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Scientists love president Obama so much they’ve named nine different animals after him — Quartz

Many Americans are going to miss US president Barack Obama when he vacates the White House. Days after the 2016 election, his approval rating was its highest since 2009. Scientists have also wanted to express their gratitude to the 44th president, and have done so in the best way they can: By immortalizing him in…

via Scientists love president Obama so much they’ve named nine different animals after him — Quartz

Volkswagen is changing its official language from German to English — Quartz {English is the language of globalization. Other than struggling for the next century against Mandarin, Spanish, German, French and Arabic, I predict it will be the main language of the world by 2200}

Nearly 80 years ago, in May 1937, the German government, under the control of Adolf Hitler, started a car company in the city of Wolfsburg. The goal was to create an affordable vehicle for regular folks—for about $140—and the company was called Volkswagen. Since then, VW has grown into a giant international corporation, with a…

via Volkswagen is changing its official language from German to English — Quartz

Pipeline Uncertainty Illustrates Broader Concerns for Tribes — Fortune {do not expect Trump to be conciliatory}

For hundreds of protesters, it was cause to cheer when the Obama administration this month declined to issue an easement for the Dakota Access pipeline’s final segment. But that elation was dampened by the uncertainty of what comes next: a Donald Trump-led White House that might be far less attuned to issues affecting Native Americans.…

via Pipeline Uncertainty Illustrates Broader Concerns for Tribes — Fortune

Thousands Evacuate German Town on Christmas Morning After World War II Bomb Is Found — TIME {Apparently there are still many not accounted for}

(FRANKFURT, Germany) — Thousands of people in the southern German city of Augsburg have left Christmas presents and decorations behind, forced to evacuate while authorities disarm a large World War II aerial bomb. The bomb was uncovered last week during construction work in the city’s historic central district. Police say Christmas Day is the best…

via Thousands Evacuate German Town on Christmas Morning After World War II Bomb Is Found — TIME

Review: Apple’s AirPod Wireless Earbuds Are Almost Perfect — Fortune

The good: Easy setup, comfortable, Automatically pauses music when you remove a budThe bad: Expensive, Looks awkward when you’re wearing them, Limited playback controlsWho should buy: Apple fans willing to splurge on tangle-free earbuds When Apple launched the iPhone 7 this year, one controversial move stood out: The Cupertino, Calif.’s flagship smartphone no longer features…

via Review: Apple’s AirPod Wireless Earbuds Are Almost Perfect — Fortune

The Russian Methbot Scam Is Just the Tip of the Ad Fraud Iceberg — Fortune

In what appears to be the largest digital advertising scam in history, a group of Russian hackers reportedly built a click-fraud machine that stole up to $5 million daily from top advertisers and publishers. But even that is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to online ad fraud. Estimates are that billions…

via The Russian Methbot Scam Is Just the Tip of the Ad Fraud Iceberg — Fortune

Daniel R. Cobb: Donald Trump and Nuclear Weapons Don’t Mix — Vox Populi

A Trump Presidency is a Clear and Present Danger Donald Trump is not mentally well. We’ve witnessed him for years now, exhibiting behaviors that are much more child-like than adult. Three leading professors of psychiatry have written to President Obama expressing their urgent concerns that Trump is deeply afflicted with Narcissistic Personality Disorder, an extremely […]

via Daniel R. Cobb: Donald Trump and Nuclear Weapons Don’t Mix — Vox Populi

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