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It’s utterly frustrating to play cards with a guy that could put a bullet in your head at any moment, especially when he is cheating.

BBC News – Pierre Borghi: How I gave the Taliban the slip

How can anyone understand a planet that is more than 1,300 times the size of our own?

The Sky If Planets Were Close As The Moon – Business Insider

I finally hit the sweet spot just a few weeks later, in Chicago, with a delicious blueberry-pomegranate smoothie that rang in at a relatively modest 220 calories. It cost $3 and took only seconds to make. Best of all, I’ll be able to get this concoction just about anywhere. Thanks, McDonald’s!

How Junk Food Can End Obesity – David H. Freedman – The Atlantic

But whether they know it or not, American investors often carry plenty of hidden currency risk in their portfolios, such as through many popular mutual funds.

BBC – Capital – Ignore currency fluctuations at your financial peril

But as the accompanying charts indicate, the Fed’s critics of 2010 and 2011 have not proved to be prescient. Far from bringing disaster, Q.E.2 appears to have helped the economy.

Predictions on Fed Strategy That Did Not Come to Pass –

Over the past decade, Turkey and Brazil have been widely celebrated as star economic performers—emerging markets with increasing influence on the international stage. Yet, over the past three months, both countries have been paralyzed by massive demonstrations expressing deep discontent with their governments’ performance. What is going on here, and will more countries experience similar upheavals?

The Middle-Class Revolution –

The research, conducted for Sunday Business by Equilar Inc., the executive compensation analysis firm, found that the median 2012 pay package came in at $15.1 million — a leap of 16 percent from 2011.

An Unstoppable Climb in C.E.O. Pay –

Think gold and silver were the worst performing financial asset in June? Think again: that dubious distinction falls to the Bovespa, the Shanghai Composite and the Greek stock market index

June’s Winners And Losers | Zero Hedge

The first bits of post-Abenomics data are finally trickling in. And so far, it has to be said, it’s looking good for Shinzo Abe.

Advantage Abe | FT Alphaville

If you love a wide variety of junk food, there’s no better place to be than in America. But even Americans are missing out on some of the world’s tastiest snacks.

Popular Foods Outside The U.S. – Business Insider

Over hundreds of millennia, Arctic permafrost soils have accumulated vast stores of organic carbon – an estimated 1,400 to 1,850 billion metric tons of it. That’s about half of all the estimated organic carbon stored in Earth’s soils


Laughter is increasingly being used to cope with mental and physical ailments, from depression to chronic pain

Now there’s proof: laughter really is the best medicine – Telegraph