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World's longest fast train line opens in China
BEIJING (AP) — China on Wednesday opened the world's longest high-speed rail line that more than halves the time required to travel from the country's capital in the north to Guangzhou, an economic hub in southern China.

The opening of the 2,298 kilometer (1,428 mile)-line was commemorated by the 9 a.m. departure of a train from Beijing for Guangzhou. Another train left Guangzhou for Beijing an hour later.
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Re: Article of the Moment

Unread postby Brenden » 27 December 2012, 09:50

Another Republican Backs Repeal Of Federal Anti-Gay Marriage Law
Scott Keyes wrote:The Defense of Marriage Act, a 1996 law that remains one of the biggest obstacles to marriage equality today, has lost another supporter, this time a GOPer swept into Congress in the Tea Party wave of 2010.

Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY) announced in a statement late last week that he has signed onto the Respect for Marriage Act, a bill to repeal DOMA. Since its passage in 1996, DOMA has defined marriage on a federal level as between one man and one woman, purposefully excluding gay and lesbian couples. DOMA also denies gay people who have legally wed in their states countless federal benefits and protections, such as Social Security survivor benefits if one partner dies.

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Don't stand in the doorway;
Don't block up the hall.
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled.
There's a battle outside
And it is ragin'.
It'll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls,
For the times they are a-changin'.
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Re: Article of the Moment

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Putin says he will sign anti-US adoptions bill

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday he will sign a controversial bill barring Americans from adopting Russian children, while the Kremlin's children's rights advocate recommended extending the ban to the rest of the world.

The bill is part of the country's increasingly confrontational stance with the West and has angered some Russians who argue it victimizes children to make a political point.
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Re: Article of the Moment

Unread postby Marvolo » 27 December 2012, 21:50

Three in five UK voters back gay marriage, new poll shows

More than three in five voters support David Cameron's wish to introduce gay marriage, according to a poll conducted for the Guardian.....

That significant hardening of opinion during the year will encourage Cameron, whose embrace of gay marriage has proved controversial, not only with religious leaders but also with the Tory backbench. And the new poll reveals a particularly significant swing towards the reform among the Tory base.

Although Labour and Liberal Democrat supporters remain more likely to support gay marriage, with respective majorities of 67% and 71%, there is now also a majority among Conservative supporters. Among those who voted Tory in 2010, gay marriage now enjoys 52%-42% backing, a big turnaround from ICM's survey in March, which recorded 50%-35% opposition from 2010 Conservative voters.
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Re: Article of the Moment

Unread postby Milo » 28 December 2012, 19:01

7 Deadly Sins of PR

1. Thinking like a journalist, but not as a marketer

PR practitioners need to understand both mindsets and strike a balance when delivering messages.

2. Hating math

We must no longer utter phrases such as, “I went into PR because I’m bad at math.” Saying that hurts our credibility. In today’s business environment, measurement, analytics, and the ability to quantify results are essential.

3. Fearing to admit failure

We must have the confidence to admit failure, but we can never accept it. We can’t be afraid to acknowledge internally when programs are failing and be ready to recalibrate when necessary.

4. Failing to measure

Though it’s true that measuring public relations versus advertising is comparing apples and oranges, PR can be measured. For our industry to be viewed on par with the other disciplines, we must be able to quantify our work. Social media has made it possible to do so in a cost-effective manner. The Barcelona Principles’ metrics framework is a great resource for measurement approaches.

5. Chasing the shiny objects

For every Pinterest and Twitter, there is a MySpace or Second Life—social networks that wither and die or fail to take flight. At times, we will need to take big bets, but we must make them smart wagers backed by research and analytics.

6. Suffering from an inferiority complex

PR has a tendency to view itself as a second-tier discipline behind advertising and marketing. In today’s media environment, there is a unique opportunity for PR to lead. To do so, we must educate ourselves on the other disciplines and understand the larger landscape.

7. Getting a (cheap) thrill from deadline pressure

Many PR pros pride themselves on their ability to pull last-minute miracles out of their hats. When working within a larger marketing framework this is untenable—we must plan ahead (as best we can) and align our efforts with the other disciplines so that PR doesn’t live in a silo.



For PR But I think it applies to everyday life too.
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Re: Article of the Moment

Unread postby Blaz » 28 December 2012, 20:08

Ugh wrong thread.
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Re: Article of the Moment

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The Secret to Getting Your New Job This New Year

If you think just the most impressive resume wins the job offer, think again.

While resumes may help you to the door, it’s the purposeful story you will tell that often gets you through the door and into a new office with your name on it.


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Re: Article of the Moment

Unread postby Derek » 30 December 2012, 06:43

I looked at LP's website for the first time in a year and I read this.

Alex Knepper wrote:Statement Regarding Long-Standing Accusations Against Me
November 19, 2012 by Alex Knepper
The timing of this post may seem curious, but this issue has psychologically haunted me for some time. So, for personal reasons, I feel that it is best to have something to point to regarding this issue, as I move forward with my personal and professional life. Make of it what you will.


In 2010, after publicly fighting with me for months over a blog-related vendetta, a certain individual took to his blog with several extremely damaging and malicious accusations against me. Those who know me best have always been incredibly supportive of me, but I cannot be blind to the fact that the world does not know me as closely as my friends, family, and community of close associates. I have spent the last two years of my life psychologically refusing to come to terms with this episode and the effect that it had on my emotional health — and my professional trajectory. Yet, I cannot continue to live with the emotional torture of such uncertainty and doubt regarding its place in my life. So, I feel it is best that I at last issue a public statement about these allegations — for a sense of personal closure on a highly traumatic episode, and so that both my readers and potential future professional associates can feel assured, not only that these allegations were false, but that this won’t be an issue moving forward.

The portrait painted of me by this person, quite simply, was of a sexual pervert. According to this narrative, I signed up for a website called GayTeenForum.org, as an adult, with the intention of burrowing my way into a community of young boys.

In fact, I signed up for the forum when I was seventeen years old, for help with coming out as gay to my mother. I stuck around the forum after that not because I lusted for young boys (I was only seventeen myself when I signed up, after all!), but for the incredible community filled with people who, like myself, were young, gay, and a bit different. I spent countless hours of my life discussing life issues on the forum. We improved each others’ lives, in many ways. As a community, however, we had some questionable social norms — deviant ones that went totally over the line on many occasions. We joked about a lot of things that are simply not acceptable to joke about, for instance. For that, I apologize without reservation.

It would be a waste of time to reply point-by-point to the avalanche of alleged examples of my misbehavior. I made over 10,000 posts on the website over a three-year period. Doubtless there are other embarrassing things that I said or did, too. It was a volatile mix — we were a community of young people, united by our sexuality, with the (presumed) anonymity of the Internet cloaking our interactions. As Amanda Hess of TBD.com put it, the behaviors uncovered are hardly becoming of a would-be political commentator — but given the context of it all, were not entirely unpredictable.

I understand that I made myself very vulnerable by not being careful to keep my identity concealed. I’ve run this through in my head countless times: I know how incredibly foolish I was to have not appreciated the value of anonymity. I understand, too, that it reflects poorly upon my judgment that I did not appreciate that I could not lead both lives at once — both as an up-and-coming young political writer and a juvenile, anything-goes, stuck-in-adolescence punk. I think that Erick Erickson of RedState actually put it quite well: If what was “uncovered” about me was to be understood as juvenile idiocy — if I wanted the world to excuse my behavior on the grounds that I was just a kid doing stupid things, that is — then what right did I have to ask the world to view me as any sort of expert about the world of adult affairs?

That was true when he wrote it, and it’s true, too, that I have moved past such juvenile behavior — as well as the juvenile mindset that allowed this situation to transpire in the first place. It has taken me a little longer than some others to grow up, I will allow. Yet, I have matured tremendously since the time that all of this took place. I’m writing again, and new blogging projects are in the works. I’ll be beginning graduate school at the start of the new year. I’m working on a book about education theory. My personal life is very healthy, with close friends and productive hobbies that keep me happy. I am surrounded by people who believe in me. I hope that, as I march into my twenties, I can put the drama of the past behind me and begin anew to fulfill my potential.


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Re: Article of the Moment

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LOL Oh LP..
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Re: Article of the Moment

Unread postby Milo » 30 December 2012, 09:22

9 Daily Habits That Will Make You Healthier

These minor changes in your daily routine will make a major difference in your life and career.

Happiness is the only true measure of personal success. Making other people happy is the highest expression of success, but it's almost impossible to make others happy if you're not happy yourself.

With that in mind, here are nine small changes that you can make to your daily routine that, if you're like most people, will immediately increase the amount of happiness in your life:
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Unread postby Milo » 30 December 2012, 09:41

Crazy ass shit

A chemical that can turn your organs transparent

Who needs an invisibility cloak when you can be transparent? Researchers in Japan recently developed a chemical reagent that turns biological tissue transparent, opening doors to optical imaging techniques and avenues of research that scientists have long only dreamed of. And speaking of dreaming — if you're going to start turning body parts transparent, where better to start than the brain?

What if you could dissect an organism without so much as picking up a scalpel? For years, researchers have used animals like zebrafish — which are naturally transparent at the embryological stage of development, and were recently genetically engineered to remain transparent through adulthood — to do just that. But for other model organisms, like mice and rats, scientists have always had to get at their insides the old fashioned way: by cutting them up...


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Unread postby Blaz » 30 December 2012, 18:49

Storms on U.S. Plains stir memories of the "Dust Bowl"
LIBERAL, Kansas (Reuters) - Real estate agent Mark Faulkner recalls a day in early November when he was putting up a sign near Ulysses, Kansas, in 60-miles-per-hour winds that blew up blinding dust clouds.

"There were places you could not see, it was blowing so hard," Faulkner said.
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Re: Article of the Moment

Unread postby Milo » 31 December 2012, 05:06

Top 5 Money Rules for 2013


To kick off the New Year, here are Jean Chatzky's Top 5 Money Rules for 2013:

1. If You Don't Ask For More Money, The Answer Will Always Be No -- Here's a shocker: In 2011, newly-trained female doctors earned salaries that averaged $17,000 less than newly-trained male doctors. It's not that women were picking less-lucrative specialties or that they were asking for more flexible work schedules. That used to be the case, but not this time. The difference this time was a problem that's existed for years. Women don't ask. Whether you're a woman or a man, you have to ask for the money you want. The answer may not be the one you're looking for. But if you don't ask, the answer will always be "no."

2. Count Dollars Like Calories -- Research has shown that keeping a food diary, writing down what you put into your mouth, habitually and without fail, keeps even the most troubled dieters honest. The same is true of tracking your spending. Most people have absolutely no idea where their money goes, particularly their cash. Tracking, whether you do it using pencil and paper or a Web or smartphone application, works. I know because I've done it. I know others who've done it. It will transform your financial life.

3. Just Because Someone Will Lend It To You Doesn't Mean You Should Borrow It -- This is the lesson of every unfurnished McMansion from Maine to California.

4. If You're "Just Looking" Don't Try It On -- You're in the department store or your favorite boutique and you see a pair of pants that looks interesting. Unless you're in that store to buy pants, don't try them on. Why? Because behavioral economists have found that when you put those pants on and see yourself in them, your mind actually takes possession of them. At that point, not buying the pants feels like a loss.

5. More Money Won't Always Make You More Happy -- The next time you're considering taking a job "just for the money" remember this: Money only buys happiness to a point. Beyond that, more money makes no difference in how happy you feel. According to some Nobel laureates, $75,000 buys happiness. That's an average that varies regionally; happiness is more expensive in Manhattan, N.Y., than in Manhattan, Kan. But the message is this: As long as you earn enough to pay your mortgage or rent, put gas in a car that's not a clunker, eat what you want when you want to, and take the occasional vacation and, oh yes, save a decent chunk of whatever you're bringing in, more money will not make you more happy. Coming up short on any of those basic wants and needs, however, will make you miserable.


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Re: Article of the Moment

Unread postby René » 31 December 2012, 14:58

Derek wrote:I looked at LP's website for the first time in a year and I read this.

Alex Knepper wrote:Statement Regarding Long-Standing Accusations Against Me
November 19, 2012 by Alex Knepper
The timing of this post may seem curious, but this issue has psychologically haunted me for some time. So, for personal reasons, I feel that it is best to have something to point to regarding this issue, as I move forward with my personal and professional life. Make of it what you will.


In 2010, after publicly fighting with me for months over a blog-related vendetta, a certain individual took to his blog with several extremely damaging and malicious accusations against me. Those who know me best have always been incredibly supportive of me, but I cannot be blind to the fact that the world does not know me as closely as my friends, family, and community of close associates. I have spent the last two years of my life psychologically refusing to come to terms with this episode and the effect that it had on my emotional health — and my professional trajectory. Yet, I cannot continue to live with the emotional torture of such uncertainty and doubt regarding its place in my life. So, I feel it is best that I at last issue a public statement about these allegations — for a sense of personal closure on a highly traumatic episode, and so that both my readers and potential future professional associates can feel assured, not only that these allegations were false, but that this won’t be an issue moving forward.

The portrait painted of me by this person, quite simply, was of a sexual pervert. According to this narrative, I signed up for a website called GayTeenForum.org, as an adult, with the intention of burrowing my way into a community of young boys.

In fact, I signed up for the forum when I was seventeen years old, for help with coming out as gay to my mother. I stuck around the forum after that not because I lusted for young boys (I was only seventeen myself when I signed up, after all!), but for the incredible community filled with people who, like myself, were young, gay, and a bit different. I spent countless hours of my life discussing life issues on the forum. We improved each others’ lives, in many ways. As a community, however, we had some questionable social norms — deviant ones that went totally over the line on many occasions. We joked about a lot of things that are simply not acceptable to joke about, for instance. For that, I apologize without reservation.

It would be a waste of time to reply point-by-point to the avalanche of alleged examples of my misbehavior. I made over 10,000 posts on the website over a three-year period. Doubtless there are other embarrassing things that I said or did, too. It was a volatile mix — we were a community of young people, united by our sexuality, with the (presumed) anonymity of the Internet cloaking our interactions. As Amanda Hess of TBD.com put it, the behaviors uncovered are hardly becoming of a would-be political commentator — but given the context of it all, were not entirely unpredictable.

I understand that I made myself very vulnerable by not being careful to keep my identity concealed. I’ve run this through in my head countless times: I know how incredibly foolish I was to have not appreciated the value of anonymity. I understand, too, that it reflects poorly upon my judgment that I did not appreciate that I could not lead both lives at once — both as an up-and-coming young political writer and a juvenile, anything-goes, stuck-in-adolescence punk. I think that Erick Erickson of RedState actually put it quite well: If what was “uncovered” about me was to be understood as juvenile idiocy — if I wanted the world to excuse my behavior on the grounds that I was just a kid doing stupid things, that is — then what right did I have to ask the world to view me as any sort of expert about the world of adult affairs?

That was true when he wrote it, and it’s true, too, that I have moved past such juvenile behavior — as well as the juvenile mindset that allowed this situation to transpire in the first place. It has taken me a little longer than some others to grow up, I will allow. Yet, I have matured tremendously since the time that all of this took place. I’m writing again, and new blogging projects are in the works. I’ll be beginning graduate school at the start of the new year. I’m working on a book about education theory. My personal life is very healthy, with close friends and productive hobbies that keep me happy. I am surrounded by people who believe in me. I hope that, as I march into my twenties, I can put the drama of the past behind me and begin anew to fulfill my potential.


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I love how he still has a photo of young Justin Bieber sitting right above that article's title. :P
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Re: Article of the Moment

Unread postby Bang » 1 January 2013, 11:30

A professor of mine brought him up during a lecture on abnormal mental health. Specifically speaking, what makes a child molester abuse children.
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Re: Article of the Moment

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Bang wrote:A professor of mine brought him up during a lecture on abnormal mental health. Specifically speaking, what makes a child molester abuse children.

What did your professor think moved Alex to perform his horrendous crimes?
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Re: Article of the Moment

Unread postby Derek » 1 January 2013, 20:13

Bang wrote:A professor of mine brought him up during a lecture on abnormal mental health. Specifically speaking, what makes a child molester abuse children.

I didn't realize he was that well-known. I feel bad for him, but at the same time I think it's kind of funny.
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Re: Article of the Moment

Unread postby Bang » 3 January 2013, 01:49

Derek, the lecture happened around the time he was on the news, otherwise it didn't happen afterward. René, it was two or three years ago, but the discussion was about the probability of wanting to nurture a child because the individual didn't have an emotional connection with adults and through mental degradation thought that a friendship and sexual relationship was deemed normal by society through their own perverted beliefs. Through series of failed life choice the individual had become alienated by society and therefor acted under free will. Free will that was of course demented by that person's mental health issues. It was deemed that he would go on later in life the same way with a high chance of actually harming a child.
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Re: Article of the Moment

Unread postby Blaz » 3 January 2013, 02:01

Changing times: ESPN shows bowling champion kissing his husband
Watch closely in the video above, and you'll see a small but important step forward in the world of sports: what may well be the first instance of a broadcast of an openly gay male pro athlete kissing his husband while celebrating. And it's played as if nothing unusual had happened ... which, of course, is exactly the case.

Our story: Scott Norton was competing in the 2012 Professional Bowling Association's Chameleon Championship on Sunday. He won in dramatic fashion over Jason Belmonte, and was overcome with emotion as he'd devoted his tournament to a recently-deceased friend. Afterward, Norton embraced and kissed husband Craig Woodward. Throughout the broadcast, as Outsports notes, ESPN had referred to Woodward as the "husband" or "spouse" of Norton. Again, no big deal.
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Re: Article of the Moment

Unread postby Mod » 6 January 2013, 21:08

Brenden, Simon this free indie puzzler seems like you two

Anglophone Atlantis has been an independent nation since an April day in 1822, when a well-aimed shot from their depluralizing cannon reduced the British colonizing fleet to one ship.

Counterfeit Monkey is interactive fiction where you’re trying to escape from a language-obsessed island armed only with a device that removes letters from words, transforming the object described by the word. JP LeBreton compared it to “Portal for English”, which is a great way to describe how fast and fun this mechanic is.

Say you have a stone and you’re about to kill me, I can turn it into a tone and let it harmlessly vibrate away. Is that boat a boa or an oat? Depends if I need to scare you or feed you.

The first joy of Counterfeit Monkey is gazing on your environment with the knowledge that it can be linguistically reshaped.

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Bang wrote:Derek, the lecture happened around the time he was on the news, otherwise it didn't happen afterward. René, it was two or three years ago, but the discussion was about the probability of wanting to nurture a child because the individual didn't have an emotional connection with adults and through mental degradation thought that a friendship and sexual relationship was deemed normal by society through their own perverted beliefs. Through series of failed life choice the individual had become alienated by society and therefor acted under free will. Free will that was of course demented by that person's mental health issues. It was deemed that he would go on later in life the same way with a high chance of actually harming a child.

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