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Ervant Maksabedian
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The door's been framed! Who knew the knob would turn on it? http://j.mp/19yf0Md
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I need to learn this.
Sometimes that snooze button is just too easy to hit on a Monday morning.

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I'll never be as brave as this guy.
Antarctica, 1961: A Soviet Surgeon Has to Remove His Own Appendix

In 1961, Rogozov was stationed at a newly constructed Russian base in Antarctica. The 12 men inside were cut off from the outside world by the polar winter by March of that year. In April, the 27-year-old Rogozov began to feel ill, very ill. His symptoms were classic: he had acute appendicitis. "He knew that if he was to survive he had to undergo an operation," the British Medical Journal recounted. "But he was in the frontier conditions of a newly founded Antarctic colony on the brink of the polar night. Transportation was impossible. Flying was out of the question, because of the snowstorms. And there was one further problem: he was the only physician on the base."
There was no question that he'd have to operate. The pain was intolerable and he knew he was getting worse.

Operating mostly by feeling around, Rogozov worked for an hour and 45 minutes, cutting himself open and removing the appendix. The men he'd chosen as assistants watched as the "calm and focused" doctor completed the operation, resting every five minutes for a few seconds as he battled vertigo and weakness.
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Kind of a weird (and fun!) way for the Fed to get people interested about economics. Oh well, it's not like they have better things to do right now.

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Sunset on Mars. Photo taken in 2005 by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit (not Curiosity). Simply amazing.

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A well-written summary of the current trends (and perceived future) in economics

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It's cute and all but seriously, who gambles with his dog's life that way? Who goes out into the wilderness (where you KNOW there may be polar bears), then spot a polar bear approaching your camp and dogs and instead of pulling out your rifle, pull out your camera?

                      Polar Bear makes a friend
Near Hudson Lake in Manitoba, German wildlife photographer
Norbert Rosing spotted a polar bear coming near his sled dogs.

He took pictures of what he thought would be the end of his dogs. Apparently the bear came back every night for a week to play with the dogs.
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"Combating Widespread Currency Manipulation" (Joseph Gagnon, Peterson Institute for International Economics) http://piie.com/publications/pb/pb12-19.pdf
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