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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Martial Law

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“The military arrested dozens of people and seized caches of weapons after martial law was imposed over the weekend in a southern Philippine province where 57 people were killed in a massacre two weeks ago, officials said Sunday. The military has detained nearly 50 people in the province ...

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Kiddie Intellect

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A writer for The Salon ponders the intellectual stimulus of being a stay-at-home-father and asks “Is my kids making me not smart?” “I don't know if parenting makes you chronically stupid or just temporarily slow, but after nearly four years of child rearing, most of them spent as a stay-at-home dad ...

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Flight of Fancy

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A man from Houston who claimed to have thwarted a terrorist attack on an AirTran flight from Atlanta was not on the plane according to the flight company’s documents. “ ‘After conducting additional research into this situation, we have verified, according to flight manifests [legally binding ...

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A United Chorus

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“Today 56 newspapers in 45 countries take the unprecedented step of speaking with one voice through a common editorial. We do so because humanity faces a profound emergency. Unless we combine to take decisive action, climate change will ravage our planet, and with it our prosperity and security ...

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Space Butterfly

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A group of butterflies sent into outer space as part of an experiment are having trouble flying in the low gravity conditions which flings them into “chaotic and rapid flight”. “The University of Kansas and Bioserve Technologies decided to send some monarch butterfly larvae to the International ...

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Sinking Down Under?

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A new report predicts that parts of coastal Australia will fall into the sea – abandoned by governments which are refusing to finance combative measures. “Coastal towns will be left to fall into the sea by governments in Australia that won’t cough up the money to combat rising sea levels over the ...

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Decimated Rainforest

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Despite it being illegal to burn forests to clear land in Indonesia the practise is still widely maintained in Sumatra where what was once virgin forest is being decimated. “Environmental groups describe the degradation as rampant pillaging -- the work of multibillion dollar paper, pulp and palm oil ...

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“Token Gestures”

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“The cuts in greenhouse gas emissions being proposed at the Copenhagen climate conference, which opens today, are completely inadequate to stop dangerous climate change, one of Britain’s leading climate scientists warns,” reports The Independent. “Current proposals, including recent ones from major ...

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Sexting

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The blogging world agrees that sexy photos and text messages constitute social deviance and violation of federal legal statutes. “Modern American teens and flashy smart-phones go hand-in-hand, but a new study on 'teen digital abuse' is making many parents wary. Sponsored by MTV and the AP, the ...

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Bank Distrust

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“About 60 million adults do their banking at places other than banks, according to a new survey by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. The FDIC wants consumers to rely more on insured banks, but a lot of people feel it's in their financial interest to stay away from traditional banks. Minorities and ...

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Robot Anarchy

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“We're still far from the sci-fi dream of having robots whirring about and catering to our every need. But little by little, we'll be sharing more of our space with robots in the next decade, as prices drop and new technology creates specialized machines that clean up spilled milk or even provide ...

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Iraqi Election

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“Iraq's parliament is set to debate the country's election law, amid fears Tariq al-Hashemi, the vice-president, might use his veto in an attempt to block the proposed legislation. The vice-president vetoed an earlier draft election law, agreed by parliament last month, saying it failed to ...

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Lesbian Bishop

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“The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles on Saturday elected the first openly gay bishop since the national church lifted a ban that kept gays out of its highest ordained ministry, a move that deepened divisions between liberals and conservatives in the faith. Clergy and lay leaders, meeting in ...

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Poor Intelligence

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“The US has had no reliable information on the whereabouts of al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden in years, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has admitted. Mr. Gates told ABC News in remarks to be broadcast on Sunday: 'Well, we don't know for a fact where Osama Bin Laden is. If we did, we'd go get him ...

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Public Healthcare

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“President Barack Obama will meet Sunday withSenate Democrats on Capitol Hill, as a group of moderate and liberal senators weighed a new public option compromise in hopes of striking a deal by early in the week. The president’s visit comes at the start of what will be a critical week for the health ...