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Ondřej Čertík
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A congresswoman's baby was born without kidneys and survived (for the first time), after doctors predicted it won't. A great story about the parents' perseverance, which also helped other babies with the same condition.


Here is the story at CNN (a video will start automatically):

http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/12/politics/jaime-herrera-beutler-badass-women-of-washington/

Here is the same story without a video:

http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/06/12/gop-congresswoman-opens-up-about-choosing-life-for-her-daughter/


h/t: +Leslie P
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A man claims he found a problem with yellow lights, and the Oregon government fines him $500 instead of investigating the problem. A bizarre case, it seems the government needs to apologize to him at the very least.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/30/business/traffic-light-fine.html

http://reason.com/blog/2017/06/02/oregon-man-who-was-fined-for-doing-math
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I've never heard of this before.

h/t +Gnotic Pasta
In the 1970s, a small group of astronomers used the first prototype of the Concorde to pursue a total eclipse across the Sahara at twice the speed of sound.
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I noticed this website a few days ago. Steve Ballmer, the former CEO of Microsoft, created what I always wanted to have, first for the Czech government, later for the U.S. government (I even reserved a domain and got some code in Python going, but I didn't have time to pull it off and couldn't find enough people to help me with that). I believe Obama promised to do something like that before he got elected, but never got to it. But I agreed with Obama on this --- if people can find how the money is spent, down to a single dollar if possible, would put pressure on politicians as well as facilitate discussion how the money should be spent in a better way. This website is not as easy to navigate as I would hope, but it's the best website that I have seen so far and I think it's heading in the right direction.
"USAFacts was inspired by a conversation Steve Ballmer had with his wife. She wanted him to get more involved in philanthropic work. He thought it made sense to first find out what government does with the money it raises. Where does the money come from and where is it spent? Whom does it serve? And most importantly, what are the outcomes?
With his business background, Steve searched for solid, reliable, impartial numbers to tell the story... but eventually realized he wasn't going to find them. He put together a small team of people -- economists, writers, researchers -- and got to work."

"We soon discovered that dealing with something as big and complex as government -- with its more than 90,000 jurisdictions and 23 million employees -- required an organizing framework. What better place to look than the Constitution, and, more specifically, the preamble to the Constitution? It lays out four missions: 'Establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility; provide for the common defense; promote the general welfare; and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.' While we don't make judgments about policy, we all agree on the broad purposes of government as laid out in the preamble to the Constitution."
USAFacts
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usafacts.org
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The 7,600 tons should be 7,600 pounds. Ironic, since NASA already lost a spacecraft due to mistaking pounds for kg...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars_Climate_Orbiter
Set your alarms! Tomorrow, more than 7,600 tons of science & supplies arrive at the International Space Station on Orbital ATK’s #Cygnus cargo vehicle. Tune in for live coverage starting at 4:30 a.m. EDT, with capture scheduled for 6:05 a.m. Details: http://go.nasa.gov/2oyruwS
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Do you think it is ok for the border agents to demand passwords to your gmail, facebook, etc. and then browse your private messages, emails, chats, photos etc.? Or is this going too far?

EFF published a guide what to do at the U.S. border, I think it's pretty informative.

https://www.eff.org/wp/digital-privacy-us-border-2017
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This is great. Though at least the Czech fonts already seem to be available everywhere, I haven't had a problem with that for quite a while.

h/t +Francesc Alted
The Noto font is out.
https://www.google.com/get/noto/

Main goal: cover all of unicode with a consistent font, and get rid of the little "▯" (tofu) once and for all.

The font is open source and under OFL license. It comes in both serif and sans-serif variants. You can use it as a web font right now¹ for most languages, with additional in early access.²

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[1]: https://fonts.google.com/?query=noto
[2]: https://fonts.google.com/earlyaccess
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