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Cicada 3301: Code-breaking scavenger
hunt has the Internet mystified

CBS News, by Chenda Ngak

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Posted By:MissMolly, 1/5/2014 4:33:40 AM

Is there a secret society attempting to recruit the best coder breakers in the world, using clues that spans across the globe and Internet? That’s what some people believe the case is with the elusive Cicada 3301 online puzzle, which, if history repeats itself, will make a return within days. Tekk Nolagi, a teenager from the San Francisco Bay Area who asked not to be identified by his real name, says he was sitting in a high school robotics lab in 2012 with his friends when the photo first appeared on the image message board 4chan.org. “It was posted on the paranormal

      


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Posted By: MissMolly- 2/15/2014 5:11:43 AM     Post Reply
In watching both the recently released Netflix documentary Mitt, as well as NBC’s putting out to pasture of Jay Leno (again), I was struck by the current cultural attitudes toward those generally perceived as “nice” people. Apart from the hackneyed “If it bleeds, it leads” response you’ll get from most people when the topic of how we treat household names in the media comes up, there is a real (and I would add sick) pleasure Americans experience when nice guys finish last. We like jerks. And if someone isn’t a jerk, but we don’t like their politics or street-cred as a

Could the smell of your EARWAX
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Daily Mail [UK], by Mark Prigg    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/15/2014 5:08:12 AM     Post Reply
Our earwax could help prove our identity and even reveal what we´ve eaten and where we´ve been, researchers have discovered. Scientists from the Monell Center say the substance could even reveal information about our sexual orientation and health. They say new tests could be developed to prove people´s ID - and their ethnicity could be determined simply by looking in their ear. ´Our previous research has shown that underarm odors can convey a great deal of information about an individual, including personal identity, gender, sexual orientation, and health status,´ said study senior author George Preti, PhD, an organic chemist at

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Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/14/2014 4:03:05 PM     Post Reply
JUNEAU, Alaska – The U.S. State Department plans to create an Arctic ambassador position to highlight the growing importance of that region. In a letter to U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, Secretary of State John Kerry said he planned to name a "high-level individual of substantial stature and expertise" to serve as Special Representative for the Arctic Region. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said she had no personnel announcements to make, but might soon. Kerry, in the letter, said he believed it was vital to elevate Arctic issues and interests within the State Department. Nations across the world are hurrying to stake claims to

I Still Remember, Senator Cruz
Commentary Magazine, by Peter Wehner    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/14/2014 3:58:48 PM     Post Reply
Earlier this week Senator Ted Cruz took to doing what he enjoys most: Lecturing the GOP “establishment” from his moral Mt. Olympus. Speaking critically about the vote to raise the debt limit, Cruz–who insisted on a 60-vote threshold to end debate on the measure–said some lawmakers are “willing to mortgage our children’s future” because they “care so much about being praised by the Washington media” and don’t think voters are paying attention. “But sometimes, come November, the people remember,” the junior senator from Texas declared. Actually, come mid-February, the people still remember. At least I do. I remember that Senator Cruz championed legislative

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Washington Examiner [DC], by Susan Ferrechio    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/14/2014 6:10:33 AM     Post Reply
There was an audible gasp in the Senate gallery this week when Minority Leader Mitch McConnell voted “aye” to cut off a potential GOP filibuster of critical legislation to raise the $17.2 trillion debt ceiling. A long-time opponent of raising the nation’s borrowing limit without reining in costs elsewhere in the budget, McConnell, R-Ky., was expected to vote “no,” but instead played a critical role in ensuring its passage. He’s not only a fiscal conservative, but McConnell is also facing a Tea-Party backed primary opponent, making his support of the legislation not only a surprise, but a potential political risk. But McConnell´s move

   

 

  


 
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Atlantic Wire, by Esther Zuckerman    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/14/2014 5:25:05 AM     Post Reply
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FoxNews/Live Science, by Megan Gannon    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/13/2014 12:57:09 PM     Post Reply
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Wall Street Journal, by Karl Rove    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/13/2014 10:00:23 AM     Post Reply
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Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/13/2014 6:01:33 AM     Post Reply
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These 3 Charts Show Why Obama
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Independent Journal Review, by Kyle Becker    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/13/2014 5:58:16 AM     Post Reply
The following are the 9 states where the president has the highest approval via Gallup: Hawaii (61.3), Maryland (57.0), Rhode Island (56.7), New York (56.7), Vermont (56.6), Massachusetts (56.5), New Jersey (56.4), California (55.8), and Connecticut (55.1); topped off by Washington D.C. (80.8) for good measure.(Snip for graphic)Now, let’s survey the state of overall freedom in the states (this follows economic freedom closely) on this interactive map provided by George Mason University’s Mercatus Center:

   

 

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Posted By: MissMolly- 2/13/2014 5:17:03 AM     Post Reply
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Posted By: US Veteran- 2/13/2014 10:49:26 AM     Post Reply
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