to expect that enough good politicians and civil servants will fill those jobs even though they can make a lot more money doing something else.

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Cities Consider Selling Ads as Economic Lifelines

Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Category: America

From www.nytimes.com

After Baltimore officials made the wrenching decision to close three fire companies later this summer, the City Council initially sought to avert the cuts with a new money-raising strategy: it passed a resolution this month urging the administration to explore selling ads on the city’s fire trucks.

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Why do some Muslims hate America?

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Category: World

From phys.org

In a groundbreaking study in the American Political Science Review (APSR) published by Cambridge University Press, Lisa Blaydes of Stanford and Drew A. Linzer of Emory University examine the views of thousands of Muslims across the Islamic world on American culture and American foreign policy for their paper, ′Elite Competition, Religiosity, and Anti-Americanism in the Islamic World′.

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Economists Are Taking Over the Game Industry

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Category: Games

From www.buzzfeed.com

macroeconomists have never been more in demand. In the past few months, Bungie and Fiveonenine Games have both posted job listings for in-house "economy designers." Just last week, Valve brought on a Greek economics professor named Yanis Varoufakis to serve as their economist-in-residence, after Varoufakis emerged as one of a popular commentator on the Eurozone crisis.

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The Source of Barack Obama’s Power to Trick Us

Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Category: Politics

From www.nakedcapitalism.com

Politicians play hardball all the time. They lie on a regular basis, it’s one of the tricks of the trade. But Obama’s politics, and his career, are built on an exquisitely and brilliantly constructed narrative of integrity and progress.

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Unfixable Computers Are Leading Humanity Down a Perilous Path

Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Category: Society

From www.wired.com

When the warranty ends, manufacturers would prefer it if stuff disappeared so they could sell you a new product. But the real world isn’t nearly so tidy. Only a small fraction of the electronics produced are recycled.

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Microsoft VP creates perfume that smells of money

Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Category: Odd

From news.cnet.com

While you are still reading this, you can hotfinger it to LiquidMoney.com, where you will be able to part with a mere $35 in order to smell like, perhaps, $50 or $60. Very soon, you will be able to bank on the fact that you have become more attractive to your target sex.

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Technology - Evan Selinger - What Happens When We Turn the World′s Most Famous Robot Test on Ourselves? - The Atlantic

Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Category: Behavior

From www.theatlantic.com

Many consider themselves experts after reading a popular science book, watching a TV program that covers a technical issue, or looking up a complex topic on the Internet. A good question to ask is how the new knowledge compares with interactional expertise.

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Could ‘Mirror Neutrons’ Account for Unobservable Dark Matter?

Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Category: Science

From www.universetoday.com

The oscillations between the parallel worlds could occur within a timescale of a few seconds, the team says. “Each neutron would have the ability to transition into its invisible mirror twin, and back, oscillating from one world to the other,” the authors say.

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