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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Pee Visit

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Gardeners at a National Trust house in Cambridgeshire, England are urging visitors to urinate in the gardens to help make the property more eco-friendly. “A three-metre long ‘pee bale’ has been installed at Wimpole Hall. Head gardener Philip Whaites is urging his male colleagues to pee on the straw ...

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Fort Hood Gaffe

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The Huffington Post says the media fell hook, line and sinker for the military account of what happened at Fort Hood last week: “First, it was the ‘death’of Major Hasan, not corrected for many hours. Then, for days, the story of how a female cop brought down the shooter, even as she was receiving ...

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Christian Charity?

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“The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington said Wednesday that it will be unable to continue the social service programs it runs for the District if the city doesn't change a proposed same-sex marriage law, a threat that could affect tens of thousands of people the church helps with adoption ...

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Little Wonder

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In response to Europe’s “Seven Wonders of the World” list, which didn’t include Russia, the former Soviet Republic has compiled its own list of “wonders.” The list includes the Baikal Lake, the deepest fresh water lake in the world at 1,637 meters; the Valley of the Geysers, a six kilometre basin ...

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Homeless Veterans

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With a staggering 130,000 former armed servicemen homeless in America today and twice that number expected to experience homelessness at some point this year, where is the support for these veterans? A CBS News report found that over 6,000 former military servicemen commit suicide each year and ...

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Mad Times

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“‘Has Congress become like an episode of Mad Men?’ California Congresswoman Linda Sanchez asked this week, after the House of Representatives approved a version of health care reform that contained what some pro-choice advocates are calling the toughest restrictions on women’s access to abortion ...

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Tibetan Slavery?

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“Was Mao Zedong the Abraham Lincoln of China?” asks the Globe and Mail. This question is in response to the Chinese government’s recent attempt to liken the 1958 Communist takeover of Tibet to the American Civil War. It implies that the Communists freed Tibetans from the shackles of the region’s ...

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Diluted Supplies

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"How's this for a sweet surprise? A team of researchers in Washington State has found traces of cooking spices and flavorings in the waters of Puget Sound," writes National Geographic. "University of Washington associate professor Richard Keil heads the Sound Citizen program, which investigates how ...

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Bon Envoyage

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“The historic political transition underway in Tokyo is rattling Washington and has produced a puzzling rigidity in an administration known for its capacity for reaching out to the world. President Obama's visit to Asia offers a much-needed opportunity to calm and energize the U.S.-Japan ...

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Nessie? Balls

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Delving into the depths of Scotland’s famous Loch Ness scientists were hoping to discover the secret of the monster alleged to dwell in it. Instead what they discovered was even more hideous than a monster – 100,000 golf balls. “The discovery illustrates an alarming report released from the Danish ...

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Plane Stupid

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Dan Wayne Gryder was jailed yesterday after he was charged with two counts of aggravated assault following an incident which police officers claim Gryder attempted to run them over with a small aeroplane. “Griffin police investigator Bryan Clanton tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the 48 ...

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Arming Hezbollah?

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“The Israeli military on Wednesday released documents and photos it said proved Iran was behind a huge shipment of weapons Israeli navy commandos intercepted last week,” reports Associated Press. Israel claims that a cargo ship seized by its troops was carrying 500 tons of Iranian-made weapons ...

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American Tease

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“America may have just lost burlesque superstar Dita Von Teese to Paris. The 37-year-old Michigan-born performer (née Heather Sweet) finished a run at Paris’ Crazy Horse and has purchased an apartment there (it’s also the home of boyfriend Count Louis Marie de Castelbajac). LA’s ‘mini skirts and UGG ...

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Brown Pelican

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After a hundred years of special protection the brown pelican has been removed from the endangered species list, according to federal officials. The bird’s population has reached more than 650,000 in North and Central USA since the threat of hunting has waned. “The brown pelican is a fixture in ...

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Unstylish Exit

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“Lou Dobbs wasn't the only right-wing populist to attempt a dramatic CNN exit last night. Unfortunately, he's the only one who succeeded, because former Miss California and Christianist poster girl Carrie Prejean can't even throw a proper on-set hissy fit,” reports Gawker. While on the show Carrie ...