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A Fight To The Last Mexican

Thursday, July 12, 2012
Category: America

From davidsimon.com

We can hold a national political contest and neither candidate — nor their respective parties — can find the courage to speak a word about the policy disaster and dishonorable fraud that is the American drug war.

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What the U.S. Can Learn From Australia’s Coal Mines

Thursday, July 12, 2012
Category: Business

From www.bloomberg.com

Mining plays a relatively modest role in the overall Australian economy, and employs a positively tiny share of its people. The Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that mining and mining services together contribute less than 10 percent of the country’s GDP.

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How the Mormons Make Money

Thursday, July 12, 2012
Category: Religion

From www.businessweek.com

Watching a religious leader celebrate a mall may seem surreal, but City Creek reflects the spirit of enterprise that animates modern-day Mormonism. The mall is part of a vast church-owned corporate empire that the Mormon leadership says will help spread its message, increase economic self-reliance, and build the Kingdom of God on earth.

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A truly German mess

Thursday, July 12, 2012
Category: World

From www.economist.com

Germany suffered from a balance-sheet recession after the dotcom bubble burst in early 2000. The ECB fought back with low interest rates, which hardly worked for Germany because of the balance-sheet recession, but created bubbles in the periphery and thereby export demand for German products.

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Indoor navigation on your smartphone, using the Earth’s magnetic field — just like a pigeon

Thursday, July 12, 2012
Category: Technology

From www.extremetech.com

Almost every smartphone has a built-in magnetometer, just so your phone knows which direction you’re facing in — but this sensor is apparently sensitive enough to create magnetic field maps that have an accuracy of 10 centimeters.

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The New Price Of A Web Ad: Free

Thursday, July 12, 2012
Category: Internet

From www.forbes.com

The aQuantive writedown may presage moves such as giving away display ads for free, according to Gilad de Vries, vice president of brands and agencies at Outbrain, a content recommendation startup. “The value of ad serving has become completely commoditized and the marginal cost of serving a banner ad has gone down to zero,” he said.

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Are Prodigies Autistic?

Thursday, July 12, 2012
Category: Science

From www.psychologytoday.com

The first thing they noticed is the wide spread of IQ scores- ranging from 108 to 147. Consistent with the work of Feldman and Morelock, it appears that a high IQ is not necessary to be a prodigy. What was particularly striking, however, was their subtest scores.

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Monetizing the Male Ego

Thursday, July 12, 2012
Category: Sex

From www.psychologytoday.com

A box of 12 regular Trojans retails for around $5.99; a box of 12 Magnums or Magnum XLs is $7.99. That′s a 33 percent premium. Then there′s Magnum Ecstasy, at $10.99 for a box that contains only 10.

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Kenneth Waltz on “Why Iran Should Get the Bomb”

Thursday, July 12, 2012
Category: World

From thediplomat.com

The American interest in the long run is that the region be stable and peaceful. The existence of a single nuclear power without a balancer is a recipe for instability in the long-run. The amazing thing is that Israel managed to remain a single nuclear power for such a long time! Israel is an anomaly in this way.

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The Stupidity of Computers

Thursday, July 12, 2012
Category: Technology

From nplusonemag.com

Some of the towering achievements in computer science have been in the creation of brilliantly clever, efficient, and useful algorithms such as Quicksort, Huffman Compression, the Fast Fourier Transform, and the Monte Carlo method, all reasonably simple (but not obvious) methods of accomplishing precisely specified tasks on potentially huge amounts of precisely specified data.

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Mexico′s Next President Won′t Slow The Drug War

Thursday, July 12, 2012
Category: World

From www.wired.com

Peña Nieto wants to boost Mexico’s Federal Police, and he’s for creating a new national paramilitary police force to fight the cartels. His campaign has also been “highly solicitous” of the United States, notes Patrick Corcoran of InSight, an organized crime monitoring group.

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How the Chicken Conquered the World

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Thursday, July 12, 2012
Category: Food

From www.smithsonianmag.com

Chicken is the ubiquitous food of our era, crossing multiple cultural boundaries with ease. With its mild taste and uniform texture, chicken presents an intriguingly blank canvas for the flavor palette of almost any cuisine.

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