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“Seeking a ban on WhatsApp in India, Yadav said any terrorist or criminal can safely chat on WhatsApp and make plans to harm the country and the Indian intelligence agencies would not be able to tap into their conversations to take necessary actions.”

Always fun to see other countries treading waters already visited. You'd think people would learn from the actions of others. 
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Interesting read.
What now for the radical left in Labour and beyond?
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The first use of a gene-editing tool to rewrite our immune system DNA is one step away.
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As ever, nature impresses and confounds.
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About time Google releases this.
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Driver license, passport, visa pics in database—despite no criminal affiliation.
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Premier Christy Clark releases public statement on housing affordability. In two minutes of video, she effectively communicates nothing. No specific and measurable actions, no timeline, no mention of the impact of foreign capital. Simply put, lip service.

She's quite literally the most useless premier we've ever had.
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“Today, Webpass has tens of thousands of customers across 5 major markets in the U.S., and we hope to reach many more in our next chapter with Google Fiber. Webpass will continue to grow its service in current operational cities of San Francisco, Oakland, Emeryville, Berkeley, San Diego, Miami, Miami Beach, Coral Gables, Chicago, and Boston, adding to Google Fiber’s growing list of operational cities.”
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“Germany's coalition government agreed to ban fracking for shale gas indefinitely on Tuesday, after years of fractious talks over the issue, but environmental groups said the ban did not go far enough and vowed to fight the deal.”

Maybe it goes far enough, maybe not. But it's certainly doing better than western counties on the matter.
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It's a long article. Highlights:

(1) The original AFDC welfare program was intended to discourage work. It was based on Mothers' Pensions active in the states whose purpose was to prevent widowed mothers from having to work, thereby leaving them to raise children. Naturally, at the time these were created, working women were still vaguely scandalous to many and working was considered a compromise at best. The ideal state was home-and-motherhood.

What's interesting about this to me is that the work disincentive has always been brought up as a signal failure of competence. When I was in libertarian circles, it was seen as a poor design from bungling legislators who didn't understand economics. Instead, it was extremely well designed by people who very much did. We just came to disagree with its goals. In fact, AFDC originally excluded black women, who people thought should work.

(2) Block grants for welfare become a state slush fund if they aren't used. I'm wary of block granting for a number of reasons but I didn't realize the slushiness; I always though they just displaced other funds or used to run up administrative jobs for clients, not turned directly to financing state operations. No wonder conservative states want block grants: their populations oppose welfare anyway, so it's basically another giant transfer from Californians to Southern car dealers.

(3) Welfare reform was bad at ending poverty. We already knew that, though.

(4) Everyone believed it would actually work and there were a number of studies before and after which suggested it would. Instead it just turned out that they were methodologically flawed in some way or, in the case of the famous Riverside study, just a fluke thanks to a booming local economy.

(5) Even conservative policymakers want to alter welfare in a left-leaning direction. Everyone seems to agree that block-granting is awful and that generous work supports are a very good idea.
Bill Clinton's signature domestic policy achievement, its effects, and its legacy, explained.
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Doesn't seem to be any explanation as to why exactly it's so important to limit this area to 5000 residents. Very odd of China.
Chinese authorities have announced the destruction of thousands of monastic dwellings and expulsion
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Tibet was acquired by China after its independence. Dalai Lama fled and formed a government in exile in India. Since then Tibet enjoys relative autonomy because they don't have the army, hence no risk of rebellion in otherwise sparsely populated area which may be changing now. Chinese government needs to crush rebellion at its roots in order to function the way it does now where nation takes priority over community. Dalai Lama is old and will die soon. China is planning to appoint it's own Dalai, good enough of a reason for a rebellion. Tibetans are peaceful as far as my knowledge goes. I doubt they would do anything violent. 
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    Trainer, 2011 - present
    Responsible for educating customers in Apple Mac Os X, Google Apps, Microsoft Office, iOS, Android, and a variety of hardware. Exercises use of non-technical language, broad knowledge, research, and problem solving.
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    Primarily focused on branding and identity. Working towards major in Interaction Design.
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    Phone-based technical support & sales.
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    Genius, 2008 - 2011
    Specialized technical support with Apple computers, accessories, and mobile devices (ie. iPod, iPhone).
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    Asst. Web Designer, 2011 - 2011
    Work on front-end and back-end of website, large-scale spreadsheet work (500k+), design of visual assets (buttons, banners, etc), press copy, onsite technical support.
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Wide selection of marinated poultry with great flavor. Staff is cheerful and helpful.
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Decent selection, but sales aren't amazing and labelling showing what's on sale is not designed well, making quick scanning of shelf items a chore.
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