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+ - Adventures in Very Recent Evolution->

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Third Position (1725934) writes "Ten thousand years ago, people in southern China began to cultivate rice and quickly made an all-too-tempting discovery — the cereal could be fermented into alcoholic liquors. Carousing and drunkenness must have started to pose a serious threat to survival because a variant gene that protects against alcohol became almost universal among southern Chinese and spread throughout the rest of China in the wake of rice cultivation.

The variant gene rapidly degrades alcohol to a chemical that is not intoxicating but makes people flush, leaving many people of Asian descent a legacy of turning red in the face when they drink alcohol.

Many have assumed that humans ceased to evolve in the distant past, perhaps when people first learned to protect themselves against cold, famine and other harsh agents of natural selection. But in the last few years, biologists peering into the human genome sequences now available from around the world have found increasing evidence of natural selection at work in the last few thousand years, leading many to assume that human evolution is still in progress."

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+ - Journalists plot to kill stories critical of Obama->

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Third Position (1725934) writes "Employees of news organizations including Time, Politico, the Huffington Post, the Baltimore Sun, the Guardian, Salon and the New Republic participated in outpourings of anger over how Obama had been treated in the media, and in some cases plotted to fix the damage.

In one instance, Spencer Ackerman of the Washington Independent urged his colleagues to deflect attention from Obama's relationship with Wright by changing the subject. Pick one of Obama's conservative critics, Ackerman wrote, "Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares — and call them racists.""

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IBM

+ - IBM execs named in $100M racketeering suit->

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Third Position (1725934) writes "A Pennsylvania-based information technology partner of IBM is suing the technology giant for some $100 million, alleging a Ponzi scheme and racketeering.

In a lawsuit filed in federal court in Pennsylvania on June 16, Devon IT accused IBM and several senior executives by name of misusing $12 million that Devon invested in two IBM projects.

“As part of their scheme, the RICO Defendants intentionally misrepresented the market potential of the products they touted and continued to demand funding from Devon – an admittedly smaller company with less resources than IBM – even after the RICO Defendants secretly canceled at least one of the subject development projects,” the company alleges in the suit."

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+ - Jew lawyer protests selling food to poor people-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Nestle SA will begin sailing a supermarket barge down two Amazon river tributaries tomorrow as it competes with Unilever to reach emerging-market customers cut off from branded goods.

The world’s largest food company will send a boat with 100-square meters (1,076 square feet) of supermarket space on a journey to 18 small cities and 800,000 potential consumers on the Para and Xingu rivers in Brazil, before starting the journey again. The vessel will carry 300 different goods including chocolate, yogurt, ice cream and juices.

Michele Simon, a public health lawyer and author of Appetite for Profit: How the Food Industry Undermines Our Health and How to Fight Back, calls this an "especially disgusting news item" about which "writing about it is the only way I know to release my outrage. My version of screaming from the rooftop.""

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+ - Israel attacks international humanitarian convoy-> 23

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chainLynx (939076) writes "Israeli forces attacked an international aid flotilla bringing much-needed supplies to the blockaded Palestinian territory of Gaza. Israeli commandos dropped from helicopters onto the ship and used live ammunition, killing at least 10 people and wounding others. The convoy has many noted participants, including Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead Maguire and former US Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney."
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Science

+ - Russia doubles price for launching US astronauts -> 4

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Third Position (1725934) writes "NASA on Tuesday signed a contract to pay $55.8 million per astronaut for six Americans to fly into space on Russian Soyuz capsules in 2013 and 2014. NASA needs to get rides on Russian rockets to the International Space Station because it plans to retire the space shuttle fleet later this year. NASA now pays half as much, about $26.3 million per astronaut, when it uses Russian ships."
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+ - Test Proves General Theory of Relativity Wrong->

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Third Position (1725934) writes "According to Einstein's theory of general relativity, a moving mass should create another field, called gravitomagnetic field, besides its static gravitational field. This field has now been measured for the first time and to the scientists' astonishment, it proved to be no less than one hundred million trillion times larger than Einstein's General Relativity predicts."
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IBM

+ - IBM Offshoring Workers Along With Work 1

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tessaiga (697968) writes "CNN is reporting that IBM is offering its laid-off employees new jobs in India, China, Russia, and other countries. The article describes "Project Match", an effort to relocate qualifying workers to countries where IBM identifies as having "growth opportunities". IBM has laid off over 4,000 workers since January of this year. What makes for a qualifying worker? A hint comes from an IBM company document quoted by CNN: "Only satisfactory performers who are willing to work on local terms and conditions should pursue the jobs.""
The Almighty Buck

+ - IBM to Laid Off Employees: Offshore Yourself!-> 1

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snydeq
snydeq writes "IBM has been offering employees some rather objectionable layoff choices as it continues its quiet layoff of thousands of employees, according to various insider reports. Employees considered 'satisfactory performers' are being given the option to relocate to 'growth markets where your skills are in demand.' Those who choose to offshore themselves to India, China, Russia, or beyond do so in lieu of severance, and must agree to work on local terms and conditions, including pay. 'If you take the job, IBM won't pay severance but will pay "a portion" (undefined) of your relocation expenses, including tax and visa services," said one IBM'er who declined a job in Malaysia due to the accompanying two-thirds paycut. 'Not a good deal for many of my colleagues who have 20-25 weeks of severance under their agreement.' Meanwhile, some IBM workers who still have jobs are being given a very tough choice: Move across the country at your own expense, or get fired with no severance package. The cuts at IBM are being done amid strong financial results."
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