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Glenn Greenwald: Why privacy matters

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Category: Technology

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A Brief History of the Personal

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Category: Society

From penguinrandomhouse.ca

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Nobel Prize 2014: Jean Tirole

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Category: Economics

From afinetheorem.wordpress.com

A Nobel Prize for applied theory – now this something I can get behind! Jean Tirole’s prize announcement credits him for his work on market power and regulation, and there is no question that he is among the leaders, if not the world leader, in the application of mechanism design theory to industrial organization; indeed, the idea of doing IO in the absence of this theoretical toolbox seems so strange to me that it’s hard to imagine anyone had ever done it! Economics is sometimes defined by a core principle that agents – people or firms – respond to incentives.

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These numbers capture India’s historic and incredibly frugal Mars mission – Quartz

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Category: Exploration

From qz.com

India’s space agency today gave the country the distinction of becoming the first to reach Mars in its first attempt, prompting joyous celebrations on social media and a congratulatory speech by prime minister Narendra Modi, in which he riffed on the abbreviation MOM, for Mars Orbiter Mission.

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Researcher sets up illegal 420,000 node botnet for IPv4 internet map • The Register

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Category: Technology

From www.theregister.co.uk

An anonymous researcher has taken an unorthodox approach to achieve the dream of mapping out the entire remaining IPv4 internet - and in doing so broken enough laws around the world to potentially put him or her behind bars for thousands of years.

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Does the Houthi Takeover of Yemen's Sanaa Endanger World Trade?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Category: World

From www.juancole.com

Yemen is admittedly a relatively small country of 24 million, a little less populous than Texas. It is the second poorest in the Arab League after Somalia. It is nevertheless a country with enormous global strategic importance:

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Cure for Type 1 diabetes imminent after Harvard stem-cell breakthrough - Telegraph

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Category: Health

From www.telegraph.co.uk

And it marks the culmination of 23-years of research for Harvard professor Doug Melton who has been trying to find a cure for the disease since his son Sam was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes as a baby.

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Barenaked Ladies' Gordon: the oral history

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Category: Music

From www.thegridto.com

Twenty years ago, Barenaked Ladies--a group of five oddballs from Scarborough--shocked our nation’s music industry. In 1991, the fun-lovin’ folk-pop group made history when a recording that was originally supposed to be their demo, known as The Yellow Tape, became the first homegrown independent release to go platinum (signifying sales in excess of 100,000); their next trick, however, would blow that feat out of the water.

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40 Years After the Nobel: F. A. Hayek and Political Economy as a Progressive Research Program

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Category: World

From mercatus.org

If man is not to do more harm than good in his efforts to improve the social order, he will have to learn that in this, as in all other fields where essential complexity of an organized kind prevails, he cannot acquire the full knowledge which would make mastery of the events possible.

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Maher Tears into PC Liberals: Where’s Your Outrage on Violent, Oppressive Islam?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Category: Politics

From www.mediaite.com

Bill Maher may agree with the left on a lot, but one thing that bothers him is constantly-outraged liberals staying silent on Islamic atrocities. Maher said it’s ridiculous for President Obama to claim ISIS isn’t Islamic, because looking at the actual beliefs of ISIS and many Muslims around the world shows that much of Islam “has too much in common with ISIS.

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The Grumpy Economist: The Value of Public Sector Pensions

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Category: Economics

From johnhcochrane.blogspot.com

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Losing 58.3 Lbs For Science

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Category: Misc

From blog.zactownsend.com

This morning was my final data collection for a randomized diet experiment I have been participating in for the last year. Here is a graph of my near-daily weigh-ins on Withings: It can be hard to read: on the first day of the study, October 2, 2013, I weighed 236.

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Time Out Hong Kong

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Category: Food

From www.timeout.com.hk

Sometimes a name says it all. And if you know New York well, then you’ll know Mott Street is the ‘unofficial’ main drag in Chinatown, as well as being one of the oldest thoroughfares in the US city, full of colour, tantalising aromas and, of course, great food.

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Poll Results

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Category: Mathematics

From www.igmchicago.org

This panel explores the extent to which economists agree or disagree on major public policy issues. To assess such beliefs we assembled this panel of expert economists. Statistics teaches that a sample of (say) 40 opinions will be adequate to reflect a broader population if the sample is representative of that population.

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Sins Of Commission

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Category: History

From www.caravanmagazine.in

ON WEDNESDAY, 31 October 1984, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by two of her guards, both Sikh. In the ensuing violence, which lasted roughly three days, 2,733 Sikhs were killed in Delhi.

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Digitopoly

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Category: Economics

From www.digitopoly.org

With Rochet, he has a well-known paper on platform competition, laying out the basics of how these “two-sided” markets work.  Think of internet or payment portals which must get both sides of the market on board.

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The Robots of Resistance

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Category: Technology

From www.thebigroundtable.com

It was, put mildly, irregular in composition. Its fuselage was a blue, five-gallon water cooler bottle. Its two three-liter ballast tanks once contained soda, and its aluminum propeller guard came from a bicycle.

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How to Remove Yellow Armpit Stains

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Category: Household

From www.artofmanliness.com

You or someone you know has probably suffered the shame and embarrassment of wearing a dress shirt with dingy yellow stains radiating from the armpits. Instead of your office mates listening in awe as you tell them about the fish you caught that “was this big!” they’re staring at your eye-catching golden pits.

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A letter from Dr Abdus Salam to Malala - Blogs - DAWN.COM

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Category: World

From www.dawn.com

I was born in a small town called Santokh Das; arguably not as beautiful as your Swat valley, but it did have much to offer. I grew up in Jhang, a city now tainted by its nameâ??s association with dangerous groups.

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Scots town Dull joins forces with Bland and Boring - The Scotsman

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Category: Odd

From www.scotsman.com

The Perthshire village is already unofficially twinned with the American town of Boring, in Oregon, 5,542 miles away however now the residents of Bland Shire in New South Wales want to cash in on humorous publicity by creating a trinity of tedium with Dull and Boring.

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The fight to save the last Ebola-free district in Sierra Leone - The Washington Post

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Category: World

From www.washingtonpost.com

John Caulker, executive director of the nonprofit Fambul Tok, travels across Sierra Leone these days tense with worry about contracting the dreaded disease. He worries in the bustling capital of Freetown and in the smallest villages.

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One paper by Nobel Prize winner Jean Tirole that every internet user should know - Vox

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Category: Economics

From www.vox.com

Jean Tirole, the French economist who won the Nobel Prize today, is known for the breadth and scope of his work across a number of fields. The Royal Swedish Academy specifically cited his work on competition and anti-trust issues as prizeworthy.

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There Are Far More People Named Hitler Than You'd Think

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Category: Odd

From www.vice.com

Names are important. Without one, it’s very hard to buy personalized mugs or introduce yourself to people. However, they can also be a burden. One of my ninth-grade teachers was called Mr. Hyman, for instance, which can’t have been easy.

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