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Turkish Riot Police Detain ISIS Sympathizers After Protesters Clash On Campus - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
ISTANBUL -- Turkish riot police wearing helmets and carrying plastic shields entered Istanbul University Wednesday morning to respond to another clash between students protesting for and against the Islamic State, according to a local Turkish news outlet and a student at the school. Today's Zaman, an English-language daily in Turkey, reported that police detained three pro-Islamic State demonstrators, who were wielding sticks and carrying masks. An Istanbul University student also told The WorldPost that an altercation had taken place. The incident is the third time in the last week that hostilities have been reported on campus between groups protesting for and against the militant group, also known as ISIS or ISIL. On Sept. 26, masked students carrying nail-studded planks attacked classmates who had set up a stand denouncing the group’s extremist ideology and brutality. The incident was caught on video. Students criticized the university's security personnel for failing to prevent...
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Ukraine Will Have to Live With Putin's Delusions - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alexand...
Ukraine Will Have to Live With Putin's Delusions
As the Russo-Ukrainian war has shown, Russian elites perceive reality differently from their Western and Ukrainian counterparts. Where the former see a "fascist coup" in Kyiv, the latter see a democratic revolution on the Maidan. Where the former see Viktor Yanukovych as a legitimate president, the latter see a corrupt and illegitimate dictator. Where the former see a belligerent NATO on the march, the latter see a weak alliance in crisis. Where the former see a civil war in eastern Ukraine, the latter see a Russian intervention. Russia and the West do not just see things differently. Their perceptions of reality are diametrically opposed; they negate each other. If the Russians are right, the West is wrong--and vice versa. Both sides cannot be right, and the two sets of views cannot be reconciled with each other. Calls for "understanding" the Russians and giving their views a "fair hearing" are thus little more than calls for abandoning one's own views. That would be justifiable,...
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Hong Kong Students Battle Exhaustion To Continue Protests - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Hong Kong Students Battle Exhaustion To Continue Protests
HONG KONG -- Thousands of protesters rallied for more democratic freedoms in Hong Kong on Wednesday, a national holiday marking the birth of communist China. Huge crowds filled the streets of Hong Kong for the fifth day of mass protests, sparked by Beijing's decision to pre-screen candidates in the semi-autonomous territory's forthcoming leadership election. Hong Kong's current chief executive, Leung Chun-ying, attended China's National Day celebrations on Tuesday and was heckled by protesters, who are calling for the pro-Beijing leader to resign. Student protesters were barred from the official flag-raising ceremony in Hong Kong but gathered outside to jeer the nationalist display. "Communists don't talk sense... We can keep sleeping on the ground every day for a month, and they just don’t care," Kenneth Wong, an occupational therapist protesting outside the National Day ceremony, told The WorldPost. "At the end of the day nothing happens.” Hong Kong's leader has slammed the protests...
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A Leader, a Polar Bear, and the Shock of Recognition - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/preside...
A Leader, a Polar Bear, and the Shock of Recognition
We had only been on the rock next to the melting Nordenskiöld glacier for a few minutes when I looked up and saw a white furry head looking down at me from a cliff 60 meters away. Our polar guide, who had scouted the area in advance and given clearance, was startled and screamed: "Back to the boats! Polar bear!" Most of the crew were intimidated, some panicked but I did not feel any sense of threat. I had come a long way from home in the warm Pacific to this part of the world in the Arctic but I felt that this polar bear was reaching out to me, welcoming me to his environment! He laid peacefully up on the cliff just looking down on me and as I gazed into his eyes, I felt a connection, as if we shared something in common -- that our future survival on this planet would depend on our ability to arrest the escalating pace of climate change. My home country Kiribati is a series of beautiful atoll islands, which are very low lying and highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change,...
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The New 'Theory Of Everything' Trailer Is A Total Tearjerker - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
The New 'Theory Of Everything' Trailer Is A Total Tearjerker
"The Theory of Everything" already has a steady stream of buzz following its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Now, a new trailer for the movie about Stephen Hawking shows more of the love story between Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) and Cambridge student Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones). The footage shows how the couple falls in love and deals with Hawking's motor neuron disease, diagnosed when he was 21 years old. Jane is his main supporter and partner through the film, which was based on the real Jane Hawking's memoir "Traveling to Infinity: My Life With Stephen." Get the tissues ready.
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The Most Cringeworthy Autocorrect Fails Of September 2014 (NSFW) - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
The Most Cringeworthy Autocorrect Fails Of September 2014 (NSFW)
In case you hadn't heard, Apple rolled out some new-fangled software that promised to get rid of our beloved autocorrects. Our response? Why on @#$% earth would they get rid of the one thing that brings oodles of joy into our lives?! So incredibly rude. Thankfully, we have faith in you, fellow humans, that you will find some way to continue screwing up your text messages, IMs, and Gchats. Our happiness is in your hands, people. YOU CAN DO IT. Need inspiration for some wondrous screwups? Check out these people keeping the dream alive in September's best Autocorrect FAILS courtesy of Damn You Autocorrect below.
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Apple Fanboys Discover Another iOS 8 Glitch - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Apple Fanboys Discover Another iOS 8 Glitch
Apple fanboys have discovered a new issue with iOS 8, just a week after the company had to pull the latest update to its operating system because of other bugs. According to MacRumors, a bug in iOS 8 is deleting iWork documents (Apple's office suite that includes Numbers, Keynote, and Pages) stored through iCloud Drive if people choose to reset the settings on their iPhones. The “Reset All Settings” option -- found within Reset, at the bottom of the Settings > General page -- restores all iOS settings to factory defaults. It’s a quick troubleshooting measure if your Apple device is being slow or acting glitchy. Before confirming the reset, a pop-up states, “This will reset all settings. No data or media will be deleted.” But that reportedly hasn’t been the case for people who have upgraded to iOS 8 and use iCloud Drive -- a new feature that allows seamless syncing between documents and data on all Mac products. MacRumors discovered the bug after people posted complaints on the site’s...
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Syrian Ambulance Driver Uses His Savings To Feed And Care For 150 Abandoned Cats - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Syrian Ambulance Driver Uses His Savings To Feed And Care For 150 Abandoned Cats
Some people never take time off from giving back to others. Alaa, an ambulance driver in Syria, spends his hours on duty tending to the human victims of the country's civil war, but off-hours, he makes it a priority to care for more than 150 abandoned cats as well, Reuters reported. Residents fled Aleppo -- the largest city in the country -- due to shelling from forces aligned with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime. Now their cats have been left to roam the streets. Lucky for some of these abandoned felines, this generous man decided to step in. Alaa feeding the cats in the Masaken Hanano neighborhood on Sept. 24, 2014 Alaa spends about $4 each day to feed the cats in Aleppo's Masaken Hanano neighborhood, and has done so for the past two months, according to Reuters. He takes the money from his savings to keep them well-fed with raw meat scraps he buys daily. Alaa holding one of the stray cats on Sept. 24, 2014 The darkest of times call for people like Alaa to shed a light of...
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It Might Not Sound Sexy, But It's the Future of Our Public Lands - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ann_mor...
It Might Not Sound Sexy, But It's the Future of Our Public Lands
Except for a minute number of policy wonks, what could be more uninteresting and bureaucratic than land use planning? Maybe land use planning for lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Yet I would argue that it should be of interest to many, many Americans. After all, this is something that affects 250 million acres of your lands -- lands where you hike, bike, camp, fish, hunt and watch wildlife. Land use planning for these federal lands, found mostly in the 11 Western states and Alaska, is driven by a complex suite of federal laws, regulations, and agency policy handbooks. On top of that, they are interpreted by case law, illustrated with dozens of maps, written on many hundreds of pages, accompanied by dozens of appendixes, filled with scientific and bureaucratic jargon, and can cover millions of acres. Even the terminology the BLM is using to describe its latest initiative -- Planning 2.0 -- conjures up visions of another dense file to put on a shelf or banish to a hard...
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Getting To Work: Improving Public Transportation For America's Workers, Employers And Economies (VIDEO) - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Getting To Work: Improving Public Transportation For America's Workers, Employers And Economies (VIDEO)
Watch Live at 12:00 - 1:30 pm EST. During this Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program event, panelists will discuss the specific transportation challenges workers face; creative and cost-effective solutions being explored and implemented across the country; and examples of how communities, organizations and employers have mobilized to address this critical workforce issue.
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Once Upon A Time, Mitch McConnell Worried About Coal Plant's Environmental Risks - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Once Upon A Time, Mitch McConnell Worried About Coal Plant's Environmental Risks
In his earlier years, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was inclined to weigh environmental concerns against economic prospects when considering a proposed coal plant, according to a report Tuesday in the Hazard Herald of Kentucky. The Kentucky paper looked back to news reports and documents related to a 1984 proposal to build a coal-crushing plant and convert a dock for receiving coal that McConnell considered while serving as Jefferson County Judge-Executive. McConnell, the paper reports, wanted the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to evaluate the impact the proposal would have on the community and environment. "Although I advocate economic and job expansion, it must not occur to the detriment of our environment," McConnell wrote in a letter to a constituent, according to the paper. "As I am sure you know, we have similar strong feelings regarding the proposal [of the plant]. Its approval would undermine any potential for the aesthetic future of the Upper Ohio Riverfront,"...
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Climate Change = Systems Change - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steven-...
Climate Change = Systems Change
Climate change represents the most disruptive philanthropic and business opportunity since the Industrial Revolution. In the years to come, the growing clean energy sector will require massive further investment. Changes in consumption patterns will lead to significant product and service innovation. Mitigation will change commerce and transportation. And the changing climate will cause more destruction, accelerating investment in resilience. But these developments are less important than the systemic transformation that has already begun. The United Nations Climate Summit last week was a prime example. "Historians may one day refer to our meeting today as the beginning of a new period of economic thinking where we internalize externality costs into our behavior as governments, as business, as cities, and as citizens." -- Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum (Speaking at the UN, as reported in the Guardian ) This quote reflects the thinking behind a...
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Does Your Tech Support Department Need a Facelift? - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-g...
Does Your Tech Support Department Need a Facelift?
Buyers choose your products or services based off the brand your business established, while many others simply find the presentation of your company enough to make the plunge. Where tech is concerned, they're leaning on your proficiency to help steer them through menus, power buttons, hidden features and every perk associated with this 'item' because, well, they're just too new to tech. Regrettably, your techies are falling short in their areas of expertise which is literally pushing consumers towards competitor products that offer proficient assistance when called upon. Misdirected support tickets. Boilerplate responses. Your company's tech support backbone is buckling and bungling because of any combination (or all) of these five reasons. Frequently unproductive If we're comparing apples to oranges, productive employees make or break your bottom line. So if you've noticed that one particular area (*cough* technical support) is becoming too lackadaisical, perhaps revisiting their...
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Jimmy Carter Turns 90: The 39th President's Most Inspiring Spiritual Quotes For His Birthday - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Jimmy Carter Turns 90: The 39th President's Most Inspiring Spiritual Quotes For His Birthday
Jimmy Carter turned 90 on October 1, 2014, and HuffPost Religion celebrated by taking a look back on some of the 39th president's most spiritual quotes. Born October 1, 1924, the Georgia native had an unsuccessful presidency by some measures but went on to become a prominent and admired public figure and humanitarian. Carter has also been vocal about his religious beliefs, recently speaking with HuffPost Live host Alyona Minkovski about the spiritual basis for gender equality. "There's no evidence at all that Jesus Christ did anything except to exalt women," the former president said. Here are some of our favorite spiritual quotes from Jimmy Carter: And here's a throwback to that time our Execultive Editor, Paul Raushenbush, met Jimmy Carter! (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document,...
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How The iPhone 6 Will Change The Way You Travel - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
How The iPhone 6 Will Change The Way You Travel
We've all been at the airport hopelessly searching for an outlet to charge our iPhones. But thanks to the new and improved iPhone 6, those days may be over. Huffington Post technology reporter Tim Stenovec spoke with HuffPost Live's Nancy Redd about how Apple's new phone could improve the way you travel thanks to its boosted battery life. "If you've had an iPhone 5 for a year, or an iPhone 5s for a year, or [iPhone] 4 for two or three years, then you're going to notice a huge difference," Stenovec said. While Stenovec said the improved camera shouldn't be the only reason you upgrade to the iPhone 6, it's making the hassle of carrying high-quality cameras around with you less necessary. "We're getting to the point now where if you're going on a vacation, you're not going to be disappointed by just bringing your smartphone in order to take pictures," he said. Watch the full segment on the crossroads of technology and travel here. Sign up here for Live Today, HuffPost Live's new morning...
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Cybernetic Synthetic Biology And The Internet of Living Things - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lee-cro...
Cybernetic Synthetic Biology And The Internet of Living Things
In October 2013, Greg Gage and Tim Marzullo unveiled a cyborg cockroach that could be controlled from a smartphone through electrodes attached to its antennae and a wireless unit on its back. Imagine in the coming years what would happen if we are able to go much smaller and nanoscale computing devices could be integrated with individual bacteria. And what if these hybrid devices could be designed to control colonies of bacteria? Of course a big problem could be powering such devices, but bacteria based batteries are already a reality. So should we allow this living technology to develop and be autonomous? If it was possible, then the extension of "the internet of things" to "the internet of biology" e.g., bacteria, molds, plants and crops should also be possible -- in fact all living things could be networked and online. An online connection could enable living systems to be controlled by software allowing bioware "apps" to add functionality beyond that allowed by biology. What if...
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Quiz: How Well Do You Know Illinois? Test Your Knowledge Here - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/reboot-...
Quiz: How Well Do You Know Illinois? Test Your Knowledge Here
You probably know which presidents are from Illinois, where the capitol is located and which great lake forms our eastern border. But how much do you really know about the Land of Lincoln? Can you name the state bird or how many counties are in the state? Test your knowledge about our state with this quiz and then see more information about the answers at Reboot Illinois. P.S. Detailed information on each question is listed below the quiz in case you'd like to learn more, but no cheating! :) Subscribe to our mailing list See more about Illinois' statehood history, its musical inhabitants and past capitols at Reboot Illinois. NEXT ARTICLE: Like Beauty and the Beast? This is the Illinois colleges' version The BGA's Private Eye is turning over stones in Cook County Don't wait until the last minute-make sure you know where your candidates stand on the issues you care about Let 'em know what you want! Sound Off tool to talk to your representatives about education funding Bet these college...
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The U.S. Is Home To Nearly One-Third Of The World's Female Prisoners - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
The U.S. Is Home To Nearly One-Third Of The World's Female Prisoners
The U.S. has a serious female prisoner problem. According to the International Centre for Prison Studies, there are 201,200 women incarcerated in the U.S. -- almost one-third of the world's documented female prison population as of 2013. An infographic designed by Niall McCarthy, charted by Statista, shows how the population of women prisoners in the U.S. compares to those in other countries -- and the results are pretty shocking. So, why does America imprison so many women? Mandatory sentencing minimums have led to prison overcrowding in general. An estimated two-thirds of women incarcerated in federal prisons are serving time for nonviolent, drug-related crimes. Female prisoners are disproportionately women of color, and one study suggests that 44 percent of female prisoners in the U.S. don't have a high school diploma or GED. Incarcerating women also plays a huge role in breaking up families -- 64 percent of female state prisoners lived with and cared for their minor children...
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How One 17-Year-Old Is Leading Hong Kong's Fight For Democracy - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
How One 17-Year-Old Is Leading Hong Kong's Fight For Democracy
What began five days ago as a Hong Kong student class boycott has swept into a city-wide pro-democracy protest movement, as reported by the Wall Street Journal. The public face of the crowd? Seventeen-year-old activist Joshua Wong. The teen has been on the front lines of the campaign to oust Hong Kong's leader and establish democracy in the city. It's a role that has already landed Joshua in police custody. He was among the dozens taken into custody by Chinese police forces at the onset of the protest. Joshua suffered bruises during his arrest, and he remained in custody for 40 hours without charges, according to Reuters. And yet, upon his release, he told South China Morning Post that he'd soon be back "to join the fight." He kept his promise. A reporter from the South China Morning Post tweeted the scene yesterday: Joshua Wong, student leader and "Hong Kong's son", addressed the crowd in Central earlier to huge cheers #OccupyHK pic.twitter.com/FtmT6JIeAp — Alice Woodhouse...
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24 Things That You're Only Proud Of In College - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
24 Things That You're Only Proud Of In College
College is a time to explore yourself and the world around you. It's about figuring out what you and life are all about. But let's be honest, our standards during college were relatively low. So many of the things that happened back then go into our personal "lock boxes" never to be spoken of again. Until now! These are things most college students are proud to brag about. And then you grow up, you become an adult, and these same things just don't carry the same amount of pride that they once did. Like ... Succeeding without doing any work at all. You passed your classes without attending and sometimes without buying the required textbook. An interesting strategy. Showing off your beer pong setup. But perhaps it led to a bright future in engineering. Waking up in a random bed after a night of drinking. Throwing up and rallying back to drink more. Getting up before noon on the weekends. 11 am? What an early bird! "Cooking" Kraft mac and cheese all by yourself. The secret ingredient is...
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An Inflection Point: The Masses Are Finally Feeling It - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joan-mi...
An Inflection Point: The Masses Are Finally Feeling It
There's a tsunami... A march to demand action to combat climate change drew nearly half a million people in New York City and about a million people in marches around the world -- including the head of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon. The march was on the eve of the historic UN Climate Summit hosted by Secretary Moon, which is held in conjunction with the U.N.'s General Assembly, it's largest and most significant annual event. Universities and even the successors to Standard Oil, the Rockefellers, are divesting their investments in fossil fuels. Historically high fuel standards are transforming the automobile sector and transportation across the U.S. and the globe. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is instituting more rigorous standards for power plants, too. You know you've reached an inflection point when what was once considered "established wisdom" is now marginalized and the position that was marginalized is now "established wisdom." Such is the case with climate change...
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'Handful' Of People Being Monitored After Potential Exposure To Texas Ebola Patient - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
'Handful' Of People Being Monitored After Potential Exposure To Texas Ebola Patient
By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON, Oct 1 (Reuters) - Health experts are monitoring "a handful" of people who were potentially exposed to Ebola through physical contact with the first patient diagnosed with the deadly virus in the United States, the top U.S. public health official said on Wednesday. Health officials confirmed the first case of the virus in the country on Tuesday, when a man who flew from Liberia to Texas tested positive for Ebola, which has killed more than 3,000 people in three countries in West Africa. Texas health officials said healthcare workers have tested negative for the virus and there are no other suspected cases in the state. The healthcare workers will be closely monitored for the next 21 days, the time it can take for symptoms of the hemorrhagic fever to appear. "We have a seven-person team in Dallas today helping to review that with the family and make sure we identify everyone that could have had contact with him," Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S....
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Bears Rescued From Bile Farms: Why Not Just Release Them? - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jill-ro...
Bears Rescued From Bile Farms: Why Not Just Release Them?
Animals Asia has rescued 535 bears from farms in China and Vietnam, where their bile is painfully extracted as a prized ingredient in traditional medicine. When people visit or hear about these rescued bears living at our sanctuaries they sometimes ask - "why not release them?" My answer is always, "there's nothing we would like more..." Tragically, release back into the wild, where they should belong is simply not an option for these poor animals - at least not at the present time. The most fundamental reason is that there is no known safe area for them to go. While trade is legal and demand exists, poachers will too. A common argument we hear to excuse bear bile farming is that the farm breeding programmes will reduce the demand for wild caught bears and help conserve wild populations. We've long disagreed with that, and last month Traffic's report backed up our assertions. The trade of wild caught bears continues to supplement farm stocks. Breeding programmes are defective in these...
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Kittens Learning How To Use Stairs Are Why Moving Pictures Were Invented - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Kittens Learning How To Use Stairs Are Why Moving Pictures Were Invented
So, they've conquered walking, but now these kittens are taking on their next big challenge: stairs. In this compilation from MrFunnyMals, a gaggle of adventurous little felines try their paws at climbing up and down steps. Although they don't have size on their side (often, one stair is almost as tall as they are), and depth perception seems to be a fairly new concept for them, they sure look adorable trying. That's how you learn, kitties! H/T Tastefully Offensive
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Nervous Chinese Authorities Perform 'Anal Security Checks' On 10,000 Pigeons - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Nervous Chinese Authorities Perform 'Anal Security Checks' On 10,000 Pigeons
Doves may symbolize peace, but officials in China aren't willing to risk it -- and they're perfectly happy to ruffle some feathers along the way if they have to. To that end, authorities reportedly performed "anal security checks" on 10,000 pigeons in Beijing ahead of China's National Day holiday on Wednesday. China's state-owned newspaper, The People's Daily, reported on the security probe in a Tweet on Tuesday, helpfully including a picture of what a suspicious pigeon might look like: 10,000 pigeons go through anal security check for suspicious objects Tue, ready to be released on National Day on Wed pic.twitter.com/HitEpLMv8o — People's Daily,China (@PDChina) September 30, 2014 Chinese media didn't clarify what sort of "suspicious object" might be hidden inside a pigeon's anus, the Associated Press notes. "Their wings, tail-feathers, even their anuses must be carefully checked,” an unnamed state security officer told China's Legal Evening News, according to an English translation...
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Let's Ban Handshakes At Work And Start Fist-Bumping - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Let's Ban Handshakes At Work And Start Fist-Bumping
Winter is fast approaching, which means more sniffling, sneezing and coughing around the office. A pretty sickening story in The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday discussed in gross detail the speed at which germs spread in the office. The crux of it was that it only takes about four hours for a virus to spread to the hands of about half of the people in an office. There are some obvious things you can do to avoid getting sick at work, like staying away from the communal coffee pot or using paper towels to avoid contact with door handles. But one incredibly easy thing to do this winter would be to ban handshakes in favor of fist-bumps. According to a recent study, fist-bumps are way cleaner than handshakes and high-fives when it comes to spreading germs. That's because knocking knuckles means far less surface-area contact than squeezing together two sets of palms and fingers. Banning handshakes is not a totally crazy idea. In fact, the Journal of the American Medical Association proposed...
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Federal Appeals Court To Mull Guns In Post Offices - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Federal Appeals Court To Mull Guns In Post Offices
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service and a rural Colorado man argued in court Wednesday over where on postal property people can legally carry guns. A three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in the case involving Tab Bonidy, a licensed gun owner who, along with the National Association for Gun Rights, sued the Postal Service in 2010 over its ban on guns in post offices. Bonidy said the post office in Avon, a small town near Colorado's Vail and Beaver Creek ski resorts, violated his Second Amendment rights by refusing to let him carry his concealed handgun into the building when he picks up his mail. The post office also barred him from keeping the weapon in his vehicle in the parking lot. U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch ruled last year that the Postal Service's ban on firearms in its parking lots violated the Second Amendment. But he also said the agency could keep people such as Bonidy from carrying a gun in a post office lobby. Both...
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What Small Farms Actually Need Will Surprise Even Locavores - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/maisie-...
What Small Farms Actually Need Will Surprise Even Locavores
Everybody loves small family farms, from Republicans to Democrats and hipsters to ultra-religious folks. As a nation, we romanticize them -- the last link to our pioneer past, perhaps. But in addition to being the salt of the earth, working hard from sun up to sun down, et cetera et cetera, farmers are also small-business owners, albeit ones with a unique set of challenges. I got an inside look at the kinds of things they need to grow those businesses, and it's startling. Just $5,000 can really make a difference! Seeds of sustainability In general, farmers operate on razor-thin margins and contend with a ton of variables outside their control (drought, floods, storms, pests, and all the rest of those Biblical attackers). Any cash that comes in gets reinvested in the next growing season or goes to feed for the next batch of animals. The reason I got to peek inside their businesses is because the company I work for was giving away money to help them grow. This year we're celebrating the...
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Watch The Cat Who Jumped Farther Than Any Cat Before - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Watch The Cat Who Jumped Farther Than Any Cat Before
This feline can fly. Alley leaped 6 feet to set the Guinness World Record for longest jump made by a cat, according to the newly released 2015 edition of Guinness World Records. What's more amazing is that Alley, a performer for the Acro-Cats circus in Chicago, soared into kitty track and field history from humble beginnings. Alley was a stray who was found in a Chicago alleyway, the video above explains. "Now she's a star," Alley's owner and Acro-Cats creator, Samantha Martin, said. If Alley can vocalize like she jumps, maybe she can take on the mark for the loudest purr. Yep, there is such a record. H/T Laughing Squid
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Paul Ryan: Pope Francis Is For The Free Market, Against 'Crony Capitalism' - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Paul Ryan: Pope Francis Is For The Free Market, Against 'Crony Capitalism'
Paul Ryan's support of the free market system does not conflict with his Catholic faith, the congressman told HuffPost Live on Tuesday. During a conversation about his book The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea, Ryan explained that "lay people in public life" such as himself must discern how to interpret Catholic principles in a practical way, which is how he's formed his economic platform. "Some people say that, 'Gosh, you cut spending and you're cutting programs and you're balancing the budget -- that for some reason conflicts with your faith.' Far from it," Ryan said. "It is my exercise of my prudential judgement in fulfilling what I think is in the best interest of people." Host Marc Lamont Hill asked Ryan about some of Pope Francis' comments on capitalism in The Joy Of The Gospel, which seems to question the effectiveness of the free market and includes passages like this: [S]ome people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged...
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