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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Toot Toot Salute!

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over 4 years ago

“All the students at Luolang Elementary School in Huangping, China -- a yellow-and-orange concrete structure off a winding mountain road in southern China --, know the key rules: Do not run in the halls. Take your seat before the bell rings. Raise your hand to ask a question. And oh, yes: Salute ...

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Up From History

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“Once the most famous and influential African American in the United States (and probably the world), Booker T. Washington has earned at best mixed reviews in the decades since his death in 1915. Black intellectuals and political activists, from W. E. B. Du Bois to the present day, have generally ...

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Petitioning

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over 4 years ago

“Is signing a petition a public or private act?” asks the Los Angeles Times, discussing the context that gay rights advocates have sought to use petition signatures to expose their opponents. The issue begs a very fundamental question: If you’re prepared to put your name against a cause that is ...

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Fighting Fat

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almost 5 years ago

“People taking the highest dose of a new anti-obesity drug lost more than a stone in weight in 20 weeks,” reports The Independent. “The amount of weight lost was almost three times that in a control group given a placebo and 50 per cent more than those given a rival treatment, which is the current ...

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Comic Behavior?

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almost 5 years ago

Star of “Arrested Development” and comedian David Cross has admitted – assuming he’s not joking – to having taken cocaine during this year’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. "So I got to go because my girlfriend is a fancy Hollywood actress and she got an invitation to go this last ...

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Moon Hatch

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“A deep hole on the moon that could open into a vast underground tunnel has been found for the first time,” reports the New Scientist. The discovery supports evidence for the existence of “subsurface lava-carved channels” which scientists have long suspected. “Their existence on the moon is hinted ...

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Bear Circus

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Raising concerns as to the safety and ethics of keeping animals in captivity for commercial use and performance: “An ice-skating bear with a touring Russian circus has killed a circus manager and seriously injured a trainer in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek. Kyrgyz officials said the bear turned on ...

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AHIP Lobbies Republicans

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almost 5 years ago

"There is absolutely no interest, no reason Republicans should ever vote for this thing [Obama’s healthcare reform]. They have gone from a party that got killed 11 months ago to a party that is rising today. And they are rising up on the turmoil of health care," a top lobbyist for private insurance ...

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Once Upon a Twitter

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almost 5 years ago

“Last week, BBC Audiobooks America announced that it would sponsor the creation of a story via Twitter feed, using a first sentence written by author Neil Gaiman as the seed and inviting the public to collaborate in completing it, one 140-character passage at a time,” writes The Salon. “The ...

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Polanski Saga

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almost 5 years ago

The United States has formally asked Switzerland to extradite Roman Polanski, the Hollywood film director who fled sentencing for unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1971, nearly four weeks after he was arrested at America’s request upon arrival in Switzerland. The Swiss Justice Department said ...

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Suspend Your Disbelief

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almost 5 years ago

“The pumpkins are out on the street in Massachusetts and the shops are full of Halloween. But if there's one thing that's likely to spook out Bostonians this autumn it's the arrival of British theatre company Punchdrunk,” writes Guardian blogger Lyn Gardner. “The company is making their US debut by ...

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Ping Data ‘Required’

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almost 5 years ago

If one of four bills floating in the House is passed mobile phone companies will have to immediately turn over the device’s location data in the case of emergency or a missing person report, according to Wired. It says that current laws “allow” rather than “require” such data – known colloquially as ...

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Our Money, Our Way

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almost 5 years ago

“The US Senate has passed a big defence spending bill which aims to ensure that military aid to Pakistan is used solely to fight America's ‘war on terror’. It sets tough new conditions which say that no resources given by the US to Pakistan may be used against India. The bill also stipulates that US ...

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Reverend Who?

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almost 5 years ago

MSNBC anchor Contessa Brewer accidentally introduced Rev. Jesse Jackson as Rev. Al Sharpton during a live interview yesterday: “Joining me now to talk about this and the nation's real problem of joblessness, the Rev. Al Shaprton...,” Brewer said. An unamused Jackson said: "I'm Rev. Jesse Jackson ...

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Rape Insurance? No Way

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almost 5 years ago

An insurance firm denied 45-year-old Christina Turner cover after she was raped by two men who drugged her and left her lying battered on the roadside. She was prescribed anti-AIDS medicine by her doctor and never developed HIV, but when her health insurance expired she was told her medication ...