Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Lake Tahoe-Area residents Take Sides Over Best Way to Repel Bears - WSJ.com

"He's a pretty good-sized boy," said Mr. Terry, 61 years old, a retired airline pilot. "I'm surprised he can even get in there."

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When Superstition Works - WSJ.com

Such "conditioned superstitions" can develop when people believe there is something they can do to control a situation, despite there being no rational reason to think so, says Gita Johar, a professor of business at Columbia University who recently co-wrote a paper on the phenomenon. Recent research shows that superstitions that increase the illusion of control can help people find meaning and psychological comfort—and in some cases, even boost performance.

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Pope issues first Apostolic Exhortation: Evangelii Gaudium

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has issued his first Apostolic Exhortation on Tuesday, Evangelii Gaudium, translated into English as The Joy of the Gospel. The 224-page document outlines the Pope’s vision for a missionary Church, whose “doors should always be open”. The Pope speaks on numerous themes, including evangelization, peace, homiletics, social justice, the family, respect for creation, faith and politics, ecumenism, interreligious dialogue, and the role of women and of the laity in the Church.

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U.S. and Saudis in Growing Rift as Power Shifts - NYTimes.com

Those days are over. The Saudi king and his envoys — like the Israelis — have spent weeks lobbying fruitlessly against the interim nuclear accord with Iran that was reached in Geneva on Sunday. In the end, there was little they could do: The Obama administration saw the nuclear talks in a fundamentally different light from the Saudis, who fear that any letup in the sanctions will come at the cost of a wider and more dangerous Iranian role in the Middle East.

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I never thought I would like the Saudis.

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U.S. Flies B-52s Into China’s Expanded Air Defense Zone - NYTimes.com

American officials said the pair of B-52s carried out a mission that had been planned long in advance of the Chinese announcement this past weekend, and that the United States military would continue to assert its right to fly through what it regards as international air space.

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You remember these babies, right you Chicoms?

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KILO-MACH SONIC BOOM probed in deadly fireball of 1572AD SUPERNOVA • The Register

Many thousands of years ago, far away in the constellation Cassiopeia, a white dwarf star blew up with cataclysmic violence. Much, much later, in the year 1572 when good Queen Bess was on the throne, the light of the supernova reached Earth. Now, astronomers probing the vast cloud of slowly cooling gases left behind say they have made a remarkable series of discoveries.

via www.theregister.co.uk

Coolio.

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Spies worry over doomsday cache stashed by ex-NSA contractor Snowden | Reuters

"The worst is yet to come," said one former U.S. official who follows the investigation closely.

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Ho! Ho! Hold on! Massachusetts mall Santa charged with groping coworker | Reuters

The prosecutor's office declined to comment on reports that the co-worker wore an elf costume as part of the job.

via www.reuters.com

Some of those elves can be pretty cute.

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Pope Francis denounces ‘trickle-down’ economics

Pope Francis has released a sharply worded take on capitalism and the world's treatment of its poor, criticizing "trickle-down" economic policies in no uncertain terms.

In the first lengthy writing of his papacy — also known as an "apostolic exhortation" — Francis says such economic theories naively rely on the goodness of those in charge and create a "tyranny" of the markets.

via www.washingtonpost.com

Capitalism is evil, it's just that it's less evil than any other system we have managed to come up with. Pope Francis, bless his heart, probably doesn't see why people can't be as nice as he is.

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Supreme Court to review contraceptive coverage mandate - The Washington Post

The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to consider a new challenge to President Obama’s Affordable Care Act and decide whether employers with religious objections may refuse to provide their workers with mandated insurance coverage of contraceptives.

via www.washingtonpost.com

Well this will be very eeenteresting. Seems like it has 5-4 written all over it.

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