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- Does parenthood make us
happier? A new study says:
January 14, 2014 12:07PM
- NSA talking points shine light
on spy agency's self-image
October 31, 2013 10:59AM
- Richard Dawkins issues
clarification of pedophilia
September 15, 2013 11:46AM
- Uruguay putting US to shame as
"land of the free"
August 06, 2013 04:59PM
- Bush and the NSA: Blackmail in
the service of the "GWOT"
June 24, 2013 01:47PM
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- “Well, I guess that will
put us cat and dog whisperers
January 14, 2014 08:22PM
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Rw005g. Thank you!!”
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January 14, 2014 06:37PM
- “All very true, Rw005g,
no contradictions from me on
point. Children bring
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- “What a tragic story -
and the situation hasn't
then. It's just
January 14, 2014 01:09PM
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Do kids make people happier? Those of us without any offspring underfoot often get the hint from our own parents and child-bearing peers that we’re missing out on the experience of a lifetime. And perhaps we are – some of us, at least. But a new study published in/… Read full post »
If you thought the testimony by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and NSA head Keith Alexander before a House committee on Tuesday was just a little too glib, it may be because the talking points they recited rolled over their lips as readily as the ABC song they learned… Read full post »
If you’re like me, you might have thought the recent scandal about Richard Dawkins’ comments on pedophilia was just a little too clear-cut (Salon’s Mary Elizabeth Williams damned Dawkins, who remarked in an interview that he experienced "no lasting harm" from a school fondling, in t… Read full post »
His "White House" has a green tin roof: Uruguyan President José Mujica
The USA might still be known as the land of the free and the home of the brave in some quarters, but it's time for a reality check: Another American nation is quickly outstripping it on both accounts.… Read full post »
I remember hearing this story when it first broke back in 2003, but it’s only when I read the following interview at Truthout.org today that the penny dropped and I made the connection to Edward Snowden’s latest revelations on the NSA. If you put the two scandals together, you come up… Read full post »
Ladies, take your pick...
Now I’ll admit that this hardly qualifies as news, but today scientists finally admitted that when it comes to women and penises, size truly does matter. A study of 105 heterosexual Australian women published in the American journal Proceedings of the Nat… Read full post »
While we may normally associate French Revolutions with guillotines and ambitious Corsican corporals, there is no doubt that France has just undergone an equally radical upheaval which, this time around, will likely be accompanied by confetti and horse-drawn coaches. On Tuesday afternoo… Read full post »
In today’s issue, The Guardian is reporting on a sweetheart deal between Benito Mussolini and the Catholic Church that is still yielding the Vatican millions in ill-gotten gains. It seems that in 1929 the Italian dictator offered the sum of $92 million in today’s money to Pope Pius XI in… Read full post »
The French are gearing up for a new revolution. (Source: AFP)
French president François Hollande based his 2012 election campaign partially on marriage equality, and yet his enthusiasm for the issue appears to have cooled since taking office and facing France’s vast… Read full post »
We’ve all heard about Stalin’s practice of not only liquidating his political rivals with a bullet to the back of the neck or an icepick through the skull, but also erasing them from photographs, as if they had never existed in the first place. This practice seemed so bizarre to the… Read full post »
Manliness may well be one of the glories of the human race, but now even scientists are agreeing that it comes with a hefty price tag to everyone – and to no one more than to men themselves.
Three scientists from Korea - Kyung-Jin Min, Cheol-Koo Lee, and… Read full post »
It’s a joy to hear that the more than sixteen billion dollars in foreign aid we have invested in Afghanistan in just the last four years, let… Read full post »
The Russian “punk cooperative” Pussy Riot has been given a two-year sentence in a prison camp after their conviction for “hooliganism” at an anti-government demonstration in a Moscow cathedral earlier this year. This is a tough punishment for an offence that, according to some… Read full post »
We all know that faith can move mountains, but can it also halt gay marriage? That’s what French Catholics are waiting to find out today, after millions of them duly delivered a prayer to the Virgin Mary asking for her intercession against a new law that will soon be put up… Read full post »
France’s Catholic Church is so eager to prevent the upcoming legalization of gay marriage that it is actually enlisting a dead king in its campaign. This August 15, the day on which the Virgin Mary physically ascended into heaven, French churches will once more read a prayer… Read full post »
Vietnam is not only becoming richer, it is also becoming more colorful. Today its capital, Hanoi, once the target of thousands of tons of US bombs, became witness to Vietnam’s first Gay Pride demonstration. Several dozen LGBT activists and sympathizers hit the streets on bike, wa… Read full post »
Don’t you trust mainstream media reports on the Syrian civil war? I don’t see why you should. The only thing we know for sure about the conflict is that it’s a tragedy and a crime – on all sides. As far as actual events in that fractured country are concerned, the… Read full post »
Ugandan government poster
Just imagine that a simple, harmless, one-time medical procedure could provide you, your loved ones, and all your neighbors with lifetime protection from a deadly epidemic. You’d sign up for it right away, wouldn’t you?
This is precisely what the… Read full post »
War and foreign intervention always stimulate local economies, both commercially and sexually, and that is certainly the case in Juba, capital of the world’s newest country, South Sudan. According to a report on Swedish radio today, prostitution is booming in the East African cit/… Read full post »
Who has been killing Iran’s nuclear scientists? The Iranian government has been blaming British, French, and German agents, and even their own dissidents working on Israel’s payroll. Now, in a book published last Saturday, CBS reporter Dan Raviv and former Haaretz correspondent Yossi Melm… Read full post »
On June 29, I wrote an article in this space about Samira Ghorbani Danesh, a 24-year-old Iranian asylum-seeker who had been in immediate danger of being deported from her country of refuge, Germany, back to Iran, where she faced persecution for her lesbian orientation and political activism… Read full post »
Public enemy no. 1: "Pussy Riot"
Those Americans who thoughtlessly disseminate the conservative “myth of the separation of Church and State” might want to pause for a moment and consider what’s going on in Russia these days. In that formerly communist country the… Read full post »
On Sunday, 1,100 gay passengers of the cruise ship Nieuw Amsterdam of the Holland America Line were denied landing rights in Casablanca after local authorities became aware of their sexual orientation. Morocco, like other Muslim countries, legally discriminates against public displays o/… Read full post »
Relatively speaking, lesbians have it good in Iran. A man who gets arrested for homosexual acts is immediately executed, whereas as women get off with 100 lashes. They are only stoned to death after the third offence.
But 22-year-old architecture student Samira Ghorbani Danesh didn’t t… Read full post »