Obama administration to end enforcement of Defense... →
theatlantic: President Obama believes that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional and will no longer defend the 15-year-old law in federal court, the Justice Department announced today. The decision, which stunned and delighted gay rights activists, means that the administration will withdraw its defense of ongoing suits in two federal appeals circuits and will leave it to Congress to...
RHPolitics: Bahrain, Libya News Roundup: February... →
pantslessprogressive: Here is a news roundup for Bahrain, Libya, and other countries for Monday, February 21. Also check out NewsFlick’s Middle East Situation Update: 21st Feb Live blogs: Live Blog - Bahrain | AJE Live Blog - Libya | AJE Live Blog - Libya | LibyaFeb17.com
Congo colonel gets 20 years after rape trial →
caraobrien: BARAKA, Congo – One by one, the rape survivors relived their attacks for a panel of judges: A newly married bride flung her torn, bloodied clothing onto the courtroom floor. A mother of six dropped to her knees, raised her arms to heaven and cried out for peace. Nearly 50 women poured out their stories in a wave of anguish that ended Monday with the conviction of an army...
Two Libyan air force jets landed in Malta on Monday and their pilots have asked...– Libyan pilots and diplomats defect - Africa - Al Jazeera English (via detroitdjc)
The good thing about science is that it’s true, whether or not you believe in...– Dr. NEIL DeGRASSE TYSON, on Real Time With Bill Maher (via inothernews)
Karl Kozel: A Guy Walks Into A Bar (Part I) →
Be ready to convey your order or to ask for more time, especially if the bar is very busy. Communication with your bartender is important, and the relationship that you have with them will be enhanced immediately if you let them know when you are ready to order. You would never flag down a bartender only to stammer or to not know just what it is that you want. If the bartender comes over and...
10 Things Conservatives Don’t Want You To Know... →
Reagan was a serial tax raiser. As governor of California, Reagan “signed into law the largest tax increase in the history of any state up till then.” Meanwhile, state spending nearly doubled. As president, Reagan “raised taxes in seven of his eight years in office,” including four times in just two years. As former GOP Senator Alan Simpson, who called Reagan “a dear friend,” told NPR, “Ronald...
Why You Learn More Effectively by Writing Than... →
There may also be a scientific basis for the pen’s superiority over the keyboard when it comes to writing development and cognitive functions. Dr. Virginia Berniger, who studies reading and writing systems and their relationship to learning processes, found that children’s writing ability was consistently better (they wrote more, faster, and more complete sentences) when they used a pen rather...