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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Jamul Indian Village moves along on casino | UTSanDiego.com

— The Jamul Indian Village continues to roll ahead with a plan to build a $360 million Hollywood-style casino on its Jamul reservation off state Route 94, despite myriad lawsuits that aim to halt construction.

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Survey: Tech has FREED modern workers – to work longer hours • The Register

Americans think technology has made them more productive at work, but it also has many of them working longer hours, according to a new report.

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Enter the Palestinian 'nuclear option' - Diplomacy and Defense Israel News | Haaretz

The cries of victory heard at the Prime Minister’s Office and Foreign Ministry last night after the UN Security Council rejected the Palestinian resolution to end the occupation were premature. Just a few hours later, as Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas signed the Rome Statute and sought to join the International Criminal Court in The Hague, it was understood that Israel’s troubles have only just begun.

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Gun safety debate after boy, 2, kills his mum

"An inquisitive two-year-old boy reached into the purse, unzipped the compartment, found the gun and shot his mother in the head," her father-in-law Terry Rutledge told the Washington Post newspaper.

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Guns don't kill people; toddlers kill people.

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North Korea's honey trap scheme revealed - Telegraph

In a scheme called "the seed-bearing programme", high-level visitors to Pyongyang would be sent an attractive consort, only to find out several months later that they have a child in North Korea.

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Why We Love the Pain of Spicy Food - WSJ

Next, Dr. Rozin tried to condition rats to like chilies. If he could get them to choose spicy snacks over bland ones, it would show that the presence of heat in cuisine was probably a straightforward matter of adaptation. He fed one group of rats a peppery diet from birth; another group had chili gradually added to its meals. Both groups continued to prefer nonspicy food. He spiked pepper-free food with a compound to make the rats sick, so they would later find it disgusting—but they still chose it over chili-laced food. He induced a vitamin-B deficiency in some rats, causing various heart, lung and muscular problems, then nursed them back to health with chili-flavored food: This reduced but didn’t eliminate their aversion to heat.

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Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system

A refreshingly candid label on Gringo Bandito sauce: “Hot Sauce really doesn’t have nutritional value. It’s vinegar and peppers, for God’s sake. What did you expect? Why are you even trying to determine the nutritional value of hot sauce? Just enjoy it!” [via Google Images and Hot Sauce Blog, which transcribes the whole "warning"]

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Politicians benefit from American tribal warfare: Column

"What if I told you," asks a Matrix-themed photo-meme that has been circulating on Facebook, "that you can be against cops murdering citizens and citizens murdering cops at the same time?"

via www.usatoday.com

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William A. Galston: The Christian Heart of American Exceptionalism - WSJ

To be sure, the most-educated Americans are less likely to profess belief in the Christmas story. But even among adults with postgraduate degrees, 53% affirm the virgin birth of Jesus, with comparable or larger majorities for the story’s other elements.

These public beliefs have constitutional consequences. When it comes to church and state, many Americans are soft rather than strict separationists. When asked whether religious symbols like Christian nativity scenes should be permitted on government property, 44% said yes, whether or not the symbols of other religions are present. An additional 28% said that Christian symbols would be acceptable only if accompanied by symbols of other faiths. Only 20% took the position that no religious symbols should be allowed.

Democrats should pay careful attention to these findings. In reaction to the excesses of the religious right in recent decades, many secularists and strict separationists took refuge in the Democratic Party. Their voices are important. But if the party takes its bearings only from their concerns, it risks serious misjudgment.

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I've decided Bill Galston is OK. He was friendly enough the last time I saw him at one of Professor Alexander's affairs.

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CatholicHerald.co.uk » Monstrance fished out of reservoir installed in basilica

A man fishing at a reservoir near Baltimore two decades ago was convinced he had snagged a big fish after his line hooked something substantial.

via www.catholicherald.co.uk

Weird.

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