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Waq al-Waq

Everyone is getting in the game

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Well, your buddy Brian here at Waq al-Waq never really expected to link to an article from Marxism.com, but it seems everyone wants to get into the Yemen game right now. So: here is a look at the southern secession movement through a lenses of Marxism. Get past some of the outdated jargon. ("The ...

Politeia

Still the Same Old Game

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over 4 years ago

During the presidential campaign in 2008, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) reportedly said in private that he believed that the country was ready to elect a black man who, like Barack Obama, was "light-skinned" and didn't talk with a "negro dialect." He added that Obama's race would ...

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Precious Nothing

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The efficiency of markets has certainly been called into question in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, but British activist and author Raj Patel goes one step further, asking whether our system of assigning prices to goods and services makes many modern problems worse. His point is that ...

Daylight Atheism

Representative Theocracy

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over 4 years ago

By Sarah Braasch Representative Bart Stupak from Michigan was paraphrased in a recent New York Times interview as saying that his resolve to defeat the healthcare reform bill, unless the bill includes his anti-abortion amendment language, is a straightforward matter of Roman Catholic faith. The ...

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Air Accidents

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Reports of airplanes hitting birds and other wildlife have soared to more than 10,000 in the months since a US Airways jet ditched down in New York’s Hudson River. “Serious accidents are climbing at an even faster rate than minor incidents. There were at least 57 cases in the first seven months of ...

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CR-X Hybrid

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“The first-gen Honda CR-X combined sportiness with fuel economy in a package that was, and still is, an absolute blast to drive. It’s a combination the Japanese automaker offers again in the CR-Z, a hybrid that could be called a modern incarnation of that venerable hatchback. Honda unveiled the ...

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Amish “Exemption”

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Amish families in New York State will be exempt from a health-insurance mandate which requires Northern New Yorkers to carry health insurance or risk a fine. “Hundreds of Amish families in the region are likely to be free from that requirement. The Amish, as well as some other religious sects, are ...

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Bio-Destruction

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Government pledges to halt growing biodiversity losses by this year have failed and the desecration of animal species is becoming even more severe.“Eight years ago, world governments made a pledge to put a halt to growing biodiversity loss by 2010. They have not succeeded. The ongoing loss of ...

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Crystal Mountains

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Crystal formations on the moon’s surface, found by India’s Chandrayaan-1 probe, prove that “a rolling ocean of magma once engulfed the rocky body of our satellite,” says The New Scientist. “The moon is thought to have coalesced more than 4 billion years ago from the molten debris of an impact ...

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Hormonal Men?

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A new human sex hormone that has been found in men could lead to the development of the male birth control pill, researchers have said. “Gonadotropin-inhibitory hormone (GnIH)—first identified in birds about a decade ago—was recently discovered in the hypothalamus of the human brain. The ...