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Heinrich Himmler, family man: Why “The Decent One” is the most haunting documentary I’ve ever seen - Sal

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Category: History

From www.salon.com

Much of the history of human thought has revolved around our efforts to understand the nature of evil, which have never yielded anything like a satisfactory result. We are fascinated by serial killers and murderous dictators, torn between the obvious fact that they are human beings like ourselves and the conviction that in some fundamental way they must be different.

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Happy endings? Slavery, emancipation and freedom

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Category: Geopolitics

From www.opendemocracy.net

Let′s stop giving the architects and beneficiaries of an increasingly neoliberalworld order a platform on which to parade their moral condemnation of "slavery",and focus on efforts to transform the meaning of "freedom". 

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Chinatown's Kitchen Network

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Category: America

From www.newyorker.com

There are more than forty thousand Chinese restaurants across the country—nearly three times the number of McDonald’s outlets. There is one in Pinedale, Wyoming (population 2,043), and one in Old Forge, New York (population 756); Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania (population 1,085), has three.

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Why Weren′t Alarm Bells Ringing? by Paul Krugman

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Category: Economics

From www.nybooks.com

Almost nobody predicted the immense economic crisis that overtook the United States and Europe in 2008. If someone claims that he did, ask how many other crises he predicted that didn�t end up happening.

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Improbable Research

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Category: Mathematics

From www.improbable.com

While driving across the American Midwest, it is common to hear travelers remark, “This state is as flat as a pancake.” To the authors, this adage seems to qualitatively capture some characteristic of a topographic geodetic survey 2.

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The Star Wars Saga: Introducing Machete Order

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Category: Entertainment

From www.nomachetejuggling.com

I'm not a huge fan of the various modifications made to the original Star Wars trilogy, so it's reasonable to assume I'm not a big fan of the prequel trilogy either. There are many people who dislike the prequel trilogy so much that they don't even consider watching them.

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Ivanhoe Reservoir Covered With 400,000 Black Plastic Balls

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Category: Environment

From www.amusingplanet.com

In 2007, the Department of Water Protection in Los Angeles detected high levels of bromate, a carcinogen that forms when bromide and chlorine react with sunlight, in Los Angeles’s Ivanhoe Reservoir.

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Bose Says Suspension Drawing Interest From OEMs

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Category: Automotive

From wardsauto.com

Amar G. Bose, CEO of the privately held, world famous audio equipment company that bears his name, says his representatives are in negotiation with auto makers in the U.S. and abroad concerning supplying the high-tech suspension.

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The Geographic Spread of the CCR5 32 HIV-Resistance Allele

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Category: Health

From www.plosbiology.org

The ?32 mutation at the CCR5 locus is a well-studied example of natural selection acting in humans. The mutation is found principally in Europe and western Asia, with higher frequencies generally in the north.

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Overcoming Bias : Why We Believe

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Category: Religion

From www.overcomingbias.com

Long ago, I first believed in religion as a young kid because I believed what I was told. Then I also believed because religious claims seemed to explain the strong emotions that religious contexts induced.

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A Kindle loaded with e-books is heavier than an empty one

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Category: Technology

From www.geek.com

One of the major selling points of the Kindle e-reader is its ability to store thousands of books without getting any bigger or heavier. Try and do the same with physical books and you soon wouldn’t be able to move under the weight, or even carry more than a dozen or so.

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