Suu Kyi Liberty Just A Start

The Independent says Aung San Suu Kyi's release is cause for celebration – but we have to be realistically doubtful about the prospects of change in Burma.

The release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is cause for celebration but we have to be realistically doubtful about the prospects of change in Burma. "While it is just possible that her freedom might light the slow-burning fuse of a popular uprising against the military junta, it is likely that her release is, on the contrary, an indicator of the regime's confidence and strength. Unlike her release in 2002, which was part of a dialogue under the auspices of the United Nations, this time it forms no part of a recognition by the junta that it needs to engage with her or her party."

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Entrepreneur and author Andrew Horn shares his rules for becoming an assured conversationalist.

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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.

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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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Swiss researchers identify new dangers of modern cocaine.

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