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Strange Maps

453 - A Map of the World Anti-Spanking League

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over 4 years ago

. . Is spanking an acceptable way of disciplining children? . Opinions differ (1). Some consider it barbaric and a definite no-no, others think it merely old-fashioned but quite handy in case of a parenting emergency. A hard core of disgusted disciplinarians protest that the practice’s decline is ...

Daylight Atheism

From the Mailbag: Racist Loonball Edition

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over 4 years ago

Every so often, I get a letter I just have to share - whether because it's so eloquent and insightful that I want more people to read it, or because the author deserves to be roundly mocked by as many people as possible. Here's an example of the latter. I got this e-mail the other day. It starts ...

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MLK's Vietnam

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Bob Herbert of the New York Times writes that Martin Luther King's reasoning for contesting the War in Vietnam is valid in Afghanistan, but, like before, few are listening. "This was on the evening of April 4, 1967, almost exactly 43 years ago. Dr. King told the more than 3,000 people who had ...

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Malleable Morality

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Scientists have blocked cell activity in the brain's moral reasoning region inducing people to use purely consequential reasoning rather than consider moral principles. "Lead researcher Dr Liane Young said: 'You think of morality as being a really high-level behavior. To be able to apply a magnetic ...

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Cleaner Cars

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New EPA standards will regulate greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks through 2016 requiring a base efficiency of 34 miles per gallon in six years' time. "The nation's first mandatory attempt to cut back on greenhouse gas emissions is now a fact—and it will show up in a driveway near you in ...

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iWant iPad

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Ahead of Saturday's iPad launch, CNN looks at Apple's new computer to answer questions and distinguish it from other computers already in our homes and offices. "You've seen the television commercials and the product reviews. But maybe, like many gadget lovers, you're still debating whether you ...

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Glut Tax

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Romanians flocking to burger joints in their post-communist gorge may soon be subject to a junk food tax intended to reduce national obesity rates and fill government coffers. "As a standard-bearer for healthy eating, Romania is not the first country that springs to mind. The eastern European nation ...

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J-O-B-S

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Hirings in manufacturing and health-care industries boosted the national payroll in March though companies were more likely to take on temporary workers than full-time employees. "Payrolls rose by 162,000 workers, the third gain in the past five months and the most since March 2007, figures from the ...

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Quake, Then Investigate

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The recent earthquake in Chile was the fifth largest ever recorded and the U.S. Geological Survey is investigating damaged buildings there to better understand our own California. "One immediate observation from Chile's earthquake that could find its way into US building code is on confining ...