The Tinker Weekly For June 9, 2013

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the real story in the NSA and PRISM privacy scandal is the collapse of journalism


'This American Life' delves into the nightmare of the utterly broken U.S. Patent system 


what used to take a Boeing painting team 4.5 hours to accomplish, now takes their new robots 24 minutes-- with "perfect" quality

Berkeley discovers a way to make concrete that is more durable and more earth-friendly... from the ancient Romans

a simple vinegar test slashed cervical cancer death rates by one-third in a remarkable study of 150,000 women in the slums of India, where the disease is the top cancer killer of women

religious healthcare corporations are absorbing secular hospitals, and in the process imposing their morality on women's bodies

simply asking people if they had an experience creates false memories of the event-- up to 7 months later


scientists using the most powerful telescope on Earth have discovered that the moments just after the Big Bang happened more like the theory predicts, eliminating a significant discrepancy that troubled physicists for two decades

a man committed to a high-security psychiatric hospital 7 years ago for fabricating a story of large scale money-laundering at a major bank is to have his case reviewed after internal bank documents proving the validity of his claims have been leaked


Doxycycline, a boring antibiotic used to treat STDs and Lyme disease, has just gone from $20 to $3,000 due to shortages


computer whizzes at MIT are using advanced computer technology to reveal microscopic, hidden motion in video-- and it could change healthcare forever


and finally: how only turning right saved UPS $3 million dollars

Posted on June 8, 2013 .
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The Tinker Weekly For June 2, 2013

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here's everything you need to know about what's going on in Turkey

a teenager has designed a device that could double the life of airplane tires

out-of-control pollution in China has created places known as 'cancer villages'

a new carbon dioxide sequestration technique has a 'supergreen' side effect 

is religious fundamentalism a mental illness that can be 'cured'? a neuroscientist thinks so

the mad science of the national debt

applying a quantum theory of gravity to black holes reveals what looks like an entry point to another universe

in Pakistan, thousands of children are being kidnapped and physically disabled to become part of the 'begging mafia'

a university study presents direct evidence that markets erode moral values

these scientists are creating 'glowing' bio-luminescent trees that they say could replace street lamps

the world's richest 8% now earn precisely one-half of all PLANETARY income

and finally: a weak spot has been found on the most common type of HIV virus, making a vaccine much closer to reality

Posted on June 2, 2013 .
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The Tinker Weekly For May 26, 2013

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the Mayor of Toronto has been caught on tape smoking crack cocaine. who taped him, and how it involves his family, is where it gets weird

the "Waffle House Index" is a thing. a real thing, that's used to assess the damage done by natural disasters. it's used by FEMA. read on...

the Supreme Court agreed to hear a case this week that will probably nuke separation of church and state

despite their reputation for equality, Sweden has been experiencing violent riots for nearly a week 

how PBS quietly killed a documentary about Citizens United - because one of the Koch brothers was a donor to the channel (no really, it happened)

Orthodox Christian protesters, lead & organized by Priests, have brutally attacked gay rights activists in Georgia. “All this crowd, like zombies, they simply wanted to kill us. Not beat or humiliate, they simply wanted to kill us"

apparently Bose, the premium audio company, makes automobile suspension - and it's some of the best anyone's ever seen

"This is Obama’s America! It’s like the Soviet Union. He said he would change the country. He said it. And a lot of people voted for him. And if you see any of those people today, do me a favor, punch them in the face.”

mandatory minimum nightmare: the average sentence for a first time, non-violent drug offender is longer than the average sentence for rape, child molestation, bank robbery or manslaughter

how old are the apples you buy at the supermarket? most likely, about 14 months old

how America's national security apparatus -- in partnership with big corporations -- cracked down on dissent

and finally, Los Angeles is going after a Las Vegas hospital accused of dumping more than 1500 patients across state lines, including a "paraplegic, still dressed in his hospital gown and connected to a catheter bag, found dragging himself along a gutter"

Posted on May 26, 2013 .
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The Tinker Weekly For May 19, 2013

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the IRS was doing their job, and doing it well: there was an enormous influx of 501(c)(4) "social welfare organization" applications from right-wing groups, all of whom donated to campaigns

why politicians and car dealers are trying to make it illegal to buy an electric car in North Carolina

a Russian man was tortured and killed in Volgograd (Russia) for being gay; media silence ensues

Christianity could be facing a catastrophic collapse in Britain, according to official figures suggesting it is declining 50 percent faster than previously thought

Texas police issued 300,000 misdemeanor tickets to school children in 2010 for "classroom behavior" like spraying perfume or leaving the lunch table dirty

Pope Francis has completely denounced Capitalism, calling it a "cult of money" that he says is tyrannizing the poor 

no, really: Saudi Arabia is working to reverse decades of favoring religious over scientific studies in schools and universities

Swaziland has made it illegal for a witch to fly a broomstick above 150m. seriously, it's a law

wealthy Manhattan moms are hiring handicapped tour guides so their kids can cut lines at Disney World

the 182 percent loan: how installment lenders put borrowers in a world of hurt

4th-grader Zachary Maxwell snuck a camera into his school's lunchroom for 6 months to document how lousy it was. The resulting film will be screened at the Manhattan Film Festival

and finally: the greater the airtime devoted to country music, the greater the white suicide rate. this effect is independent of divorce, 'southern-ness,' poverty, or gun availability

Posted on May 18, 2013 .
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The Tinker Weekly For May 12, 2013

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a comprehensive and  understandable introduction to BitCoin, the world's first open-source digital currency

if republicans get their way, the 8-hour day and 40-hour week will disappear-- along with overtime pay

an ad with a secret, anti-abuse message-- visible only to children

when was the last time someone was beheaded for Sorcery and Witchcraft in Saudi Arabia? why, last year

regarding the first 3D-printed gun: "I recognize that this tool might be used to harm people. That's what it is: it's a gun. But I don't think that's a reason to not put it out there."

approximately 25% of US workers earn $10.50 or less, and 66% of these low income earners work for large corporations

Stephen Hawking has joined the academic boycott of Israel due to its treatment of Palestinians

nearly a third of commercial honeybee colonies in the U.S. died or disappeared last winter, an unsustainable decline that threatens the nation’s food supply

this is a practice known as 'metzitzah b'peh'-- an Orthodox Jewish ritual that involves a man sucking the freshly-circumcised penis of a baby. yes, it's completely legal. yes, herpes is a problem

not that this really comes as a surprise, but private colleges are really screwing over low-income prospective students in favor of wealthy prospective students

in Afghanistan, a Chinese mining company threatens to destroy the remains of an ancient Buddhist city, which archaeologists are now racing to excavate

here are 15 well-researched, convincing charts that explain why 99% of us still aren't recovering anywhere near as well as that other percentage point

Posted on May 12, 2013 .
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The Tinker Weekly For May 5, 2013

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A physics teacher biked through the Large Hadron Collider while wearing Google Glass to show his students SCIENCE

Clear Channel, Rush Limbaugh's network, is losing tons of money since last year's protests against him started

Exxon Pegasus Pipeline leaks again, one month after Mayflower, Arkansas rupture

China's "Copy Towns:" exact replicas of Western cities and villages are cropping up all over China

Happy Anniversary! Guantanamo Bay Prison is now costing the U.S. $900,000 per inmate per year

Mitt Romney to America's graduating youth: start having babies as soon as possible: "Children are a heritage of the Lord, & the fruit of the womb is His reward."

Denmark's "fixing rooms," where addicts can inject safely, have lowered the crime rate and made the streets safer. 

Fox News: "You know the Age of Enlightenment and Reason gave way to moral relativism. And moral relativism is what led us all the way down the dark path to the Holocaust."

A principal fired his school's security guards, hired art teachers in their place, and transformed his elementary school

Posted on May 5, 2013 .
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The Tinker Weekly For April 28, 2013

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The second enormous financial scandal of the year appears frighteningly similar to LIBOR, and bares all of the marks of a genuine big-bank conspiracy

most likely the best segment on gun control you'll ever watch

it turns out that alcoholic drinks made with diet soda get you drunk faster than ones with regular soda

the texas fertilizer plant that blew up lied to the EPA about what it was holding. shocking, i know

u.s. senator: "who wouldn't use torture on this punk?"

by using a tactic called the 'double Irish,' Facebook paid about .3% tax on $1 billion worth of foreign profit

a school principal discouraged a teen girl from reporting her sexual assault because it could have ruined her attacker's basketball career… and then he raped someone else

a proposed law in iowa would reduce the pay of the judges who ruled in favor of gay marriage

watch as the CEO of Nestle explains how water is a commodity that should be privatized, not a basic human right

a lovely practice called 'medical repatriation' allows hospitals to deport immigrants without involving the government, or any oversight at all

there's a town in pennsylvania that will evict you from your apartment if you call the police on your abusive spouse too often

confirmed: racism and conservative ideology are actually indicative of lower IQ

george w. bush's presidency in 24 charts

an arizona senator told shooting victim's mother he supported background checks, then voted against them

the bp oil spill was way, way worse than anyone has said

"the upper 7 percent of American households saw their average net worth increase 28 percent, while the wealth of the other 93 percent declined"

Posted on April 28, 2013 .
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The Tinker Weekly For April 21, 2013

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"I’ve been detained at Guantánamo for 11 years and three months. I have never been charged with any crime. I have never received a trial."

sweden recycles so much of their garbage, they have run out. of garbage. they're going to import more.

haiti's cholera epidemic has been traced to a single, unexpected source: UN workers

the statute of limitations on prosecuting anyone for the 2008 financial collapse is about to run out

a graduate student just blew apart the justification for the global austerity movement

(actual) conclusive evidence that circumcision lowers the risk of HIV

"I am the senator. You are the citizen. You need to be quiet."

DNA may tell us how ancient fish learned to walk

in Tanzania, the Masai people are being completely evicted from their land

here's why (nearly) every locksmith listed on google or in the yellow pages is most likely a scam

germany has the world's first fully-functional algae-powered building

an influential saudi billionaire prince is pushing to allow women in his country to drive. oh, by the way, women in saudi arabia aren't allowed to drive

Posted on April 21, 2013 .
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The Tinker Weekly For April 14, 2013

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a gay man who refused to leave his partner's bedside was arrested and thrown out of the hospital

reverend: allowing women to vote was 'one of the greatest mistakes america made'

the invisible bike helmet that's going to change riding forever

why chemotherapy that costs $70,000 in the united states costs $2,500 in india

the article every liberal needs to show a conservative

transparent brains are helping to clarify connections in neuroscience

arkansas: the state with the highest teen pregnancy rate votes to completely axe sex education

an unsettling video on how wealth is distributed in america

Posted on April 14, 2013 .
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The Tinker Weekly For April 7, 2013

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the origins of the CIA's (not so) secret drone war

north carolina's attempt at a state religion

a million dollars in medical debt, gone

virginia's attorney general wants oral/anal sex to be a crime

republican mocks single mothers, tells his tenants to die ASAP

17-year-old wins $100k for killing cancer

stop-and-frisk: 'we were handcuffing kids for no reason'

stanford biologist & computer scientist discovers the 'anternet'

Posted on April 7, 2013 .
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