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Same-sex Spouses May Get Military Benefits

 

August 8, 2013

 

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Same-sex spouses of military members could get health care, housing and other benefits by the end of August under a proposal being considered by the Pentagon. But earlier plans to provide benefits to gay partners who are not married may be reversed.

 

http://bigstory.ap.o...litary-benefits


"Since we first emerged, a few million years ago in East Africa, we have meandered our way around the planet. There are now people on every continent and the remotest islands, from pole to pole, from Mount Everest to the Dead Sea, on the ocean bottoms and even, occasionally, in residence 200 miles up - humans, like the gods of old, living in the sky."


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And they say Buddhism is a peaceful religion (:D)

 

 

Sri Lanka Buddhist mob attacks Colombo mosque

http://www.bbc.co.uk...d-asia-23653213

 

 

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About damn time!

 

Holder Proposes Changes In Criminal Justice System

 

August 12, 2013

 

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Attorney General Eric Holder is calling for major changes to the nation's criminal justice system that would scale back the use of harsh prison sentences for certain drug-related crimes, divert people convicted of low-level offenses to drug treatment and community service programs and expand a prison program to allow for release of some elderly, non-violent offenders.

 

http://bigstory.ap.o...-justice-system


"Since we first emerged, a few million years ago in East Africa, we have meandered our way around the planet. There are now people on every continent and the remotest islands, from pole to pole, from Mount Everest to the Dead Sea, on the ocean bottoms and even, occasionally, in residence 200 miles up - humans, like the gods of old, living in the sky."


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And they say Buddhism is a peaceful religion ( :D)

 

 

Sri Lanka Buddhist mob attacks Colombo mosque

http://www.bbc.co.uk...d-asia-23653213

 

 

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If there has ever been an oxymoron...


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Religious people are less intelligent than atheists, study finds

 

Religious people are less intelligent than non-believers, according to a new review of 63 scientific studies stretching back over decades.

A team led by Miron Zuckerman of the University of Rochester found “a reliable negative relation between intelligence and religiosity” in 53 out of 63 studies. Even in extreme old age, intelligent people are less likely to believe, the researchers found - and the reasons why people with high IQs shun religion may not be as simple as previously thought.

 

http://news.yahoo.co...-113350723.html


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Religious people are less intelligent than atheists, study finds

 

Religious people are less intelligent than non-believers, according to a new review of 63 scientific studies stretching back over decades.

A team led by Miron Zuckerman of the University of Rochester found “a reliable negative relation between intelligence and religiosity” in 53 out of 63 studies. Even in extreme old age, intelligent people are less likely to believe, the researchers found - and the reasons why people with high IQs shun religion may not be as simple as previously thought.

 

http://news.yahoo.co...-113350723.html

 

ucch old news



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NYC Comptroller Liu wants marijuana legalized

 

August 13, 2013

 

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New York City Comptroller John Liu is proposing a historic overhaul of the city’s marijuana laws, believing that legalizing medical marijuana and allowing adults to possess an ounce of pot for recreational use would pump more than $400 million into the city’s coffers.

 

The sweeping change, which would put New York at the forefront of a growing national debate over use of the drug, calls for recreational marijuana to be regulated and taxed like alcohol and tobacco.

 

http://www.washingto...03b2_story.html


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"Since we first emerged, a few million years ago in East Africa, we have meandered our way around the planet. There are now people on every continent and the remotest islands, from pole to pole, from Mount Everest to the Dead Sea, on the ocean bottoms and even, occasionally, in residence 200 miles up - humans, like the gods of old, living in the sky."


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Germany becomes first European country to recognise 'undetermined' sex

 

August 18, 2013

 

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From 1 November babies born in Germany without clear gender-determining characteristics will be able to be registered

 

http://www.theguardi...ndetermined-sex


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"Since we first emerged, a few million years ago in East Africa, we have meandered our way around the planet. There are now people on every continent and the remotest islands, from pole to pole, from Mount Everest to the Dead Sea, on the ocean bottoms and even, occasionally, in residence 200 miles up - humans, like the gods of old, living in the sky."


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Purpose-built sex zone for prostitutes in Zurich

26 August 2013 Last updated at 03:00 BST

The Swiss city of Zurich is introducing new laws on prostitution, under which street soliciting will be forbidden.

Instead prostitutes and their clients will be expected to use a new protected area away from the city centre.

City officials say the measures will keep sex workers safe.

http://www.bbc.co.uk...europe-23838709


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^ I envy the Swiss.

 

Our right-leaning buddies wouldn't even give prostitution a thought.


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Loneliness Is Deadly

Social isolation kills more people than obesity does—and it’s just as stigmatized.

http://www.slate.com...ent=buffere1c25
 


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^ We have to remember that the situation under which people who prefer to live alone but have a relatively active social life is different than one in which people live alone and have no friends.


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This is a pretty interesting prospect.

 

A Large-Scale Social Experiment for a Highly-Aged Society in Japan for 2030

 

September 13, 2013

 

By the year 2030, Japan will be a “highly-aged” society in which one person in three is 65 or older. In anticipation of this future scenario, the Institute of Gerontology at the University of Tokyo is designing and testing models for communities in which senior citizens can not only enjoy active lives, but work and contribute to the overall health of Japan’s economy as well.

 

http://www.technolog...35LdqQns.reddit


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"Since we first emerged, a few million years ago in East Africa, we have meandered our way around the planet. There are now people on every continent and the remotest islands, from pole to pole, from Mount Everest to the Dead Sea, on the ocean bottoms and even, occasionally, in residence 200 miles up - humans, like the gods of old, living in the sky."


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"The rapid aging of China’s society is one of the nation’s most profound economic challenges. By 2053, the number of seniors is expected to grow to 487 million, or 35 percent of the population, compared with just over 12 percent now, according to the China National Committee on Aging."

 

http://www.washingto...19ab_story.html



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^ China needs to relent with it's one child policy, by all measures it has been a huge demographic disaster for the country. The other big problem they have from this policy is that there are too many guys, compared to girls and so there are a millions of men, who even if they wanted to get married probably will never be able too. Unless they all go gay that is.



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Well it's easy to call it a disaster, but they have pretty much linear demographic increase. Without it, if they were breeding exponentially it could be even bigger disaster. Higher poverty, higher unemployment rates...


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remember it's not that they're not allowed to have more than one child... it's that they'll be paying major fines (aka taxes) for the second child or more. With more people getting richer over there it probably won't be uncommon to see households with 2-3 children.



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remember it's not that they're not allowed to have more than one child... it's that they'll be paying major fines (aka taxes) for the second child or more. With more people getting richer over there it probably won't be uncommon to see households with 2-3 children.

 

Only pay the taxes if they can afford it, if not the government will make you have a forced abortion. Oh and I agree there are households with more than 2-3 children, but they are the exception not the rule, those who do have more than one child tend to conceal it from the government and even their neighbors.



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Well it's easy to call it a disaster, but they have pretty much linear demographic increase. Without it, if they were breeding exponentially it could be even bigger disaster. Higher poverty, higher unemployment rates...

 

No it wouldn't be... within a few years China will not have enough young workers to support its economy, especially as a large population moves into its senior years, and as they demand health care their system will be tested to the match, especially since people aren't lining up to immigrate to China.







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