The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity : Internet Gambling Ban | A Winner for Sheldon Adelson, A Losing Bet for the Rest of Us


Cronyism is where politicians write laws aimed at helping their favored business beneficiaries. Despite public opposition to cronyism, politicians still seek to use the legislative process to help special interests.

via The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity : Internet Gambling Ban: A Winner for Sheldon Adelson, A Losing Bet for the Rest of Us.

THOMAS Top Ten for 11/23/2014 | THOMAS Library of Congress

  1. S. 2280 [113th]
    A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline
  2. S. 2685 [113th]
    Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2014
  3. S. 744 [113th]
    Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act
  4. H.R. 5682 [113th]
    To approve the Keystone XL Pipeline
  5. H.R. 1422 [113th]
    EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act of 2014
  6. S. 1086 [113th]
    Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014
  7. H.R. 4012 [113th]
    Secret Science Reform Act of 2014
  8. H.R. 4795 [113th]
    Promoting New Manufacturing Act
  9. S. 649 [113th]
    Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013
  10. H.R. 1821 [113th]
    Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act of 2013

via THOMAS Top Ten for 11/23/2014 – THOMAS Library of Congress.

How the Chicken Built America | NYTimes.com


English settlers arriving at Jamestown in 1607 brought a flock of chickens that helped the struggling colony survive its first harsh winters, and the bird was on the Mayflower 13 years later.

But the popularity of the Old World fowl soon faded, as turkey, goose, pigeon, duck and other tastier native game were plentiful.

via How the Chicken Built America – NYTimes.com.

Subscription model helps Autodesk revenue beat estimates | AutodeskCatalog.com


“Strong billings and revenue growth was driven by strength in several areas including suites, our Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) and Manufacturing business segments, large deal activity, and double-digit growth in all three of our major geographies on a constant currency basis,” said Carl Bass, Autodesk president and CEO.

“We continue to make meaningful progress in our transition to a more recurring, subscription-based business, adding approximately 121,000 subscriptions and more flexible enterprise license agreements. As a result, deferred revenue increased significantly to a record $1 billion. These strong results have led us to raise our outlook for billings and revenue for fiscal 2015 for the third time this year.”

via Subscription model helps Autodesk revenue beat estimates | AutodeskCatalog.com.

Our Cats, Ourselves | NYTimes.com


The likely ancestors of the domestic dog date from more than 30,000 years ago. But domestic cats’ forebears join us in the skeletal record only about 9,500 years ago.

This difference fits our intuition about their comparative degrees of domestication: Dogs want to be “man’s best friend”; cats, not so much.

via Our Cats, Ourselves – NYTimes.com.

Two tests for Jean-Claude Juncker | neurope.eu


Perhaps it is more than symbolic that the budget and investment plan will be unveiled in Strasbourg, seen by a majority of citizens and MEPs as the very symbol of Europe’s inefficiency and wastefulness, costing the taxpayers of Europe €114 million a year.

via Two tests for Jean-Claude Juncker | neurope.eu.

Police fire pepper spray as 80 protesters arrested after Mong Kok clearance | South China Morning Post


On the 59th day of the occupation, yesterday’s removal of barricades from Argyle Street in enforcement of an injunction had been expected to go smoothly.

But displaced protesters quickly moved to Portland Street and the one-way street, where barricades were cleared last month, was once again blocked.

via Police fire pepper spray as 80 protesters arrested after Mong Kok clearance | South China Morning Post.

Brain’s reaction to virtual reality

The scientists were surprised to find that the results from the virtual and real environments were entirely different.

In the virtual world, the rats’ hippocampal neurons seemed to fire completely randomly, as if the neurons had no idea where the rat was—even though the rats seemed to behave perfectly normally in the real and virtual worlds.

via Brain’s reaction to virtual reality.

Web IQ Quiz | Pew Research Center


Test your knowledge of technology and the web by taking our short 12-question quiz.

When you finish, you will be able to compare your “Web IQ” with the average online American based on the results of our nationally representative survey

via Web IQ Quiz | Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.

Daily Cartoon | The New Yorker


Daily Cartoon: The New Yorker.