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12.19.17
“I don't know if I rescued my dog or my dog rescued me. Actually, I definitely rescued him. He was in a shelter and I own a townhouse.”
-Neil Brennan



 

Amtrak crash: train was going at nearly three times the speed limit  An Amtrak train that hurtled off an overpass south of Seattle on Monday was travelling at almost three times the speed limit for that section of track, according to investigators. - The Guardian

GM urges judge to throw out disputed ignition switch deal  GM lawyers were making their first arguments in a New York bankruptcy court trial Monday, asking a judge to throw out a $1 billion August settlement surrounding defective ignition switches in millions of recalled GM vehicles. The deal was reached between plaintiffs and an entity that GM left behind as part of its 2009 $50 billion government bailout; the settlement would have GM pay $1 billion to that entity. - Reuters

Vacation Perks and Retirement Benefits Are Propelling Worker Pay Packages  Employers are spending more on vacation perks and retirement contributions, helping to propel overall compensation package growth to its fastest pace in two years. Private-sector workers’ average hourly compensation, including both pay and benefits, advanced 4% from a year earlier in the third quarter, according to new Labor Department data. It’s the best gain in total compensation since the same quarter in 2015. - Wall Street Journal

U.S. blames North Korea for 'WannaCry' cyber attack  The Trump administration has publicly blamed North Korea for unleashing the so-called WannaCry cyber attack that crippled hospitals, banks and other companies across the globe earlier this year. - Reuters

The suicide of a Kpop star is stoking a national conversation on mental health in South Korea  Jonghyun’s death has sparked a renewed conversation in South Korea about the grueling demands of the country’s entertainment industry, as well as the stigma over mental health that prevents many people in Korea from seeking appropriate help when in need. - Quartz

How the Japanese Practice of “Forest Bathing”—Or Just Hanging Out in the Woods—Can Lower Stress Levels and Fight Disease  Forest bathing involves none of those things. “Just be with the trees,” as Ephrat Livni describes the practice, “no hiking, no counting steps on a Fitbit. You can sit or meander, but the point is to relax rather than accomplish anything." Even if you don't attain enlightenment, you very well may reduce stress and boost immune function, according to several Japanese studies conducted between 2004 and 2012. - Open Culture

Estonia planning its own cryptocurrency, called ‘estcoin’, in bid to become global ICO hub  Kaspar Korjus, managing director of Estonia’s e-residency program, unveiled details of the country’s plans for estcoin. Korjus was careful to make the distinction that these are tokens, not technically a currency, because that would violate the country’s agreement to use the euro as its official money. - Venture Beat

The first trailer for Ocean’s 8 is here  The film is a twist on Steven Soderbergh’s early aughts heist series (Ocean’s Eleven, Ocean’s Twelve, Ocean’s Thirteen), a trilogy in which the crew pulling off the central “impossible” caper grew by one person each time. - The Verge
 
  The Pentagon's Secret Search for UFO's 
You think UFO's are strange? How about the fact that Tom Delonge, yes... the guy from Blink 182, is leading the charge in a for-profit corporation that is now employing former top members of the intelligence community to unveil secret information about government employee UFO sightings. That, in and of itself, is stranger than any real evidence of alien life forms. 
 A High Level Summary of the 10 Schools of Philosophy & Why You Should Know Each of Them.
From Nihilism to Stoicism, philosophy searches for the truth, holding unique fundamental beliefs at their respective cores. There's something to learn from them all. 
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