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In Graham Greene’s Our Man in Havana, the Havana Club is the home of the iconic Cuban rum of the same name; a small bar on the second floor, with the windows facing the cathedral where the body of Christopher Columbus had once lain. It is here that...
From: The Raw Story | By: Nicola Davis, The Guardian | Sunday, December 21, 2014
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President Obama’s sweeping changes to Cuba policy are expected to dominate the Sunday talk shows this week, with one of the harshest critics of the president’s efforts to normalize diplomatic relations — Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) — appearing...
From: Free Republic | By: thehill.com | Sunday, December 21, 2014
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Time for another roundup of the dumbest of the worst of the unfathomably stupid! We scrape the mishegas off our browser tabs, puree it into a frothy mess, and serve it up to you with a warning to not overdo it on the brain bleach. Proceed with caution...
From: Wonkette | By: Doktor Zoom | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida makes the rounds this Sunday to discuss the U.S.'s move to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba. The hacking attack of Sony Pictures will also be discussed on this Sunday's news shows. Meanwhile, President Barack Obama will appear...
From: Wall Street Journal | By: WSJ Staff | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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[Savage Minds is pleased to publish this essay by L. Kaifa Roland who is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Kaifa is the author of Cuban Color in Tourism and La Lucha: An Ethnography of Racial Meaning (OUP,...
From: Savage Minds | By: Carole McGranahan | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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President Obama believes the North Korean attack on Sony was "an act of cyber vandalism" rather than "an act of war."
From: Gone Hollywood | By: James Joyner | Sunday, December 21, 2014
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On a day when a rocket fired from Gaza landed in southern Israel, Israeli forces shot six protesters in the northern Gaza strip, attacked Palestinian fishermen, and struck a Hamas installation, as one official described a "ticking clock" till the next...
From: Mondoweiss | By: Kate | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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We're in the final stretch before Christmas, so here's hoping you can all kick back and relax with loved ones for the next few days. The letters to Santa have been sent... (By Cakes Decor member Cake Heaven)   The gifts have been wrapped... (By Sandra...
From: Cake Wrecks | By: Jen | Sunday, December 21, 2014
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Meet the mostly unsung soldiers in the battle to save the ‘net.
From: The Kernel | By: Kevin Collier | Sunday, December 21, 2014
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New York’s real estate community said goodbye in 2014 to several pioneering developers and agents who helped to shape the city’s skyline. But the year started with the kidnapping and grisly murder of a little-known Brooklyn landlord, and every twist...
From: The Real Deal | By: EB | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Impossible to have one without the other
From: Reason | By: Sheldon Richman | Sunday, December 21, 2014
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Israel’s high cost of living is set to dominate a March 17 election that could shake up Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition, with voter anger symbolized by an overpriced dessert. Click here for the rest of the article......
From: Jewish Daily Forward | Sunday, December 21, 2014
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'The Affair' is emotional like how we used to be—now everyone is on Facebook and on Prozac... and dead inside....
From: Time | By: Ryan Sager | Sunday, December 21, 2014
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Photo: Emmy Park/@stylepup Dogs dressed in their very best holiday sweaters, coats, and accessories Where to get a massage in New York City, for seasonal de-stressing ICYMI: This coming NYFW is the last one in Lincoln Center Meet the...
From: Racked | By: Laura Gurfein | Sunday, December 21, 2014
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South Korean PV module manufacturer SolarPark Korea has supplied modules to the first floating solar PV power plant in the country, the prototype Sunflower Solar Power Plant, which uses a tracking and rotating system. According to SolarPark Korea, the...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Cynthia Shahan | Sunday, December 21, 2014
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""In it, he argues that the armed opposition has become hopelessly radicalized, while the Assad regime is nonsectarian in nature." “While the Syrian state was not the most attractive one even before the 2011 uprising, it also was not the worst regime...
From: The Angry Arab News Service | By: As'ad AbuKhalil | Friday, December 19, 2014
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The Indian solar power market is heating up, really heating up.
From: TreeHugger | By: Zachary Shahan | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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I first discovered Russell and Lillian Hoban’s heroine Frances the Badger when I was five. That summer, the library held a reading contest, and my mother took me there in our red wagon to enter it. ...
From: The Rumpus | By: Eiren Caffall | Sunday, December 21, 2014
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In 2014, for every one step forward, we took two back.
From: The Kernel | By: S.E. Smith | Sunday, December 21, 2014
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From industrial robots to wheat production to female billionaires, the statistics that lurked behind the scenes this year...
From: The Atlantic | By: Kathy Gilsinan | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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--Regaining Taiwan's food reputation series (7) By Christie Chen and Elaine Hou CNA staff reporters The series of massive food
From: Taiwan News | By: Central News Agency | Sunday, December 21, 2014
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SAN DIEGO -- A few takeaways from the San Diego Chargers' locker room after the team's 38-35 win over the San Francisco 49ers: A confidence builder: To a man, San Diego players said even though they were down 28-7, the Chargers believed they could get...
From: ESPN | By: Eric D. Williams | Sunday, December 21, 2014
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Mount Baker. See OceanDiver's post. Many environmentally related posts appearing at Daily Kos each week don't attract the attention they deserve. To help get more eyeballs, Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue)...
From: Daily Kos | By: Meteor Blades | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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Winter break is upon us, so you know what that means: last-minute holiday shopping, travel preparations, and children bouncing off the walls awaiting the arrival of Santa Claus. If you’ve already made arrangements for your little ones, kudos to you....
From: The Simple Dollar | By: Allison Martin | Sunday, December 21, 2014
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While the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, was voted the second most influential trendsetter of 2014, in a recent poll published in the Daily Mail, it seems she has no qualms when it comes to wearing recycled maternity clothes. Most recently, at...
From: The Inquisitr | By: Addam Corré | Sunday, December 21, 2014
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Happy birthday, Christina Aguilera! The curvy singer can afford to go anywhere in the world to celebrate. But when she turned 34, Xtina decided to visit the happiest place on earth, making her December 18 birthday announcement via Twitter complete with...
From: The Inquisitr | By: Joanne Eglash | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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In one nice, link-filled list.
From: Harvard Business School Publishing | By: Andrew Winston | Friday, December 19, 2014
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A new program that encourages companies to voluntarily report their greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) was recently launched in Hong Kong. An online carbon footprint repository (CFR) that enables listed companies in Hong Kong to voluntarily report their...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Mridul Chadha | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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The Front Bottoms at Best Buy Theater in June (more by Mimi Hong) You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights... 'Champagne Jam' w/ The Front Bottoms, Craig Finn, Kevin...
From: Brooklyn Vegan | By: brooklynvegan | Sunday, December 21, 2014
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These men and women are the ones living the 2014 ideal of changing the face of entertainment.
From: The Kernel | By: Rae Votta | Sunday, December 21, 2014
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VIRGINIA BEACH A slight glitch in the plan to distribute 500 native trees didn't faze Trista Imrich and Pam Northam of Lynnhaven River NOW. "There was this hiccup," Northam said. Trees meant to be sent from the Arbor Day Foundation in Nebraska to Bayside...
From: Norfolk Virginian-Pilot | By: HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com | Sunday, December 21, 2014
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Wow, just wow! Etsy brings out the best and umm.. the worse in crafters If these pants take your fancy, then you can certainly order them. Made from 100% recycled materials: a vintage afghan blanket crocheted in the 70s-80s, and finished … Read More......
From: Craft Gossip | By: Vikram Goyal | Sunday, December 21, 2014
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I'm a bi female in my early 30s, just out of a decade long very vanilla relationship. I live in NYC and have been exploring my submissive side. Really enjoying it. Like, alot. I have never had better sex in my life and it is amazing. I am extremely submissive...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Anonymous | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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Next on our list is No. 18, which was worn by Alberto Callaspo at the beginning of the season. However, we already covered Callaspo under his new jersey No. 7, and while it's tempting to write another 1,000 words about how awful he was I will resist...
From: Athletics Nation | By: Alex Hall | Sunday, December 21, 2014
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Unilever has withdrawn its federal false-advertising lawsuit against Hampton Creek, which charged that the challenger brand deceived consumers with its Just Mayo label. The reasoning was that it doesn't contain eggs as required by U.S. Food and Drug...
From: Ad Age | By: Jack Neff | Friday, December 19, 2014
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One premise, not rigorously applied, was that you should be able to live somewhere in Britain without money. So with a few exceptions we offered free accommodation, ad lib, to who-ever made it to the island. No references, no deposit. In the early days,...
From: 3AM Magazine | By: Richard Marshall | Sunday, December 21, 2014
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Ever since daylight saving time hit this year, I have gone from "eager and willing home chef who loves her grains, fresh veggies, lean protein, and fun but complicated recipes!" to a lazy, uninspired glutton of convenience foods. HELP.Snowflakes/context:...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: nightrecordings | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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Put the cheeseburger down and back away slowly.The post A Mom’s 10-Step Guide to Eating Healthier (and Sticking to It) appeared first on Babble....
From: Babble | By: Andrea Howe | Friday, December 19, 2014
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2014 has been a good year for solar power in Honduras. Work on more than 200 MW of capacity has been initiated this year in the Central American country. SunEdison recently announced that it closed debt financing for 82 MW of solar power capacity in...
From: CleanTechnica | By: Mridul Chadha | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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If you go to a life coach or therapist seeking to improve your happiness and personal sense of well-being, you're likely to hear some pretty familiar advice. Sleep more. Spend more time with friends. Exercise more. Find a hobby. Volunteer. Give something...
From: Washington Post | By: Chris Mooney | Friday, December 19, 2014
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'The Interview' isn't the only banned movieAPSony is being criticized for pulling the comedy, but many flicks before it have also been banned or censored after uproar.'Masterpiece' only aired in one theaterMore from FortuneLittle-known work perkNHL shrinks...
From: Wallet Pop | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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Lacking space or gardening skills? This stacking hydroponic garden could help you get more green into your space....
From: TreeHugger | By: Kimberley Mok | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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China's wine industry has exploded in recent years with vineyards across the country now producing world class wine.
From: Sky News | Sunday, December 21, 2014
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Each day until Christmas, the editors of T share a new holiday gift idea....
From: New York Times | By: T MAGAZINE | Sunday, December 21, 2014
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From cookie castles to small, sweet abodes, these stars are baking up adorable holiday homes
From: People | Sunday, December 21, 2014
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There's a lot of misinformation out there, but dietitian Julie Upton, MS, RD, of Appetite for Health, is here to shed light on seven nutritional myths that could mess with your weight-loss efforts and your health. The Internet is like the Wild West when...
From: FitSugar | By: Julie-Upton | Friday, December 19, 2014
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NORFOLK Cheryl Ericsson drives a bus for Norfolk Public Schools. Her husband, James Bierman, is legally blind and disabled. They say their combined income is enough to keep them from qualifying for food stamps and getting help with their heating bills....
From: Norfolk Virginian-Pilot | By: HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com | Sunday, December 21, 2014
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Since the mid-1960s, the Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki has been shooting sex, life, death, Kinbaku (a particular form of rope-based bondage) and more recently, plastic dinosaurs, mostly, but not always, in an oddly disengaged black and white....
From: Wallpaper Magazine | Friday, December 19, 2014
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A pre-Bowl game look at some top college prospects the Steelers may be interested in come the 2015 NFL Draft. Initial grades are based in part on my personal analysis of the Steelers' wants and desires, but will be modified as needed to reflect more...
From: Behind the Steel Curtain | By: Scott Pavelle | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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Charging patterns with (TOU) and without (RES) whole house time-of-use rate during summer weekdays at Progress Energy, one of the participating utilities. (Peak period is in gray.) Click to enlarge. The US Department of Energy (DOE) has released a report......
From: Green Car Congress | By: mmillikin | Sunday, December 21, 2014
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