Unbound

Sep. 30th, 2014 05:59 am
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Ray Bradbury was like Elvis: He gave up what he was good at to make movies.

Thanx to File 770

Coffiest

Sep. 29th, 2014 06:24 am
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As predicted in The Space Merchants, Chinese restaurant owner puts poppies in his noodles in an effort to addict his customers. He was caught when a failed urine test led back to him, so I guess the war on some drugs is good for something.

Thanx to Slate Star Codex

Rat race

Sep. 28th, 2014 05:27 am
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Training rats to play the stock market

Thanx to Making Light.

Types of nonbelief

Sep. 26th, 2014 06:33 am
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There are a lot more alternatives to believing in a personal God than can be filed under atheist and agnostic. A discussion of several

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Yesterday's tomorrow today

Sep. 26th, 2014 06:13 am
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Maybe there's still hope for Space Migration, Increased Intelligence, and Life Extension.

Thanx to RAW Illumination.

Revisionism

Sep. 25th, 2014 06:53 am
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How the Texas Board of Education could better protect our nation's children from that nasty old Common Core

Organized crime

Sep. 24th, 2014 07:53 am
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An article on why the British middle classes aren't that revolting tells of a scam that sounds all too familiar to my American ears:
Phones4U was bought by the private equity house, BC Partners, in 2011 for £200m. BC then borrowed £205m and, having saddled the company with vast amounts of debt, paid themselves a dividend of £223m. Crippled by debt, the company has now collapsed into administration.
Private equity has been doing that sort of thing over here for years, and it is so acceptable that one of its most successful perpetrators, Willard Romney, ran for president himself instead of hiding behind a more palatable candidate, as the malefactors of great wealth have traditionally done. In the old science fiction gimmick of having the future look back on us with horror and mockery, I suggest:
Back in the day, a PE guy ran for president.

Who did he run against, a pimp?


Thanx to Making Light for the link

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