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Daylight Atheism

Book Review: The Means of Reproduction

Dabanner
about 4 years ago

Summary: An outstanding book, broad in its sweep and compelling in its use of fascinating detail, that paints a clear picture of the international forces opposing women's rights - and what's at stake in the fight against them. I've said in the past that I believe all feminists should be atheists ...

Waq al-Waq

Things I missed

Missing
about 4 years ago

I often miss things on Yemen here at Waq al-waq, and two of the articles I have missed in recent days have been by academics who study Yemen. (Full disclosure: I know both individuals and respect their work, particularly on political parties in the country.) The first one - No Blank Checks ...

Mind Matters

Clear Eye on the Cave Guy

Sea_shells_containing_brightly-coloured_pigments_are_thought_to_have_been_used_as_makeup_containers
about 4 years ago

About 50,000 years ago, on the Mediterranean coast of what is now Spain, somebody (or bodies) was keeping carefully ground-up pigments--red, yellow, orange and shiny black--in neatly pierced seashells. That's evidence, says this paper, that these people wore cosmetics, which means it's evidence of ...

IdeaFeed

Effective Aid Pleas

Missing
about 4 years ago

“Desperate Haitians scrambled Sunday to find food and water and guarded their meager possessions against the advance of looters as the U.S. and other nations struggled to jump-start a sluggish relief effort. Even as Navy and Coast Guard ships arrived offshore, a round-the-clock airlift intensified ...

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Critical Mass

Missing
about 4 years ago

“Democrats and Republicans ramped up election eve get-out-the-vote efforts in their close battle for a Massachusetts Senate seat that could decide the fate of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul and the rest of his agenda at the opening of the 2010 midterm campaign season. Obama needs ...

IdeaFeed

Pear-Shape Promise

Missing
about 4 years ago

Having a derriere and thighs which are disproportionately large compared with your upper torso, otherwise known as being “pear shaped”, could have serious health benefits. “Oxford University scientists -- who have looked at all the evidence on the health effects of storing more fat on the hips ...

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Twitter Terror

Missing
about 4 years ago

A British man has been arrested under the Terrorism Act and given an airport life ban after he used Twitter to vent his anger about disrupted travel plans caused by bad weather. “When heavy snowfall threatened to scupper Paul Chambers's travel plans, he decided to vent his frustrations on Twitter by ...

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Religious Clashes

Missing
about 4 years ago

Troops and riot police has been despatched to the Nigerian city of Jos after fights between gangs of Muslim and Christian youths led to a reported 12 deaths. “Houses, mosques and churches were set alight and a dusk-to-dawn curfew is now in force. The city has a history of ethnic and religious ...

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Piñera Victorious

Missing
about 4 years ago

“Millionaire Sebastián Piñera won a landmark victory in Sunday's presidential election, and will become Chile's first conservative leader since the end of the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet two decades ago. With 99% of polling places reporting, Mr. Piñera had 51.6% of the vote, compared to 48.3 ...

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King Murder

Missing
about 4 years ago

“‘You can kill the dreamer, but you cannot kill the dream.’ More than four decades after the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., that was the defiant message given Sunday by the man King spent his last hour alive with. Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal and state holiday ...