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The easiest way to get higher Social Security benefits: keep working

The best way to maximize your Social Security benefits, says Larry Kotlikoff, is to keep working and paying Social Security taxes. Photo by Flickr user j.o.h.n. walker. Larry Kotlikoff’s Social Security original 34 “secrets”, his additional...Show More Summary

Linkage: BioDistrict Bummers; Those Hard-to-Spell Street Names; More!

photo by Kevin O'Mara via Curbed flickr pool · It's financial limbo for the BioDistrict · Where cash buys are ruling · Switcheroos: Serpas out as NOPD chief · Spelling bee! Misspelled New Orleans street names · 'We don't...

Why Won’t Our 'Environmental President' Stop Fracking on Public Land?

Barack Obama is apparently down with fracking. Photo via Flickr user IREX It has become increasingly fashionable in liberal circles to credit President Barack Obama for doing all he possibly can to combat climate change. Praise reached...Show More Summary

Ocean News: Barbuda Becomes Ocean Conservation Leader in the Caribbean, July Ocean Temperatures Hit Record Highs, and More

A rocky ledge off Barbuda. (Photo: Ron Kroetz / Flickr Creative Commons) - Scientists say that seagrass habitat is being lost at the same rate as Amazon rain forests, or about two soccer fields per hour. The scientists warn that this is key habitat for many young fish, so the loss of seagrass could have a huge impact on fisheries. BBC read more

AM Linkage: Pope Declares He's Coming to Philly; Goldtex Eats; More!

last weekNews : The Newsroom

Photo by Justin Wolfe/Flickr · Will labor disputes curtail Philly's DNC efforts? · Here's the first photograph to feature a human. · "I'd like to go to Philadelphia..." - Pope Francis · 7 incredible spaces that are under 400 square....

Charging smartphones by soundwaves

Photo by Flickr user Andy Melton Finnish-based mobile technology giant Nokia and researchers at Queen Mary University of London are dreaming up a way to turn ambient noise into a power source for the cellphones of tomorrow. In a press...Show More Summary

CBS Sports’ lead analyst won’t use the name ‘Redskins’ on TV

Photo by Flickr user Keith Allison With the kickoff of NFL’s regular season less than three weeks away, CBS Sports’ lead analyst and former New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms announced on Monday that he is considering calling the...Show More Summary

How McDonald’s aims to tackle its image

Photo by Flickr user Elliott Brown McDonald’s has been battling a chronic image problem that they hope to erase with the continued introduction of healthier and more relevant menu options. The fast food giant, the Associated Press writes,...Show More Summary

Has the US Legal System Always Been Such a Joke?

Activists calling for banks to be held accountable for illegal foreclosures at a rally in Washington, DC last year. Photo via Flickr user Stephen Melkisethian It's easy to feel cynical about law and order in America. Just peruse theShow More Summary

Today's archidose #776

Here are some photos of Farmville, under consruction in Paredes, Portugal, by AND-RÉ, photographed by José Carlos Melo Dias.To contribute your Flickr images for consideration, just::: Join and add photos to the archidose pool, and/or:: Tag your photos archidose

To save the economy, teach grandma to code

Older people should be encouraged to learn to code and found their own start-ups, even if that’s in a nursing home. Photo by Flickr user JodyDigger. Editor’s Note: Vivek Wadhwa is a longtime friend of Making Sen$e and appears here today extolling the economic virtues of coding and entrepreneurship — for the older, even much older set. Show More Summary

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, 1970

2 weeks agoVehicles / Cars :

Just a couple years after the Sundown Drive-in on the outskirts of Canberra (Symonston, according to Google Maps) opened, this photo of a packed house that we came across in the National Archives of Australia’s collection on Flickr was taken. One of two in the ACT and maybe a few dozen across Australia, the Sundown […]

Why Isn’t Germany Dealing with Its Anti-Semitism Problem?

German Chancellor Angela Merkel needs to deal with this soon. Photo via Flickr user World Economic Forum Here we go again. Seventy-six years after the state-sanctioned terror of Kristallnacht, when synagogues and Jewish businesses were ransacked across the country, Jews in Germany fear for their safety. Show More Summary

Linkage: Checking Out Elmira Avenue; Looking Back at K&B; More!

2 weeks agoNews : The Newsroom

photo by Bart Everson via flickr · Check out a historic block of Elmira Avenue · Development beef on a Metairie lot over and over again · Homeless camps just moved further toward the river · The trouble with...

Step Right Up To Contribute To The Web of Meaning

Photo Coutesy: Flickr/Charlotte L Are you looking for opportunities to contribute to the web of meaning that are appropriate to filling some hours in these last lazy days of summer? Something a little less taxing than, say, creating and publishing a Linked Data set on the web? They’re out there. Show More Summary

AM Linkage: Lineage Through Land Buoy; Avoiding Spruce Street; More!

Photo by J. Benner/Flickr · Jody Pinto's Land Buoy tells a far deeper story. · Implosion at Queen Lane Apartments will be Sept. 13th. · Here's when to avoid Spruce St. as UPenn moves in. · Oh boy, Revel will...

At The Opposite End of Massive: Individual Connections & Sitting at the Dining Room Table

creative commons licensed ( BY-NC-ND ) flickr photo shared by Pensiero You can fuss about your mentions, follower counts, book sales, klout scores, all of that is bubkahs to me in lieu of what the internet has and does afford me in enabling genuine connectivity with likable people I would never have gotten to know otherwise. Show More Summary

Weediquette: Blazing Before You Volunteer at a Nursing Home Is a Bad Idea

Photo via Flickr user Ulrich Joho Editor’s Note: This article is for entertainment purposes only. Do not attempt to reenact anything mentioned in this article. No one should have a selfish reason to help their fellow man, but I didn't know this when I was 17. Show More Summary

Red panda with his tongue out (a photo from the Boing Boing Flickr Pool)

2 weeks agoOdd : Boing Boing

A photograph by Derek (Kiwi) Clarke, shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool. Caption this, please.

A year after scathing documentary, SeaWorld promises change to whale tanks

SeaWorld says it is expanding the tanks that house its killer whales. Photo by Flickr user Abi Skipp SeaWorld will build bigger and better environments for killer whales, the star attraction of the marine amusement park chain, the company said Friday. Show More Summary

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