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I Give Up: 9/11 Responders Bill

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Despite congresscritter Anthony Weiner's passion and a clear majority, the US House of Representatives defeats a bill providing health care for 9/11 first responders. This of course, leads Jon Stewart to remind us of what assholes the Republicans truly are.
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New Law Would Ban Marriages Between People Who Aren't In Love

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Breaking News: There is a new law proposed in the state of Minnesota that would nullify the marriages of an estimated 2.4 million loveless couples currently living in silent resentment or seething hatred.
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The Palin Effect

Aug 04 2010 Published by under Politics, Uncategorized

ResearchBlogging.orgAs attentive readers of the New York Times are aware, science bloggers are all about being noisy and shouting at people we don't like. As most of us have liberal leanings, that means we can be obnoxious towards people on the political right. And this week we've got great fodder, in the shape of a paper about Sarah Palin.

Sarah Palin addressing the Republican National Convention. Go on, wave back


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Magic Mormon Underwear

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I've lived among mormons for more years than I care to think about, and yes, the magic underwear was one of those mysteries that us kids speculated on when the adults weren't around. As if they were flies upon the walls of my childhood, the Thinking Atheist has made this video that discusses the the Mormon church's most famous "secret."

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The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

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This video is really interesting for two reasons: first, it's a hand-drawn animation that evolves in front of your eyes, and second, I think it explains why scientists like to write blogs for the public about science -- for free! Adapted from Dan Pink's talk at the RSA, this fascinating video illustrates the hidden truths behind what really motivates us at home and in the workplace.

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BP Executives Deeply Affected by OilSpill Parody

Jul 16 2010 Published by under Environment, Politics, Streaming videos

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As part of an hour-long live online interview with the NewsHour's Ray Suarez, BP executive Bob Dudley responds to questions from the public, including a video parodying the BP response effort.

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TEDTalks: Matt Ridley: When Ideas Have Sex

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At TEDGlobal 2010, author Matt Ridley shows how, throughout history, the engine of human progress has been the meeting and mating of ideas to make new ideas. It's not important how clever individuals are, he says; what really matters is how smart the collective brain is.

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TEDTalks: Carl Safina: The Oil Spill's Unseen Culprits, Victims

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The Gulf oil spill dwarfs comprehension, but we know this much: it's bad. Carl Safina scrapes out the facts in this blood-boiling cross-examination, arguing that the consequences will stretch far beyond the Gulf -- and many so-called solutions are making the situation worse.

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Top Catholic Priest Sexually Abused His Own Sons

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This video explores the question; "how much money would you want in exchange to be raped and sodomized throughout your childhood years?" This is a question that I also would like answers to. Any thoughts?

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Stephen Fry on Catholicism [Intelligence Squared Debate]

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Stephen Fry provides his very articulate and thoughtful opinion on Catholicism and the Catholic Church at the Intelligence Squared Debate.

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