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Sorry, Folks, Rich People Actually Don't 'Create The Jobs'

In this war of words (and classes), one thing has been repeated so often that many people now regard it as fact.<p>"Rich people create the jobs."<p>Specifically, by starting and directing America's companies, entrepreneurs and rich investors create the jobs that sustain everyone else.<p>This statement is …

The Day SF Became Gotham City: How a Metropolis Is Making a 5-Year-Old's Wish Come True

On Friday, November 15, San Francisco became Gotham. The city did not do this for Comic-Con, nor to film a new movie. The city did this to fulfill …

In A Landmark Legal Decision, Google Wins The Right To Scan Pretty Much Every Book Ever

The decision was formally made that Google Books can continue its efforts to digitally capture around 20 million books without legal repercussions, reports GigaOM.<p>Judge Denny Chin made the ruling based on the fact that Google's digitization of the source material is "highly transformative" and …

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Yahoo Adopted One Of Microsoft's Worst Ideas, Just As Microsoft Killed It Off

Looks like Yahoo and Microsoft are pulling a switcheroo.<p>Microsoft told employees on Tuesday that it's ending its so-called "stack-ranking" system. Under Microsoft's infamous system, workers were ranked on a curve, and those at the low end would be fired or dealt with in some way. The goal in …

Smart Foam In Football Helmets Measures Impact Of Each Hit

It alerts those on the sidelines when a player recieves a potentially-dangerous hit to the head.<p>On the football field, it can be easy to miss when a player suffers a concussion-level hit. The CDC estimates that between the 1.6 million and 3.8 million Americans suffer sports-related concussions …

Hopes of hepatitis C cure raised after antiviral drug treatment success

Scientists have reported the successful eradication of hepatitis C in patients using two new antiviral drugs, raising hopes of a possible cure.<p>In the trial, the virus was eliminated from almost all the patients involved, including those who had not previously responded to existing drugs.<p>Hepatitis C …

There Are (Probably) Billions of Earth-Like Planets in the Universe

New research, courtesy of NASA's Kepler telescope, suggests that there's no dearth of pseudo-Earths.<p>"When I began searching for exoplanets," Geoff Marcy told me last year, "everybody said I was crazy." Back then—in the 1990s, when "planet hunting" was new and, as its name might suggest, somewhat …

Fast-food workers in Seattle could soon make $31,000 a year

Burger flippers in Seattle could soon take home more than $31,000 a year.<p>Ed Murray, a candidate for mayor of the Pacific northwest's largest city, has endorsed a $15-an-hour minimum wage. The city's current mayor Mike McGinn said he may go even higher.<p>If Seattle goes that route, its minimum wage …

Low-Skilled Mexican Immigrants Are Making The US Labor Market More Efficient

This is good for an economy that often has a surprising number of jobs that go unfilled.<p>The authors, Brian Cadena of the University of Colorado- Boulder and Brian Kovak from Carnegie Mellon University found that between 2006 to 2010, in towns where the Great Recession had caused unemployment of …

The great austerity shell game

Center-right governments in Britain and Germany do it. So do the center-left governments in France and Italy. Obama and the Republicans do it, too. They all impose "austerity" programs on their economies as necessary to exit the crisis afflicting them all since 2007. Politicians and economists …

Google Employees Confess The Worst Things About Working At Google

Well, take a look at this Quora thread, which is being used by current and former Google employees to dish the dirt on working for Big G.<p>We've edited some of the standout comments into this excerpt.<p><b>Everyone is awesome, so they can hire the very best people to do even the most mundane jobs.</b><p>"The …

Rand Paul lifted his antiabortion speech from the Wikipedia page for a science fiction movie

<b>(MSNBC)</b><p>Rand borrowed liberally from the entry for the mid-’90s flop “Gattaca” while denouncing abortion rights<p>Katie McDonough<p>October 29, 2013 1:20pm (UTC)<p>Rand Paul was in Virginia on Monday to support Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli, who lately has been trying to boost his …

Conservatives Misunderstand What Went Wrong Under Bush

You'd swear from today's rhetoric that the problem was too much compromise. Nope.<p>The Tea Party is composed largely of Republicans who supported George W. Bush when he was the GOP standard-bearer, voting for him twice and criticizing him far less frequently than they defended him, only to rebel …

Is the Republican party's effort to win black voters just skin-deep?

When it's convenient to their diversity "story-telling", the Republican National Committee loves black Republicans. After Mitt Romney got whacked in the 2012 presidential election because he ignored minority voters, the RNC pledge it would engage with minority voters and support more candidates of …

Company Behind Troubled Obamacare Website Donated Heavily To Republicans In 2012

The GOP is arguing that the federal contractor got a sweetheart deal from its ties to the Obama administration, but the company donated just as much to Republicans last cycle. Bipartisan favor-currying.<p>Republicans' new Obamacare attack line hinges on allegations that the contractor in charge of …

Anti-Debt Group Gets Thoroughly Trolled After Trying To Start A Discussion On Twitter

Championed by Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles, Fix the Debt — which The Nation magazine called a "fearmongering campaign to convince Americans that the deficits the United States has run throughout its history have suddenly metastasized" — held a Twitter live chat this afternoon to discuss next …

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North Korea angry at Swiss ban on ski lift sale

<b>North Korea has reacted angrily to a decision by Switzerland to block a deal to sell ski lifts to the secretive communist country.</b><p>The equipment - which included chair lifts and cable cars - was for the Masik ski resort project which is currently under construction.<p>But the Swiss government said last …

The Best Hope Left For Americans' Privacy Is This 2012 Supreme Court Opinion

In <i>United States v. Jones,</i> the nation's highest court heard how police installed a GPS tracking device on drug suspect Antoine Jones' Jeep without a valid warrant and then monitored him for four weeks.<p>The high court ruled unanimously that the GPS tracking violated Jones' Constitutional guarantee …

The NSA-DEA police state tango

This week’s DEA bombshell shows us how the drug war and the terror war have poisoned our justice system<p>So the paranoid hippie pot dealer you knew in college was right all along: The feds really were after him. In the latest post-Snowden bombshell about the extent and consequences of government …

Musk says he ‘shot himself in the foot’ revealing Hyperloop

Anyone smart enough to build a tube that transports people 600 miles per hour to go from San Francisco to Los Angeles in only 30 minutes should step up because creator Elon Musk says he’s too busy to actually build it.<p>“I think I shot myself in the foot by ever mentioning the Hyperloop. I’m too …

IBM researchers get closer to brain-like computing

Advertisement<p>9 Comments<p>Credit: DARPA<p>IBM (s ibm) researchers say they have whipped up a programming language, algorithms and applications to deploy on …

Gay US troops in line for marriage benefits

The Pentagon is poised to extend healthcare, housing and other benefits to the same-sex spouses of military members by the end of August but may reverse earlier plans to provide benefits to gay partners who are not married.<p>According to a draft memo obtained on Wednesday by the Associated Press, the …

Why the Incas offered up child sacrifices

<i>These children [to be sacrificed to the mountain and other gods] would be collected from all over the land and would be carried in litters together … They should be very well dressed, paired up female and male.</i><p><b>Juan de Betanzos, 1551</b><p><i>Human nature would not allow them to kill their own children … if</i> …

The Simplest Periodic Table We've Ever Seen

No numbers, just dots<p>In this beautiful, easy-to-read periodic table, created by London-based graphic designer Alison Haigh, each element is represented by a visualization of its electronic structure, rather than by numbers and letters.<p>The dots each represent electrons—so, hydrogen, which has an …

Housing market heats up -- and it's just getting started

If you tried to buy a home in Phoenix a year ago, you probably would have been able to land it for well under the asking price.<p>Those days are gone. In a city that was hit hard after the housing bubble burst in 2007, you’re more likely to encounter a bidding war for that split-level ranch on the …

Growing copper theft 'like an epidemic' sweeping US

Copper is such a hot commodity that thieves are going after the metal anywhere they can find it: an electrical power station in Wichita, Kan., or half a dozen middle-class homes in Morris Township, N.J. Even on a Utah highway construction site, crooks managed to abscond with six miles of copper …

Experts: Two Years Heals (Almost) All Wounds

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>When humans hurt, they're often comforted by other non-hurting humans who say "time heals all …

Lawmakers Blast Guantanamo's $2.7 Million Per Prisoner Cost

"This is a massive waste of money," Senator Dianne Feinstein said during a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing on the base.<p>Guantanamo has been dubbed the most expensive prison on Earth, and President Barack Obama in May cited its cost - then calculated at about $900,000 per prisoner - as one of …