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Judicial Extremists

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Steve Chapman sees the Supreme Court's recent decision to ban life sentences for minors as a much needed compromise between conservative and liberal views of the Constitution. "'On a day-to-day basis, American constitutional law is about precedents, and when precedents leave off, it is about ...

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Hot Bodies

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"Researchers at UC Berkeley are perfecting microscopic fibers that can produce electricity from simple body motions such as bending, stretching and twisting," reports the L.A. Times. "Researchers are envisioning hikers powering up their digital cameras while trekking up a mountain or a jogger ...

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Mental Short Cuts

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People who deny generally accepted scientific truths use fragile reasoning to regain control over their lives from an indifferent Nature, such as claiming that business created swine flu. "This is not necessarily malicious, or even explicitly anti-science. Indeed, the alternative explanations are ...

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Can We?

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Mark Levine of UC Irvine laments Obama's pragmatic path where his empty promises to change America's foreign and energy policies mark the way. "Obama seems to be following the dictum not to allow the perfect to be the enemy of the good. But the reality is that when drastic change is needed, the good ...

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Goodbye Cinderella

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The number of marriages where women earn more than men is on the rise according to the Pew Research Center due to the recession and educational opportunities available to women. "Gone are the days of the "Cinderella complex," a term coined decades ago to describe women who unconsciously waited for a ...

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White Ghosts

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Alison Kilkenny at True/Slant documents recent cases of domestic terrorism that have been ignored by media outlets in their search for more sensational stories. "Right. The dark terrorists are the real terrorists, and the white terrorists are — in the words of a Newsweek editor — survivalists. Maybe ...

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Flashback

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New York psychotherapist Charley Wininger recalls that "hippidom (at its best) was an alternative to this delusional pathology of separation that has been forced upon us...It's the kind of illusion that posits that you can pollute your world way over there, or I can hate you over here, and we won't ...

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Ideology and Ideological Apparatuses

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The argument that "we take the internet for granted" may seem like a tired straw man. But perhaps the ideology of the internet could stand a second look. Maybe we don't actually understand the extent to which all the hardware and software that allows us to access the web shapes the ways in ...

Daylight Atheism

What I Will Teach My Children

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over 4 years ago

By Jennifer Filipowicz (aka Super Happy Jen)  “What will you teach your children?”  This was a question posed to me when I recently wore an atheist t-shirt to a child’s birthday party.   What a broad question, thought I, and not knowing quite how to answer, it stuck with me. Today my three ...

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Big Trouble on Little Tuesday

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over 4 years ago

The results from yesterday's "Little Tuesday" collection of primaries and special elections around the country are in. They were bad news for many established political figures. But they may nevertheless be good news for Democrats. After 30 years in the Senate, longtime Republican and recently ...

Design for Good

Hacking Vending Machines for Social Good

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over 4 years ago

There's hardly a feat of industrial design more emblematic of consumerism than the vending machine. But while vending machines may perpetuate a number of social ills – from conspiculous consumption to obesity to the cold commodification of goods – but it's hard to deny their extreme efficiency of ...