Digital Devices Deprive Brain of Needed Downtime New York Times. Confirms my Luddite biases against being constantly or merely frequently plugged in.
How a government is formed Sydney Morning Herald (hat tip reader Crocodile Chuck). Another primer on politics Oz style.
‘Hitler war verwandt mit Somaliern, Berbern und Juden’ or for those of you who don’t read German, Nazi leader Adolf Hitler had Jewish and African relatives, DNA test suggests New York Daily News (hat tip reader Scott A). Um, aren’t we all descended from Africans? Any trust me, anyone whose family has been in the US long enough is not lily white.
TSA’s Frisky New Pat-Downs Mother Jones (hat tip reader John D). Calling all perverts! The TSA is your new dream job!
New microbe discovered eating Gulf oil spill Associated Press. Reader Scott A notes:
I had heard there was another oil-eating microbe that had been successfully tested and used by Texas.
It’s interesting to see that while the bureaucracy hasn’t managed to deploy the Texas-tested oil-eating bacteria, another one has managed to come into play on its own.
Methane-eating “extremophiles” were common billions of years ago before there was much oxygen in Earth’s atmosphere, and can still be found in out-of-the-way environments where there’s no oxygen and sunlight – such as around deep-sea vents.
This seems similar to the Living Machines approach as pioneered by John Todd
U.S. Rejected Hen Vaccine Despite Success in Britain New York Times (hat tip reader John M)
Woman Wall Street Hates Most Is Right for the Job Tim Duncan, BusinessWeek
Credit Card Debt Drops to Lowest Level in 8 Years Associated Press
The Parent Company Trap Jon Stewart (hat tip reader John L). An uneven piece, the first half is not so hot, but the second part is worth it.
Bush tax cuts for the rich must go John Podesta and Robert Greenstein, Financial Times
Russia in color, a century ago Boston Globe. As reader Scott say, not exactly an antidote, but some amazing pics nonetheless.
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