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"The Good Doctors"

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With most earthquake victims now treated, foreign doctors are attending Haitians' normal health problems leaving questions about what will happen to the country's health infrastructure after their departure. 'The line of patients at this city's battered General Hospital forms early. The sick come to ...

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Iraq Election

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Voting places have opened the second parliamentary election in Iraq since the invasion amidst usual levels of violence, large security forces and many international monitors. "Despite extra security measures to prevent violence, at least 17 people died in two separate blasts in Baghdad. The border ...

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International Women's Day

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Women's groups are making their voices heard this weekend as Monday marks the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day. How far has the movement come to achieving its goals? "It was in a dingy socialist meeting hall a century ago in Copenhagen that women from 17 countries gathered and launched ...

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Run Off Voting

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After expanding the best picture category to ten films, the Academy is using an instant run-off voting system where members rank their favorite films; politicians, take note. "Oscar oddsmakers have 'The Hurt Locker' and 'Avatar' in a virtual dead heat for best picture. So it's a sure bet that one ...

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Priorities, Please!

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While health care reform is subject to frequent cost criticisms, America's outdated trident nuclear program is far more expensive but receives no public attention, writes the Huffington Post. "The lead story in Saturday's Washington Post, about the nuclear weapons decisions facing President Obama ...

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Gut Feeling

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Scientists have found that microbes living in the human gut may have more influence over our health than our own genes, perhaps causing psychological and physical changes like obesity. "Outnumbering our human cells by about 10 to one, the many minuscule microbes that live in and on our bodies are a ...

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"America's Prophet"

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The SEC is charging a psychic with fraud after he received and diverted over $6 million from those who believed he could accurately predict market forces and natural disasters. "The SEC has charged Sean David Morton, a self-described 'natural psychic, trained Remote Viewer, intuitive consultant ...

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Good Intentions

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Though stopping short of promising funding, French President Sarkozy said Europe must support an ailing Greece if the credibility of the Euro as a moral currency is to be maintained. "French President Nicolas Sarkozy said the European Union must support Greece or risk destroying the euro as Prime ...

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Mea Culpa?

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While Obama's agenda remains forever stalled, his chief of staff may be on the receiving end of some unfortunate political realities, leaving his job in question following the midterm elections. "Rahm Emanuel, President Obama's outspoken chief of staff, has become embroiled in a public row with his ...

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Icy Icelanders

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Icelanders have rejected a referendum asking them to repay the $5.3 billion given to them by the Netherlands and U.K. to save the country from defaulting in the wake of the financial collapse. "Some 93.1 per cent of voters cast ballots opposing the deal, partial results showed after 32 per cent of ...

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A Deep Recession

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over 4 years ago

February's employment numbers were better than expected. Economists had worried that the massive snowstorm that hit the eastern seaboard would depress employment more. As it was the economy still lost 36,000 jobs and the official unemployment rate remained at 9.7%. Nevertheless, as Brad DeLong says ...

Daylight Atheism

Fossilized Opinions

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Sam Harris is famous for the argument that religion, even moderate religion, does harm by teaching that faith is a virtue that should not be questioned, which encourages militant and violent strains of fundamentalism. Today, I want to talk about another way, subtle but unmistakable, that religion ...

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Unpublishing the Web

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When does removing online content or editing it after the fact cross the line into censorship? In an intelligent article posted to Alternet earlier this week, Melinda Burns investigates the ways in which the Web and "cloud computing" have made it easier to erase the past, and finds that ...