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Probe begun at girl’s death leads to 26 arrests – Appeal-Democrat: National July 14, 2014

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GRANTS PASS, Ore. AP — A total of 26 people have been arrested on weapons, drug and other charges after an investigation that began with the accidental killing of a 5-year-old girl by a Grants Pass man using a military-style rifle as a crutch to get up from a couch, authorities said.The investigation uncovered a ring in southern Oregon that specialized in “straw” purchases of weapons, buys designed to conceal the ultimate recipient, the Grants Pass Daily Courier http://bit.ly/1n8gi1J reported.

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Stanley Miller’s Forgotten Experiments, Analyzed – Astrobiology July 14, 2014

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In the new study, scientists analyzed samples from an experiment Miller performed in 1958. To the reaction flask, Miller added a chemical that at the time wasn’t widely thought to have been available on early Earth. The reaction had successfully formed peptides, the new study found. The new study also successfully replicated the experiment and explained why the reaction works.

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Leading Space Experts to Discuss the Search for Life Beyond Earth – Astrobiology July 14, 2014

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Space and ground observatories are cataloging and characterizing hundreds and what is expected to eventually be thousands of potentially habitable worlds in our galaxy. NASA space-based observatories are making unprecedented new discoveries. The agency’s next step, the James Webb Space Telescope Webb telescope, will continue to help scientists rewrite scientific textbooks after its scheduled launch in 2018.

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Roll20: Web-based online virtual tabletop for all roleplaying games RPGs July 11, 2014

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Virtual tabletop gamingmade simple.Roll20 is the easy-to-use virtual tabletop that brings pen and paper gaming to the web the right way. Built on a powerful platform of tools, yet elegantly simple, it focuses on enhancing what makes tabletop gaming great: storytelling and camaraderie. It’s incredibly user friendly, and runs right in your web browser, so there’s nothing to download or configure.Help us in our mission to redefine what online pen and paper gaming can be.

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Elizur Wright – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia July 11, 2014

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Elizur Wright 12 February 1804 – 22 November 1885 was an American mathematician and abolitionist. He is sometimes described as the “father of life insurance” for his pioneering work on actuarial tables. He is also sometimes called the “father of insurance regulation”, as he campaigned that life insurance companies must keep reserves, and served as Massachusetts Insurance Commissioner.[1]

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Google Calendar — Support — WordPress.com July 10, 2014

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Google Calendar — Support — WordPress.com.

Great Conversation Reading Group July 7, 2014

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The Great Conversation, established in 2004, is a book discussion group dedicated to reading the great works of Western civilization. The name and original inspiration of the group is Britannica Great Books of the Western World, edited by Mortimer Adler and Robert Hutchins of the University of Chicago. Adler and Hutchins believed the great books could be viewed as a dialog, a conversation, taking place over the centuries and millenia. The goal of our group is begin reading these great books in order to listen in on that conversation and even to begin to participate in it. Each month we read and discuss one of the books from the ten-year reading plan from the Britannica Great Books anthology.

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A Bundle of Tor | Linux Journal July 4, 2014

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I don’t know how many readers know this, but my very first Linux Journal column “Browse the Web without a Trace”, January 2008 was about how to set up and use Tor. Anonymity and privacy on the Internet certainly take on a different meaning in the modern era of privacy-invading software and general Internet surveillance. I recently went back and read my original column, and although the first few paragraphs were written six years ago, they seem just as relevant today:Is privacy dead? When I think about how much information my computer and my gadgets output about me on a daily basis, it might as well be. My cell phone broadcasts my general whereabouts, and my Web browser is worse—every site I visit knows I was there, what I looked at, what browser and OS I use, and if I have an account on the site, it could know much more.Even if you

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A Bundle of Tor | Linux Journal July 4, 2014

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I don’t know how many readers know this, but my very first Linux Journal column “Browse the Web without a Trace”, January 2008 was about how to set up and use Tor. Anonymity and privacy on the Internet certainly take on a different meaning in the modern era of privacy-invading software and general Internet surveillance. I recently went back and read my original column, and although the first few paragraphs were written six years ago, they seem just as relevant today:Is privacy dead? When I think about how much information my computer and my gadgets output about me on a daily basis, it might as well be. My cell phone broadcasts my general whereabouts, and my Web browser is worse—every site I visit knows I was there, what I looked at, what browser and OS I use, and if I have an account on the site, it could know much more.Even if you

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NSA targets Linux Journal as ‘extremist forum’: Report | ZDNet July 4, 2014

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The Linux Journal, a Linux user community website, has been flagged as an “extremist forum” by the United States’ National Security Agency NSA, while its users have been flagged as “extremists” under the agency’s XKeyscore program, according to leaked source code.The source code, which was published this week by German public broadcaster, ARD, also identified at least two German Tor Directory Authority servers — one in Berlin, the other in Nuremberg — as being under surveillance by the NSA.

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