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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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PIGS Trough

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If the European Union ends up bailing out bankrupt Greece the PIGS will all eat at the same trough, remarks Wall Street Journal columnist and Hudson Institute adviser Irwin Stelzer. “If it waddles like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's a duck. If members of a club come to the rescue of a ...

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Hot Poetry

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Scientists, poets and thermal imaging technology got together over Valentine’s weekend to investigate whether love poems can ignite “instant fires” in your blushing cheeks. “Steamy love poems are always popular around Valentine's Day, but can a few lines of tender verse really make people hot under ...

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“Thugocracy Iran”

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“Make Iran pay, stop coddling the mullahs and crack down on their quest for nuclear weapons,” is today’s sentiment in an editorial from the New York Daily News. “The thugocracy that runs Iran has shown with brutal repression that regime change will wait another day, while proving with nuclear ...

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“Doomsday Pod”

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An inventor is claiming to have come up with a modern day Noah’s Ark – a durable container housing up to four people which could theoretically survive an apocalypse. “The Russian inventor has designed what he says is the key to human survival in the event of an apocalypse. It's an armoured pod that ...

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“Give Us A Break”

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The New Statesman’s Salma Yaqoob talks to Muslim women about the Western perception that they are powerless victims in need of rescuing. “Give us a break”, they say.“For Muslim women, the first decade of the 21st century ended pretty much as it started. Much was done in our name, little of which we ...

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Tiger Burns Brightly

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As Chinese New Year revellers welcomed in the year of the Tiger yesterday, Singapore’s first casino, a key part of a drive to boost tourism revenue, opened its doors. “The $4.7 billion Resorts World Sentosa, built by a unit of Malaysia's Genting Group, is the first of two casinos to go into ...

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Weeping Carnival Queen

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Seven-year-old Julia Lira, the youngest drum corps queen in memory at Rio de Janiero’s Carnival, broke down in tears and needed a time-out after finding herself center stage. “Dressed in a sequined halter top and a miniskirt made of purple feathers, the youngster shuffled through the first 50 yards ...

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“Military Dictatorship”

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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has warned that Iran is “becoming a military dictatorship” in an address to students at a Qatar university during a tour of the region. “She said Iran's elite army corps, the Revolutionary Guard, had gained so much power they had effectively supplanted the ...

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Head-on Collision

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A train crash in Brussels has left at least 20 people dead after high speed locomotives collided head-on amid snowy conditions, after at least one vehicle failed to put on the brakes. “The trains, one travelling from Leuven to Braine-le-Comte and another from Quiévrain to Liege, crashed head-on amid ...

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The End of Free?

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A founder of the notorious P2P network the Pirate Bay is creating a micropayment company designed to force users to pay a small monthly subscription to companies that host downloads. "Called Flattr, the micropayments system revolves around members paying a fixed monthly fee. At the end of each month ...

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Bomb Blast

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A bomb blast that killed nine at a German bakery in Pune, India is threatening to derail peace talks with neighboring Pakistan though no group has claimed responsibility for the attack. "A day after the blast ripped through a cafe popular with foreigners and sent shock waves through India, Hindu ...

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Accelerating Problems

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Regulators hired by Toyota narrowed the scope of at least four government investigations into the now infamous accelerator problems that have recalled millions of vehicles. "At least four U.S. investigations into unintended acceleration by Toyota Motor Corp. vehicles were ended with the help of ...

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Recycled Medals

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This winter's Olympic medals contain recycled material from junked electronic equipment like circuit boards and cathode ray tubes that would otherwise occupy a dump. "When Olympic champions are crowned at this year's winter games in Vancouver, these elite athletes will be taking home more than just ...

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"Welfare Recreation"

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The notorious private security firm Blackwater, currently Xe, was charging the government to fly a Filipina prostitute into Afghanistan and pay her a monthly salary as "morale welfare recreation". "The troubled American private security company Blackwater faced fresh controversy today when two ...

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Public Debate

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The White House has formally invited the Congress to attend a televised legislative debate over healthcare reform scheduled for February 25th in the nation's capital. "Like a duel, there are formalities laid out. Who should attend: Senior House/Senate leadership, chairmen and ranking members of ...