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Monthly Archive: August 2012

Aug 23 2012

Mr Deity explains to Lucy the rules about marriage

Aug 23 2012

The crazy mindset of the Christian fundamentalist

Todd Akin’s bizarre theory of rape and pregnancy has been getting brutal reviews. Perhaps the most succinct is that of Dr. Michael Greene, a professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School, who said, “There are no words for this — it is just nuts.”

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Aug 23 2012

Don’t kiss the Buddha

It is never a good sign when the name of my country of origin Sri Lanka appears in news headlines in the western media. It usually signifies a major catastrophe (like the tsunami) or a horrific massacre (like during the decades long civil war and insurgency) or somebody doing something really stupid, like Buddhist monks …

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Aug 23 2012

More on the Julian Assange-Ecuador-UK standoff

Glenn Greenwald weighs in on the extensive back and forth that is taking place about the Julian Assange case, looking at the legal and political aspects of the case that have been presented, along with ways on how this could be resolved with both Assange and his accusers being treated fairly and justice served. He …

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Aug 22 2012

Great moments in art restoration

fresco

An elderly parishioner was upset at the deteriorated state of a fresco depicting Jesus on the wall of a church in Spain. Years of moisture had taken its toll leaving a splotchy mess.

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Aug 22 2012

The danger of stereotypes

If you were driving by and saw on the sidewalk a man struggling with a woman over a bag, what would you think?

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Aug 22 2012

Why are poor people more generous than the rich?

Yesterday, I wrote about a report put out by The Chronicle of Philanthropy disaggregating the amount of charitable giving according to various criteria. In its discussion of the report, NPR said that poor people tended to give a larger proportion of their income to charity, and tried to explain why this might be so.

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Aug 21 2012

Creating projectiles out of household objects

Here are two examples of people turning small everyday items into projectiles without any mechanical aids. In the first case, a man throws ordinary playing cards in a way that can slice vegetables.

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Aug 21 2012

The Akin ‘apology’

Watch Todd Akin ask for forgiveness for his comments about rape. Most of it was based on the premise of a poor choice of words rather than a fundamentally erroneous idea, because he says “I used the wrong words in the wrong way and for that I apologize…. The mistake I made was in the …

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Aug 21 2012

The correlation of charitable giving with income and religiosity

A new study by the Chronicle of Philanthropy breaks down charitable giving by zip code. As a function of their income, the northeast regions of the country seem to give proportionately less than the south.

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