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In the News 03.07.15 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets


Photo by Emily Faulstich
Photo by Emily Faulstich

As strange as it seems, being happier than average does not mean that one can’t also be unhappier than average. One test for both happiness and unhappiness is the Positive Affectivity and Negative Affectivity Schedule test. I took the test myself. I found that, for happiness, I am at the top for people my age, sex, occupation and education group. But I get a pretty high score for unhappiness as well. I am a cheerful melancholic.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during his keynote address at Facebook F8 in San Francisco, California March 25, 2015. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith - RTR4UUT9

Facebook has always had a somewhat fraught relationship with the news: Many users seem to think of the social network as just a place where they can see a friend’s baby or dog photos, but research shows a growing number of people also get their news there. And CEO Mark Zuckerberg has made it clear that he wants news to play a much larger role in Facebook, with features like Instant Articles—the mobile-news partnership where outlets like the New York Times publish entire articles directly to the platform.

In a public question-and-answer session that he participated in on Tuesday, the Facebook CEO reiterated his pitch for Instant Articles, saying the new feature is simply an attempt to help users consume more news by making those stories load faster and look better on mobile devices.

Read the rest of this article at Fortune

Once again, negotiations between Greece and its creditors have stalled, and now a hastily called referendum set for Sunday raises the shocking possibility of Greece leaving the eurozone.* The eurogroup has been an unruly beast for a long time, yet most of its leaders, including Greece’s previous establishment governments, have never seriously raised the specter of leaving. Years of recession and sky-high unemployment in Greece resulted in the election earlier this year of Syriza, a defiantly radical left-wing party that was polling in the single digits a decade ago. But what’s occurring right now, as Greece does battle with the European Union over economic policy, its fate suddenly in the hands of voters, feels new for another reason: It is a bold, imperfect, and high-velocity form of mass democracy made possible only through the Internet.

Read the rest of this article at Slate

Nicholas Winton, a Briton who said nothing for a half­century about his role in organizing the escape of 669 mostly Jewish children from Czechoslovakia on the eve of World War II, a righteous deed like those of Oskar Schindler and Raoul Wallenberg, died on Wednesday in Maidenhead, England. He was 106.

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One man’s homecoming after he lost more than two decades and nearly his life to modern-­day slavery in Southeast Asia


Myint Naing was a young man when he left his Myanmar village with a fast-talking broker who sold him into slavery. Marched onto a Thai-run fishing trawler that took him to faraway waters in eastern Indonesia, he was brutally beaten by his captain and chained to the deck when he dared beg for freedom.

Myint Naing lost more than two decades of his life to slavery and survived brushes with death before returning to his family in Myanmar.

Over the years he escaped – twice – and survived by farming on remote jungle-clad islands hundreds of miles north of Australia. Still, with no official documentation, he constantly feared arrest or ruthless slave catchers.

In April, following an Associated Press investigation that linked labor abuses in Southeast Asia’s fishing industry to giant U.S. supermarkets and retailers, Myint and more than 800 other men from Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand were finally rescued.

Their first taste at freedom was a makeshift camp set up on the island of Tual, where embassy and migration officials took pictures of the former slaves and wrote down their names and ages.

Far away from their brutal captains, the men were finally able to relax. They huddled together on the grass smoking cigarettes or playing cards as others kicked around traditional rattan balls.

Weeks later, Myint boarded the first of four chartered planes to Myanmar’s biggest and much-changed city of Yangon. He hopped on an overnight bus with his meager bag of belongings for Mon State.

Twenty-two years after saying goodbye to his family, he was home.

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