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Khrushchev in Water Wings: On Mao, Humiliation and the Sino-Soviet Split

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Thursday, October 16, 2014
Category: History

From www.smithsonianmag.com

The list of things that Nikita Khrushchev would never be and could not do was long; some of them would change history. It has been seriously suggested, for example, that the reason Khrushchev survived the murderous Soviet-era purges of the paranoid 1930s and early 1950s—when tens of thousands of other apparatchiks were rewarded for their loyalty with a bullet in the back of the neck—is that, standing just 5 feet 3 inches tall, he was the one member of the politburo who did not tower over the man he would replace, the 5-foot-6 Stalin.

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The western model is broken

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Thursday, October 16, 2014
Category: World

From www.theguardian.com

The west has lost the power to shape the world in its own image -- as recent events, from Ukraine to Iraq, make all too clear. So why does it still preach the pernicious myth that every society must evolve along western lines?

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Why Inequality Matters

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Thursday, October 16, 2014
Category: Book Reviews

From www.gatesnotes.com

A 700-page treatise on economics translated from French is not exactly a light summer read—even for someone with an admittedly high geek quotient. But this past July, I felt compelled to read Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century after reading several reviews and hearing about it from friends.

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Crack Research: Good news about knuckle cracking - Scientific American

Thursday, October 16, 2014
Category: Health

From www.scientificamerican.com

The latest physical anthropology research indicates that the human evolutionary line never went through a knuckle-walking phase. Be that as it may, we definitely entered, and have yet to exit, a knuckle-cracking phase.

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40,000 suicides annually, yet America simply shrugs

Thursday, October 16, 2014
Category: America

From www.usatoday.com

Kevin Briggs stood a few feet away, imploring him not to jump. In nearly 20 years as a California Highway Patrol officer policing the famous span, Briggs had more success than failure in talking troubled souls back from the ledge.

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Alpha Pro Tech, Lakeland Industries Shares Rally - Business Insider

Thursday, October 16, 2014
Category: Health

From www.businessinsider.com

REUTERS/Jaime R. CarreroA member of the CG Environmental HazMat team disinfects the entrance to the residence of a health worker at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who has contracted Ebola in Dallas, Texas, October 12, 2014.

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Skunk Works Reveals Compact Fusion Reactor Details

Thursday, October 16, 2014
Category: Technology

From aviationweek.com

Hidden away in the secret depths of the Skunk Works, a Lockheed Martin research team has been working quietly on a nuclear energy concept they believe has the potential to meet, if not eventually decrease, the world’s insatiable demand for power.

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No panaceas: Libertarian challenges to open borders

Thursday, October 16, 2014
Category: America

From mitrailleuse.net

Traditionally, libertarianism has welcomed a plurality of views on the immigration question. While nearly all free market proponents agree that current government policies restricting freedom of movement around the world are riddled with problems, we lack a consensus on what exactly these problems are and what should be done to solve them.

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Mindsuckers - National Geographic Magazine

Thursday, October 16, 2014
Category: Nature

From ngm.nationalgeographic.com

It is as astonishing as it is sad to watch a ladybug turn into a zombie. Normally ladybugs are sophisticated and voracious predators. A single individual may devour several thousand aphids in a lifetime.

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This Is What Developing Acute Schizophrenia Feels Like

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Thursday, October 16, 2014
Category: Health

From www.vice.com

Sleep was the first thing to change. Progressively, over the course of about two weeks, I began struggling to drift off. As a 24-year-old man with a good supply of hash, this had never been a problem before.

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The Intelligent Life of the City Raccoon - Issue 18: Genius - Nautilus

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Thursday, October 16, 2014
Category: Nature

From nautil.us

Toronto resident Simon Treadwell wheeled a garbage bin onto a snow-bound lot next to his property one evening this past winter. Inside the bin was a smelly mixture of wet and dry cat food, sardines, and fried chicken.

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Art gave Murray 'another chance' - Independent.ie

Thursday, October 16, 2014
Category: Entertainment

From www.independent.ie

The actor disclosed his brush with suicidal thoughts at the National Gallery in London as he joined his co-stars launching new movie The Monuments Men about a special troupe of soldiers on a mission to recover art stolen by the Nazis from Europe in the Second World War.

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Expectation, Variation, and the Inflation Debate

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Thursday, October 16, 2014
Category: Economics

From ashokarao.com

Cliff Asness provides a qualified defense of a 2010 letter to Ben Bernanke he endorsed, warning that further QE would “risk currency debasement and inflation”. The piece boils down to the clash between priors that have not come to pass and observed reality.

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Super-Intelligent Humans Are Coming - Issue 18: Genius - Nautilus

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Thursday, October 16, 2014
Category: Futurism

From nautil.us

Lev Landau, a Nobelist and one of the fathers of a great school of Soviet physics, had a logarithmic scale for ranking theorists, from 1 to 5. A physicist in the first class had ten times the impact of someone in the second class, and so on.

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Brown Bears, Brown Bear Pictures, Brown Bear Facts - National Geographic

Thursday, October 16, 2014
Category: Nature

From animals.nationalgeographic.com

These omnivorous giants tend to be solitary animals, except for females and their cubs, but at times they do congregate. Dramatic gatherings can be seen at prime Alaskan fishing spots when the salmon swim upstream for summer spawning.

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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough on Fusion Energy - Scientific American

Thursday, October 16, 2014
Category: Technology

From www.scientificamerican.com

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp said on Wednesday it had made a technological breakthrough in developing a power source based on nuclear fusion, and the first reactors, small enough to fit on the back of a truck, could be ready in a decade.

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