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The Miserable Life of the Presidential Turkey. Every November, deep in the White House’s rose gardens, the President of the United States raises his hand above a specially-selected turkey's head, and gives it a Presidential pardon.

The Miserable Life of the Presidential Turkey

Today, Mr. Obama will honor the 31st such bird, a 40-pounder named "Tom One. " Invisible Institute. Putin’s politics of uncertainty: how the Kremlin raised the stakes. ‘Russia is returning to the political arena as a global player,’ that’s what the commentators are saying today—even those who don’t support Vladimir Putin.

Putin’s politics of uncertainty: how the Kremlin raised the stakes

Whether this return is ‘good’ or ‘bad’, whether it’s a threat to the world or not, these commentators are simply stating a fact: Russia has kicked off military operations far beyond its borders. A ‘regional power’ doesn’t have this kind of reach. Celeste Wallander, Senior Director for Russia and Eurasia on the US National Security Council, calls Putin’s strategy ‘mistaken’, but the tactics ‘brilliant’. Meanwhile, Condoleezza Rice also finds room for ‘praise’ in her recent, and highly critical, evaluation of Putin’s foreign policy in The Washington Post: ‘The fact is that Putin is playing a weak hand extraordinarily well’. Lifestyle Inflation Isn’t Always a Bad Thing. "Kamchatka Peninsula" by Bike and Kayak - 16. Klyuchi, the once forbidden town, delivers 'exotic' variety! I have found, awaking in Siberia, or at least the Kamchatka peninsula, quite a unfamiliar challenge: Go to bed, with clear skies, beautiful sunset, and wake with coolish temperature, fog so thick one can cut it with a knife, and not a breath of wind.

"Kamchatka Peninsula" by Bike and Kayak - 16. Klyuchi, the once forbidden town, delivers 'exotic' variety!

Russia prepares reprisals against Ukraine over Crimea blackout. * Moscow threatens to cut gas to Ukraine By Andrew Osborn and Pavel Polityuk MOSCOW/KIEV, Nov 24 (Reuters) - Russia said on Tuesday it would cut off gas supplies to Ukraine and threatened to halt coal deliveries, ratcheting up a dispute over a power blackout in Crimea at a time when a ceasefire between Kiev and separatist rebels is fraying.

Russia prepares reprisals against Ukraine over Crimea blackout

Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak accused the Ukrainian authorities of deliberately refusing to help rebuild power lines to Russia-annexed Crimea, which were blown up by unknown saboteurs over the weekend. Trumpism Has Triumphed. Paedophiles' brains 'different' Scientists say distinct differences in the brain activity of paedophiles have been found using scanning technology.

Paedophiles' brains 'different'

A Yale University team found activity in parts of paedophiles' brains were lower than in other volunteers when shown adult, erotic material. The journal Biological Psychiatry said this was the first real-time evidence of differences in thought patterns. A forensic psychologist from the UK said drug treatments for paedophilia might be possible. There is increasing evidence that problems in certain areas of the brain may contribute to feelings of sexual attraction towards children. In a few cases, patients with a brain tumour in a particular part of the brain have developed such feelings, only for them to go away when the tumour was removed. The Yale study used functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), a technique which allows the activity within the brain to be recorded as the patient is thinking.

Drug treatment. Norway 'the best place to live' Norway is the best place in the world to live while Niger is the least desirable, according to an annual report by the United Nations.

Norway 'the best place to live'

The 182 countries were ranked according to the quality of life their citizens experienced. Criteria examined included life expectancy, literacy rates, school enrolment and country economies. However the UN human development index used data collected in 2007 - before the global economic crisis. Euro off as ECB seen easing further; Wall Street ends flat. The 12 days that will decide Earth's future: A guide to COP21. The past several years have seen a huge ramp up in climate activities and ambitions among businesses, states, regions and cities.

The 12 days that will decide Earth's future: A guide to COP21

Dozens of mayors as well as CEOs from around the world will be present to make their voices heard during the summit. These actions raise the stakes for Paris, and result in even more momentum and support for national leaders to take action. “You know, in climate change, we talk a lot about tipping points,” said Andrew Steer, the CEO of the World Resources Institute. “We tend to think about bad tipping points. But, of course, this conference is about potentially good tipping points.” For Steer, a successful outcome in Paris could create ripple effects that reverberate throughout global markets, all the way down to the local level.

How stranger danger changed the way children play. Closeted in the home or watched over by 'helicopter' parents, children lack much of the freedom they had only 50 years ago.

How stranger danger changed the way children play

What changed? Steve Humphries, who has made a new TV series on the way young people play, charts the rise of stranger danger. British children's play has been transformed in the last 100 years. ELI5: Why people say "pardon my French" right before/after they swear : explainlikeimfive. History, Travel, Arts, Science, People, Places. Quora. American Bridge PAC. Still Buying Meat From The Grocery Store? You won’t After Reading This.

Humans are omnivores.

Still Buying Meat From The Grocery Store? You won’t After Reading This

We don’t naturally lean toward vegetarianism, as historically it has been difficult to get all of our nutrients this way. Of course, vegetarianism is an easy and healthy choice for many now that grocery stores are accessible to nearly all in the Western world. However, when it comes to meat, the products in your local butcher department have little resemblance to the animal. Einstein And Oppenheimer Wrote A Secret Document About UFOs And Aliens. According to a National Geographic survey, 77 percent of all Americans "believe there are signs that aliens have visited Earth.

Einstein And Oppenheimer Wrote A Secret Document About UFOs And Aliens

" About 1 in 12 Americans believe they've seen a UFO at some point or another. Now, a declassified document written by Robert Oppenheimer, an American theoretical physicist, and Albert Einstein, a German theoretical physicist, discusses our "Relationship with inhabitants of celestial bodies. " The document is somewhat enigmatic. 10 Winter Pittsburgh Date Ideas You Should Try — Fresh Factory.

A hearing son in deaf family: ‘I’d rather be deaf’ Meet the Pedersen family: parents Rod and Jamie; and the children: Zane, Jax and Kaleb. They were all born deaf, except Kaleb — who at age 20, is the oldest child. “Obviously, I didn’t choose to be the only hearing one,” Kaleb said on the phone from their home near San Francisco in Pleasanton, California. Uk.businessinsider. Xi’s China: The Illusion of Change by Ian Johnson. Xi Jinping is often described as China’s most powerful leader in decades, perhaps even since Mao. He has been credited—if sometimes grudgingly—with pursuing a vigorous foreign policy, economic reforms, and a historic crackdown on corruption.

But as Xi completes his third year in office this month, this judgment seems increasingly mistaken, with China trapped by the same taboos that limited Xi’s predecessors. At heart this means a one-party state unwilling to retreat from the commanding heights of the country’s economic, political, and social life. The only area where the government has shown real creativity has been in coming up with new ways of legitimizing its rule—diversions from the real issues facing the country.

How to Fix Everything. Image: Jason Koebler It happened suddenly, like most of these stories do. Been looking for a pediatrician lately. I think I've found the one... Economic Inequality Dampens the Generosity of the Wealthy. The rich are different from you and me: They are less generous. That notion has been circulating in countless news articles and research papers in recent years.

But a newly published study suggests it's not entirely true. It finds wealthy people are indeed less generous than the less-fortunate, but only if they live in a society with a high level of economic inequality. Given the fact that the gap between the rich and the rest has been rising steadily in the United States—Pew reported two years ago that inequality is at its highest level since 1928—that's not comforting news.

Economic Inequality Dampens the Generosity of the Wealthy. Li-Fi has just been tested in the real world, and it's 100 times faster than Wi-Fi. Expect to hear a whole lot more about Li-Fi - a wireless technology that transmits high-speed data using visible light communication (VLC) - in the coming months. With scientists achieving speeds of 224 gigabits per second in the lab using Li-Fi earlier this year, the potential for this technology to change everything about the way we use the Internet is huge. And now, scientists have taken Li-Fi out of the lab for the first time, trialling it in offices and industrial environments in Tallinn, Estonia, reporting that they can achieve data transmission at 1 GB per second - that's 100 times faster than current average Wi-Fi speeds.

"We are doing a few pilot projects within different industries where we can utilise the VLC (visible light communication) technology," Deepak Solanki, CEO of Estonian tech company, Velmenni, told IBTimes UK. "Currently we have designed a smart lighting solution for an industrial environment where the data communication is done through light.

Deutsche Bank's John Cryan utters the words you never thought you would hear from a big bank CEO. How to Get That Annoying Political Person to Shut Up During the Holidays. Businessinsider. How An 'Untouchable' Teenage Hacker Is Destroying An American Family. Archives "A Trip to the 'Caliphate': Oppressive Justice under ISIS," By Omar al-Wardi - Syria Comment. A Trip to the “Caliphate,” Oppressive Justice under ISIS By OMAR AL-WARDI (a pseudonym for a Syrian who was brought up in the Jazeera region of Syria, where ISIS now rules and who has visited the region many times since.) For Syria Comment, Nov 21, 2015. The incredible plan to make money grow on trees. Uk.businessinsider. Learn to Protect Yourself with These Krav Maga Self-Defense Moves. This Interactive Map Shows Exactly How Much Daylight Saving Time Affects You.

A clearer look at the flight path Turkey says was used by a Russian jet. Turkey shot down a Russian military plane that it said violated Turkish airspace near the border with Syria. Russia denied that its plane entered Turkey, and Russian president Vladimir Putin decried the action. Josh Franks's answer to Why do many Chinese visitors feel disappointed when they visit the US the first time? Solving the Procrastination Puzzle: A Field Guide to Finally Getting Started. ELI5: Why are shows like Dr.Oz allowed to give out health advice that isn't scientifically supported? How isn't this considered illegal? : explainlikeimfive.

Argentina’s new president has one of the toughest jobs in the global economy. Britons 'passive against crime' Iran’s Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art Has Been Hiding One of the World’s Great Art Collections. Uk.businessinsider. Quora. China wants to build a high-speed rail link to a newly open Iran. Quora. Earth - How do we know that things are really made of atoms? Learn How to Lead Different Types of Individuals With the "DiSC" System  Businessinsider. “Plant Lamps” Turn Dirt and Vegetation into a Power Source. Mauricio Macri’s Political Goal. For millions of Americans, getting a job depends on one little box. Welcome to the New WordPress.com and WordPress.com App for Mac. Moscow Court Bans Church of Scientology. WordPress.com Gets A New Face And Joins the Javascript Age. Quora. Argentine President-Elect Promises Change But Faces Challenges. Singapore’s lesson for Modi: Smart cities don’t work without religious freedom.

Quora. Sony_employees_on_the_hack_one_year_later.single. 'Spying' on Islamic State instead of hacking them. 'Spying' on Islamic State instead of hacking them. Marvel’s Jessica Jones, explained. How Google Maps knows about traffic. Soldiers patrol Brussels, guard EU buildings, after overnight arrests. Life as a drone operator: 'Ever step on ants and never give it another thought?' CBBC - Newsround - How was Israel created? Uk.businessinsider. Uk.businessinsider. Why Do Young People Like Socialism More Than Older People? When is it immoral to have children? Imgur. Real Confidence Begins With Believing In Your Ability to Improve. Quora.

Bringing Up Genius. Pope Says Christmas Will Be ‘A Charade’ Because ‘Whole World Is At War’ The Doomsday Invention. Lights out / Stars on. Gizmodo. Lifehacker. Lifehacker. I Hired a Millennial Life Coach. Why South African students have turned on their parents’ generation. TrueCrypt is safer than previously reported, detailed analysis concludes. Quora. Quora. I am a guy preschool teacher, ask me anything! : IAmA. It’s official—NSA did keep its e-mail metadata program after it “ended” in 2011.

The Generation That Doesn't Remember Life Before Smartphones. Why I Had My Babies With a Midwife Instead of a Doctor. Comcast Internet Deals, T-Mobile Deals Are Ruining The Internet. The cast of 'The Man in the High Castle' talk about Nazism and gray areas. Virtual car shopping on a HoloLens? Volvo says it's coming next year thanks to Microsoft partnership.