Swiss Bank Secrecy Under Fire – Forcing the Swiss to Talk

Swiss Bank Secrecy Under Fire - Forcing the Swiss to Talk

Switzerland’s storied role as discreet banker to the world’s tax-avoiding wealthy is under threat like never before, and this time the country ultimately may not be able to stop the rest of the world from prying into those legendary ‘secret’ accounts, said to contain between $1 trillion and $2 trillion.

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China Planning Massive Weather Modification For Olympics

China Planning Massive Weather Modification For Olympics

To prevent rain over the roofless 91,000-seat Olympic stadium that Beijing natives have nicknamed the Bird’s Nest, the city’s branch of the national Weather Modification Office–itself a department of the larger China Meteorological Administration–has prepared a three-stage program for the 2008 Olympics this August.
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Car Thieves Leave Cars, but Take the Catalytic Converters

 Car Thieves Leave Cars, but Take the Catalytic Converters

The catalytic converter is made with trace amounts of platinum, palladium and rhodium, which speed chemical reactions and help clean emissions at very high temperatures. Selling stolen converters to scrap yards or recyclers, a thief can net a couple of hundred dollars apiece. Exactly how much depends on the size of the car and its converter.

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“If the News is That Important, It Will Find Me”

“If the News is That Important, It Will Find Me” newsroom

The NY Times has an article about how a younger generation of news readers now focus on sharing the news, rather than just consuming it. Mathew Ingram highlights the key sentence in the article, from a college student: “If the news is that important, it will find me.” Very few mainstream publications have grasped that concept, even if some folks have been saying the same thing for years.

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Puberty Arriving Earlier for American Females

 

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At 8 or 9 years old, the typical American schoolgirl is perfecting her cursive handwriting style. She’s picking out nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs in sentences, memorizing multiplication tables and learning to read a thermometer. She’s a little girl with a lot to learn. And yet, in increasing numbers, when girls this age run across the playground in T-shirts, there is undeniable evidence that their bodies are blossoming. The first visible sign of puberty, breast budding, is arriving ever earlier in American girls.

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The Convoluted World of Virginity Testing

The Convoluted World of Virginity Testing

Dr. Marc Abecassis, who does two to four hymen restorations a week, with a 23-year-old patient.

Virginity tests merely tell us, as Blank puts it, whether a particular woman “conforms to what people of her time and place believe to be true of virgins.” The most common tests look for evidence only “as experienced and reported by the man who penetrates the virgin’s body.” The “one constant” in the whole process is depressing: “women may not speak for themselves.”
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