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BBC

Swiss vote no to capping bosses' pay at 12 times lowest paid

Swiss voters have rejected a proposal that would have limited executive pay to 12 times that of the lowest paid.
The referendum saw 65.3% vote against the plan with 34.7% in favour.
The country is home to a range of giant businesses, including pharmaceutical companies Novartis and Roche, the insurance groups Zurich and Swiss Re and the banks UBS and Credit Suisse.
The rules would have given Switzerland the world's toughest pay rules and some of the lowest executive salaries.
Business leaders said that would limit foreign investment and the government was also opposed to the proposal.
The Young Socialists, who proposed the measure, admitted defeat.
BBC

Huge Ukraine rally over EU agreement delay

More than 100,000 people in the Ukrainian capital Kiev are protesting against the government's move to delay an association deal with the EU under pressure from Russia.
The protest is said to be the largest since the 2004 Orange Revolution, which overturned a rigged presidential poll.
Police fired tear gas as protesters tried to break through a cordon around government buildings.
A pro-government rally a few miles away attracted about 10,000 people.
Kiev police said they had fired tear gas after protesters threw a smoke grenade at officers in an attempt to break into the Cabinet of Ministers building.
Ukraine made the decision on the EU deal last week, saying it could not afford to break ties with Moscow. Russia is trying to bring Kiev into its own customs union.
CNN

New York clerk paid lottery winner $1,000 instead of $1 million, police say

(CNN) -- Congratulations, the $10 lottery ticket you just bought in our convenience store is worth $1,000! Here's your money!
Should you be suspicious?
If you're a customer at the Peninsula Deli & Grocery in Hempstead, New York, the answer may be yes.
The store's owner and his son, a clerk, were arraigned Saturday on grand larceny charges, accused of trying to cheat the unnamed lottery winner, whose ticket actually was worth 1,000 times what they gave him.
Their attorney said the real culprit was a malfunctioning lottery machine, CNN affiliate WCBS-TV reported.
In either case, the winner was smart to question his apparent good luck.
CNN
MI6 codebreaker Gareth Williams' death 'perfect crime,' expert says

Eat your heart out, Houdini

CNN) -- The death of MI6 codebreaker Gareth Williams -- whose naked body was found inside an externally locked bag in his bathtub in 2010 -- was a "perfect crime," a confined spaces expert says.
Peter Faulding said he disagreed with Scotland Yard's conclusion that Williams most likely locked himself in the bag, saying it was his belief that the MI6 worker was murdered.
Last week, London's Metropolitan Police said its three-year investigation had found a lack of evidence to show that someone else had been involved in Williams' death. The police position differs from a 2012 coroner's report, which said it was likely he had been killed.
CNN

Deadly western storm extends to Texas; East Coast in its sights

(CNN) -- A deadly winter storm that began in Southern California and stretches to Texas threatens to wreck Thanksgiving week travel plans all the way to the Atlantic.
At least five people have lost their lives in traffic crashes blamed on the storm system since late last week.
An arctic air mass is expected to keep temperatures 15 to 20 degrees below normal along the East Coast through Thursday. Even if the system fails to deliver heavy snow, it could cause air travel disruptions with high winds, forecasters say.
Airlines flying in and out of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport "pre-canceled about 300 departures to reduce the number of stranded travelers" Sunday in "anticipation of winter precipitation," the airport's official Twitter account said.
N Y Times

A Most Expensive Book

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — THE first English-language book printed in the New World is scheduled to be auctioned on Tuesday by Sotheby’s of New York. It’s expected to command between $15 million and $30 million — more than anyone, anywhere, has ever paid for a printed book.
eventeen hundred copies of “The Whole Booke of Psalmes” were printed in Cambridge, Mass., in 1640; only 11 survive, making it scarcer than the Gutenberg Bible, of which there are 48 known copies. Five of the surviving copies of “The Whole Booke of Psalmes,” also known as the “Bay Psalm Book,” come from a collection begun by Thomas Prince. Prince was minister of Boston’s Old South Meeting House, the church where Benjamin Franklin and his sister Jane were baptized in 1706 and 1712.
NY Times

Syria Seen as Most Dire Refugee Crisis in a Generation

Nearly three years of bloody civil war in Syria have created what the United Nations, governments and international humanitarian organizations describe as the most challenging refugee crisis in a generation — bigger than the one unleashed by the Rwandan genocide and laden with the sectarianism of the Balkan wars. With no end in sight in the conflict and with large parts of Syria already destroyed, governments and organizations are quietly preparing for the refugee crisis to last years.

Syrians have been pouring out of their country in recent months, fleeing an increasingly violent and murky conflict that is pitting scores of armed groups against one another as much as against the government. Numbering just 300,000 one year ago, the refugees now total 2.1 million, and the United Nations predicts their numbers could swell to 3.5 million by the end of the year.

USA Today

Feeling old lately?

Mick Jagger to become great-grandfather

Mick Jagger going to be a great-grandfather early next year.
His daughter Jade told The Sunday Times that her 21-year-old daughter, Assisi, expects to give birth in several months. But Jade, 42, says that gaining a great-grandchild is "no longer particularly fascinating" to her father now that he already has grandchildren.
Assisi tells Hello! magazine that the 70-year-old Rolling Stones frontman was happy when she told him her big news. "He said, 'Well done,'" she tells the magazine. "I imagine it's nice to be a great-granddad, although I'm not sure he likes the idea of getting old, or being called one. I call him Mick — I wouldn't start calling him grandpa
This was especially interesting for me since I heat with wood.

N Y Times
Contest Aims for a Cleaner-Burning Wood Stove

WASHINGTON — Only blocks away, the Energy Department manages the search for quarks and NASA scours the heavens for Earth-like planets. But inside a big white tent on the National Mall, the focus is on something simpler: oak, ash and elm, and how to make them heat a house with as little pollution as possible.
It is not rocket science, but the 12 teams that are competing to solve the problem are finding ways to get twice as much heat out of a log of firewood. The effort preserves woodlands, reduces the labor and expense for the mostly low-income people who use wood, and cleans the air.

The stoves on display here, in a tent with a dozen chimneys incongruously poking through the roof, use combinations of computer controls, catalytic converters and sophisticated gas-flow modeling.

S F Gate

Tesla CEO expects feds to clear Model S in fires

DETROIT (AP) — The leader of upstart automaker Tesla Motors says he is confident that its Model S electric car is safe and will be cleared by a federal investigation into two battery fires.
CEO Elon Musk said the fires, which occurred when metal road debris pierced the underbody of the cars at highway speeds, are extreme cases. He doesn't expect a recall and said his engineers are not working on any fixes for the battery-powered cars.
"In both cases it was a large piece of metal essentially braced against the tarmac," Musk said in an interview Friday with The Associated Press.
Rawstory

WATCH: ‘Breaking Bad’ stars learn their characters’ fates for the first time

A video of Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston’s first read-through of the script of “Felina,” the series finale of Breaking Bad, was released online yesterday.
It shows a stunned Paul and an incredulous Cranston reading aloud as they discover the fates of their respective characters, Jesse Pinkman and Walter White.
“Prepare yourself people, because it’s happening,” Paul says as he prepares to read his final lines.
After they finish, the pair pauses for a moment. Then Cranston says, “So I guess there won’t be a sequel. How you feeling?”

“I feel sad,” Paul replies. “It’s perfect.”

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  •  "Gallifrey Stands" (14+ / 0-)

    From USA Today: 'Doctor Who' anniversary show gets big ratings in U.K.

    According to the BBC, the 50th-anniversary Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor special on Saturday night was seen by 10.61 million people, besting the British version of X Factor that had an audience of 7.7 million. (Who was not the most popular show of the evening, however — Strictly Come Dancing garnered 11.7 million viewers.)

    The special, which aired on BBC One 50 years to the day after William Hartnell debuted as the first Doctor, featured a trio of Doctors — current guy Matt Smith, his predecessor David Tennant and John Hurt — as well as scenes from the famed Time War on Gallifrey, the villainous Daleks and the return of alien Zygons.

    In addition to the big UK ratings, The Day of the Doctor earned a Guinness World Record for "the world's largest ever simulcast of a TV drama" due to its broadcast in 94 countries.

    • Overall, I'm of two minds about The Day of the Doctor. I thought it was great at achieving the nostalgia kick of seeing old familiar faces interacting. Letting David Tennant and Matt Smith play off each other and finally confront the issues surrounding the Time War, which has been a major plot point throughout the entirety of the revival series. However, the means by which they get there are largely superfluous. The Zygon plot is merely a means to an end, and the episode doesn't really care about it either. We never find out what happens with it, they just say the humans & Zygons are negotiating and forget about it to follow the Doctors.
    • A couple days ago I mentioned that Steven Moffat is a fan of the plot twisting back onto itself and The Day of the Doctor is no different. And in many ways, Moffat retcons the final "Doctor Who" story written and produced by Russell T. Davies; The End of Time. Trying to mesh both of them together is not exactly easy, since if Gallifrey is/was/has always been frozen in time somewhere, how was Rassillon pulling Gallifrey out of the Time Lock into our solar system? Also, when the Doctor pulls Gallifrey out of its pocket universe, does that mean he'll still have to deal with the Time Lords' plan to destroy the universe and ascend to a higher plane?


    • The surprise of the episode is the final scene with Tom Baker as "The Curator," and it's open to a lot of interpretation. Is it a future iteration of the Doctor that takes on the visage of an elderly version of his fourth incarnation? Is it the Doctor daydreaming/imagining to himself? Is it "The Moment" (since it still exists because it wasn't used) reaching out to the Eleventh Doctor to push him towards finding Gallifrey? Or was it the show marginally breaking the fourth wall to allow Tom Baker a cameo, and the scene isn't really meant to be taken that seriously?
    • One interesting side note about the scene, the museum has roundels on the walls similar to the interior of the TARDIS. Could the museum itself be a future version of The Curator/Doctor's TARDIS?
    • The female lab technician is wearing a scarf reminiscent of the Fourth Doctor's, probably given to her by The Curator.
    • Peter Capaldi's Twelfth Doctor appears for a few seconds in the episode. It's interesting to note that the way he's introduced is by the Time Lords mentioning that "all 13" are present. That would seem to imply that he is the last Doctor.

    •  OT - I replied to your Kosmail earlier tonight (9+ / 0-)

      FYI, I was gonna suggest maybe doing something about "Doctor Who," but since I don't watch the show, I didn't.

      :-)

    •  Doctor RJ (11+ / 0-)

      I was talking with Jonathan Banks yesterday & offered a Happy Thanksgiving wish from all the fans here.
      He was touched by that & sends his regards to all.
      Happy Thanksgiving.

      I`m already against the next war.

      by Knucklehead on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 09:10:09 PM PST

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    •  The 4th Doctor is (8+ / 0-)

      still my favorite. It is, perhaps, because Tom Baker was my original Doctor Who. I came late to the series.

      The female lab technician is wearing a scarf reminiscent of the Fourth Doctor's, probably given to her by The Curator.

      The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it.― Neil deGrasse Tyson

      by maggiejean on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 09:19:41 PM PST

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    •  The Doctor's time line is not linear nor fixed (3+ / 0-)
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      maggiejean, Doctor RJ, JML9999

      I think the problem people have is that they try to put Doctor Who into a linear time stream, rather than acknowledge that there are many, multiple time streams especially for the Doctor. The Doctor crosses and messes with these time streams. This is the nature of time travel.

      What impact does infinite parallel time has? Well, it can explain how:

      Trying to mesh both of them together is not exactly easy, since if Gallifrey is/was/has always been frozen in time somewhere, how was Rassillon pulling Gallifrey out of the Time Lock into our solar system?
      Both the time locked Gallifrey and the pocket universe saved Gallifrey both happened and the Doctor caused both events. The Doctor "time can be rewritten" rewrote his time line and that of Gallifrey's, but both events happened.

      Likewise, the Curator is and isn't the 4th Doctor and the museum is and isn't inside the TARDIS.

      The Doctor's time line is not linear and hasn't been for a long time. Probably since he first left Gallifrey.

      The show Doctor Who doesn't have a single stream of continuity that is immutable. The Daleks, for example, have multiple origins stories. The Cybermen history does not make sense if it is perceived as linear, rather than infinite and parallel.

      Each decision and action the Doctor makes that impacts his personal time line (and that of his home world, the galaxy, the universe, etc) can be altered by future decisions and actions. This is the nature of time travel.
       

      •  Fixed Points In Time (4+ / 0-)
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        maggiejean, JML9999, Magnifico, Progrocks

        Correct me if I'm wrong, but I seem to remember the Time War being considered a "fixed point in time" before this episode. And the show has established that some things are immutable, and MUST happen.

        The feeling you get from this episode is not that this is a situation that's been changed by time travel, but this is what always happened. It's just because the time streams were out of sync that every Doctor except the Eleventh doesn't remember their participation in the event and the ninth and tenth Doctors carried the guilt of something they didn't do.

        •  Fixed points are a writers construct (1+ / 0-)
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          Doctor RJ

          Even fixed points of time aren't. I'll reference the wikia for this:

          Fixed points were events and/or individuals who had such long-standing impacts on the timeline that no one, not even Time Lords, dared interfere with their natural progression. The Doctor, free to interfere in alien invasions and save planets in most cases, could neither interfere nor interact with these fixed points, out of fear of damaging reality. Fixed points could be flexible and did not have to happen exactly the way they had in the original timeline but meddling with one could potentially result in reality falling apart. Were a fixed point to be interfered with, time would often find a way to make the timeline continue with minimal changes.
          Even that article references them as a past-tense idea.

          Really, what fixed points of time are naft ideas that certain writers can establish "canon" that other writers are not permitted to undo. They are also the explanation to why the Doctor doesn't stop the known bad things in history (such as the Holocaust) from happening. Or, why the Doctor doesn't rescue Adric, etc.

          But I believe the concept of fixed points themselves, again fall into the trap that the Doctor's time line is linear and not woven of parallel time stream in which we've seen one path in the televised adventures. This is just not how a time-senstive being would interact or exist within time.

          Imagine a 2-dimensional being trying to understand 3-dimensions. We, as 3-dimensional beings, just have a linear sense of time. The 4th dimension (and 5th for space) really messes with our 3d way of thinking and we fall back to linear time because that's all we generally know.

    •  Fly by eye movement nt (1+ / 0-)
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      Doctor RJ

      I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

      by JML9999 on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 10:54:07 PM PST

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  •  I really don't like flying in the (10+ / 0-)

    winter and this is part of the reason:

    Airlines flying in and out of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport "pre-canceled about 300 departures to reduce the number of stranded travelers" Sunday in "anticipation of winter precipitation," the airport's official Twitter account said.
    Bad weather can happen in the summer, too, but not as frequently.

    Thank you side pocket for this excellent OND.

    The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it.― Neil deGrasse Tyson

    by maggiejean on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 09:11:45 PM PST

  •  Who will not come back (11+ / 0-)

    Here`s an image of climbers ascending Mount Everest.

    Crowded much?

    Everest climbers form a long snaking line up the mountain as they strive to reach the summit
    With the high percentage of fatalities, statistically a bunch of these people are not coming back down alive, if at all.

    I`m already against the next war.

    by Knucklehead on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 09:15:37 PM PST

  •  For Knucklehead. (12+ / 0-)

    I was at a wedding yesterday so I got to OND finally this morning. I saw your wonderful photo of the Pacific ocean from your deck. I can see the ocean from my pasture via a small gap in the hills. No wave sound, because it's 7 miles away.

    Ceiling Cat rules....srsly.

    by side pocket on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 09:18:55 PM PST

  •  Great OND tonight. Off to read the selected (11+ / 0-)

    articles now. The woodstove one is also intriguing to me - no heat for us without the woodstove.

    if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

    by mrsgoo on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 09:23:49 PM PST

  •  Side pocket (9+ / 0-)

    I shall have to come back tomorrow to finish reading the articles & watching planters video.
    I worked straight through the weekend & am about to do a Swan Dive

     SWAN DIVE DSC2913

    to bed.

    I`m already against the next war.

    by Knucklehead on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 09:29:32 PM PST

  •  video game (4+ / 0-)
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    maggiejean, side pocket, Aunt Pat, JML9999

    http://www.youtube.com/...

    DragonBox

    http://www.wired.com/...

    Popović wants to put the power of games to an even better use.

    Earlier this year he adapted DragonBox, a Norwegian game app that introduces algebraic concepts with ­animal-faced cards, then builds up to numbers and computational signs. Kids are given a mix of cards and a box.

    They follow simple rules to get rid of all the unnecessary cards. (Color cards cancel black-and-white ones, like positive and negative numbers.)

    Eventually the player is left with a box on one side of the screen and an irreducible number of cards on the other—the equivalent of solving for x.

    As harder concepts are introduced, students who need more time on a level get additional problems; those who understand it move on.

    In an experiment with DragonBox Adaptive in Washington state, an average of 93 percent of K–12 students successfully mastered concepts after only 90 minutes of gameplay, and they didn’t want to stop.

    Popović is using this method as the basis for an entire sixth-grade math curriculum in trial now in ­Seattle and next year in Brooklyn and Brazil.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/...

    Foldit

    http://kuow.org/...

    Almost Everyone Can Master Algebra In 90 Minutes By Playing This Video Game

    http://www.dragonboxapp.com/

    https://www.edsurge.com/...

    http://www.youtube.com/...

    Per Executive Order 12333 - Pres. Ronald Reagan: NSA's dirty deeds have spanned nine presidential terms and five presidents

    by anyname on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 09:37:59 PM PST

  •  Nice Stove! Yikes! 3K - out of our budget. m'kay (5+ / 0-)

    I'm going to hit le sack now. Our Lowe's clearance rack 300 buck stove has the hallway up to 75. It's 79 in the living room/dining room/Chris's temporary living quarters. We need to order a cord of wood this week. Have been going through it at speeds. And somebody isn't going to be cutting/splitting wood for awhile. I wanna say we put this stove in, 2007 so it is IMHO nearing the end of it's useful life for a cheap POS. That whole thing about a live fire in your house when you are sleeping bothers me. That is where I really do want a high quality piece of hardware.

    if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

    by mrsgoo on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 09:55:34 PM PST

  •  fluid dynamics (3+ / 0-)
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    side pocket, maggiejean, JML9999
    Nov. 24, 2013 -- Up, up in the sky: It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a . . . jellyfish? That's what researchers have built -- a small vehicle whose flying motion resembles the movements of those boneless, pulsating, water-dwelling creatures.

    The work, which will be presented at the American Physical Society's Division of Fluid Dynamics meeting on November 24 in Pittsburgh, demonstrates a new method of flight that could transport miniaturized future robots for surveillance, search-and-rescue, and monitoring of the atmosphere and traffic.

    Many approaches to building small aerial robots try to mimic the flight of insects such as fruit flies. The challenge in that, explained Leif Ristroph of New York University, is that the flapping wing of a fly is inherently unstable. To stay in flight and to maneuver, a fly must constantly monitor its environment to sense every gust of wind or approaching predator, adjusting its flying motion to respond within fractions of a second. To recreate that sort of complex control in a mechanical device – and to squeeze it into a small robotic frame – is extremely difficult, Ristroph said.

    http://www.sciencecodex.com/...

    Per Executive Order 12333 - Pres. Ronald Reagan: NSA's dirty deeds have spanned nine presidential terms and five presidents

    by anyname on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 10:09:11 PM PST

  •  Thank you (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    JML9999, side pocket

    for the Breaking Bad Clip. A nice way to tide me over after the long drought of episodes.

    When is the Saul Goodman spinoff due, RJ?

    Global warming & smoking cigarettes = Nothing to worry about? Those who deny climate science are ignorant, evil or worse. Google Fred Singer.

    by LaughingPlanet on Mon Nov 25, 2013 at 12:28:14 AM PST

  •  Methinks the tea party is making its way to (1+ / 0-)
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    side pocket

    "I wonder why Congress again in a new poll out today--11% approval rating. (It's) because they don't work for us. They work for the sons-of-bitches who pay them." Cenk Uygur

    by Dave in Columbus on Mon Nov 25, 2013 at 01:26:53 AM PST

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