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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Free COLA!

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almost 5 years ago

The Washington Post’s George F. Will describes how the Arkansas Democrat Wilbur Mills sought the Democrats’ 1972 presidential election with an “admirably straightforward attempt to buy the votes of the elderly” by championing “an automatic COLA” (which stands for cost-of-living-adjustment) for ...

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Bailout Bonus Cuts

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almost 5 years ago

“The Obama administration will soon order the nation's biggest bailed-out companies to drastically cut pay packages for their top executives, a senior administration official confirmed to CNN Wednesday. Kenneth Feinberg, who was named the White House's pay czar in June, will demand that the seven ...

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Hacked Off

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almost 5 years ago

A furore has been caused after it was revealed that notable writers from the The New York Times and The Washington Post enjoyed a free trip to Jamaica last week courtesy of consumer sponsors including Thrillist and JetBlue. The luxury holiday included a round-trip flight from JFK International to ...

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Turkey Flu?

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almost 5 years ago

“Turkeys in the Canadian province of Ontario have become infected with the H1N1 flu virus, but no birds or eggs from the farm entered the food supply, provincial government officials said on Tuesday,” Reuters reports. “The infection poses minimal risk to human health, Dr. Arlene King, Ontario's ...

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Bigger-Gigantic Arachnid

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“Scientists have found the world’s largest species of golden orb-weaver spider in the tropics of Africa and Madagascar. The discovery marks the first identification of a new Nephila spider since 1879. Females of the new species, Nephila komaci, measure a whopping 4 to 5 inches in diameter, while the ...

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Glove Love

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almost 5 years ago

Not for profit organization Green Thing has come up with an ingenious idea to promote recycling and sustainability. Its new initiative is called Glove Love, and is “the stylish and sustainable union of the country’s single gloves”. Green Thing are collecting lost and lonely gloves, washing them ...

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Not of This Earth

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almost 5 years ago

There are some places in the world that seem “not of this earth” remarks a blogger for Environmental Graffiti. He is commenting on pictures of the dusty landscape of Chile’s Valle de la Luna, or Valley of the Moon. “Barren, inhospitable and brimming with bizarre, polychromatic rock formations, it ...

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Baby Your Boss

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almost 5 years ago

“Having a boss or co-worker who’s a bully not only makes your life miserable, but it can also make you sick. Luckily, I’ve found a new book that might help you cope,” says Sara Altshul of Health.com. She says that new research has found that 10 per cent of nearly 8,000 office workers surveyed in ...

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New Media Tally

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almost 5 years ago

The “nuclear explosion” of new media such as social networking sites, blogs, YouTube and instant messaging has prompted one web user to create a counter showing the second by second growth of social media. In the 126 seconds since I logged into the counter over 1,400 new blogs have been posted, more ...

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Economical Health?

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almost 5 years ago

“House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said healthcare legislation being considered by her chamber would reduce the US budget deficit over the next 20 years, meeting one of President Barack Obama’s main demands for the overhaul. Pelosi cited preliminary estimates by the Congressional Budget Office that various ...

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Crushing Congress

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almost 5 years ago

“It's not even noon on the West Coast and already Capitol Hill staffers say they're getting nonstop calls from constituents in support of President Barack Obama's health insurance reform,” writes The Huffington Post. By 6pm Eastern Time yesterday Organizing for America had reportedly surpassed it's ...

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Drawing God

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almost 5 years ago

"It was hard to draw God," the reclusive cartoonist Robert Crumb told USA Today, speaking about his latest project, which began at the Beginning, with Creation itself. "Should God just be a bright light? Should I use word balloons? Should God be a woman?" Apparently the answer to this conundrum came ...

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Serious Arm Twisting

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almost 5 years ago

“Before Afghanistan’s president, Hamid Karzai, acceded to a runoff election on Tuesday, you could almost hear his arm being twisted,” according to The New York Times. And who were the twisters? Well, some pretty “top level talent” comprised of secretary of state Hillary Clinton, UK Prime Minister ...

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An End to Aging

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almost 5 years ago

“Call it an anti-death panel. We [Orange County Weekly] just received a press release saying that the world's top aging scientists will converge on Manhattan Beach from November 13 through 15 to figure out how to put off that whole getting-old-and-dying thing. The scientists, supposedly, will ...

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Gagging Bloggers?

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almost 5 years ago

The Federal Trade Commission, which set the blogging world aflame two weeks ago with new guidelines governing truth-in-cyberspace-advertising, “never intended to patrol the blogosphere,” FTC lawyer Mary Engle said at a bloggers’ conference last weekend. According to Publishers Weekly Engle, the FTC ...