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Sean Leather
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Here we go again...
Presidential candidates have grown deeply dependent on the contributions of a tiny slice of the richest Americans as “super PACs” have raised money much more quickly than hopefuls could have on their own.
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IOC: No snow? No problem!

This sounds like FIFA for the 2022 World Cup: 50°C in the summer? No problem!
It’s a sad day when the International Olympic Committee cannot even meet one of the lowest bars for a potential Winter Games host city: snow.
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Wonder what their criteria for decision-making was. 

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This is a screenshot of the right side of an article on bbc.com. I wonder if I'm the only one to have glanced at it and briefly thought there was something naughty being censored by a conveniently placed text block across the center. Then, on a second glance, I saw the text at the bottom. Clearly, BBC is going for the eye-catching sexy photo angle on their stories, and, clearly, this is working (assuming their popularity rating is trustworthy and accurate). But, sometimes, they should perhaps consider trying something else.
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I imagine that conversation is quite awkward.

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Good moral to this tale of historical and contemporary happiness: “When happiness is recast as an individual choice, attitude becomes everything and circumstances are made irrelevant.”
Beware politicians speaking with aspirational tongues.
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To the research!
Added sugar is bad for your health, studies indicate, while sugar substitutes do not deserve the bad reputation they have acquired.
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This is very unfortunate. The classroom pictured is my brother-in-law's. He took the photos and gave the quote for the article. He told me they're still trying to clean the paint off a week after the discovery, which happened when they returned from a school holiday.
Second time this year that vandals target schools.
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I couldn't get the link to open on my phone. 
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Think so? I don't buy the argument of the social media paradox. The article is more charitable to Google than I think it deserves. There are more signs than just the latest two, and Google has a history of discontinuing social products (among others). The author also doesn't seem to realize the difference in the impact of Twitter vs Google+. (It may be telling that eWeek has a Google+ share button while so many other websites do not.)

It may well be that Google+ will continue on for as long as the company exists, but it now appears to be only a minor feature in their product line. (For example, it's no longer easy to share from all Google properties since they removed the share button from the navbars.) Since Google has a history of giving minor products less attention and resources than they require, I'm not optimistic about the overall success of Google+.
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Useful to know, considering you see so many around here. That Brahman bull is one mean-looking dude. I've seen him up close!
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Germany’s patience and brinkmanship, while exploiting mistakes made by the Athens government under Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, led the way to a Berlin consensus.
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Germany won the negotiation (the "war") but will struggle to keep the eurozone it likes (the "peace"). Greece has stopped cooperating with the negotiations that Germany forced them to sign up to. The mainstream progressive left in Europe is turning against the euro project and even the EU, e.g.:

http://www.monbiot.com/2015/07/13/breaking-faith/

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It's the end of the spotlight for Google+.

Will it go the way of Reader, Buzz, or Orkut? Or will it be hanged with a loose knot, slowly being drained of its lifeblood but never actually dying?
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They've gone from "everything is your G+ profile" to splitting it back up again?

WTF is with Google?

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Apparently, Ontario has a law that gives children some rights over their own medical care independent of their parents. Nice to see it used in this way, but it can also be used to the detriment of children:
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2015/01/20/ontario-law-allows-children-to-determine-medical-care.html
 
This teenage girl is awesome. If this girl grows up to be a doctor, specifically an epidemiologist, that would be hilarious. 

They (the clinic) said because she is 16, they cannot release any information about her to her mother.  “My husband and I are livid that she was vaccinated without our consent,” the mum wrote.

The original reddit post is here:
https://www.reddit.com/r/legaladvice/comments/3ck3y4/my_daughter_was_vaccinated_without_my_consent/

#antivaxx  
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Yeah, the nerve! Should have spent that money on drugs and booze like any responsible teenager!

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I agree.
Congress wants to create a politcal committee to give out large sums of NIH money as prizes rather than grants. This deeply flawed idea will open a new avenue for corruption and influence-peddling. The House has already passed a bill, so let's hope the Senate will fix it.
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The article is half silly and half dead-right.

Silly parts:

- It's not proposing to do away with all scientific funding; 80 mil is a small part of the overall budget. So people can still get funding to compete for the prize.

- The size of the Nobel is irrelevant; after all, a Sloan Fellowship is only 40k, so this is monstrous in comparison, but the prestige of the Sloan is enormous.

- Prizes do have some value in steering lines of work. Having some number of people working that way isn't bad.

- Complaining about giving money away to foreigners: (a) It already does fund foreigners in the US; and (b) If the goal is to solve the problem, why limit nationality? Medical problems don't know national boundaries, so why should their solutions?

BUT:

The whole damn thing looks like a politicized boondoggle if ever there was one. The committee composition, the outsourcing of administration…it's really hard to not see this ending up as a mess.

Overall, it's worth rethinking some parts of this, but the article does feel a bit clickbaity.
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I'm a PhD student in Computer Science at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. I've been in school for most of my life. One of these days, I'll figure out what I'm going to do once I get out.
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Hackage Security Alpha Release. Wednesday, 08 July 2015, by Edsko de Vries. Filed under cabal, community, industrial-haskell-group. Well-Typ

Picturing the Drought
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Documenting the water crisis in the West, a photographer confronts distress, beauty and man’s complicity.

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Estonia: A Model for e-Government | June 2015 | Communications of the ACM
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Well-kept, finely decorated environment with a convenient location for visiting Gold Reef City and other areas of southern Johannesburg. We are a couple who stayed one night over a weekend in July to go to the Gold Reef City Casino to see a show. The facilities were mostly comfortable. Our main complaint was that our deluxe double room was cold. The large bedroom was heated by one wall panel heater, which is not sufficient in the middle of the South African winter. Naturally, the bathroom floor and shower walls, being tile, were also cold, but this is not unusual for these kinds of houses. The owners were pleasant and helpful. I enjoyed talking to Eddie about cricket and to his friendly bird who visited my shoulder. The breakfast food was simple but fine. We do think the logistics of breakfast could be done better. There was some confusion about where to find items for drinking tea and eating cereal. Other parties had problems with their orders. Perhaps it would be better to arrange not just the time of breakfast but also the order the day before the meal. Overall, the experience was not too unpleasant. We might consider returning to Villa Lugano in the summertime.
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The Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve is a nice place to go for a day trip to see some animals. It's kind of like a big zoo without all of the cages except for the big predators, who have large separate fenced areas for each group (brown lions, wild dogs, white lions, and cheetahs). However, the reserve is not so big that you won't see everything in a day. Unlike the Kruger National Park, you don't have to drive around for hours wondering if you'll see lions. On the other hand, the reserve is not as wild as the park, and much of that mystique is missing. Be sure to plan your trip in advance. Look up the lion feeding time and other events. These are important for getting the most out of your trip. If you have a utility vehicle or 4x4, definitely bring it. None of the roads are paved, and in some areas, e.g. the cheetahs, you will really struggle in a 2-door hatchback like we had. Overall, we enjoyed it. The staff was helpful. The food at the Boma Restaurant was pretty good. If you're staying in the Johannesburg/Pretoria area and want to see some wild animals, you should check out the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve.
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Fabulous! My fiancée (now wife) booked the honeymoon package at Elephant Hide in Knysna. First of all, let's put aside the fact that Knysna is gorgeous and completely worth your while. There's plenty to see and do. It's one of the rare places that I actually want to visit again. Let me just say that Elephant Hide is unbelievably fantastic. The people (Ryan, Mandy, Fish, and Eliot) are all very nice, helpful, and accommodating. The room was extremely comfortable. The view of the lagoon from our bedroom, bathroom, AND shower room was outstanding. The breakfast was delicious. And the location is very convenient while also being very quiet. Oh, and I'm told that the package price was pretty good, too. I would definitely recommend Elephant Hide to anyone. I'd also stay there again, myself.
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A great place to learn about snakes and other creepy crawlies. James, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable and made it a fun and enjoyable experience. He even convinced my wife (who doesn't like snakes) to hold a Burmese python!
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Great burger and grilled tiger prawns. Superb view from every table.
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Nice place. Not fancy, just right.
Appeal: Very GoodFacilities: Very GoodService: Very Good
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