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The ruination of the world for everyone else by those who have the ability to do so.
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How to Learn Any Language Fast and Never Forget It | The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss

How to Learn Any Language Fast and Never Forget It | The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss | Why we can't have nice things | Scoop.it
The hardest part about learning a language isn't grammar, pronunciation or vocabulary; it's memory. In this article, I'll show you how to learn any language fast and actually *remember* what you've learned.
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Monsanto Linked to Fatal Kidney Disease Epidemic: Could It Topple the Company?

Monsanto Linked to Fatal Kidney Disease Epidemic: Could It Topple the Company? | Why we can't have nice things | Scoop.it
The herbicide Roundup has been linked to an ailment that has appeared across multiple continents.
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Doesn't look good for those who meddle with nature.

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The economic case for paying your cashiers $40K a year

The economic case for paying your cashiers $40K a year | Why we can't have nice things | Scoop.it
The average American cashier makes $20,230 a year, which in a single-earner household would leave a family of four living under the poverty line. But if he works the cash registers at QuikTrip, it’s an entirely different story. The convenience store and gas station chain offers entry-level employees an annual salary of around $40,000, plus...
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Good news for once.

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The Secret Language of Millennials

The Secret Language of Millennials | Why we can't have nice things | Scoop.it
Boomers just don’t understand what younger people are saying about politics and culture.
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Perhaps the problem is just down to an inability to communicate.

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6 Awesome YouTube Videos To Help You Learn Android Development

6 Awesome YouTube Videos To Help You Learn Android Development | Why we can't have nice things | Scoop.it
Show -- don't tell. Being able to watch someone do something as they tell you what's happening has been the way of conveying knowledge since before written language. Maybe that's why how-to videos are so popular. Yet when you have a half-billion people posting how-to videos, there will be more videos that suck than are successful.…
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Great youtube resources for learning to program Android.

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THE LIES OF UNLEADED PETROL

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Very interesting read.  Seems well referenced though I have not looked further yet.

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Saks Fifth Avenue Shopper Discovers Shocking Plea For Help From Chinese Prisoner

Saks Fifth Avenue Shopper Discovers Shocking Plea For Help From Chinese Prisoner | Why we can't have nice things | Scoop.it
By Serena Solomon

NEW YORK CITY — Stephanie Wilson was reaching for a receipt inside a paper shopping bag from Saks Fifth Avenue when she found a letter pleading, "HELP HELP HELP."The message, written in blue in...
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Bedroom tax: Taxpayers will fork out an extra £1BILLION in housing benefit - despite Bedroom Tax misery

Bedroom tax: Taxpayers will fork out an extra £1BILLION in housing benefit - despite Bedroom Tax misery | Why we can't have nice things | Scoop.it
Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith launched the hated tax a year ago to save £490million from the ­annual £24billion housing benefit bill
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As if being horrible wasn't bad enough it turns out he is wrong as well.  This is what happens when you let the country be ruled by people so obnoxious that you have no choice but to let them rule the country to shut them up.

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City Orders Church to Stop Caring for the Homeless

City Orders Church to Stop Caring for the Homeless | Why we can't have nice things | Scoop.it
Authorities in Rockford, Illinois say that the church, which houses the homeless during the winter, is in violation of municipal codes.
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Is there any part of life into which stupidity, ignorance, foolishness and general dumbassery do not reach.

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Nasa-funded Study: Industrial Civilization Headed for 'Irreversible Collapse' Due to Inequality, Exploitation

Nasa-funded Study: Industrial Civilization Headed for 'Irreversible Collapse' Due to Inequality, Exploitation | Why we can't have nice things | Scoop.it
Natural and social scientists develop new model of how 'perfect storm' of crises could unravel global system
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Well there you go.  We can't have nice things because the world as we know it will soon be no more.  To be fair this has happened to every advanced civilisation ever.  It will be interesting to see how far and how fast it can all collapse now that we have built it up as far as we have.

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New Statesman | The Osborne audit: what have we learned?

New Statesman | The Osborne audit: what have we learned? | Why we can't have nice things | Scoop.it
Ahead of this week’s budget, the economic historian Robert Skidelsky examines how four years of austerity have affected Britain.
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An appeal to the democratic principles underlaying the free market is intellectual laziness.

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Amazon showing signs of degradation due to climate change, Nasa warns

Amazon showing signs of degradation due to climate change, Nasa warns | Why we can't have nice things | Scoop.it
Rainforest area twice the size of California experiencing drought rate that is unprecedented in a century, study shows
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Rules leave inherited iPad 'useless'

Rules leave inherited iPad 'useless' | Why we can't have nice things | Scoop.it
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Corporations are retards.

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Complete history of Monsanto, one of the world's most evil corporations

Complete history of Monsanto, one of the world's most evil corporations | Why we can't have nice things | Scoop.it
Of all the mega-corps running amok, Monsanto has consistently outperformed its rivals, earning the crown as “most evil corporation on Earth!” Not content to simply rest upon its throne of death, atop a mountain of rotting corpses, it remains focused on newer, more scientifically innovative ways to harm the planet and its people.
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I'm not sure that all the facts are straight on this page but enough of them are that I consider it worth listing for future reference.

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The Most Depressing Discovery About the Brain, Ever

The Most Depressing Discovery About the Brain, Ever | Why we can't have nice things | Scoop.it
Say goodnight to the dream that education, journalism, scientific evidence, or reason can provide the tools that people need in order to make good decisions.
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New news, people are idiots.

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Crowdsourcing Our Way Out of the Crisis of Democracy

Crowdsourcing Our Way Out of the Crisis of Democracy | Why we can't have nice things | Scoop.it
Repeatedly the people of the United States are shown how anti-democratic the government really is.
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This is a theme that has interested me recently.  We created our current political systems over hundreds of years of history.  We certainly have the technology to do it far better now.  Why should we hold ourselves bound by such primitive technology of politics when we have a world of people who can do better.

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Major Study: Monsanto GMO Corn Can Cause Damage to Liver and Kidneys, and Severe Hormonal Disruption

Major Study: Monsanto GMO Corn Can Cause Damage to Liver and Kidneys, and Severe Hormonal Disruption | Why we can't have nice things | Scoop.it
Key study has passed through three peer reviews.
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I was wondering what had happened to this study.  I have been looking for it and I am surprised the decision to pull it was ever taken seriously.

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A SWAT Team Blew a Hole in My 2-Year-Old Son

A SWAT Team Blew a Hole in My 2-Year-Old Son | Why we can't have nice things | Scoop.it
That's right: Officers threw a flashbang grenade in my son's crib -- and left a hole in his chest. It gets worse.
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A mother speaks.

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The farming lobby has wrecked efforts to defend our soil

The farming lobby has wrecked efforts to defend our soil | Why we can't have nice things | Scoop.it
George Monbiot: In an extraordinary coup, farmers' unions and the UK government have torpedoed the European soil framework directive
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Royal Mail: did the government and bankers short-change Britain by £750m? | The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Royal Mail: did the government and bankers short-change Britain by £750m? | The Bureau of Investigative Journalism | Why we can't have nice things | Scoop.it
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Corrupt by Design? Grassroots Campaign Say £32m a Year Govt Watchdog Has No Teeth

Corrupt by Design? Grassroots Campaign Say £32m a Year Govt Watchdog Has No Teeth | Why we can't have nice things | Scoop.it
A publicly funded watchdog designed to "investigate complaints that individuals have been treated unfairly or have received poor service from government departments, public organisations and the NH...
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I am actually very impressed that we can spend so much more money on employing so many more people to deal with so many more constitutional issues but still get so many fewer results.  

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Homeless Man Begs Police to Stop Shooting: “Please don’t hurt me anymore. I can’t move.”

Homeless Man Begs Police to Stop Shooting: “Please don’t hurt me anymore. I can’t move.” | Why we can't have nice things | Scoop.it
Albuquerque, New Mexico police were sent into the nearby foothills to investigate reports that there was a man illegally camping up there. They found a mentally disturbed homeless person with two small knives on him. A standoff began that would result in the man being shot to death. Warning: The images shown are very disturbing. […]
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Anyone who remembers the Stanford prison experiment will know what to make of this.

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Overwhelming Evidence that Half of America is In or Near Poverty

Overwhelming Evidence that  Half of America is In or Near Poverty | Why we can't have nice things | Scoop.it
And it's much worse for black families.
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Quite large amounts of money these days can afford you nothing.  Give a load of abstract numbers to people that allow them to own things of no practical purpose and it is easy to think they are wealthy but it all comes down to how well they can actually live.

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Nasa-funded study: industrial civilisation headed for 'irreversible collapse'?

Nasa-funded study: industrial civilisation headed for 'irreversible collapse'? | Why we can't have nice things | Scoop.it
Nafeez Ahmed: Natural and social scientists develop new model of how 'perfect storm' of crises could unravel global system
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Has been known to be statistically likely for years.  Nasa obviously worried because it would be very easy to render space exploration impossible.

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I lost my train ticket and was treated as a criminal despite a receipt

I lost my train ticket and was treated as a criminal despite a receipt | Why we can't have nice things | Scoop.it
Danny Frondigoun lost his ticket between passing the barrier and boarding the train. Yet East Coast fined him despite having the receipt and then refused his appeal.
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Targets and greed within the train company.  I can't imagine anyone giving in to this without a fight but I guess they must do for the train company to go through all this rigmarole.  Personally it would lead me to the choice to never travel by train again.

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