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July 25, 2014

"5 Mysteries About the Human Race That Science Can't Explain"

Why does pain hurt, why does anesthesia work, and three more.

July 24, 2014

"How Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System Works"

So effective that people go on "Iron Dome dates??" Geez.

"Broccoli Loves Us"

I don't know about "love," but everybody seems to agree that it's amazingly good for us.

"How To Blow $9 Billion: The Fallen Stroh Family"

Sad tale, but rather common

Yet today the Strohs, as a family business or even a collective financial entity, have ceased to exist. The company has been sold for parts. The trust funds have doled out their last pennies to shareholders. While there was enough cash flowing for enough years that the fifth generation Strohs still seem pretty comfortable, the family looks destined to go shirtsleeves-to-shirtsleeves in six.

"Serial Killers: The 6 Worst Hard Drive Destroyers"

#6--Human error--is, I'm guessing, the biggest threat

July 23, 2014

"Python bumps off Java as top learning language"

"Python has surpassed Java as the top language used to introduce U.S. students to programming and computer science, according to a recent survey posted by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)."

It's what Nobel Laureate economist Thomas Sargent is teaching these days.

"18 Words That Have A Totally Different Meaning In North Carolina"

I take exception to #10 but most of the rest made me smile or laugh.

9. NASCAR

What it means everywhere else: A bunch of cars going around in a circle for hours on end.

What it means in North Carolina: It’s a sport. It’s a religion. It’s a tradition.

"Why Are Israelis Rooting for Germany in the World Cup?"

Compare to the habits of most of Israel's enemies

"The 12 Most Popular Free Online Courses For Professionals"

For the online-interested autodidacts among you.

July 22, 2014

"The Worldview that Makes the Underclass"

By Anthony Daniels aka Theodore Dalrymple. Excerpt:

By the time they are 15 or 16, twice as many children in Britain have a television as have a biological father living at home. The child may be father to the man, but the television is father to the child. Few homes were without televisions with screens as large as a cinema—sometimes more than one—and they were never turned off, so that I often felt I was examining someone in a cinema rather than in a house. But what was curious was that these homes often had no means of cooking a meal, or any evidence of a meal ever having been cooked beyond the use of a microwave, and no place at which a meal could have been eaten in a family fashion. The pattern of eating in such households was a kind of foraging in the refrigerator, as and when the mood took, with the food to be consumed sitting in front of one of the giant television screens. Not surprisingly, the members of such households were often enormously fat. 

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