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Germany (Local Colour): Not So Frugal (11/03/19 12:51)

The German taxpayers union has revealed how the authorities built a rodent bridge, paid for a gold nest, and blew public funds on other extravagant purchases.

History Revisited: Heroes of the Cold War (11/03/19 12:48)

Captain Vasili Alexandrovich Arkhipov spared humanity from extinction on what has been called “the most dangerous moment in human history."

Evolution: A Case of Intelligent Design (11/03/19 12:42)

Electroactive bacteria were running current through "wires" long before humans discovered electricity. How did they learn this very sophisticated trick?

The New Normal: They Live, We Sleep (11/03/19 12:41)

Despite the fact that we are 17,600 times more likely to die from heart disease than from a terrorist attack; 11,000 times more likely to die from an airplane accident than from a terrorist plot involving an airplane; 1,048 times more likely to die from a car accident than a terrorist attack, and 8 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than by a terrorist, we have handed over control of our lives to government officials who treat us as a means to an end - the source of money and power.

Energy: Inconvenient Truths (11/03/19 12:39)

If wind and solar were really providing substantial net energy, they would not need subsidies. Perhaps renewables aren’t as beneficial as many people think they are. Perhaps researchers have put too much faith in distorted models.

Sunday Humour: Rats as Chauffeurs (11/03/19 12:35)

... and they seem to have fun.

Hightech: Nature's Toughest Material (11/03/19 12:32)

A team of researchers led by the University of Michigan has revealed how Nacre, the rainbow-sheened material that lines the insides of mussel and other mollusk shells, works in real time.

Taki's Week That Perished (11/03/19 12:24)

The Week’s Most Hateful, Fateful, and Ungrateful Headlines

Germany: Inverse Wirtschaftswunder (10/30/19 16:48)

The latest Markit survey data confirmed that Germany's manufacturing recession continues to broaden. The worst fears are now being realized as loose ECB monetary policy is failing to contain the economic slowdown.

China: Hidden Time Bomb (10/30/19 16:44)

The recent data on new car sales and new home buying indicate that the China boom years are coming into a drastic slowing with huge consequences not only for China but also for the world.

Russia (Local Colour): The USSR in Pictures (10/30/19 16:40)

Max Alpert's photos are a rare gem for history buffs. 

Taki's Week That Perished (27.10.19) (10/30/19 16:37)

The Week’s Cloudiest, Dowdiest, and Rowdiest Headlines

History Reclaimed: The Origins of World War II (10/25/19 19:13)

Neither the Soviets or even Germany drew the dividing line in Poland in 1939, because it was a reinstatement of the border acknowledged by the League of Nations and Poland itself as put forward by the British, following WWI. Which even Winston Churchill had to admit.

Inconvenient Truths (10/25/19 19:04)

The famous surgeon Sir John Bland-Sutton gave the John B. Murphy Oration, delivered in Detroit, Michigan, on Oct. 3, 1927, titled “The Parasitic Origin of Man,” in the course of which he said, “Pregnancy is the epitome of a parasitic infection. The foetus may be regarded as a tumour growing within its mother, the consequence of an infection by a parasite - the spermatozoon”.

USA: No End to Foolishness (10/25/19 19:02)

Last month a pair of university professors published a paper advocating for ‘virtual sex robots’ who should have to provide consent before engaging in intimate acts with their owners.

Environment: Solar Storms (10/25/19 18:58)

Let's consider the following scenario - the Earth is at risk for a disruptive event. This event has, conservatively, about a 0.2% chance of happening on any given year. But that is the most conservative estimate, at the high end it could be more like 12% over the next decade. Either way the chance of this type of event happening in the 21st century is quite high, and no matter what, it is inevitable.

Friday Humour ... or Is It? (10/25/19 18:55)

After a painting by Banksy showing the House of Commons being run by chimpanzees was sold at auction for just under £9.9m, the British public has asked if this is something that could be implemented as soon as possible.

Russia (Local Colour): Bust Painting (10/24/19 19:45)

This Russian artist found a new way to express herself: She paints with her tits (and she well can, having graduated from the Royal Academy of Cleavage).

The New Normal: Fat People Are Killing Us (10/24/19 19:40)

Every three years, excess body fat kills twice as many people than the Holocaust allegedly did in six years, so why aren’t donuts illegal?

USA: Land of the Free (10/24/19 19:38)

There’s no two ways about it: The United States of America and its 50 state governments love putting people in prison.


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