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Woman dumps cheating boyfriend by leading him on hunt for all his belongings she's hidden

Breaking up is so very hard to do goes the old Burt Bacharach song, yet the writer of this letter seems to have done rather a good job of compartmentalizing her emotions as she writes to her lover to inform him that it’s all over.

An armchair psychiatrist could have a field day trying to decipher if the jilted lover writing the letter has taken the end of the relationship well or is perhaps overacting to what she has discovered.

What we do know is that when the writer accesses her boyfriend’s Facebook account she notices he has received a message from another girl, called Kelsi.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2334466/Is-best-breakup-letter-Woman-dumps-boyfriend-bizarre-note-finding-girl-contacted-Facebook.html

Wealthy countries are creating more jobs by creating worse jobs

By Tim Fernholz

The UN’s International Labor Organization released its annual “World of Work” (PDF) report today, and boy are the results depressing.

The employment rate won’t return to pre-crisis levels in emerging markets until 2015, while advanced economies will have to wait until 2017 for their work woes to end. But even then, the number of unemployed people is still set to grow 4% to 208 million in 2015. How can the employment rate and unemployment levels rise simultaneously? Because the unemployed are dropping out of the work force: In more than half of the countries surveyed, labor force participation declined largely due to discouraged workers giving up the job hunt.

Perhaps worse: job quality is worsening around the globe, even where the unemployment rate is falling. The study’s researcher made the chart below to compare “job quality,” measured by average wages, benefits and hours worked, and job creation, between 2007 and 2011. Basically, the place to be is in the top right quadrant (where countries are creating more and better jobs) and not the bottom left (where economies are creating fewer, worse jobs):

Worth noting: for most advanced economies, the new jobs being created are of lower quality, with the exceptions of countries like South Korea, Norway and Poland. The United States has fewer jobs, but is creating better ones—a finding that reflects growing inequality in the US. The emerging markets, on the other hand, are finding it easier to create more and better jobs because they’re starting from a low base. (In other words, it’s easy to improve job quality in a country where most people make less than $10 a day; it’s much harder in a country where the median income is $50,000 per year.)



Former BP CEO John Browne says gay marriage is good business and of strategic importance

By Steve LeVine

Former BP CEO John Browne was so private about his homosexuality that he resigned when an estranged lover divulged their relationship to a tabloid. Now he is carrying his new openness into politics. Browne, a member of Great Britain’s House of Lords, came out forcefully today in favor of a proposed law making gay marriage legal in the country.

Browne first spoke openly about his sexuality in a 2010 book called Beyond Business. But his political push, made in an eloquent piece in today’s Financial Times, is the first such forceful defense of gay rights by a major figure in the global oil industry, in which a homophobic environment persists. On May 29, ExxonMobil shareholders rejected an explicit company ban on discrimination against gays, the sixteenth such vote at the oil company’s annual meetings.

In his FT piece, Browne writes that he kept his sexuality secret for decades “out of fear” that disclosure could damage his career and the company. He was regarded as his country’s greatest businessman, but he hid his personal life as a grave threat that could bring everything down.

It all went back to growing up in a different time, in which “homosexuality was illegal. Men went to prison, boys were expelled and individuals would disappear, leaving hushed speculation,” Browne says.



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Mitt Romney Inc.: The White House That Never Was

In the months before the 2012 election, a group of high-powered consultants and political operatives prepared a secret report for candidate Mitt Romney, explaining how he should take over and restructure the federal government should he win the presidency.

“The White House staff is similar to a holding company” read one PowerPoint slide, which would have been presented to President-elect Romney as part of an expansive briefing on the morning after Election Day. It went on to list three main divisions of the metaphorical firm: “Care & Feeding Offices,” like speechwriting, “Policy Offices,” like the National Security Council, and “Packaging & Selling Offices,” like the office of the press secretary. This was the view of the Presidency Romney would have brought with him to Washington, a glimpse of the White House that never was — and plan that never saw the light of day.

But now the secret is out. On May 29, the Romney Readiness Project, the Republican candidate’s transition organization known as R2P, published a 138-page report detailing how it prepared for a potential Romney victory. It is the product of a team of nearly 500, who labored in Washington and around the country to be ready to help Romney assume the reins of power on January 20th, 2013, in accordance with the Pre-Election Presidential Transition Act of 2010.

Read more: http://swampland.time.com/2013/06/02/mitt-romney-inc-the-white-house-that-never-was/#ixzz2V4WBCVWA

Sunday's Non Sequitur is a dig at a certain retiring congressperson...

At least, I see it that way....

How a Supercomputer May Have Finally Unlocked a Way to Beat HIV

There's no easy answer for HIV; the sly virus uses our own immune cells to its advantage and mutates readily to shrug off round after round of anti-retrovirals. But thanks to the efforts researchers from the University of Illinois and some heavy-duty number crunching from one of the world's fastest petaflop supercomputers, we may be able to stop HIV right in its tracks.

The latest line of attack against HIV targets its viral casing (or capsid). Capsids lie between the virus's spherical outer coat, a .1 micron diameter, lipid-based layer known as the viral envelope, and a bullet-shaped inner coat known as the viral core that contains the strands of HIV RNA. Capsids comprise 2,000 copies of the viral protein, p24, arranged in a lattice structure (a rough insight gleaned only from years of cryo-electron microscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, cryo-EM tomography, and X-ray crystallography work). The capsid is responsible for protecting the RNA load, disabling the host's immune system, and delivering the RNA into new cells. In other words: It's the evil mastermind.

The lattice protein structure allows the capsid to open and close like a Hoberman Sphere.

As Dr Peijun Zhang, project lead and associate professor in structural biology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine explained to the BBC:

The capsid is critically important for HIV replication, so knowing its structure in detail could lead us to new drugs that can treat or prevent the infection. The capsid has to remain intact to protect the HIV genome and get it into the human cell, but once inside, it has to come apart to release its content so that the virus can replicate. Developing drugs that cause capsid dysfunction by preventing its assembly or disassembly might stop the virus from reproducing.


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