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David Letterman Finale Draws Almost 14 Million Viewers in Ratings

The New York Times reports… David Letterman closed out his 33 years in late-night television on Wednesday with one of the highest-rated shows of his career. “The Late Show” brought in 13.7 million viewers, Mr.... Read More
Sage Advice from Robert De Niro to NYU Arts Grads – ‘You’re F***ed’

Sage Advice from Robert De Niro to NYU Arts Grads – ‘You’re F***ed’

In fairness he tells them real truths about the life ahead and starting in a deficit situation is not all bad.
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Could The Skyscrapers Of The Future Be Made Out Of Wood?

digg .com has the story. Vancouver-based architect Michael Green was unequivocal at a conference at which I heard him speak a while ago: “We grow trees in British Columbia that are 35 stories tall, so... Read More
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TLC pulls Duggar family series amid misconduct reports

The Press of Atlantic City reports. LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – TLC pulled the reality series “19 Kids and Counting” from its schedule on Friday, a move that follows reports of sexual misconduct allegations against one... Read More
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Why Professors Should Never Have Affairs With Their Students

Slate Magazine reports… I’ve recently been feeling exhausted by the number of male professors I know who’ve had, or tried to have, affairs with their students. I am not the kind of person who always... Read More
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Watching 3D movies ‘helps improve brain power’

The Guardian reports that a British study suggests surgeons, boxers and tennis players might benefit from watching films in stereoscope before taking on challenging tasks. A minority of filmgoers complain of dizziness and headaches, and previous... Read More
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Massive Texas biker gang shooting gets soft coverage, but we shouldn’t be surprised

by David A. Love Nine dead. Eighteen injured. Nearly 200 arrested. But apparently, not much to see here. Looking at the media coverage of the May 17 mass murder among Texas motorcycle gangs, you would get... Read More
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Ecuador’s President Will Respond To You On Twitter

digg.com has the story. It’s hard to imagine tweeting at the president and receiving any sort of response. The @BarackObama Twitter account is just anodyne recitations of policy points. This week, the president debuted the @POTUS... Read More
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Slacking Off: Can Office Chatrooms Make Us More Productive Time Wasters?

Bloomberg Business reports that group chatting platforms like the much-hyped Slack are being praised as a fun way to boost productivity at work. But not everyone is a fan. When Normative, a software design firm, introduced... Read More
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Can Racism Be Stopped in the Third Grade?

NY Magazine reports that an experiment at Fieldston, which starts when 8-year-olds are sorted by race, has some very liberal parents fuming. The form arrived in an email attachment on the Friday after winter break.“What... Read More
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Postman Who Gyrocoptered Onto Capitol Lawn Faces Two Felonies

npr reports… Doug Hughes, the Florida postman who gyrocoptered through Washington’s anti-terrorism warning system to land on the Capitol lawn, now faces two felonies, four misdemeanors and up to 9 1/2 years in prison for... Read More
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Boondoggle HQ: The $25 Million Building in Afghanistan Nobody Needed

ProPublica explains. This is a story about how the U.S. military built a lavish headquarters in Afghanistan that wasn’t needed, wasn’t wanted and wasn’t ever used—at a cost to American taxpayers of at least $25... Read More
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Study Suggests You Are ‘Drunk’ When in Love

Of course it is commissioned by TheDrinksBusiness.com Research, published today by the University of Birmingham in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, suggests that a person’s behaviour when drunk is similar to that of a person in love,... Read More
(You’re welcome.) Kate Arnell teaches a master class in How to Swear Like a Brit.

(You’re welcome.) Kate Arnell teaches a master class in How to Swear Like a Brit.

Stress relief is very important! Take a deep breath and let loose.
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The Netflix Of Private Aviation Made Me Vomit

BuzzFeed News reports that for a $2,000 monthly membership fee, Beacon gives you unlimited flights from New York to a handful of Northeastern destinations. It might also make you puke. Beacon’s maiden flight started with... Read More
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The Bush Years: An Explainer

by Tina Dupuy This week in Nevada, Jeb Bush accidentally declared he’s running for president to reporters. He was supposed to say, “if I run” and instead said, “I’m running for president!” So now that... Read More
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How Al Jazeera America Went from a Home for Idealists to a Sexist Mess

Jezebel.com reports. On the morning of May 6, two manholes near Penn Station in Manhattan exploded in succession, spooking pedestrians and temporarily snarling traffic on 8th Avenue as investigators scratched their heads. Less than a... Read More
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The Tech Behind Traffic Apps: How (Well) Do They Work?

npr’s All-Tech Considered reports… The challenge of strategizing the best route to work against the herd of other drivers can be as routine as the daily commute itself. A number of apps are out there... Read More

Toy Vey: The Rabbi Selling Kosher Vibrators

Bloomberg Business reports an Israeli set out to create a sex toy store God would approve of. Not everyone is buying it. Within ultra-Orthodox Jewish culture, physical contact between unmarried men and women is forbidden,... Read More
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Obama Admin: NSA Spying Will Begin Shutting Down This Week

The National Journal reports. The Patriot Act provisions that have allowed the National Security Agency to vacuum up Americans’ phone records officially expire on June 1. But the Obama administration says the NSA must begin... Read More
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Why It Pays to Be a Jerk

The Atlantic explains… ile at the customer. Bake cookies for your colleagues. Sing your subordinates’ praises. Share credit. Listen. Empathize. Don’t drive the last dollar out of a deal. Leave the last doughnut for someone... Read More
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The Second Job You Don’t Know You Have

Politico explains how self-checkouts, ATMs and airport check-ins are changing our economy. chnology has knocked the bottom rung out of the employment ladder, which has sent youth unemployment around the globe skyrocketing and presented us with... Read More
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The Extreme Athlete Who Built A New Knee

digg.com explains… When Brian Bartlett was 24 he was hit by a car from behind so hard it ripped his right leg off instantly. It all happened so fast. He doesn’t like to talk about... Read More
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How Terrorist Bounties Are Calculated

Defense One has the story. Osama Bin Laden had a $25 million prize on his head, and even that might have been undervalued. $25 million. That’s how much, prior to Osama bin Laden’s death in... Read More
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Chris Christie Now Opposes Creating a Pathway to Citizenship for Undocumented Workers

Bloomberg Politics reports that the New Jersey governor says he has changed his mind on the question. By his own admission, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has changed his tune. On Monday, Christie said that... Read More
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Host Of Rubio Fundraiser Was Foreign Agent For Dictator Who Endorses Gay Beheadings

ThinkProgress explains… Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), who announced last month that he will seek the GOP presidential nomination in 2016, will hold a campaign fundraiser on Wednesday with an array of Washington lobbyists. One of... Read More
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Whoopi Goldberg mocks ‘dummy’ Lindsey Graham and GOP contenders: They all want to be action heroes

Raw Story has the details… Whoopi Goldberg lit into Republican presidential candidates on The View on Tuesday for their attempts to sound tough on foreign policy. “The Republican candidates are kind of sounding more like... Read More
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Jeb implodes over Iraq

by Brent Budowsky In a two-day implosion over his still-incoherent comments about the Iraq War, initiated by former President George W. Bush, his brother, GOP presidential hopeful Jeb Bush first said that knowing what he... Read More
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The Plan to Move an Entire Swedish Town

The Atlantic has the story. Can a city pick itself up and head down the road? In perhaps the most radical urban relocation project so far this century, the town of Kiruna is trying to... Read More
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Louisiana Legislature Rejects ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill, Governor Imposes It By Executive Order

ThinkProgress explains… Louisiana’s “Marriage and Conscience Act” (HB 707), which was promoted using stories of anti-LGBT discrimination, died in committee Tuesday. Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), who had prioritized the legislation’s passage in his State of... Read More