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Was the Unibomber right?

By Keith Ablow, Fox News columnist Ted Kaczynski, aka the Unabomber, was rightly imprisoned for life in 1998 for sending bombs that maimed and killed three people and injured 23 more, from 1978 to 1992.  No one can excuse his terrorism. Kaczynski’s ideas, however, described in a manifesto entitled, “Industrial Society and Its Future,” cannot […]

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In the case of this young doctor, Venezuela’s loss is Cuenca’s gain

Daniel Avila arrived at the bus station early. His entire family joined him, but only as far as the station. He held the only tickets that would allow him to travel to Ecuador via the Venezuela / Colombia highway. Hours later, when his bus arrived at the Colombia border, he joined his fellow travelers in […]

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Tram fare to be decided within weeks; City may provide a subsidy, mayor says

Cuenca Mayor Marcelo Cabrera says the city will announce the fare for Cuenca’s new tram system within a matter of weeks. “I hope we can make a determination by the end of December but if we can’t, it will be done early in January,” he says. According to Cabrera, a final figure depends on negotiations […]

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Venezuela pays pensioners in cryptocurrency even though the ‘petro’ is not accepted in stores

Venezuela has reportedly begun converting pensioners’ monthly payments into its controversial cryptocurrency, the petro. According to the Caracas Chronicles, an English-language politics and economics blog based in the country, the government has recently been taking the bolivars (the country’s current fiat currency) paid to its elderly residents and automatically swapping them for petros. Normally, a […]

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Gmail’s ‘auto-complete’ and other gimmicks are irritating users, making them feel robotic

By Derek Thompson A specter is haunting Gmail — the specter of a completed sentence. My fingers tap out the beginning of a message, and a grey phantom appears, with eerie anticipation. “thanks for taking [a look!].” “tuesday’s no [good sorry].” “can’t tom[orrow but what about next week?]” The spectral presence is a technology called […]

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Government considers minimum wage increase

Ecuador’s Labor Ministry is in discussions with representatives of national labor unions and business organizations as it considers an increase in the minimum wage, or Basic Unified Salary (SBU), for 2019. Workers’ groups are suggesting increases of 12 percent to 19 percent. Meanwhile, business and industry groups are recommending that the SBU remain at the […]

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Condo permitting on hold, Orchestra plays movie themes, Photo exhibits open, More fine whine from Assange, Battle of Verdeloma events

Jueves, 13/12/2018 Hola, Todos – Actividades – Pagina cultural – Exposición – The exhibit “Legible/Visible, entre el fotograma y la página” (Legible / Visible, between the frame and the page) will run until 3/2 in the “Sala Proceso” de Arte Contemporáneo at the CCE. Fotografía exhibit – Three retired Northamericans, Evelyn Johnson, Michael Hamilton and Burt Johnson, […]

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Dietary supplements — are they safe?

Caveat Emptor! As reported in Ars Technica, in the U.S. alone there more than 90,000 vitamin and dietary supplements available as pills, powders, tinctures, drinks, and bars. These products carry a myriad of claims including stronger bones, quick weight loss, “effortless” muscle building, improved digestion, more energy, and of course, better sex. In February 2015, […]

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