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"'It worked in other parts of the world,' said the artist, David Best, whose temples usually burn in the Nevada desert at the Burning Man festival.

Mr. Latimer, a former British Army chaplain accustomed to checking for bombs under his car, was unimpressed. 'This part of the world,' he said, 'is not like other parts of the world.'"

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Burning a 75-foot-tall pagan temple in a Republican Catholic enclave on the loyalist Protestant side of Londonderry seemed to many like a bad idea.
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"Dr. Ware, 50, is the director of the Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids and the director of clinical research of the Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit of McGill University Health Center. ...

We spoke for two hours at the recent meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and later by telephone."

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Scientific research into the appropriate uses of medical marijuana has lagged. Dr. Mark Ware would like to change that.
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"Pundits and researchers often note the negative correlation between government spending and entrepreneurship, both within the U.S. and internationally, and conclude that growth requires trimming social welfare programs. ... In fact, that may get the relationship precisely backwards."

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Recent studies challenge the view that a larger or more activist government necessarily threatens entrepreneurship
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"Stung by recent polling that showed only a third of Boston residents want the city to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, the group organizing the bid has reversed itself and now supports a voter referendum on the proposal, an inauspicious development for an already shaky bid."

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The group trying to bring the Games to Boston said that it now supported a statewide referendum on the proposal and that it would drop the bid if the measure failed.
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"The crazy part is that for a 'controversial' show about swinging and sex, it goes an incredibly tame route. Instead of delving into scandalous topics, it chooses to focus much of its first episode on swinger etiquette. Because that’s what viewers really want to know when they tune in to this kind of show, right? Rules and regulations."

Ha! A reality show that's being a little too realistic. Episode Two: scheduling drama!

(Posted by +Rowan M)

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This problem always happens when cable TV networks create a show centered around sex.
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"The realistic chance of an outright ban on cars in any large section of Gotham is basically nil. The same is true most places in America. The most notable exception — that is, the major U.S. city that has the clearest route to going car-free — is Boston."

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If any U.S. city is going to go car-free, it could be Boston.
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Kieran Snyder, a text analytics researcher, has a new piece up in Forbes looking at differences in resumes written by women versus men.   Ms Snyder's team analyzed 1100 resumes from men and women at various levels of expertise and experience in technical fields and matched them up.  She found "stark differences between how men and women write their resumes, differences that have ramifications for the hiring managers and anyone who is concerned about the lack of women in technology."

I will note that although Ms Snyder has expertise in this area, this appears to be an informal study, not peer-reviewed research.  In addition, Snyder is CEO of a company that makes software to analyze job listings.

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Using Big Data to analyze men and women's tech resumes, an expert finds a gender gap that has a big impact on hiring.
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"Ms. Daooh’s decision to disclose her long-running impersonation came at a time when the state has been clamping down on unconventional expressions of gender and sexuality. The police have accelerated arrests of those accused of being gay or otherwise not conforming to gender norms since the military deposed the country’s elected president, Mohamed Morsi, in July 2013."

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For Sisa Abu Daooh, what began as a way to survive rural poverty evolved into her preferred way of life and a means of navigating a world dominated by men.
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"Male nurses make $5,100 more on average per year than female colleagues in similar positions, researchers reported on Tuesday.

The new analysis, which included data on more than 290,000 registered nurses, also found that the pay gap had not narrowed within workplace settings and specialties from 1988 to 2013."

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An analysis of data from almost 300,000 nurses found the pay gap had not narrowed across workplace settings and specialties from 1988 to 2013.
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"More than 11 million Americans have joined the Medicaid rolls since the major provisions of the Affordable Care Act went into effect, and health officials are searching for ways to contain the costs of caring for them. ... Many are afflicted with some combination of poverty, homelessness, mental illness, addiction and past trauma.
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They raise a new question for the health care system: What is its role in tackling problems of poverty? And will addressing those problems save money?"

The first question is the more important one, in my mind. On the one hand, it's good to see people getting the help they need. On the other, this is yet another system filling in for what the government should be doing (like Starbucks paying for college tuition, for instance).

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Some of the most expensive patients — so-called super utilizers of hospital care — rack up costs for avoidable reasons. Experiments across the country are trying to better manage these cases.
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"After an article about the tone-deaf image appeared in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the University of North Georgia decided to pull the catalogue from circulation and remove the photo from its online presence."

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University of North Georgia's catalogue shows white men beating a black man and a woman in a race.
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"Medecins Sans Frontieres put out a call for an Ebola-proof tablet to help teams record vital patient information.

At the height of the current outbreak, doctors were shouting patient notes across fences to avoid contamination."

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A tablet device that can withstand being doused in chlorine has been developed to help medics caring for patients with Ebola.
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