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A map of the worst countries in the world in which to be a worker

A map of the worst countries in the world in which to be a
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The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), a trade group alliance that works to improve laborers' rights around the globe, released its Global Rights Index this week. Countries are ranked from 1 (best) to 5 (worst) on a scale of how well they guard workers' rights. Cambodia, Qatar, and Guatemala were among the worst offenders.
"The ITUC Global Rights Index ranks 139 countries against 97 internationally recognised indicators to assess where workers’ rights are best protected, in law and in practice.
“Countries such as Denmark and Uruguay led the way through their strong labour laws, but perhaps surprisingly, the likes of Greece, the United States and Hong Kong, lagged behind,” said ITUC general secretary Sharan Burrow.
"A country’s level of development proved to be a poor indicator of whether it respected basic rights to bargain collectively, strike for decent conditions, or simply join a union at all.”
Key findings:
• In the past year, governments of at least 35 countries have arrested or imprisoned workers as a tactic to resist demands for democratic rights, decent wages, safer working conditions and secure jobs.
• In at least 9 countries murder and disappearance of workers were commonly used to intimidate workers.
• Workers in at least 53 countries have been dismissed or suspended for attempting to negotiate better working conditions.
• Laws and practices in at least 87 countries exclude certain type of workers from the right to strike."
Here's the report PDF.
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21 Ways To Open A Bottle

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21 Ways To Open A Bottle
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Michael Jackson Impression Wins Talent Show

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A talent show at Pitman High School in Turlock, California. At the one minute mark, a young man who channeled Michael Jackson dancing to “Billie Jean.” and steals the show.
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Rodents on Turntables

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Cute!
"One of the films we made to play as pre-show entertainment at hundreds of Live Nation concert venues across the country."
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Window Travel Pillow

Window Travel Pillow
Gear  |  Office
The Window Travel Pillow($30) is essentially a cushy pillow with suction cups so you can stick it right on the window before leaning into it to catch a few Z’s. It’s pretty versatile, since you can just unzip to transform it into a neck pillow.
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47 Charming Facts About Children's Books

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47 Charming Facts About Children's Books
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Official 9/11 Memorial Museum Tribute In Time-Lapse 2004-2014

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This time-lapse video shows the transformation of the site between 2004 and 2014.
EarthCam writes:
"A super hardworking team at EarthCam, who I am so proud to work with, spent countless hours keeping the many webcams at the World Trade Center active for 4,617 days... and counting. This unprecedented effort provided our in-house editors with over 1 million images to choose from when creating this two-and-a-half minute video, as well as our other commemorative World Trade Center movies...
I hope this time-lapse serves as a way to recognize that for the 10 years of construction, there was constant progress made to rebuild these important 16 acres of America
. "
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Minnie Mouse by Dan LuVisi

Minnie Mouse by Dan LuVisi
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Minnie Mouse by Dan LuVisi.

Travel Playpen

Travel Playpen
Gear  |  Design
Created by students Idan Noyberg and Gal Bulka as a graduation project at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Israel, the piece aims to provide comfort and privacy for passengers. The elastic fabric strip is placed on the headrests of seats, creating a private space. This way you can read, eat, and sleep without being disturbed by neighbors. Moreover, the side of the B-Tourist contain a pocket for storing small items.
"Not 1st class — but it helps a little."
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Everything Wrong With The Wolverine In 11 Minutes

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Everything Wrong With The Wolverine In 11 Minutes.
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Dubai Police Will Use Google Glass

Dubai Police Will Use Google Glass
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Police in Dubai have begun using Google Glass as part of an effort to crack down on traffic violations. This week traffic officers are testing the wearable devices, and they intend to use the wearable gadget to identify wanted vehicles and also to issue fines to motorists. The Dubai Police developed two custom applications: one to capture and upload photos of traffic violators, and another to identify wanted cars based on licensed plate numbers.
"If it passes our testing criteria as well as we see that it is a useful device, then we might decide to launch it and buy more of it," Al Razooqi said. Using the apps developed by his unit, police can capture and upload photos to the department's database by tapping the side of the headset, and can capture license numbers simply by looking at a car's plates. These numbers will be automatically cross-referenced against a central database to flag any wanted cars.
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Actor Peter Dinklage Sums up ‘Game of Thrones’ in 45 Seconds

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Actor Peter Dinklage summarizes ‘Game of Thrones’ in 45 seconds.
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Awesome Makeup

Makeup artist Elsa Rhae
Gear  |  Other
Makeup artist Elsa Rhae transforms herself into all kinds of characters... Awesome!
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Sleeping Pig Wakes Up for a Cookie!

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Sleeping pig wakes up to the smell of a cookie...
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UrbanUndercover Underwear With A Hidden Pocket In The Back To Carry An Extra Pair

UrbanUndercover Underwear With A Hidden Pocket In The Back To Carry An Extra
Gear  |  Projects
UrbanUndercover Underwear (currently a nearly-funded Kickstarter campaign), a hidden pocket in the rear that allows you to carry a #sparepair wherever you go without fear of an embarrassing, unplanned reveal. You don't have to carry underwear in it though, you can also carry tampons, wet wipes, cash and ID -- anything that will fit. 
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A Japanese company Sending A Can Of Powdered Energy Drink To The Moon Next Year

A Japanese company Sending A Can Of Powdered Energy Drink To The Moon Next

A Japanese company Sending A Can Of Powdered Energy Drink To The Moon Next
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Japanese drink manufacturer Otsuka plans to send a can of powdered energy drink to the moon's surface in October, 2015.
"Japanese beverage maker Otsuka is sending a 1 kilogram titanium can filled with powdered sports drink and children's dreams to the moon. The specially designed canister, which contains a shipment of Otsuka's Pocari Sweat powder, will mark a disturbing new frontier for humanity: the first commercial product delivered to another world for marketing purposes.
The canister will be carried to the lunar surface aboard the first planned private moon-landing mission, set to take place in October 2015. Otsuka says it hopes that the stunt will inspire young people to become astronauts, so they can travel the 380,000 kilometers (236,121 miles) to our closest celestial neighbor, crack open the can, and consume the powder inside.
The capsule will be conveyed to the moon by the Falcon 9 rocket. The Falcon 9, designed to be a potentially reusable means of space travel by Elon Musk's SpaceX, has already made three successful supply runs to the International Space Station, but the planned mission in October 2015 would be the first time one of its rockets has successfully provided propulsion to the moon."
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Surprise Wedding Video

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Joe Michalczuk, an entertainment reporter for Sky News, got a bunch of celebrities he interviewed for work to congratulate his wife Jenny on their wedding.
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Dancing Bats

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Featuring the Dancing Bat Brothers
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Jins Meme Sensory Glasses Alerts You When You’re Too Tired to Drive

Jins Meme Sensory Glasses Alerts You When You  re Too Tired to
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Jins Meme eyewear has six-axis acceleration sensor and the ability to sense electrical potentials (Electro Oculography) generated by the movement of eyes. It also has three additional sensors on the frame on the touch points of the wearer’s face in order to detect and monitor changes in body physics. These trendy glasses weigh just 36 grams and can be recharged to give 8 hours of continuous usage. The Jins Meme glasses sync with an app on your smartphone so you can keep track of your stats and check your over physical status. With the glasses on, you’ll be able to monitor your tiredness or sleepiness level, concentration level, and signs of sleep. The Jins Meme glasses will debut in 2015 and will cost an estimated 70,0000 Yen, which is about US$685. Watch the video!
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Street Fighter Red Tape: Blanka

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Blanka swears he's not a baby-eating monster, but Dale (Pete) has his doubts. Feat. Matt McCarthy.
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Gif: From 2D to 3D

Gif From 2D to 3D
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Cool
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Crazy Guy Plays With Wild Lions

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South African zookeeper Kevin Richardson has been working with wild lions for nearly his entire life. In this viral video commissioned by fashion company Van Gils, Kevin plays soccer with a pride of wild lions!
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New Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer

New Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer
Gear  |  Film


"From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team–the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” in theaters August 1, expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits–Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon; Groot, a tree-like humanoid; the deadly and enigmatic Gamora; and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand–with the galaxy’s fate in the balance."
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SlideRider, Folding Mats Turn Stairs Into A Slide

SlideRider Folding Mats Turn Stairs Into A Slide

SlideRider Folding Mats Turn Stairs Into A Slide
Gear  |  Toy
This is the SlideRider, a set of connected folding mats that turn a staircase into a slide.  The indoor slide is the brainchild of inventor Trisha Cleveland, who is working with Quirky to make the product a reality. Cool idea.
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Time Machine Remix, cool

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A Pogo & Skye mix of Back To The Future.
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TabletTray

TabletTray
Gear  |  Apple
Woody's TabletTray is a precision-crafted carrier for Apple's iPad and Wireless Keyboard made out of massive walnut, cherry or beech wood. Woody's TabletTray bundles the two devices into one clean and ergonomic unit. 

WY Supercell

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The group Basehunters recorded the formation of a supercell over the area between Wright and Newcastle, Wyoming, yesterday.
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Elsa by sakimichan.

Elsa by sakimichan
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Elsa by artist sakimichan.
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Ultra-fast robotic arm catches objects

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"A robot developed by EPFL [one of the two Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology] researchers is capable of reacting on the spot and grasping objects with complex shapes and trajectories in less than five hundredths of a second."
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The Most Popular Baby Name In the United States

The Most Popular Baby Name In the United States
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Using data from the Social Security Administration the top baby names by state for 2013 on Thursday, the Huffington Post has posted images of the most popular baby names given to girls and to boys during 2013 in the United States, by state.
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