I thought this next story was just plain funny. Must have been one hell of a hot chili eating contest!
Telegraph: World's hottest chilli contest leaves two in hospital
A 'world's hottest chilli' competition at a curry restaurant left two people in hospital.
Emergency services were called to Kismot Restaurant's curry-eating challenge, on St Leonards Place, Edinburgh, after competitors started writhing on the floor in agony, vomiting and fainting during the contest.
RawStory: Principal allegedly assaulted student for wearing Gay-Straight Alliance shirt
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M&C: Thyroid irregularities found in children near nuclear plant
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Wired: Iraq Militants Brag: We’ve Got Robotic Weapons, Too
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The battle for public perception at the UN - a fight between Israel, Palestine and their competing visions.
BBC: Boehner says Senate currency bill is 'pretty dangerous'
BBC: Syria unrest: Western anger at UN vetoes - Western nations have lamented China and Russia's vetoes of a UN Security Council resolution condemning Syria's crackdown on anti-government protests.
Spiegel: Violence Escalates in Turkey - Kurds Fear New Civil War May Be Brewing
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MSNBC: Private employers added 91,000 jobs in September, report shows
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Politico: Justice Democrats take on big banks - The question is whether these politicians can survive the ugly and withering attacks heading their way.
Reuters: Annals of government toothlessness, HAMP edition - ProPublica’s Paul Kiel has a fantastic story today about the way in which the government has proved utterly toothless with regard to auditing its mortgage-modification programs, never mind publicizing or enforcing whatever violations it did manage to find. HAMP, it turns out, is a perfect example of what happens when the government mandates change without enforcing it: huge amounts of money get spent, to little or no lasting effect.
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Spiegel: Polish Opposition Leader - Kaczynski Warns of Germany's 'Imperial' Ambitions
Guardian: Italy downgrade deepens contagion fears over euro debt crisis - Ratings agency Moody's slashes Italy debt rating by three points, increasing pressure on European governments trying to contain financial crisis
Guardian: Stress now commonest cause of long-term sick leave – report
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Zerohedge: IMF Vows To Spend Some More Taxpayer Money
TechReview: Flocking Behaviour Improves Performance Of Financial Traders - Day traders tend to coordinate their behaviour in the same way that cicadas synchronise their chirping
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BBC: IMF warns that countries may need to reverse cuts - Europe's stronger economies should avoid imposing drastic budget cuts at the expense of growth, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Bloomberg: Political Pressure Wouldn’t Halt More Fed Easing
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Peak oil and Energy News
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Mineweb: The great gold price conspiracy and the Chinese response - For some time many of gold's strongest supporters have pointed to a ‘conspiracy'; between the U.S. and the West to suppress the price of gold in what they see as a misguided global economic interest. China clearly believes this and thinks it has the answer.
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NYPost: Dead whale discovered on New Jersey shore was shot, authorities say
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Witnesses tell KVOA-TV in Tucson as many as 30 vehicles may be involved in the wreck near Picacho.
There are reports of injuries, and several emergency crews are responding.
Authorities say visibility has been reduced to zero because of intense dust blowing in the area. The Arizona Department of Transportation reports the interstate is closed in both directions.
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America in Decline
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Food and Water
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“Vestergaard Frandsen makes an ingenious water filter that’s too expensive for the people who need it.” Fast Company, April 2011
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Science and Technology
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Here's a great video my husband sent in for us!
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