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Even the Taliban eat ice-cream

Sunday, July 29, 2012
Category: World

From www.guardian.co.uk

Ahmad Faizy′s network reaches into the most restive corners of Afghanistan: lawless, Taliban-dominated areas where government officials and troops, if they are present at all, have to hunker down behind thick defensive walls.

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The parable of the ox

Sunday, July 29, 2012
Category: Behavior

From www.johnkay.com

Once weight-guessing competitions became the rage, some participants tried to cheat. They even sought privileged information from the farmer who had bred the ox. It was feared that if some people had an edge, others would be reluctant to enter the weight-guessing competition.

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Undead: The Rabies Virus Remains a Medical Mystery

Sunday, July 29, 2012
Category: Health

From www.wired.com

It’s a scientific controversy that underscores just how little we know about neglected diseases like rabies, which still kills humans in numbers that are significant (55,000 a year, by the most recent World Health Organization estimate, most of them in Asia and Africa), but not significant enough to rate much in the way of research funding.

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The Coming Middle-Class Anarchy

Sunday, July 29, 2012
Category: America

From gonzalolira.blogspot.com

Brian and Ilsa were furious—a fury which soon turned to dour depression: They tried contacting Wells Fargo, to straighten this out. Of course, they were given the run-around once again. They kept insisting that they qualified—they qualified! But of course, that didn’t help at all—like a football, they were punted around the inner working of the Mortgage Mess, with no answers and no accountability.

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The Terrifying Background of the Man Who Ran a CIA Assassination Unit

Sunday, July 29, 2012
Category: Intelligence

From www.theatlantic.com

t was one of the biggest secrets of the post-9/11 era: soon after the attacks, President Bush gave the CIA permission to create a top secret assassination unit to find and kill Al Qaeda operatives. The program was kept from Congress for seven years.

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The psychology of discounting: Something doesn’t add up

Sunday, July 29, 2012
Category: Business

From www.economist.com

Consumers often struggle to realise, for example, that a 50% increase in quantity is the same as a 33% discount in price. They overwhelmingly assume the former is better value. In an experiment, the researchers sold 73% more hand lotion when it was offered in a bonus pack than when it carried an equivalent discount (even after all other effects, such as a desire to stockpile, were controlled for).

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Romney impersonator′s face is familiar, but fame is a struggle

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Sunday, July 29, 2012
Category: America

From www.latimes.com

With the general election campaign just ahead, Cote is hoping to land gigs at corporate events, commercial shoots and TV shows that have meant big paydays for a lucky few candidate impersonators. He said he had already booked some "top secret" photo shoots that will have him on magazine covers and California billboards this summer.

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All Politics Is National

Sunday, July 29, 2012
Category: Politics

From www.theatlantic.com

Voters are presented with a clear choice between candidates from two very different and competitive parties, whose contrasting positions on key issues makes the decision about which party and candidate to support relatively easy for most.

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