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Mid-Day Links



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For Swiss Data Industry, NSA Leaks Are Good as Gold

For $3,500, a Spy-Resistant Smartphone

Out of Control (Why are Transponders So Easy to Turn off?)

Beijing Loves Sochi (Deja Vu at the Olympics)

28 Incredibly Beautiful Places You Won’t Believe Actually Exist

What the world will look like if Elon Musk becomes the next Henry Ford

What Pakistan Knew About Bin Laden

How Statisticians Could Help Find That Missing Plane


Saturday Links

Ukraine Kiev links

Ukraine Offices Abandoned By Police / links

Saturday Links from The Political Carnival

Ukraine Crisis: President's Kiev Offices Abandoned by Police (BBC).

Ukraine crisis: Opposition takes control of presidential compound as Viktor Yanukovych 'flees Kiev'

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych decries 'coup', refuses to quit

Pussy Riot Sochi

Pussy Riot Sochi

Russian deputy PM dismisses assault on Pussy Riot

Venezuela says CNN can stay, a day after saying 'get out'

Union appeals Volkswagen workers' rejection in South

Ole Miss Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity Suspended, Noose Suspects from Georgia Kicked Out

Six attorneys general won’t defend their own state’s gay-marriage bans

This Adorable Home Isn't What You Think It Is (PHOTOS)


Monday Links


SochiDisplacedHomeownerw396h264Sochi Olympic Winter Games at root of residents' housing woes

A Violinist's Triumph Is Ruined by Thieves

Not a headline, just an interesting article on the history and impact of the Grand Coulee Dam.
The Cost of the Grand Coulee Dam

You might want to rethink that 'The Bible is the Literal Truth thougt...
Christians Might Be Surprised to Find That Not God, But Men, Decided What They Would Believe

So where do you get water on Mars when you're thirsty? From the red dirt, of course.
Mars water surprise in Curiosity rover soil samples

Pussy Riot's Stars Tossed Out of Pussy Riot


Overnight: Because of Mom (Olympics)


Photo: P & G

Photo: P & G

This is a commercial but one of the most understated I've ever seen. You'll see who it's by at the end. It's a tribute to mothers who encourage their children to get up when they fall, to help them along their way to wherever they want to go, even to the Olympics.


Thursday Links


USPSLogoORIGElizabeth Warren: End Usurious Payday Loan Exploitation by Making Post Offices Mini-Banks

Mormon President Ordered to Appear in UK Court

Pat Robertson implores creationist Ken Ham to shut up: ‘Let’s not make a joke of ourselves’

RadioShack Is Still Around, But Reportedly Closing 500 Stores

How Did Target Stores Get Hacked? Through A Vendor's Remote Access To Their System (or why I will never use my credit card at Target ever again)

Ever Wondered How to Embed a YouTube Video? There's a Video for That.

All You Ever Wanted to Know (and more) About Requited and Unrequited Love in the Harry Potter Books

How Climate Change Is Worsening California's Epic Drought

19 Dogs Standing Up To Sochi’s Deplorable Treatment Of Stray Dogs


Pussy Riot Takes America




I've been truly surprised that many people don't seem to know who Pussy Riot is nor what happened to them in Putin's Russia for a performance of less than a minute before they were stopped by church security: jail terms at hard labor.

Here's the catch, though. they were not objecting to the church's existence but to the integration of church and state - to the fact that, in Russia under Vladimir Putin in their view, they have become one and the same.

Their 'punk prayer' was to the Virgin Mary to remove Vladimir Putin from power.

They were charged with 'hooliganism' - i.e., extreme disturbance of the peace but their crime was really speaking their minds. Yes, they disturbed some worshippers but two years in hard labor camps as a sentence? The issue was not 'disturbance of the peace' but freedom of speech.

Several members of Pussy Riot spoke with Steven Colbert the other evening. Here's the Newsweek article about Pussy Riot which contains two embedded video segments: Pussy Riot Takes America


Saturday Links


Brightly-Painted Stairway in Turkey Starts Revolution Against Drab Gray



Polar Bear Twins Open Eyes for First Time

Amazon Prime Price May Rise by $20 to $40. 

France Sees 7,000 Gay Couples Wed Since Same-Sex Marriage Was Legalized Last Year

Need Water in California? Find your own! You won't be getting it from the State of CA after May.

Your truckload of merde, President Hollande? Here it is, delivered right to your doorstep!>

France: President Francois Hollande Will Not Attend 2014 Winter Olympics In Russia's Sochi

Former Crime Reporter Arrested for 5 Robberies in France