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     Issue No. 2(41)                                                                                             December  1, 2013
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Thanksgiving is an American tradition that traces back to the Christian roots. In 1623, after harvest season, Governor William Bradford of Plymouth, Mass proclaimed "All ye Pilgrims with your wives and littles ones, do gather at the Meeting House... and render Thanksgiving to the Almighty God for all his blessing."  Many years later, on October 3, 1863, the 16th President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed, by Act of Congress, an annual National Day of Thanksgiving "on the last Thursday of November" as a day of Thanksgiving.  As you know that was the time of Civil War.  Before Abraham Lincoln's inauguration on March 4, 1861, seven slave states based on cotton-based economies formed the Confederacy and the remaining states became the Union. The Civil War began the following month April.  Although slavery was the central reason of escalating tension, the war was mainly about the economic domination against each other. Bloody combat was still going on in 1863 and President Abraham proclaimed National Day of Thanksgiving, lamenting, "those nations are blessed whose God is the Lord... But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, by the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own..."  Even during an economic recession, we live in an awfully affluent society. Let's still remember that.

 
More than 3.5 million spectators braved New York City's bitterly cold weather to watch the 87th annual procession hit the streets on Nov. 28, 2013. (NY Daily)
The Obama administration on Wednesday put off until next November the opening of the online marketplace for small businesses to buy health insurance. The delay is necessary so it can focus on fixing the main federal website, HealthCare.gov. (CBS)
For such a small country -- it ranks 109th in the world for total area, right behind Iceland -- South Korea sure is in the news a lot. From the weird to the wonderful to sci-fi stuff from a Samsung galaxy far, far away, here are things South Korea pulls off more spectacularly than anywhere else. (CNN)
The price of Bitcoin surpassed $1,000 on the Mt. Gox online exchange, fueled by speculators snapping up the virtual currency as it gains wider acceptance. (Bloomberg)
 
A sick so-called game known as "knockout" -- where teens appear to randomly sucker-punch strangers with the goal of knocking them unconscious with a single blow -- is catching the attention of law enforcement throughout the nation. (CNN)
 
Medical treatment for aging, chronically ill patients is costly and often ineffective. Can they get better care at home? this "frailty course," a gradual and medically complicated downslide, was once exceptional but is now the likely path for half of today's elders. (Atlantic)
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