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"Operations like Thriftbooks step in and buy ... landfill-bound books, sight unseen, for around 10 cents a pound....Between 15 and 18 people at each warehouse sift through the truckloads of books, sending more than 80 percent of the material immediately to the recycling plant. (Hey, it’s better than the dump.) That 80 percent may include stuff that’s obviously garbage: old three-ring binders, notebooks, half of a Bible. Anything that might possibly be sellable is scanned into the company’s database.
"...The sellers wouldn’t tell me exactly how much profit they make on penny books. Shipping costs vary depending on the kinds of deals you can cut with delivery services."
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/25/magazine/a-penny-for-your-books.html

“There’s a limit to how many copies of Jurassic Park I can sell,” [Mike Ward, owner of Thrift Books] explains. “If I already have a thousand in inventory and I think I’m only going to sell 500 in the next three months, I don’t want any more.”
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/apr/14/selling-used-books-on-amazon-for-a-penny

When "buy American" means "buy prison labor at $1 per hour"
http://grist.org/business-technology/elon-musks-solar-company-used-cheap-prison-labor-for-a-big-taxpayer-subsidized-project/

Poetic passwords
http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2015/10/25/451550693/i-think-that-i-shall-never-see-a-password-as-secure-as-poetry

Will you risk skin cancer to save coral reefs? (Spoiler: You don't have to. Just use zinc oxide sunscreen.)
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/10/20/450276158/chemicals-in-sunscreen-are-harming-coral-reefs-says-new-study

Monkeys are trained to pick coconuts.
http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/10/19/448960760/monkeys-pick-coconuts-in-thailand-are-they-abused-or-working-animals

Some drug dogs would rather please their handlers than accurately detect drugs (which leads to Fourth Amendment violations and civil asset forfeitures)
the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit gave its okay to a dog with a success rate of 43 percent, or less accurate than a coin flip....a 2011 Chicago Tribune investigation of suburban Chicago police dogs...found a success rate of just 44 percent. That review also found that with Latino drivers, the accuracy rate plunged to just 27 percent.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2015/08/04/federal-appeals-court-drug-dog-thats-barely-more-accurate-than-a-coin-flip-is-good-enough/

Help the environment, become an invasivore
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-08-19/invasive-species-chefs-latest-menu-offering

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