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The Church of Atheism

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over 4 years ago

Atheist social groups are sprouting up more than ever across college campuses emphasizing tolerance and proselytizing like their religious brethren. "Twenty years ago a public meeting of atheists and their allies at a large public university — attended by a friendly Methodist pastor, no less — would ...

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Local Job Creation

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In the absence of a strong federal response to record unemployment rates, local communities and cities like Cleveland, OH are the ones innovating to create jobs for their citizens. "To be unemployed in the US – to lose your identity as a consumer in an economy where 70 per cent of all activity is ...

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Tragedy in Poland

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Though many heads of state were on the plane crash that killed the President of Poland, the political machinery necessary to govern remains in place; an election must be held in 60 days. "Experts say the deaths of senior military chiefs in Saturday's plane crash could have more serious implications ...

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Raul and Fidel

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Following some high-level diplomacy, Secretary of State Clinton says Cuba refuses to cooperate with the U.S. to preserve it as a scapegoat for Cuba's failures. "Cuba's response to recent US efforts to improve relations had revealed 'an intransigent, entrenched regime' in Havana, said the US ...

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To Russia Without Love

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Russia is threatening stop American families from adopting Russian orphans after a Tennessee family sent its adopted Russian son back to Moscow unaccompanied, save for a written letter. "Russia threatened to suspend all child adoptions by U.S. families Friday after a 7-year-old boy adopted by a ...

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China's Trade Deficit

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As a result of burgeoning domestic consumer demand, China posted a rare trade deficit in March but any significant effects are likely to be temporary. "China posted its first trade deficit in six years in March even as the yuan stayed pegged to the dollar, aiding government efforts to play down the ...

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Organ Accidents

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A decade's old computing error has resulted in 800,000 U.K. organ donor files being mistakenly recorded; organs have been harvested without permission or the wrong ones taken. "Donors can give permission for any of their organs to be taken, or provide more specific agreements. A glitch in the system ...

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Afghan Pot

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Less labor intensive and more profitable per acre, more marijuana is being grown in Afghanistan increasing the Taliban's profit from the drug trade. "Afghanistan, already the world's top opium supplier, is now the world's biggest producer of cannabis, according to United Nations drug experts. There ...

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Barometer of Life

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over 4 years ago

Biologists want $60 million to map the effects of agriculture, development and global warming on earth's biodiversity; currently 140,000 species die out annually. "A barometer measures atmospheric pressure. Now a coalition of biologists is calling for a similar scientific tool to measure extinction ...

Mind Matters

When "Bad" Cholesterol is Good for You

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over 4 years ago

Organic chemistry's an intricate subject. Media chatter about wellness, though, is an action movie, where "good" molecules (like Omega-3 fatty acids) battle "bad" ones (like LDL cholesterol). If they could, Americans would gladly take LDL cholesterol out and lynch it, before it twirls its mustache ...

Daylight Atheism

Some Rejected Catholic Recruiting Posters

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over 4 years ago

Today, I'm excited to report that I have some breaking news to share with Daylight Atheism readers. From a highly placed anonymous source inside the Vatican, I've received a letter containing proofs for a new advertising campaign that the Roman Catholic church has been developing for the past ...

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The Wow Factor

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over 4 years ago

Gail Collins of the New York Times will support boring politicians now that those leading the national conversation are "all wow and no substance". "In the middle of 2008, Hillary Clinton transformed herself from a perfectly-fine-but-slightly-boring presidential candidate to a really terrific ...