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Red Into Green

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about 4 years ago

A Red Cross fundraising campaign for Haiti raised record amounts via text messages after a campaign on social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. “A 48-hour-old fundraising campaign to help Haiti earthquake victims, done solely through text messages, was already stunning Red Cross officials ...

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Clever Doctors

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about 4 years ago

After a car crash that crushed her windpipe a Belgian woman kept a donor’s windpipe in her forearm before the transplant occurred. “Linda De Croock, a Belgian woman who had her throat crushed in a car accident a quarter-century ago, received one of the odder-sounding organ transplants we’ve ever ...

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Retribution

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about 4 years ago

Saddam Hussein’s notorious cousin known as Chemical Ali has been sentenced to death for gassing Kurds at the end of the Iran-Iraq war. “Families of victims in court cheered when the judge handed down the guilty verdict against Ali Hassan al-Majid in a trial for the poison gas attack on the Kurdish ...

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GOP Leading Polls

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The Republican candidate aiming to fill the late Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat from Massachusetts is leading the polls with his vow to kill national healthcare reform. “With the political winds at the back of Republican Scott Brown, pollsters tracking the Massachusetts Senate race are skeptical that ...

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Yahoo! Speaks

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about 4 years ago

Yahoo! is being criticized now that it has sided with Google against China after keeping quiet about former hacker attacks it had full knowledge of. “Yahoo knew it had been a target of sophisticated Chinese cyber attacks on U.S. firms before Google alerted the company to them, but remained silent ...

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Open Window

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about 4 years ago

The German government has warned web users that Internet Explorer is insecure after its role in the Google hackings in China. “The warning from the Federal Office for Information Security comes after Microsoft admitted IE was the weak link in recent attacks on Google's systems. Microsoft rejected ...

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Give and Take

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about 4 years ago

Big banks are working to cap employee bonuses in the face of a $117bn federal tax and public fury over record payout amounts. “Wall Street banks plan to highlight caps on cash bonuses and cuts in the proportion of revenues paid out to employees in a rearguard action against the public and political ...

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Tata Nano

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about 4 years ago

The world’s cheapest car which sells for $2,500 in India is slowly making its way to Europe and the U.S. “Tata Nano, an itty bitty car with a price tag to match, costs just $2,500 in India. And now, after surprising the world with its minimalism, Tata Motors is ready to let its young vehicle see the ...

Politeia

Being First Sucks

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about 4 years ago

"Being first sucks." That's what Amanda Simpson, one of the country's first two openly transgender presidential appointees, told ABC News. "I'd rather not be the first, but someone has to be first." Amanda Simpson started two weeks ago at the Department of Commerce, where her job will be to keep ...

Brave Green World

Cup Of Joe, Aid To Haiti

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about 4 years ago

The world’s focus right now is on immediate aid to Haiti, as it should be. But it never hurts to look down the road, too: when the repercussions of Haiti’s tragedy settle down – to whatever extent they do – it will be important for other nations, and consumers in other nations (that’s you), to find ...

Strange Maps

439 - Australia is BIG!

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about 4 years ago

We could rattle off some statistics, about size and distance. But sometimes a picture is more eloquent than a thousand words. Here are two postcard maps. That’s two thousand words right there.   Many thanks to Anna Chlebinska, a collector of cartographic postcards, for sending in these ...

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438 - The Great Firewall of China

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“China’s internet is open.” (PRC government spokesperson responding to a question on Google’s announcement to stop filtering its Chinese search engine, citing concerted hacker attacks on the e-mail accounts of political dissidents) Will Google leave China? Probably so. After the online giant ...

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436 - A Map of the Great Fear

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about 4 years ago

The rapid spread of the Great Fear was one of the weirder episodes in the early, confusing days of the French Revolution. This combination of a riot, a brush fire and a game of Chinese whispers raged from July 20 to August 5 of the revolutionary year 1789 - a year now better remembered for July ...