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This Supreme Court Case Puts 25 MILLION Employment Contracts at Stake

2nd October 2017

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The case concerns how employees may bring actions against their employers. Many employment contracts, some 25 million according to respondents lawyer Daniel Ortiz, contain provisions requiring employees to resolve disputes with employers in arbitration on an individual basis, effectively forbidding workers from organizing class actions. Critics of these provisions say they purposefully empower management at the expense of labor, since they inhibit workers from organizing to secure better contracts.

Though the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) provides that a contract provision requiring arbitration must be enforced, section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) establishes the right of workers to engage in “concerted activities” to secure mutual aid and protection. At issue in Monday’s case was whether the NLRA allows employers to enforce contracts requiring case-by-case arbitration.

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A Dam-Building Boom Is Transforming the Brazilian Amazon

2nd October 2017

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Cue anguished screams by environmentalists, all of whom come from somewhere else.

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This Map Shows the European Regions Fighting to Achieve Independence

2nd October 2017

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Funny how they don’t show the would-be Caliphate territories. Wonder why?

Maybe we ought to do one for North America. That would be amusing.

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Genetic Test May Soon Tell You if [sic] You’re Really Jewish

2nd October 2017

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If, of course, that’s what you want to do.

As nearly half of all Ashkenazi Jews can trace their lineage, via a particular genetic mark, to four women who emigrated from the Middle East to Europe about a thousand years ago, chances, Rabbi Carmel continued, “are high, statistically speaking, that anyone able to prove that they are the offspring of those four mothers is Jewish according to halacha.”

Well. There it is.

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Medieval Technology Pages

1st October 2017

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It is difficult to provide useful information on Medieval Technology. Information is hard to obtain, few surveys have been published, and in many cases the available sources fail to indicate their sources.

The information contained on these pages has been gleaned from a variety of places, most often secondary sources. The scholar will almost certainly have to check those sources to find the original citations. To make this process as easy as possible, complete bibliographic references, including page numbers, have been given.

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‘Millionaire’s Bacon’ Could Change the Face of the Fry-up Forever

30th September 2017

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More flavour-dense than its slender counterpart, millionaire’s bacon is typically half an inch thick and is slow-cooked for several hours.

“The taste is succulent, sweet and spicy with many different spices going in. It’s very complex,” said Hoyul Steven Choi, co-owner of Sweet Maple, a popular brunch spot in San Francisco that is renowned for its take on the elevated candied bacon dish.

He explained to the San Francisco Gate that the thick pieces of pork are covered in sugar and cayenne pepper before being left in the oven to cook for a few hours at a low temperature.

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New LG Smartphone Keeps Mosquitoes Away

29th September 2017

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The LG K7i, launched by the South Korean firm at the India Mobile Congress this week, is embedded with technology that it says will keep mosquitoes away.

It emits ultrasonic waves from a mesh grid on the back of the phone. The waves should repel the pests and are “absolutely safe and harmless for humans,” the company said.

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The Punctuation Guide

28th September 2017

Here.

Learn it, live it, love it.

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Princess Bride 30th Anniversary: Where Are the Cast Now?

25th September 2017

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Living happily ever after, I trust.

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Robot Dentist Completes First Ever Operation Without Any Input From Humans

23rd September 2017

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Ask not for whom the robots come; they come for thee.

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HIV Treatment Breakthrough Creates Antibody That Attacks 99 Per Cent of Virus’ Strains

22nd September 2017

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Plastic-degrading Fungus Found in Pakistan Rubbish Dump

22nd September 2017

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You can’t beat Mother Nature. Make a pile of something, and life will find a way to use it.

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American Dialects

22nd September 2017

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I was amused to hear Larry Page, a co-founder of Google, in this YouTube video clip. It’s almost like hearing myself — another native of the east-central-south portion of Michigan’s lower peninsula.

I was interested to note, when I actually had a chance to listen to Dan Rather in person, that he has a definite Texas accent that disappears entirely when he is in front of a camera.

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All Blue-Eyed People Have a Single Ancestor in Common

22nd September 2017

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New research shows that all blue-eyed people share a common ancestor. This person lived more than 6,000 years ago and carried a genetic mutation that has now spread across the world.

The exact cause remains to be determined but scientists do know that eye color began to change long before recorded history began.

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Converting Bad Fat Into Good Fat Could Be the Key to Treating Obesity, Say Scientists

22nd September 2017

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There are two types of fat tissue in the body: the good brown kind – which helps us to burn calories, and the bad white kind – which leads us to gain weight.

Now, there might be a way to covert the bad into the good, new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis has found.

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Former CIA Officer: On Wiretapping, Trump Was Right All Along

20th September 2017

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Imagine that.

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How to Find Out What Places Are a Specific Distance From You

20th September 2017

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If, of course, that’s what you want to do.

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Rise Of the Tiny Machines: Boffins Cook Up Autonomous DNA Sorting Robot

20th September 2017

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While software developers might write algorithms for sorting, human and other organisms’ cells have their own biological ways for organizing the molecules inside them – such as how the proteins inside neurons are created in one spot and moved elsewhere.

Along that vein, researchers have shown pre-programmed DNA origami can perform tasks such as travelling in a line picking up molecular “cargo”. In the previous academic work with DNA robots, though, humans have had to give intermittent instructions (such as adding molecules into a test tube to produce a response) or they couldn’t see more than a couple tasks performed.

 

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Donald Trump’s America First Doctrine Will Destroy the United Nations

19th September 2017

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I’m in.

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Crocodile Handler ‘Killed by Crocodile’ During Search for Mauled Teenager

19th September 2017

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Let that be a lesson to us all.

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Internet Movie Cars Database

19th September 2017

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We have the technology.

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Is There a Single Food That You Can Survive on Forever?

18th September 2017

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Hint: Potatoes come close.

 “For the money and your blood pressure, you can’t beat a traditional baked spud,” says Joan Salge Blake, a clinical nutrition professor at Boston University.

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Gordon Ramsay’s Eggs Baked in Hash Browns with Bacon Recipe Goes Viral

18th September 2017

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And rightly so.

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High-tech Boxer Shorts Protect Men’s Sperm From Smartphone and Wifi Radiation Damage

17th September 2017

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If, of course, that’s what you want to do.

Cue feminist hysteria about patriarchy.

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Half of India-Bangladesh Border Fenced

15th September 2017

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Suddenly people around the world think that a wall is a good idea.

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Texas Seems Primed to Land Amazon’s Second Headquarters

15th September 2017

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That’s going to burn so many Leftist butts, they’ll think it’s another hurricane.

The company laid out a pretty detailed wish list for its “HQ2” project, including a metropolitan area with more than one million people, on-site access to mass transit, a commute of 45 minutes or less to an international airport, easy access to a major highway or arterial road, and close proximity to good universities, plus fiber optic internet connections and strong cell phone service. “We want to invest in a community where our employees will enjoy living, recreational opportunities, educational opportunities, and an overall high quality of life,” Amazon’s announcement said, adding that the company is also looking for “communities that think big.”

Dallas would be a good pick — it’s got a central location in the U.S., a very good range of skilled and unskilled labor, and a low cost of living compared to either of the Left Coasts. If they pick one of the suburbs, they won’t even have to suffer from a KleptoDemocrat city administration.

Bezos moved from his native New Mexico to Houston as a toddler, and he spent his early schooling years in the Bayou city, attending River Oaks Elementary School and graduating in 1976 before moving to Florida as a sixth grader. He’s even cousins with George Strait.

Well. There it is.

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The Finger Mop

15th September 2017

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Reporter for Prestigious Newspaper Eaten by Crocodile While Relieving Himself in Lagoon

15th September 2017

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Let that be a lesson to us all.

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Face ID on Apple’s iPhone X will be limited to one person per device

14th September 2017

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Yet another reason why this ‘feature’ sucks.

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Dating App Introduces Planned Parenthood Badge for Users

13th September 2017

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So you can know who the baby-killers are.

Very useful, from an evolutionary point of view.

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Irma: Nun Armed With Chainsaw Helps Florida Residents Clear Up Hurricane Debris

13th September 2017

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Everyone’s nightmare: A nun with a chainsaw.

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North American English Dialects, Based on Pronunciation Patterns

12th September 2017

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A fascinating look at all the people of whom the Chattering Class love to make fun.

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Australian Bride Gets Married Holding Bouquet of Doughnuts

12th September 2017

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Gotta love Australians.

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Amazon’s Whole Foods Price Cuts Brought 25% Jump in Shoppers

11th September 2017

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Gee, cutting prices increases business. Who knew? (Well, economists….)

And yet The Usual Suspects don’t see how cutting taxes increases economic activity.

 

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Supreme Court Lifts Restriction on Trump ‘Muslim ban’, Barring 24,000 People From Entering US

11th September 2017

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The Supreme Court has granted the Trump administration’s request to temporarily lift restrictions on the President’s travel ban, quashing an opportunity for some 24,000 refugees to enter the country.

And a bunch of Islamist terrorists, potentially. The use of the term ‘refugees’ is tendentious, as one would expect from a Voice of the Crust.

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You Can Actually Be Allergic to Exercise

11th September 2017

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I know I am.

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Great White Shark Put in Public Swimming Pool After Washing Up on Australian Beach

11th September 2017

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Gotta love Australians.

Of course, unless they had the wit to fill the pool with seawater first, the shark will die (different osmotic pressures, which is why there is such a thing as ‘freshwater fish’), but hey, it’s the thought that counts.

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The Dems 2020 Field Taking Shape

10th September 2017

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There are a few younger candidates from the margins of the long shots, like Mark Zuckerberg (39 in 2020), or Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (49 in 2020), but the real frontrunners are all well past any normal political sell-by date. Elizabeth Warren will be 71; Joe Biden will be 77; Bernie Sanders will be 78. And people say the Republican electorate is getting old.

Old people with old ideas. It kinda fits.

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Human Skin Cells Transformed Directly Into Motor Neurons

10th September 2017

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If, of course, that’s what you want to do.

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Fats Better Than Carbohydrates in Terms of Mortality, Study Finds

9th September 2017

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Hah! Knew it all the time.

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J.R.R. Tolkien, Reading From The Hobbit

7th September 2017

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For those of you who like that sort of thing, this is the sort of thing you’ll like.

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Marijuana Compound Removes Toxic Alzheimer’s Protein From the Brain

7th September 2017

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Well. There it is.

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Bespoke RV Hides Sports Car in Mobile Garage

7th September 2017

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And it probably gets the gas mileage of an M-1 Abrams, measured in gallons per mile.

Still … I want one.

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The Quest to Restore American Elms: Nearing the Finish Line

7th September 2017

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The quest to restore the American elm has been underway for more than half a century. Today, with help from The Nature Conservancy’s Christian Marks, success is closer than ever—which is good news for our floodplain forests, as well as our urban communities.

 

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Prototype Panasonic Washing Machine Has Robot Arms That Fold Clean Clothes

7th September 2017

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We have the technology.

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Schoolgirl Discovers Mystery Sword in Same Lake King Arthur’s Legendary Excalibur Was Thrown

5th September 2017

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Maybe Arthur was transgender. Hey, it’s possible.

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X-rays Identify Medieval Manuscript Ink

2nd September 2017

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This is actually more about pigments than inks, but it’s still fascinating stuff. There are a number of ‘traditional’ formulae for medieval ink; I have tried every one I came across, and it’s incredibly difficult to get right. I can imagine what a pain in the ass it would be to actually grind and prepare your own pigments.

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Numerologist Warns Planet Nibiru Is About to Smash Into Earth

31st August 2017

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Just so you know.

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The Earliest Settlers of Mesoamerica Date Back to the Late Pleistocene

31st August 2017

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Preceramic human skeletal remains preserved in submerged caves near Tulum in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, Mexico, reveal conflicting results regarding 14C dating. Here we use U-series techniques for dating a stalagmite overgrowing the pelvis of a human skeleton discovered in the submerged Chan Hol cave. The oldest closed system U/Th age comes from around 21 mm above the pelvis defining the terminus ante quem for the pelvis to 11311±370 y BP. However, the skeleton might be considerable older, probably as old as 13 ky BP as indicated by the speleothem stable isotope data. The Chan Hol individual confirms a late Pleistocene settling of Mesoamerica and represents one of the oldest human osteological remains in America.

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US Approves Breakthrough Leukaemia Treatment That ‘Weaponises’ Blood Cells to Attack Cancer

31st August 2017

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The Food and Drug Administration called the approval historic, the first gene therapy to hit the US market. Made from scratch for every patient, it’s one of a wave of “living drugs” under development to fight additional blood cancers and other tumours, too.

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