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Casual workers forced to wear barcodes

Clay Lucas The Age CASUAL workers at a warehouse in Melbourne’s west are being required to wear – and pay for – armbands identifying them as non-permanent staff. The armbands contain employee numbers on barcodes and must be used to … Continue reading

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Radiation Worries Spur ‘Quackery’ Cures

Yoree Koh Wall Street Journal Contamination Fears Have Led Many Japanese to Turn to Questionable Products for Detection and Treatment. TOKYO—In the year-plus since the world’s worst nuclear accident in a quarter century, Japan has seen a run of dubious … Continue reading

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The Pill Makes Women Richer

Kate Sheppard Mother Jones Not only is birth control helping women not get preggers, it’s also making women richer. Widespread availability of oral contraception—a.k.a. “The Pill”—has played a major role in closing the gender wage gap since the 1980s, according … Continue reading

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4,000 offenders seek teaching jobs

Wesley Johnson The Independent Paedophiles, violent thugs and drug dealers were among more than 4,000 offenders who applied to become teachers last year despite having almost 10,000 criminal convictions between them, figures showed today. Criminal records checks even revealed four … Continue reading

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MIT research: The high price of losing manufacturing jobs

Kimberly Allen EurekAlert Study: Overseas manufacturing competition hits U.S. regions hard, leaving workers unemployed for years and local economies struggling. The loss of U.S. manufacturing jobs is a topic that can provoke heated arguments about globalization. But what do the … Continue reading

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House memo: Entire goal of Fast and Furious was a failure

Dennis Wagner USA Today Mexican cartel suspects targeted in the troubled gun-trafficking probe known as Operation Fast and Furious were actually working as FBI informants at the time, according to a congressional memo that describes the case’s mission as a … Continue reading

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Odds of Living Very Long Life Lower Than Formerly Predicted

Source: PR Newswire CHICAGO, Feb. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The chances to reach extreme old age are much lower than previously thought, new research shows. Research just published by a team of demographers at the social science research organization NORC … Continue reading

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WikiLeaks Unveils 160 Firms’ Surveillance Gear Sales Docs, Still No Submissions System

Source: Forbes WikiLeaks is still in the secret-spilling business. But not, apparently, in the business of accepting those secrets through the anonymous dropbox that was once its trademark. The site on Thursday unveiled a new trove of 287 documents it’s … Continue reading

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Health survey sparks ‘Big Brother’ fears

Source: ABC Two participants in the Federal Government’s compulsory Australian Health Survey say the experience has been deeply intrusive and a stressful violation of their privacy. A Queensland woman likened the survey process to having Big Brother knocking on her … Continue reading

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Record poverty last year as household income dips

Source: MarketWatch WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — A record number of people were in poverty last year as households saw their income decrease, according to data from the Census Bureau Tuesday, demonstrating the weakness of the economy even after the official end … Continue reading

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