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higgs boson scientist and academia

The guy who discovered the Higgs boson “doubts a similar breakthrough could be achieved in today’s academic culture.” He seems to believe academia has devolved into a place where one’s “productivity” is judged based on exclusively on frequent publications. He … Continue reading

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snowden and greenwald

The story of two unlikely heroes, Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald – the risks both men took, the sacrifices they made, and the motivations that led to their fateful union to change the world. Long article, but worth reading in … Continue reading

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americans don’t trust each other

According to this article. The best-known analysis comes from “Bowling Alone” author Robert Putnam’s nearly two decades of studying the United States’ declining “social capital,” including trust. I’m tempted to read the book, though my reading list is already high … Continue reading

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guy “steals” 5 cents of electricity, is arrested

Guy is arrested for charging his car for 20 minutes at a school. A man in an Atlanta suburb was confronted by a police officer for plugging his electric car into an outside outlet at a school. Ten days later, … Continue reading

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lawsuit against Macy’s for in-store imprisonment

Lawsuit is for one million dollars (which sounds excessive; I’m guessing Macy’s will settle). Perhaps surprising is that Macy’s maintains a room used for imprisoning shoppers. (link)

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summer of snowden, recap

An excellent recap of the Snowden revelations and the extent to which the US government is spying on us all, Americans and non-Americans alike. Worth reading in full, details past abuses of power by US government, then describes current state … Continue reading

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watched cops are good cops

It seems that cops with wearable video cameras are a win/win, for us and for them. University researchers revealed that when the city of Rialto, California, required its cops to wear cameras, the number of complaints filed against officers fell … Continue reading

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