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December 27, 2014

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3:32 AM | Top Doubtful News posts of 2014
Happy END OF 2014. What sorts of stories made the Top of the Charts here? You can’t really predict what posts will be popular and get thousands of hits or stay active for several weeks on end. Here are the top five most popular ‘doubtful’ news stories of 2014 according to WordPress stats. Honorable mention: Dyatlov Pass… Source: Doubtful News Related posts:House Resoution 393 – Support for National Chiropractic Health Month Burzynski Clinic Bullies […]

December 25, 2014

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5:00 AM | Holiday Redux: I Can’t Put It Down
LWON is celebrating the holidays by re-running some of our favorite posts. This post originally appeared in July 2012. Alarmist reporting about addictions to sex, to the internet or to exercise can suggest that new syndromes are being invented every day, that human existence is pathologized out of proportion. But some compulsive behaviors that caused […]
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5:00 AM | Holiday Redux: I Can’t Put It Down
LWON is celebrating the holidays by re-running some of our favorite posts. This post originally appeared in July 2012. Alarmist reporting about addictions to sex, to the internet or to exercise can suggest that new syndromes are being invented every day, that human existence is pathologized out of proportion. But some compulsive behaviors that caused […]

December 24, 2014

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9:00 AM | Holiday Redux: The Hidden Carols of England
LWON is celebrating the holidays by re-running some of our favorite posts. This post originally appeared in January 2014, and I thought it would be nice to give it another outing during the holidays. People have been singing Christmas carols in the pubs in villages around Sheffield, in the north of England, for hundreds of […]
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9:00 AM | Holiday Redux: The Hidden Carols of England
LWON is celebrating the holidays by re-running some of our favorite posts. This post originally appeared in January 2014, and I thought it would be nice to give it another outing during the holidays. People have been singing Christmas carols in the pubs in villages around Sheffield, in the north of England, for hundreds of […]

December 23, 2014

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9:44 AM | OSHA: Workers had to bring own thermals to work in -40° freezers
OSHA says employees at Birds Eye Foods’ facility in Darien, WI, were “left in the cold.” Now the company faces $109,400 in fines. The workers faced minus 40° temperatures when working in freezers at the plant. OSHA says entry-level Birds Eye employees bought thermal protective equipment because Birds Eye didn’t provide it. OSHA initiated the [...]
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9:28 AM | Reminder: New Recordkeeping Reporting Requirements Go Into Effect Jan 1st
Updates to OSHA’s Reporting and Recordkeeping Rule: An Overview The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s updated recordkeeping rule includes two key changes. First, the rule updates the list of industries that are exempt from the requirement to routinely keep OSHA injury and illness records due to relatively low occupational injury and illness rates. The previous list [...]
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9:09 AM | Forget the Two Front Teeth: All Employees at Olympia Chimney Supply Want for Christmas Are Their Fingers
In the past few years, Olympia Chimney Supply Inc. employees have suffered crushed fingers, amputation of multiple fingertips and entire fingers, but serious safety violations persist at the Scranton-based company, according to OSHA. A June 2014 inspection of the Scranton, Pa., company once again found Olympia workers exposed to a number of serious machine hazards. Spurred [...]
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8:53 AM | (VIDEO) An Unbelievable Compilation of Near-Miss Accidents
Related Training DVDs: Accidents – It Cant Happen To Me Video or DVD Designed to make you think more about accident causes and how you can prevent injuries. View Product Unsolved Accidents Training DVD This accident prevention training video proves that important lessons can be found in every accident. [...]
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5:16 AM | Read This
The People of LWON love to read. If we could orchestrate your holiday book binge, this is what it would look like: JESSA The Windup Girl, by Paolo Bacigalupi: This is hardly a buried treasure — it won the Hugo award — but it’s quite simply the best science fiction I’ve read in my adult life. […]
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5:16 AM | Read This
The People of LWON love to read. If we could orchestrate your holiday book binge, this is what it would look like: JESSA The Windup Girl, by Paolo Bacigalupi: This is hardly a buried treasure — it won the Hugo award — but it’s quite simply the best science fiction I’ve read in my adult life. […]

December 22, 2014

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4:27 PM | The Chariot jogging/cycling/skiing stroller is what every parent needs to stay active
A few months ago my wife gave birth to our first baby.  It’s been a steep learning curve.  As expected, getting much physical activity has been tough at times. However, the single most helpful tool we’ve had has been our … Continue reading »
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9:00 AM | Watch This
One of the greatest gifts the holidays bring is a brief window of uninterrupted time — just enough to lose oneself in a book or a TV series, guilt free. Today we offer up our recommendations for things to watch this year. Jessa: To Be and To Have (Être et avoir) A documentary crew installs […]
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9:00 AM | Watch This
One of the greatest gifts the holidays bring is a brief window of uninterrupted time — just enough to lose oneself in a book or a TV series, guilt free. Today we offer up our recommendations for things to watch this year. Jessa: To Be and To Have (Être et avoir) A documentary crew installs […]

December 19, 2014

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9:20 AM | Using GAMS, R and LaTeX
I just came across an interesting post by Renger van Nieuwkoop on The Lazy Economist, where he writes about how to use R to produce tables from GAMS model output for use in LaTeX. Very nice and very useful, indeed!  
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9:00 AM | The Long Legacy of a Good Deed
Two years ago this week, a well-known environmental organizer named Sombath Somphone was detained at a traffic stop in downtown Vientiane, Laos, and driven away in a white pickup. He has not been seen or heard from since. You can read a lot more about Somphone, his work in Laos, and his wife’s remarkable efforts to […]
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9:00 AM | The Long Legacy of a Good Deed
Two years ago this week, a well-known environmental organizer named Sombath Somphone was detained at a traffic stop in downtown Vientiane, Laos, and driven away in a white pickup. He has not been seen or heard from since. You can read a lot more about Somphone, his work in Laos, and his wife’s remarkable efforts to […]

December 16, 2014

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9:01 AM | Is Stack of Boxes a Workplace Hazard? Workers’ Comp Depends on Answer
In some states, workers’ comp won’t provide disability coverage if an employee’s injury resulted from a hazard that regularly occurs outside the workplace. That’s why in this case, defining what is and what isn’t a workplace hazard determined whether an employee received benefits. Elizabeth Wilson worked as a manager at a Dollar Tree store in [...]
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9:00 AM | Who Gives Press Releases Their Power?
Newsflash — Press releases about medical studies may contain hype. That was the conclusion of a report published last week in the medical journal BMJ. Petroc Sumner, a professor at Cardiff University, compared 462 press releases on medical studies from leading United Kingdom universities in 2011 and found that 33 to 40 percent of the […]
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8:18 AM | OSHA Chief Calls for Higher Penalties
Leaders of OSHA and EPA testified last week before two U.S. Senate committees about federal agencies’ progress in strengthening regulations that apply to chemical facilities, based on the West, Texas ammonium nitrate explosion, as well as the DuPont chemical plant release in LaPorte, Texas, in November 2014, and other recent incidents. The Senate HELP Committee and [...]
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7:44 AM | Worker’s Hand Caught in Machine on 25th Birthday; $241k in OSHA Fines
We’d all like our birthdays to be memorable … but not for this reason. Following an employee’s injury, OSHA issued almost a quarter-million dollars in fines against this company. On his 25th birthday, an employee of Wagner’s LLC, a wild bird food manufacturer in Milford, IL, had his left hand and arm severely injured after [...]
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7:29 AM | (VIDEO) Boat Captain: “It’s Not My Job to Send you Home Alive”
Related Training DVDs: Emergency Response – The Vital First Minutes Training DVD In-depth look at personal survival, as it is an essential to know after abandonment has occurred. View Product Safety and Survival: Procedures, Equipment, and Training, Training DVD A crucial component of any vessel’s safety program. View Product [...]
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3:11 AM | Mitch Ladyman: What do mining companies do for the environment?
Mitch is out bush so he asked us to post this on his behalf.   I was in Bunnings the other day: Australia’s largest hardware warehouse chain with exceptionally large warehouses full of……….well, hardware (in-text footnote – I actually believe that all Bunnings stores function in a parallel universe on a different space/time continuum: men […]

December 14, 2014

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12:00 AM | Introducing Amy Wild, adventurer
I’d like to introduce Amy Wild to Fireside Science and Bedtime Science. Amy will bring us some exciting adventures from the Australian bush. Amy was born in December, 1989. From a toddler, she was exposed to the wilderness; learning to climb trees, snorkel, pitch a tent and catch a lizard before entering primary school. The […]

December 13, 2014

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7:50 PM | The future of physics predicts no future for evolutionary theory
The ever-smaller future of physics ‘Theory of everything’ captures Weinberg’s imagination in Lee Historical Lecture Excerpt: “…there are hints that the answers to fundamental questions will reveal themselves at around a million billionths — between 10­-17 and 10-19 — of...Read more
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9:00 AM | The Last Word, December 8-12
Christie tells Ira Glass a story that ends up on the cutting room floor. Now, listening to the hit podcast Serial, Christie gets why. Each personal story has to fit the larger mission of the show. “I was only capable of telling my story from inside the moment — with details that gave away the punchline before […]
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9:00 AM | The Last Word, December 8-12
Christie tells Ira Glass a story that ends up on the cutting room floor. Now, listening to the hit podcast Serial, Christie gets why. Each personal story has to fit the larger mission of the show. “I was only capable of telling my story from inside the moment — with details that gave away the punchline before […]

December 11, 2014

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9:00 AM | Hiding in Plain Out-of-Sight
If you haven’t seen the movie Interstellar, you might not recognize the image above. It’s the black hole that figures prominently in the climax. But even if you have seen the movie, chances are excellent you still don’t know what you’re looking at. I didn’t, anyway, at least the first few days I spent staring at […]
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9:00 AM | Hiding in Plain Out-of-Sight
If you haven’t seen the movie Interstellar, you might not recognize the image above. It’s the black hole that figures prominently in the climax. But even if you have seen the movie, chances are excellent you still don’t know what you’re looking at. I didn’t, anyway, at least the first few days I spent staring at […]

December 09, 2014

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9:36 AM | 7 Winter Driving Myths Defrosted
With British weather being so unpredictable, drivers have to be prepared for all weather conditions – especially when winter starts to bite and snow becomes a distinct possibility. According to the MET office ‘January is currently showing signs of temperatures hitting “record-breaking” lows meaning parts of the country could see the mercury plunge to -27C [...]
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