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Justus Pendleton
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My bike!
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A bug in Deep Blue caused it to pick a random move against Kasparov, moving a rook for no apparent purpose. "Kasparov concluded that the counterintuitive play must be a sign of superior intelligence. He had never considered that it was simply a bug."

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"The year is 2065...The ultraviolet (UV) radiation falling on mid-latitude cities like Washington, D.C., is strong enough to cause sunburn in just five minutes." I wondered what had happened to the ozone hole I heard so much about as a kid. http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/WorldWithoutOzone/page1.php Next up: what ever happened to acid rain?
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How to tell if your children's teacher is any good with some simple maths.
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"Overwhelmingly government transfer programs help children who are innocent of any mistakes made by their parents" http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2012/08/bill_dickens_re.html

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http://www.economist.com/node/21560536 "As “debtors in possession”—entities that have filed for bankruptcy yet retain their assets—bust dioceses have an obligation to enlarge their assets to satisfy their creditors. On the contrary, “we have seen a consistent tactic of Catholic bishops to shrink the size of their assets, which is not only wrong morally but in violation of state and federal law,” says Ken Brown of Pachulski Stang, a California law firm that has represented creditors in eight of the ten Catholic bankruptcy cases.

In a particularly striking example, the diocese of San Diego listed the value of a whole city block in downtown San Diego at $40,000, the price at which it had been acquired in the 1940s, rather than trying to estimate the current market value, as required. Worse, it altered the forms in which assets had to be listed. The judge in the case, Louise Adler, was so vexed by this and other shenanigans on the part of the diocese that she ordered a special investigation into church finances which was led by Todd Neilson, a former FBI agent and renowned forensic accountant. The diocese ended up settling its sexual-abuse cases for almost $200m. If it had not done so, the bankruptcy would have been thrown out of court and the bishop and chancellor of the diocese and its lawyers might have faced contempt charges."
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