Against Federal Land Ownership

Federal land conservation efforts are a failure and large swaths of the nation's property should be turned over to the states, say Holly Fretwell and Shawn Regan at Forbes.

In what is hardly a symbol of constrained federal power, fully 25% of the U.S. is managed by the federal government. Despite an expansive national debt, legislation pending in Congress proposes to spend nearly a billion dollars each year acquiring even more land. ... Instead of acquiring more land, Congress should protect the land it already owns. This is best achieved by decentralizing management of the federal estate. Local land managers are beholden to the land's users and beneficiaries, not D.C.-based politicians or bureaucrats. The result is better stewardship, enhanced accountability, and controlled costs.

22 months of war - condensed in a 1-minute video

No, the Syrian civil war is not over. But it might be soon. Time for a recap

Strange Maps
  • The War in Syria has dropped off the radar, but it's not over (yet)
  • This 1-minute video shows how the fronts have moved – and stabilised – over the past 22 months
  • Watching this video may leave you both better informed, and slightly queasy: does war need a generic rock soundtrack?
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Bespoke suicide pods now available for death in style

Sarco assisted suicide pods come in three different styles, and allow you to die quickly and painlessly. They're even quite beautiful to look at.

The Sarco assisted suicide pod
Technology & Innovation

Death: it happens to everyone (except, apparently, Keanu Reeves). But while the impoverished and lower-class people of the world die in the same ol' ways—cancer, heart disease, and so forth—the upper classes can choose hip and cool new ways to die. Now, there's an assisted-suicide pod so chic and so stylin' that peeps (young people still say peeps, right?) are calling it the "Tesla" of death... it's called... the Sarco! 

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How to bring more confidence to your conversations

Entrepreneur and author Andrew Horn shares his rules for becoming an assured conversationalist.
  • To avoid basing action on external validation, you need to find your "authentic voice" and use it.
  • Finding your voice requires asking the right questions of yourself.
  • There are 3-5 questions that you would generally want to ask people you are talking to.
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