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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

White babies just 15 months old show racial bias when picking playmates, study found | Mail Online

Toddlers show racial bias when picking playmates, a study reveals.

via www.dailymail.co.uk

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Loggers find face in a tree

A face carved into a tree trunk was discovered by forestry workers in a remote location up Toba Inlet. It had been staring down an ancient river valley in the rainforest for almost 200 years.

The recent chance discovery was made approximately 60 miles up the inlet and helped to silence a question of doubt regarding the geographic limits of Klahoose First Nation traditional territory.

via www.prpeak.com

That pretty much settles it.

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Michael Bloomberg: 'I Have Earned My Place in Heaven, It's Not Even Close'

“I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close,” he told the New York Times.

via www.breitbart.com

I think in heaven smoking will no longer be a filthy habit and drinking will just make you feel kinda frisky.

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The IRS's Case In Halbig v. Sebelius Is Crumbling, With A Little Help From Its Friends (UPDATED)

The IRS won at the district-court level thanks to an opinion in which Judge Paul Friedman concluded that Exchanges established by the federal government are “established by the State.” That’s not quite as absurd as it may seem at first. Congress could have deemed federally established Exchanges to be “established by the State” in which they operate, if that had been Congress’ intent. Indeed, that’s what Congress did with respect to Exchanges established by U.S. territories. But Congress did not do so for federal Exchanges. Thus we are firm ground describing Friedman’s ruling as absurd. Congress intentionally offered subsidies only in states that established Exchanges for the same reason it makes numerous categories of federal spending and tax benefits conditional on state action: to induce states to carry out federal priorities.

via www.forbes.com

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The Legal Challenge to Obamacare You Probably Haven’t Heard of (And Why It Matters) | TheBlaze.com

Obamacare dictates that individual states can either set up and operate their own exchanges or the federal government will do it for them. Only 16 states and the District of Columbia currently run on their own exchanges. The remaining 34 states have elected to rely on the federally operated exchanges.

And this is where we run into an issue: Depending on various factors, including income levels, people signing up through the state and federal exchanges may be eligible for subsidies that could drastically reduce the cost of health insurance coverage. The little-known challenge being argued in the District of Columbia deals with the government’s definition of who is eligible for these tax credits.

via www.theblaze.com

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George Will: Progressives are wrong about the essence of the Constitution - The Washington Post

The fundamental division in U.S. politics is between those who take their bearings from the individual’s right to a capacious, indeed indefinite, realm of freedom, and those whose fundamental value is the right of the majority to have its way in making rules about which specified liberties shall be respected.

via www.washingtonpost.com

Yup.

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Students Trapped in Sinking Ferry Send Heartbreaking Text Messages - ABC News

Heartbreaking text message exchanges between students trapped in the sinking ferry off the coast of South Korea and their anxious parents are offering a glimpse into the desperate situation in the crippled vessel.

via abcnews.go.com

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Amazon Prime Was Too Good to Be True After All | Business | WIRED

The price of “free” two-day shipping is about to go up. That was the message from Amazon executives last week, who said that shipping costs would probably force them to raise the price of the company’s popular Amazon Prime program. Now $79 per year, the cost could go up $20 to $40 more.

via www.wired.com

o darn.

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The Surprising Gut Microbes of African Hunter-Gatherers | Science | WIRED

In Western Tanzania tribes of wandering foragers called Hadza eat a diet of roots, berries, and game. According to a new study, their guts are home to a microbial community unlike anything that’s been seen before in a modern human population — providing, perhaps, a snapshot of what the human gut microbiome looked like before our ancestors figured out how to farm about 12,000 years ago.

via www.wired.com

Maybe a startup selling their poop?

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Denver woman shot dead while on phone with dispatcher for 13 minutes | Fox News

"Any time a person dies while communicating with Denver's emergency services, we examine the circumstances to ensure that the incident was handled properly and we look for areas to improve upon," said police spokesman Sonny Jackson.

via www.foxnews.com

When seconds count, etc.

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