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Clarity Answers Helps You Build Your Reputation To Get Paid For Your Advice - Cl ... -- The benefits are obvious for the Expert: answer questions get recognized get calls get paid. For experts, were excited to report that theres a 5% conversion from question to follow up call request, so its driving real demand for experts whove been participating. And were only getting started

wait but why: Putting Time In Perspective -- Humans are good at a lot of things, but putting time in perspective is not one of them. It's not our faultthe spans of time in human history, and even more so in natural history, are so vast compared to the span of our life and recent history that it's almost impossible to get a handle on it. And if human history itself spans 24 hours from one midnight to the next, 14 minutes represents the time since Christ.

It's not the morphine, it's the size of the cage: Rat Park experiment upturns co ... -- Alexander's hypothesis was that drugs do not cause addiction, and that the apparent addiction to opiate drugs commonly observed in laboratory rats exposed to it is attributable to their living conditions, and not to any addictive property of the drug itself. Rats who had been forced to consume morphine hydrochloride for 57 consecutive days were brought to Rat Park and given a choice between plain tap water and water laced with morphine. When Alexander's rats were given something better to do than sit in a bare cage they turned their noses up at morphine because they preferred playing with their friends and exploring their surroundings to getting high. But once these rats were moved to Rat Park they chose water over morphine when given the choice, although they did exhibit some minor withdrawal symptoms.

Mayor Vincent Gray proposes broad reforms to D.C. tax lien sales - The Washingto ... -- Top District leaders said Friday that they will institute broad reforms that would protect property owners from losing their homes over small debts, including canceling dozens of tax liens sold at the annual auction two months ago and creating an ombudsman to work with distressed homeowners.

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