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12:51 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Pay Less...Hate More?

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A newly-released study by several economists shows significant correlation between the number of big-box stores, specifically Walmart, and the number of hate groups in a region. Dr.

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Word of Mouth
12:40 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

#HipstersArguingInARestaurant

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Last night, I was following the Twitter feed of Raw Story Executive Editor Megan Carpentier. So? Well, it turns out Megan was sitting in a New York City restaurant when she tweeted this pithy nugget: 

"There is Schadenfreudic satisfaction in seeing a wealthy hipster couple argue about banal relationship sh*t while one is eating alone."

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Word of Mouth
12:26 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Fake It 'til You Make It, "Faux Real"

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Running parallel to the history of art is a long line of art forgeries. Exposed fakes have resulted in scandal, embarrassment, financial ruin, and now, a one-man show. The exhibit, called “Faux Real” …faux as in fake…opened on April first…another wink wink nudge nudge there…to showcase  counterfeit works by the prolific forger Mark Landis. Matt Leininger was the first to spot a Landis forgery. He is co-curator of the show.

Video on the exhibit:

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Word of Mouth
12:13 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Let's Pretend This Never Happened

Blogger Jenny Lawson called upon a few of her biggest fans to make the trailer for her new memoir, including author Neil Gaiman there, musician Amanda Palmer, and Star Trek actors Wil Wheaton and Jeri Ryan, claiming to be Lawson in a YouTube video that’s been viewed more than seventy thousand times…

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Word of Mouth
12:02 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Gaming the Forest

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A new app transforms tree leaves into currency…kind of changes your mind about raking season, eh?

The game, called Forest, will be demonstrated at the Computer-Human Interaction (CHI) conference in Austin, Texas, in May. It was designed by Jason Linder and Wendy Ju of the California College of the Arts in San Francisco.  

 

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North Country
11:51 am
Wed April 18, 2012

Ayotte, Bass, Shaheen: Vets Should Get Colebrook Med Center

Veterans in Coos County deserve a medical clinic in Colebrook, according to a letter sent to the Department of Veterans Affairs by Senators Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen and Rep. Charlie Bass.
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Veterans in Coos County deserve a medical clinic in Colebrook, according to a letter sent to the Department of Veterans Affairs by Senators Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen and Rep. Charlie Bass.

“While Coos County’s population is small compared to the area covered, there are some 3,605 veterans in New Hampshire’s North Country, of which 1,821 are in the VA medical system,” the letter says. 

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NH News
3:14 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Senate Committee: No to Refugee Moratorium

Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas testifying in favor of the Moratorium Bill last week.
Sam Evans-Brown

 

A senate committee has voted to send a bill that would allow communities to ask for a one year moratorium on refugee resettlement for further study.

The committee voted 3-1 to refer the bill to interim study, with Senator David Boutin from Hooksett dissenting. That vote is a polite way of asking the full senate to let the measure die quietly.

Committee Chair Senator Jack Barnes says he doesn’t think the state legislature has the authority to pass this bill.

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Word of Mouth
2:50 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Wealth Therapy for the .01 Percent

In 2006, Wells Fargo became the first bank to offer one-on-one psychological consults to wealthy customers. Unlike the counseling offered for debt-ridden, financially insecure Americans, Wells Fargo’s therapists were there to address emotional issues associated with having a huge portfolio. The service is becoming an industry standard for banks and brokerage firms.

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North Country
2:48 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Searchers Spend Night Looking For Littleton Man

 

A Littleton man hiking without a flashlight, map or warm clothing spent the night in the mountains while officials looked for him, according to a news release from New Hampshire Fish and Game.

Dylan Jessen, 20, planned to hike the 15 miles from the Lafayette Campground in Franconia to Route 112 in Woodstock but didn’t begin until about 1 p.m.

His mother lost cell-phone contact with him about 7 p.m.  when he still had about five miles to go and only 30 minutes of daylight left.

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Word of Mouth
2:36 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

The Silicon Valley of the 14th Century

Politicians and pundits frequently proclaim that they know what drives innovation and economic development. Despite their assurances, the chicken-and-egg question of whether quality education creates thriving economies or flourishing economies create good schools has been cycling around for years. For clues, Jordan Weissman, Associate Editor at the Atlantic, looked not to India’s booming IT industry or China’s cadre of engineers, but to Germany, circa 1386, when a papal schism opened up new opportunities for innovation.

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Word of Mouth
1:47 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Opening up open-data cities

“Open-Data City” is a term often batted around in open source and techie circles … The concept goes something like this – when civic data, from traffic statistics to school performance, is made free to the public that data can change our communal conversations, policies, lives and technologies… It’s an attractive idea that we hoped to pin down… Which data?  Where is it now?  How do we access it? No better person to ask than Greg Hadfield.

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Word of Mouth
1:29 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

These streets aren't made for walking

On the streets of most American neighborhoods, walking to a grocery store, park, or school is not an option. Kaid Benfield is Director of Sustainable Communities at the National Resources Defense Council, and a frequent contributor to the Atlantic Cities website, where he argues that the car-centric built environment is detrimental to our health and quality of life.

Get your WalkScore!

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NH News
6:20 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Conservation Law Foundation Joins DES in Great Bay Lawsuit

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The Conservation Law Foundation has asked to help defend the Department of Environmental Services in a lawsuit brought by a coalition of Great Bay area communities.

The suit is an attempt to block rules that would require the towns to upgrade their wastewater treatment plants.

The CLF’s Director, Tom Irwin, says the suit is a stalling tactic, aimed to delay measures needed to help the Great Bay recover its health.

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All Things Considered
4:55 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Why "FourSquare Day" Succeeds in Portsmouth

Organizers of "FourSquare Day" in Portsmouth say the city's walkable downtown is one of the reasons why the event is successful.
Squirrel Flight via Flickr/Creative Commons: http://www.flickr.com/photos/squirrelflight/1355544138/in/photostream/

New England athletes know today as Marathon Monday – history buffs call it Patriots’ Day. And tech watchers know April 16th as Foursquare Day, named after the social media app.

On Foursquare Day, businesses and communities offer special discounts and free stuff to users who drop by and “check in” to Foursquare using their smartphones.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:07 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Myanmar, Inc.

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Australia today announced that it is relaxing political sanctions against the country formerly known as Burma. The US and England will soon follow suit…all responding to growing political reforms after decades of military rule and political oppression. Meanwhile, crony capitalists that profited under the military regime are re-branding their images in an attempt to  maintain their wealth and influence.

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