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"Immigrants of the past quarter-century have been assimilating in the United States at a notably faster rate than did previous generations, according to a study released today."

Send in the Latrines - New York Times

"In our sanitary, plumbed lives, the toilet — an engineering marvel — removes waste out of sight and out of mind. As Steven Pinker recently wrote in “The Stuff of Thought,” the vocabulary of excretion has sneaked in and taken the taboo place previously held by religious words, and this switch parallels the rise of sewers and the sanitizing of excrement."

The surprising popularity of Bach's complex, esoteric The Art of Fugue. - By Jan Swafford - Slate Magazine

"Just about everything that's possible to do in music, Bach could do as well as, or better than, anybody else. But he loved leaping self-imposed technical hurdles, the more fiendish the better. Thus The Art of Fugue."

Cartoon Brew: Leading the Animation Conversation » Portishead Videos by Nick Uff

"This article from the Bournemouth Echo says that the 44-year-old Uff makes his living as a gardener, which helps to explain why I’ve never heard of him or seen his beautiful hand-drawn animation before."

United Airlines News | Chicago Business News, Analysis & Articles | United, US Airways tank in customer survey | Crain's

"US Airways had the lowest score at 54, down from 61 a year ago. United was second-lowest at 56, the same as 2007."

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