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Bertolli Makes the Most of Barilla Chairmans Anti-Gay Comments | Adweek September 27, 2013

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Barilla is struggling enough this week without its competitors piling on. But Bertolli doesnt care. Seizing on comments made by Barillas chairman about how the company would never put gay couples in its advertising, Bertolli Germany quickly posted pro-gay imagery in its social feeds, happily taking advantage of its rivals misstep. “Love and pasta for all!” reads the caption on the Facebook photo above. “We just wanted to spread the news that Bertolli welcomes everyone, especially those with an empty stomach,” a rep for Orca im Hafen, Bertollis social-media agency in Germany, tells AdFreak. So far, Bertolli has not taken similar steps in the U.S., but the brand has been gay-friendly here for years, too. Check out the spot below from a couple of years back.

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Social Security History September 26, 2013

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At one point in the afternoon Secretary Perkins found herself seated next to Justice Stone, and in their small talk he inquired as to how her work was going. The Secretary freely admitted they were stuck on the Administrations new Social Security bill, and were uncertain on what basis the new program should be founded. Upon hearing this, the Justice looked around to see if anyone was listening, leaned over to her, and putting his hand up to his mouth, whispered, “The taxing power of the Federal Government, my dear; the taxing power is sufficient for everything you want and need.” The Secretary excitedly returned to her staff and announced she had made up her mind, they would base the new program on the governments power to tax. She never told them how she had finally come to this insight.

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Is the Exploratorium Flunking Itself? | Leaping Robot Blog | Patrick McCray September 24, 2013

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When the Exploratorium burst onto the museum scene in 1969, it heralded the arrival of a new era of interactive display that was at once modest and remarkable, conservative and path-breaking.  Modesty shone thru in its creative method, which was scrappy, open-ended, and experimental, even while its institutional vision of redefining the museum experience was expansive and its faith in the scientific method bordered on naïve.

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Astrophysics authors/titles “new” September 22, 2013

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[15]  arXiv:1309.4838 [pdf, other]Mass Extinction And The Structure Of The Milky WayM. D. Filipović, J. Horner, E. J. Crawford, N. F. H. TothillComments: Accepted for publication in Serbian Astronomical JournalSubjects: Galaxy Astrophysics astro-ph.GA; Earth and Planetary Astrophysics astro-ph.EPWe use the most up to date Milky Way model and solar orbit data in order to test the hypothesis that the Suns galactic spiral arm crossings cause mass extinction events on Earth. To do this, we created a new model of the Milky Ways spiral arms by combining a large quantity of data from several surveys. We then combined this model with a recently derived solution for the solar orbit to determine the timing of the Suns historical passages through the Galaxys spiral arms. Our new model was designed with a symmetrical appearance, with the major alteration being the addition of a spur at the far side of the Galaxy. A correlation was found between the times at which the Sun crosses the spiral arms and six known mass extinction events. Furthermore, we identify five additional historical mass extinction events that might be explained by the motion of the Sun around our Galaxy. These five additional significant drops in marine genera that we find include significant reductions in diversity at 415, 322, 300, 145 and 33 Myr ago. Our simulations indicate that the Sun has spent ~60% of its time passing through our Galaxys various spiral arms. Also, we briefly discuss and combine previous work on the Galactic Habitable Zone with the new Milky Way model.

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10 American Foods that are Banned in Other Countries September 15, 2013

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Americans are slowly waking up to the sad fact that much of the food sold in the US is far inferior to the same foods sold in other nations. In fact, many of the foods you eat are BANNED in other countries.Here, I’ll review 10 American foods that are banned elsewhere.Seeing how the overall health of Americans is so much lower than other industrialized countries, you can’t help but wonder whether toxic foods such as these might play a role in our skyrocketing disease rates.

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I wonder what the history of each of these additives is?

wait but why: Putting Time In Perspective September 14, 2013

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To try to grasp some perspective, I mapped out the history of time as a series of growing timelines—each timeline contains all the previous timelines colors will help you see which timelines are which.  All timeline widths are exactly accurate to the amount of time theyre expressing.

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Social Research Methods September 7, 2013

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Social Research Methods.