How to Balance the Budget

'Surrender to the Terrorists, Then Strangle the Economy with Taxes' is the tongue-in-cheek name for a serious plan to create a budget surplus in the U.S. by 2015.

The Economist's plan to reduce American debt: 1. Let the Bush tax cuts expire for everyone. This alone nets $172 billion and eliminates a third of the 2015 deficit. This move has at least 13 times the maximum notional impact of eliminating earmarks, it might be worth a shot. 2. Subject some incomes over $106,000 to payroll taxes. This has always been a good idea, and now more than ever. Nets $50 billion. 3. Bug out of Iraq and Afghanistan—get troop levels down to 30,000 by 2013. Every nation eventually adopts the foreign policy it can afford. Nets $86 billion. 4. Cut the size of the military, and shrink the Navy and Air Force fleets. Nets $44 billion. 5. Institute a carbon tax. Nets $41 billion, saves planet.

Scientists claim the Bible is written in code that predicts future events

The controversy around the Torah codes gets a new life.

Michael Drosnin
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  • Mathematicians claim to see a predictive pattern in the ancient Torah texts.
  • The code is revealed by a method found with special computer software.
  • Some events described by reading the code took place after the code was written.
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Juice is terrible for children. Why do we keep giving it to them?

A glass of juice has as much sugar, ounce for ounce, as a full-calorie soda. And those vitamins do almost nothing.

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Quick: think back to childhood (if you've reached the scary clown you've gone too far). What did your parents or guardians give you to keep you quiet? If you're anything like most parents, it was juice. But here's the thing: juice is bad for you. 

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Orangutans exhibit awareness of the past

Orangutans join humans and bees in a very exclusive club

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  • Orangutan mothers wait to sound a danger alarm to avoid tipping off predators to their location
  • It took a couple of researchers crawling around the Sumatran jungle to discover the phenomenon
  • This ability may come from a common ancestor
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