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BMW is bringing its wireless charging pad to the US
This seems to me to be a really nice feature that could lead more to adopt electrical cars. Might also help stabilize the power grid.
Method of Women's Self Defense: Vintage Photos From 1906 Illustrate Modes for Warding Off a Street Bully or Foul
Not the usual sort of photos that one bumps into ...
The Medium Model
"If you care about, say, entrepreneurship or relationships, the best thing you could read today was very unlikely to have been published in the last 48 hours. But most of the internet treats anything that isn’t new like bad fruit. This is a huge detriment to readers and writers alike. It encourages people to spend their time on the novel in lieu of the worthwhile, and it discourages creators from investing in things of lasting value."

Speeches by politicians

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Scrapping Economics and Starting Over
On the Five Star Movement that gained ascendency in the last Italian elections: "Expect M5S’s gains to cause panic on both sides of America’s political aisle. Though usually characterized as green and left-libertarian, the party has tremendous appeal to the populist right. Progressives won’t care for its Euroskeptism and moderate immigration restrictionism. And establishment conservatives will be horrified by its support for degrowth economics ..."
Royal Opera House ruling will have a 'profound impact' on orchestras
"In the first case of its kind, viola player Christopher Goldscheider claimed he suffered hearing loss while playing at the Royal Opera House in 2012. A High Court judge ruled on Wednesday that the company had been in breach of regulations regarding noise at work."
Article: EB-1: Not Just for Einsteins
On US immigration: "a blind assessment of Einstein’s 1920 résumé by a group of immigration attorneys yielded a general agreement that the subject individual was a bit underqualified and would make for a rather challenging petition."

Orwell on freedom

The relative freedom which we enjoy depends of public opinion. The law is no protection. Governments make laws, but whether they are carried out, and how the police behave, depends on the general temper in the country. If large numbers of people are interested in freedom of speech, there will be freedom of speech, even if the law forbids it; if public opinion is sluggish, inconvenient minorities will be persecuted, even if laws exist to protect them. - George Orwell

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