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What the World Eats

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Friday, October 31, 2014
Category: Food

From www.nationalgeographic.com

The data was sourced from FAOSTAT. Values reflect domestic utilization for food consumption in each country or region from 1961 to 2011. Food groupings and units of measure vary slightly from those depicted on the FAOSTAT site.

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New Statesman

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Friday, October 31, 2014
Category: History

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If I were to give this essay a title, it would be "Waiting for Calvin". Not John Calvin the theologian, nor Calvin Klein the fashion designer, but Calvin, a Navajo baby whose first laugh I travelled to Arizona in 1995 to film as part of a series of television programmes I was making about comedy.

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The 50th Anniversary of New York’s Most Sensational Jewel Heist

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Friday, October 31, 2014
Category: Crime

From www.vanityfair.com

Jack Murphy, a.k.a., "Murf the Surf," and Allan Kuhn speak on their involvement in stealing priceless gems from the American Museum of Natural History--and the roles John D. MacArthur, Eva Gabor, and Nora Ephron had in getting them back.

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Why the long wait? The Supreme Court rules on Alice v CLS - Blog - Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) - Maximising IP Value

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Friday, October 31, 2014
Category: Innovation

From www.iam-magazine.com

As you read the Supreme Court’s ruling from yesterday in Alice Corp v CLS Bank your first response might be, what took them so long? In finding that the patent claims at issue were ineligible the nine Justices (who issued a unanimous opinion) stuck tightly to their brief, reemphasised the rules they laid down in two previous cases – Bilski and Mayo – and resisted the temptation to rule aggressively against software or business method patents.

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Reflections on the new 'Secular Stagnation hypothesis'

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Friday, October 31, 2014
Category: Economics

From www.voxeu.org

The notion that Europe and other advanced economies are suffering secular stagnation is gaining traction. This column by Larry Summers -- first published in the Vox eBook "Secular Stagnation: Facts, Causes and Cures" -- explains the idea.

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When DNA is the Matchmaker - Fortune

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Friday, October 31, 2014
Category: Internet

From fortune.com

The world of online dating has something for everyone. Sites are dedicated to picking partners based on religion, dining preferences, pure physical attraction and the good, old-fashioned values of cowboy life (at Farmersonly.

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FRB: Speech with Slideshow--Yellen, Perspectives on Inequality and Opportunity from the Survey of Consumer Finances--October 17,

Friday, October 31, 2014
Category: America

From www.federalreserve.gov

The distribution of income and wealth in the United States has been widening more or less steadily for several decades, to a greater extent than in most advanced countries.1 This trend paused during the Great Recession because of larger wealth losses for those at the top of the distribution and because increased safety-net spending helped offset some income losses for those below the top.

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A Country Disappeared – The New Inquiry

Friday, October 31, 2014
Category: World

From thenewinquiry.com

As Mexicans reach a breaking point in their tolerance for the drug war, the Mexican government reaps the legacy of presidencies lost to guns and drugs.  A few months ago, 22 people were allegedly executed by Mexican soldiers in Tlatlaya, a small community southwest of Mexico City.

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Attack on Kenya orphanage yields $80k in donations

Friday, October 31, 2014
Category: World

From dailycaller.com

NGONG, Kenya (AP) -- Anthony Omari earned the still-fresh 11-stitch scar that runs from his forehead to his upper lip in one of the noblest ways imaginable: By taking a machete to the face while defending an under-resourced Kenyan orphanage from attacking thieves.

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Newest Legal Laborers in Bolivia: Children - WSJ - WSJ

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Friday, October 31, 2014
Category: World

From online.wsj.com

LA PAZ, Bolivia--As a boy, Bolivian President Evo Morales helped his destitute family by selling ice cream, baking bread, laying bricks and, according to one biographer, by once herding 50 llamas across the Andes to trade them for corn and dried meat.

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