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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Precious Little?

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almost 5 years ago

“As a black woman, I had one overwhelming reaction to the trailer for ‘Precious’: horror,” writes The Salon’s Erin Aubrey Kaplan. “Watching the unflattering images pile up in the space of a minute -- hugely overweight teen, crazy welfare mother, illegitimate babies, an especially bleak-looking ...

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Rumour Mosque

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The appearance of an expensive mosque in a residential area of impoverished Nicaragua has got the rumour mill turning – especially as there are just 300 or so Muslims in the entire region. People are asking who paid for it and the conclusion they are jumping to is Iran. “[Iran’s] president, Mahmoud ...

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In The Lion’s Den

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“A deer that jumped a wall at the National Zoo was fatally injured by two lions Sunday as dozens of startled spectators looked on,” reports The Washington Post. “Zoo spokeswoman Pamela Baker-Masson described the incident as highly unusual. It began about 2:50 p.m. as visitors lined the perimeter ...

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Indefensible?

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The US is suing a defense contractor for substituting sophisticated warhead ignition devices for for cheaper and less stable equivalents. A lawsuit has been filed against Kaman Dayron Inc., claiming it violated the False Claims Act by knowingly replacing non-conforming parts in fuzes used on hard ...

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Staring At Goats

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" ‘The Men Who Stare at Goats’ is a soon to be released major motion picture starring George Clooney, Jeff Bridges, and Ewan McGregor. It is a light hearted look at how the U.S. Army explored paranormal powers, ‘new age’ parapsychology and psychic functioning in the late is 1970s and early 80s. The ...

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Toxic Tale

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There are at lease 22 separate lawsuits being filed against defense contractor KBR accusing it of exposing as many as 100,000 people, including US troops, to toxic material by burning waste in open air pits in Iraq. Soldiers believed to have been poisoned by the potentially cancer-causing toxins ...

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Say What?

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Scientists have pinpointed the genetic foundation of deafness in later life, according to The Telegraph. There is a gene protein called Bak which affects the inner ear as people grow older, causing hair cells which do not rejuvenate to self-destruct. The findings are expected to help doctors treat ...

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Heil Amerika!

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almost 5 years ago

“The new Sci-Fi Channel series Fallen Axis, which eerily depicts a world in which Germany actually lost the Second World War, premiered Tuesday evening to high ratings in an alternate universe to our own,” writes The Onion. “The much-anticipated television event is said to be the most ambitious ever ...

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“Torture” Guru?

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almost 5 years ago

Thierry Tilly is a “super-man” or agent for a secret society dating back hundreds of years which protects the world from evil – or so his followers would have you believe. “French investigators, though, take a different view. To them, he is a vulgar – and violent – con-artist, who has used brain ...

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Abortive Obstacle?

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almost 5 years ago

Not all liberals are happy about the successful passage of President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform bill through the House of Representatives. Abortion rights groups are appalled at the anti-abortion provisions inserted into the bill. “The House passed its version of health-care legislation ...

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Heist Star Rising

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A French van driver suspected of making off with €11.6m in cash has become an internet star. Missing since the heist was staged last Thursday, a number of internet campaigns in support of the errant driver who reportedly fled with 49 sacks of bills from the Bank of France in Lyon have cropped up ...

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Child Porn Virus

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“Of all the sinister things that Internet viruses do, this might be the worst: They can make you an unsuspecting collector of child pornography,” writes ABC. “Heinous pictures and videos can be deposited on computers by viruses — the malicious programs better known for swiping your credit card ...

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Interactive TV

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“Interactive TV could someday allow viewers to take part in the on-screen action, if Sony's patent filing earlier this year suggests anything. Other interactive TV plans would have you racing real drivers in real races from the comfort of your couch,” writes Live Science. “The patent includes mini ...

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Devastating Floods

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Three days of Torrential rain in El Salvador has triggered flooding and mudslides leaving 124 people dead and dozens missing. The authorities warned that the death toll could rise as rescuers gained access to remote areas cut off by the floodwater. “The images we have seen today are of a country ...

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Berlin Wall Toppling

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“’Twenty eight years and 91 days!’ said the elated east Berliner I [The Guardian journalist Timothy Garton Ash] met walking up the Friedrichstrasse soon after the wall was breached. On the day the Berlin Wall went up, 13 August 1961, his parents had wanted to go to the cinema in west Berlin, but he ...