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Scotland wants a breakup, misogynist schooled on sexism, cats turned copters

Scotland launches breakup campaign after 300-year relationship with England There’s nothing worse than ending a long-term relationship. You have to tell your friends and family and decide who’s going to keep that TV you went halfsies on. But that’s just what the Scottish National Party wants after successfully initiating a referendum for Scottish Independence. However, […]
Oct 18, 2012
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Seattle start-up Härnu launches social network for Globalists

We coined the term “hyperglobal” here at the Globalist to describe the combination of “local” and “global” in our content – bridging gaps between communities, from neighborhoods to nations, across the planet. Now, a fellow Seattlelite has taken the same approach to social networking. His name is Jason Gowans, and like us, he’s been all […]
Oct 11, 2012
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Three videos you have to see: A $26,000 cocktail, airport holograms and PSY goes viral

Singapore mixes Asia’s most expensive drink  When a club dangles a one-karat diamond as a “garnish” on a drink, you know they’re taking lavish excess to a whole new level. And that’s just the tip of the decadent iceberg for this $26,000 cocktail made with Hennessy, champagne and edible gold flecks served by a gloved […]
Sep 28, 2012
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A drunken news roundup, cinema ninjas fight cellphones and music you can swing to…literally

This week in drunk news: Man kills 70,000 chickens in Maryland and a North Korean man floats south Drunk men all over the world are making headlines this week in bizarre events that rival the “Hangover” films. For starters, 21-year-old Joshua D. Shelton accidentally killed 70,000 chickens after flicking a switch and shutting down power […]
Sep 13, 2012
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U.S. places second in Internet usage, girl bloggers and how to fix a pothole Russian style

Sweden beats out the U.S. at using the internet  Sure, the U.S. is home to tech giants, media moguls and weird internet memes, but we come in second to Sweden in using the Internet to improve people’s lives. The World Wide Web Foundation ranked 61 developed countries by criteria like number of broadband connections, political […]
Sep 7, 2012
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Globalist offers apprenticeship for aspiring journalists

The Seattle Globalist is proud to announce our first ever apprenticeship program in partnership with the Seattle Digital Literacy Initiative. In this year-long journalism training program for young adults ages 17-20, participants will be mentored by a journalist from The Seattle Globalist and receive training in writing, photography, video and design. Their work will also […]
Sep 4, 2012
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Tacoma man faces steep prison term in Nicaragua, eye-controlled TVs and Uganda’s first little league team

Tacoma man awaits verdict for 22-year sentence in Nicaragua Jason Puracal, from Tacoma, WA, is awaiting a sentencing from Nicaraguan judges that could lead to a 22-year prison term. Purcal, a realtor and former Peace Corps volunteer, has spent the last 23 months on trial for drug trafficking and money laundering. A UN working group reviewing […]
Aug 31, 2012
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The face-kini fad, robot Olympics, and a phone booth facelift

Face-kini sweeps China beaches as world’s most awkward fashion fad This almost certainly beats out Jnco jeans and the piano key necktie as one of the most awkward (and somewhat terrifying) fashion trends. The simple, stretchy face mask seems to be more for utility than fashion, as women try to preserve a pale complexion on […]
Aug 24, 2012
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Globalist Roundup: DIY prosthetics, Belgium street harassment, Downton Abbey cookbook

Chinese man builds own prosthetics after fishing accident Sun Jifa is the new face of DIY disability adaptation after making his own prosthetic arms from steel and scrap metal. The arms took eight years to construct, but were the alternative to the expensive models recommended by the hospital. (Via Daily Mail)  A backwards baseball hat […]
Aug 17, 2012
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Sustainable energy venture seeks to turn a profit in the new age of aid

When it comes to international charities, Seattle is home to some of the biggest names in aid that cater to developing countries across the world. But a new model has arrived that is not about handouts, but about making a profit. The idea behind Burro, founded in 2008 by Cranium co-founder Whit Alexander, is to […]
Aug 15, 2012
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Calling all young globalists: multimedia journalism summer camp

Do you know a globally-minded youth between the ages of 15 to 19? There’s a brand new journalism camp this summer at the University of Washington. The Seattle Digital Literacy Initiative, a youth journalism program of the Common Language Project and UW Department of Communication, is excited to announce a 5-day Multimedia Journalism Camp from […]
Jun 27, 2012
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Microsofties with global roots give back

The last couple weeks have seen one former Microsoft executive become the Prime Minister of Mali and another hatch an ambitious plot to mine asteroids. Expanding from our rainy cradle in the corner of the country, the reach of our massive hometown software company transcends borders (and even outer space apparently). But some Microsoft employees […]
Apr 30, 2012
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Guilt by friend request: How the war on terror came to my facebook

My finger froze over the mouse as I squinted at a blurry photo of a young Pakistani man holding an AK-47 on my Facebook page.  “Confirm friend request,” the cheerful blue font suggested. I closed the window and sighed, saving the decision for another morning. The obvious answer here—the one I got from everyone I […]
Feb 27, 2012
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MercyCorps connects geeks from Gaza to Seattle

Seattle is a veritable technology hub. It’s home to two of the biggest tech companies on the planet, Microsoft and Amazon. Hundreds of geeks are hard at work in Seattle offices, creating the next-generation of computer and web products. But we can’t claim geeks as our own. Anywhere there’s electricity and a connection to the […]
Feb 8, 2012
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Your phone was probably made in a sweatshop

Like any devout follower, Mike Daisey was reluctant to ask questions about his favorite religion—the church of Apple. A self-professed gadget freak and number one fan of the ubiquitous technology company, Daisey’s reluctance is probably familiar to all of us. In his most recent monologue on Chicago Public Media’s popular series, This American Life, Daisy […]
Jan 13, 2012