Grover Norquist Sits For Tea
Today, throughout America, modern-day revolutionaries are quiety scattering tea bags around state capitals in a mass protest more akin to weekend suburbanites mulching their front lawns than the Boston Tea Party of 1773.
Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist visited one such party today in Washington's Lafayette Park before setting Washington Post readers straight on the significance of the tea party movement sweeping the nation.
When Norquist talked with Big Think last year, long before the announcement of Obama's $787 billion stimulus that has inflamed taxpayer passions, he described tax increases as "the central issue that divides the parties."
The big problem with these little tea parties is that they are really lame. They don't exhibit the passions of pre-Revolutionary Boston, more like the whinings of a political party stuck in the past. Here's Paul Krugman describing how useless it is for Republicans to think they can reinvigorate their party with a few packages of Lipton following a free, Democratic election.
Upstreamism advocate Rishi Manchanda calls us to understand health not as a "personal responsibility" but a "common good."
- Upstreamism tasks health care professionals to combat unhealthy social and cultural influences that exist outside — or upstream — of medical facilities.
- Patients from low-income neighborhoods are most at risk of negative health impacts.
- Thankfully, health care professionals are not alone. Upstreamism is increasingly part of our cultural consciousness.
The Bajau people's nomadic lifestyle has given them remarkable adaptions, enabling them to stay underwater for unbelievable periods of time. Their lifestyle, however, is quickly disappearing.
- The Bajau people travel in small flotillas throughout the Phillipines, Malaysia, and Indonesia, hunting fish underwater for food.
- Over the years, practicing this lifestyle has given the Bajau unique adaptations to swimming underwater. Many find it straightforward to dive up to 13 minutes 200 feet below the surface of the ocean.
- Unfortunately, many disparate factors are erasing the traditional Bajau way of life.
Lauren Miranda sent a nude selfie to a boyfriend years ago. Somehow one of her students discovered it.
- Math teacher Lauren Miranda was fired from her Long Island school when a topless selfie surfaced.
- Miranda had only shared the photo with her ex-boyfriend, who is also a teacher in the school district.
- She's suing the school for $3 million as well as getting her job back, citing gender discrimination.
An innovation may lead to lifelike evolving machines.
- Scientists at Cornell University devise a material with 3 key traits of life.
- The goal for the researchers is not to create life but lifelike machines.
- The researchers were able to program metabolism into the material's DNA.
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