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Shiver our timbers and blow us down, it's been a wild week around our office--just wild enough to appropriate the language of pirates, though maybe not wild enough to dress like them...yet.It's also been a wild week around the web:Hilary's in. Kerry's out. What about Al? You'd think we might know a thing or two about this, but no.The Industrial Revolution got retrofitted.Companies got up in arms before President Bush's big speech.Meanwhile, China ushered in a new era of futuristic war games, much to our chagrin.Oil got terror-free, and ForaTV got speechy-keen.As the week crept to a close, the police in Chattanooga did their best Minority Report impression. And we got sucked into a http://www.good.is/blog/the_vortex.No plans for the weekend? We'll be watching the Finals of the Australian Open (Federer vs. Gonzalez! Sharapova vs. Williams!) at various bars around Los Angeles and New York. If you can catch us, we just might give you a surprise. Cheers.
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Seventy-five years ago, on January 27, 1945, the Soviet Army liberated the Auschwitz concentration camp operated by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland.

Auschwitz was the deadliest of Nazi Germany's 20 concentration camps. From 1940 to 1945 of the 1.3 million prisoners sent to Auschwitz, 1.1 million died. That figure includes 960,000 Jews, 74,00 non-Jewish Poles, 21,000 Roma, 15,000 Soviet prisoners of war, and up to 15,000 other Europeans.

The vast majority of the inmates were murdered in the gas chambers while others died of starvation, disease, exhaustion, and executions.

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The phrase "stay in your lane" is usually lobbed at celebrities who talk about politics on Twitter by people who disagree with them. People in the sports world will often get a "stick to sports" when they try to have an opinion that lies outside of the field of play.

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In a move that feels like the subject line of a spam email or the premise of a bad '80s movie, online shopping mogul Yusaku Maezawa is giving away money as a social experiment.

Maezawa will give ¥1 million yen ($9,130) to 1,000 followers who retweeted his January 1st post announcing the giveaway. The deadline to retweet was Tuesday, January 7.

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