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Justice in the Age of the Viral Video

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Sunday, October 5, 2014
Category: Technology

From www.newyorker.com

The video of New York police officers putting a man named Eric Garner in a choke hold, after which he died, is a useful document. Garner’s offense was the suspected peddling of untaxed cigarettes. The video shows the officers tackling him, with one seeming to grip him by the neck and then force his head to the ground, while Garner, who was forty-three and asthmatic, gasps and says repeatedly, “I can’t breathe.

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Can life in a nursing home be made uplifting and purposeful? - Telegraph

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Sunday, October 5, 2014
Category: World

From www.telegraph.co.uk

In 1991, in the tiny town of New Berlin, in upstate New York, a young physician named Bill Thomas performed an experiment. He didn’t really know what he was doing. He was 31 years old, less than two years out of family residency, and he had just taken a new job as medical director of Chase Memorial Nursing Home, a facility with 80 severely disabled elderly residents.

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Is Social Science a Joke? - Waggish

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Sunday, October 5, 2014
Category: Book Reviews

From www.waggish.org

Richard Biernacki’s book, cursed with the unwieldy title Reinventing Evidence in Social Inquiry: Decoding Facts and Variables, is frequently incisive, sometimes inspirational, and sometimes frustrating.

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The Arab whodunnit: crime fiction makes a comeback in the Middle East

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Sunday, October 5, 2014
Category: World

From www.theguardian.com

From Baghdad to Cairo, a neo-noir revolution has been creeping across the Middle East. The revival of crime fiction since the upheavals started in 2011 should not come as a surprise. Noir offers an alternative form of justice: the novelist is the ombudsman; the bad guys are taken to court.

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Marie Curie: Why her papers are still radioactive - CSMonitor.com

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Sunday, October 5, 2014
Category: Science

From m.csmonitor.com

Marie Curie, whom Google is celebrating Monday with a Google Doodle in honor of her 144th birthday, lived her life awash in ionizing radiation. More than a century later, her papers are still radioactive. 

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Robot Octopus Takes to the Sea - IEEE Spectrum

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Sunday, October 5, 2014
Category: Technology

From spectrum.ieee.org

Early last year, we wrote up some betentacled research from Greece that explored what gaits were most effective at propelling a robotic octopus through water. The researchers commented that they were working on adding another physical feature flaunted by the biological version of the octopus: a web between their tentacles, which they hypothesized might help swimming speed or efficiency.

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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy - IEEE Spectrum

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Sunday, October 5, 2014
Category: History

From spectrum.ieee.org

On 23 December 1924, a group of leading international businessmen gathered in Geneva for a meeting that would alter the world for decades to come. Present were top representatives from all the major lightbulb manufacturers, including Germany’s Osram, the Netherlands’ Philips, France’s Compagnie des Lampes, and the United States’ General Electric.

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Think you drink a lot? This chart will tell you. - The Washington Post

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Sunday, October 5, 2014
Category: Society

From www.washingtonpost.com

Do you drink a glass of wine with dinner every night? That puts you in the top 30 percent of American adults in terms of per-capita alcohol consumption. If you drink two glasses, that would put you in the top 20 percent.

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10 Of The Most Unusual Vintage Microcars

Sunday, October 5, 2014
Category: Automotive

From www.unusualcorner.com

A microcar is the smallest automobile classification, usually applied to very small cars (smaller than city cars). Such small cars were generally referred to as cyclecars until the 1940s. More recent models (1960 and later) are also called bubble cars due to their bubble-shaped appearance.

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Tom Peters on leading the 21st-century organization

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Sunday, October 5, 2014
Category: Business

From www.mckinsey.com

About two years ago, Tom Peters felt as if he were falling behind. In response, he cleared out his calendar and spent much of the next 18 months reading recent business books. The result? “I’m more confused than when I started,” he quips.

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Hollywood Salaries Revealed, From Movie Stars to Agents (and Even Their Assistants)

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Sunday, October 5, 2014
Category: Entertainment

From www.hollywoodreporter.com

FILM STAR How bad is the decline in actor salaries over the past decade? Despite the huge sums still being raked in by such superstars as Robert Downey Jr. (his $75 million comes from his 7 percent, first-dollar slice of Iron Man 3, as well as his $12 million HTC endorsement deal) and Sandra Bullock (a 15 percent, first-dollar deal on Gravity and about $10 million more for her summer hit The Heat), most actors are feeling a definite squeeze, especially those in the middle.

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First sentences of non-fiction texts: The Top Ten - Features - Books - The Independent

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Sunday, October 5, 2014
Category: Literature

From www.independent.co.uk

John Rentoul is chief political commentator for The Independent on Sunday, and visiting professor at Queen Mary, University of London, where he teaches contemporary history. Previously he was chief leader writer for The Independent.

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America’s most heinous judge: Why wife-beater Mark Fuller deserves more than resignation - Salon.com

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Sunday, October 5, 2014
Category: World

From www.salon.com

In recent days, the story of wife-beating U.S. District Court Judge Mark Fuller has finally garnered attention among the media, as well as a number of the elected officials who would be responsible for impeaching the 2002 George W.

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