Elijah Harper, who stopped Meech Lake Accord, dead at 64
Elijah Harper, a native leader, who became famous because of his rejection of the Meech Lake Accord in the Manitoba legislature died as a result of cardiac failure due to complications of diabetes. Elijah Harper was 64 years old.
Tylenol May Ease Pain of Existential Distress, Social Rejection
Guppy writes "Does Tylenol reduce existential distress? Acetaminophen (Paracetamol) has been used to relieve mild-to-moderate physical pain for over a century, yet its actual mechanism of action continues to be debated; modern research has demonstrated an intriguing connection with the body's endocannabinoid system, raising the question of whether it may also have subtle psychological effects as well. A recent paper claims Acetaminophen can alter our response to existential challenge; previous findings have suggested that it may blunt the pain of social rejection as well."
Lawyer Loses It In Letter To Patent Office
bizwriter writes "Nobody would ever say that the world of patent law is a roller coaster of excitement but every now and then something interesting happens. Take this attorney who was angry over a patent examiner's rejection of his client's application. Here are a few snippets from the lawyers letter to the examiner: 'Are you drunk? No, seriously... are you drinking scotch and whiskey with a side of crack cocaine while you "examine" patent applications? (Heavy emphasis on the quotes.) Do you just mail merge rejection letters from your home? Is that what taxpayers are getting in exchange for your services? Have you even read the patent application? I'm curious. Because you either haven't read the patent application or are... (I don't want to say the "R" word) "Special."....Your job is not a joke, but you are turning it into a regular three ring circus. If you can't motivate yourself to take your job seriously, then you need to quit and let someone else take over what that actually wants to ...
U.S. Foe Cuba Sends Condolences for Marathon Attack
Cuba is condemning the deadly attack on the Boston marathon and reiterated its rejection of all forms of terrorism, yet another small expression of goodwill between the traditional Cold War enemies.
EU Rejects Carbon-Permit Plan
Lawmakers' rejection of a proposal which would result in carbon dioxide emissions becoming more expensive calls into question the future of Europe's environmental goals.