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BETTER LIFE FOR CHILDREN NOT GUARANTEED

An analysis of Census data shows that today men in their 30s make 12.5 percent less than same-aged men a generation ago, dashing the hopes of parents everywhere who yearned to give their children a better life that their own. Experts point to the growth of the gap between company executives and average workers. (Forbes/AP)

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posted on Saturday, May 26, 2007 | [permalink]

FDA CONTINUES BAN ON GAY MEN'S BLOOD DONATIONS



Gay males remain the highest risk qroup for new HIV infections. And the FDA has upheld the ban on blood donations from men who have had sex with other men -- regardless of their health or histories of monogamy. Experts analyze the validity of 15-year-old ban. (ABC News)

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posted on Saturday, May 26, 2007 | [permalink]


MAG AMALGAMATION: Intuition, High-Tech Assassinations, and the Death of the Protest

A pan-and-scan of interesting features currently on the magazine stand.

Time - "How to Fix No Child Left Behind"
More than 30,000 educators and concerned citizens have signed an online petition calling for the repeal of the 1,100-page statute. Some offer comments like this one from a former superintendent of schools in Ohio: "NCLB is like a Russian novel. That's because it's long, it's complicated, and in the end, everybody gets killed."

Psychology Today - "Gut Almighty"
Although [intuitions] seem to emerge from an obscure inner force, they actually begin with a perception of something outside—a facial expression, a tone of voice, a visual inconsistency so fleeting you're not even aware you noticed.

Popular Science - "The First Assassination of the 21st Century"
While the doctors struggled to identify his condition, the patient in Room 9—Alexander Litvinenko, a vocal opponent of Russian president Vladimir Putin and an ex-officer in Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB), the successor to the KGB—had already reached his own conclusions. He was sure that he had been poisoned, and that the Kremlin had ordered his assassination.

The New Yorker - "Remember This?"
In 2001, [Gordon] Bell published an article in a technical journal to announce that he had finished "the intellectual part" of going paperless. Then he had his second epiphany.

Utne Reader - "Protest Is Dead. Long Live Protest."
Earlier this year, when United for Peace and Justice mobilized its latest march on Washington, the event barely registered. A few TV cameras clustered around Jane Fonda, who was at her first protest in years. The networks virtually ignored the demonstration. Another day, another protest.

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posted on Friday, May 25, 2007 | [permalink]


AMERICAN OPPOSITION TO IRAQ WAR REACHES ALL-TIME HIGH

A new New York Times/CBS poll that six in 10 Americans now believe that the U.S. should never have invaded Iraq, while 75% say that things there are going badly or very badly. And further proof that there's a lack of support for the Bush administration's handling of Iraq: 76% of Americans (including the majority of Republicans), believe the decision to send more troops this year will have no impact or will worsen the situation in Iraq. (NYT)

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posted on Thursday, May 24, 2007 | [permalink]

POLL: 1 IN 4 MUSLIM-AMERICANS CAN FIND SUICIDE BOMBINGS JUSTIFIABLE

A recent survey by Pew Research Center shows that Muslims in the U.S. are more assimilated to western culture and more concerned about terrorism than their counterparts in Western Europe and elsewhere. However, American muslim youths seem to have more sympathy for religious fundamentalists than their parents. Of Muslim-Americans under 30, 25% said suicide bombing could be justified in rare circumstances. (Chicago Tribune)

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posted on Thursday, May 24, 2007 | [permalink]

OFFICE GOSSIP LADIES AXED



A New Hampshire town fires four of its workers for gossiping about their boss. The women are fighting to get their jobs back, although who wants to work in a place where you can't participate in good old-fashioned behind-the-back rumor spreading? (ABC/AP)

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posted on Thursday, May 24, 2007 | [permalink]


'PARTIAL BIRTH' ABORTION BAN UPHELD



Here's a helpful transcript from last night's News Hour with Jim Lehrer that fully explains and analyzes the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision to uphold the 'partial birth' abortion ban signed into law in 2003. (News Hour)

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posted on Thursday, April 19, 2007 | [permalink]


BREAKING NEWS: DIETS DON'T WORK



Perhaps it's not surprising to anyone that UCLA researchers found that people who go on diets eventually gain all their weight back. But they actually found that a large number of dieters gain back more than what they originally lost. (Guardian)


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posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 | [permalink]


ZURICH BEST CITY TO LIVE; BAGHDAD WORST



Using a host of criteria (including sanitation, education, economic environment and recreation), Mercer Human Resources Consulting has released the results of their annual World-Wide Quality of Living Survey. Zurich placed first overall with Geneva, Vancouver and Vienna close behind. The worst major cities to live in (to no one's surprise): Baghdad; Brazzaville, Congo; Bangui, Central African Republic and Khartoum, Sudan. (Mercer)


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posted on Thursday, April 05, 2007 | [permalink]


AIR TRAVEL STILL SUCKS



Oversold flights, lost bags and flight delays were all on the rise since last year, according to the Airline Quality Rating report. Newcomer Hawaiian scored the highest rating in the annual survey. (Forbes/AP)

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posted on Tuesday, April 03, 2007 | [permalink]


NOW EVERYONE CAN BE A UNIVERSAL DONOR



Doesn't look like Type O Negative individuals are going to be such vital blood donors for much longer. Scientists at the University of Copenhagen have found that newly discovered enzymes covert any old type of blood into the universal donor type. (BBC)

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posted on Monday, April 02, 2007 | [permalink]


DISCOUNT HUNTERS TARGETED BY IDENTITY THEIVES



Remember that Kenneth Cole shirt that you bought at a really low price three years ago that's now stuffed in the back of your closet somewhere. If you do and you got that great deal at TJ Maxx or Marshall's, than you may be involved in the biggest credit card number hack in history. (BusinessWeek) Link

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posted on Thursday, March 29, 2007 | [permalink]


UNLUCKILY NAMED WRONGLY BLOCKED BY 'NO BUY' LIST

The Treasury Deptartment's watch list intends to flag potential terrorists in the United States. Americans are forbidden to do business with the individuals, groups, and companies on the list. But some innocent Americans are being blocked unjustly because they share a name with a someone on the list. (NPR) Link

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posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 | [permalink]

10 PERCENT OF WORLD SHOULD WORRY ABOUT RISING WATER



One in ten of the world's people are living in coastal areas at risk of rising ocean levels and storms, due to global warming. Researchers are calling for governments to encourage urbanization in inland areas. (Reuters UK) Link

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posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 | [permalink]


DAY CARE TURNS TODDLERS INTO VERBOSE TROUBLEMAKERS



In a government-funded study, researchers found that children placed in high quality day care before kindergarten had higher vocabulary in fifth and sixth grade than kids who were in lower quality daycare in their younger years. And in further news about how there's no right way to raise your children wrong, the same study found a correllation between early childhood day care and behavioral problems in sixth graders. (National Institute of Health) Link

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posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 | [permalink]


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