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Think, See, Feel

Will Health Care Cover Happy Marriages?

Jfkwedding
over 4 years ago

As Churchill said of democracy (“the worst form of government excepting those already tried,” to paraphrase), so historians might say of marriage—or at least, marriage as conceived in the late twentieth and early twenty-first century. The critics' case against it is complex but there are certain ...

Strange Maps

451 - A Map of Four Well-Travelled Tales

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over 4 years ago

. (click on the map to view it without the annoying sidebar) . Great stories are rarely isolates. Even though Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey are founding epics of ancient Greece, and we tend to think of Shakespeare’s work as the culmination of Elizabethan culture, both bards were inspired by ...

Dr. Kaku's Universe

Albert Einstein: A Person for the Ages

Ae
over 4 years ago

I would put Albert Einstein among the 20 top people who have ever lived, in terms of their impact on our way of life. Kings, queens, and emperors have come and gone, without leaving a trace, but Einstein helped to create the world around us. Time Magazine called him the Person of the Century—I ...

Daylight Atheism

Book Review: Half the Sky

Dabanner
over 4 years ago

Summary: A wrenching chronicle of the injustices and preventable evils committed against women around the world. The bright spots are few and far between, but that should only instill readers with a greater sense of urgency to do something about all this. I felt intense pangs of conscience while ...

IdeaFeed

Health-Caring US

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over 4 years ago

“This is what change looks like,” remarked US President Barack Obama moments after the final House vote passed his universal health care legislation in an historic victory. He said the passage proved that “we are still people capable of doing big things and tackling our biggest challenges.” He ...

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Stupak Amendment

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over 4 years ago

“Late into Saturday night and again Sunday morning, U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak of Michigan negotiated with President Barack Obama's top lawyer, hammering out an executive order that made clear that no federal money would be spent on abortion. It helped save the Democrats' signature effort on health care ...

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Yes He Can!

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over 4 years ago

Obama has sealed his reputation as a president of great historical import as the successful driving force behind universal healthcare for Americans, writes TNR’s Jonathan Chait. He says: “The last two generations have no model for such a president. The only two other Democratic presidents of the ...

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Immigration Agenda

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over 4 years ago

Forget jubilancy over Obama’s heath care victory, as tens of thousands rally on Capitol Hill shouting about the next major subject on the political agenda: Immigration. “Immigrant advocacy groups met with Obama a little more than a week ago to remind him of his promise to overhaul the system ...

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Stasi Jigsaw

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over 4 years ago

With the help of a new machine, a German computer engineer has pieced together 600 million scraps of shredded documents from the former East German Ministry for Security. Bertram Nickolay has been working to unlock the secrets of the Stasi files for the last 15 years, but it took a technological ...

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Potholey Moly

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over 4 years ago

The New York Times’ Alexandra Lange writes despairingly of New York’s two million potholes and ponders longingly on a German model where citizens sponsor pothole repairs. She says she saw a television report about Niederzimmen in Germany where villagers contribute $68 towards filling in a pothole ...

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Shooting Up

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over 4 years ago

The first ever research program of its kind, involving the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and HSBC Climate Partnership, has found rapid increases in tree growth in the US. The results of the 5-year initiative to identify and respond to the impacts of climate change, attributed the rapid ...