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American Airlines Responds After Man Posts Viral Photo Of ‘Gross’ Lobster Roll

A man who posted a picture of his grilled cheese lobster roll aboard an American Airlines flight later went viral after he wrote a scathing review about the quality of the dish. Travel blogger Ben Schlappig wrote a blog Thursday about the airline’s food, and American Airlines on Friday issued an apology and stated the food was “not up to our standards.” In a piece on his travel blog One Mile at a Time, Schlappig wrote, “I’m actually being too generous with the title in calling it a ‘lobster roll.’ It…

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Science 

40 Years Ago, NASA Launched Message To Aliens Into Deep Space

Forty years ago, NASA launched two Voyager spacecraft into deep space. Onboard both were gold discs with music, greetings and sounds from Earth — a message to aliens. Ann Druyan, the creative director of the project, talks about how they decided what message to put in the interstellar bottle. … Read the referenced story here: 40 Years Ago, NASA Launched Message To Aliens Into Deep Space

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Business 

Cat Poop Reportedly Used In Skin Care Line By Luxury Beauty Brand

Hermetise, a high-end European skin care line, reportedly uses kopi luwak (aka cat poop) as a key ingredient in its skin care line, according to Refinery29.  Hermetise’s Kopi Luwak Anti-Pollution Oxygen Brightening Treatment promises to give consumers an age-defying face lift with its 3-step process, which doesn’t come cheap. Those willing to invest in the product can purchase the three items individually at $1,660 each or pay $4,994 for all products in the treatment. What makes this treatment so expensive? SEE ALSO: Kylie Jenner’s ‘Vacation Edition’ Lip Kit: How And When To Score The Collection…

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Blockchain, Big Data And The Value Of Global Trade

Most data turns out to have a greater value than the sum of the parts. There’s a story about a global courier firm that said it saw a large drop off in its monthly orders at some point in 2007, not too long before the bottom fell out of the global economy. Traditional economic forecasting did not see an issue, but had there been some visibility into trade finance data at that time it would have shown many contracts had been cancelled, affording us some warning of what was ahead….

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Google It: Men & Women Are Different, & That’s Okay

Hadley Manning, DC ExaminerThe latest gender scandal comes from Google, where now-former employee James Damore wrote his infamous 10-page memo on the company’s diversity policy. The memo itself is not scandalous, but you wouldn’t know that from the media coverage or online outrage in response. The memo was about many things, including ideological diversity, but the most attention-grabbing points are about gender. The engineer says, in so many words, that Google’s effort to recruit more women in engineering runs against the reality that fewer women than men desire to become engineers….

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Trump Can Stop Leaks If He Stops Acting Like Donald Trump

Jonathan Rauch, TimeThe Trump Administration is right to worry about leaks — and, boy, is it worried. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told the Senate Armed Services committee that leaks are “devastating.” At a press briefing, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said they were “undermining the ability of our government to protect this country.” Never has an American administration been so unable to stem the flow of unauthorized information and so helpless to protect confidences in government. When Sessions spoke of the “staggering number” of leaks, he was not exaggerating….

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The Way Out of Trump’s Ad-Lib War With North Korea

Robin Wright, The New YorkerIn October, 2000, during the final weeks of the Clinton Administration, I accompanied Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to North Korea. The trip was the first high-level U.S. diplomatic mission to Pyongyang since the Korean War ended, in 1953, and no other has taken place since. Albright’s goal was to broker a moratorium on North Korea’s missile program and to set up a summit between President Clinton and Supreme Leader Kim Jong-il, the father of the county’s current leader, Kim Jong-un. Albright carried a letter from…

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