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"It turns out that the so-called "paleo-diet" is about as grounded in real science as "The Flintstones".

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An evolutionary biologist explains why everything you think you know about cavemen (and their diet) is wrong
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As with most diets, take the parts that make sense and are livable. The key is to eat with intention, not just whatever comes within reach, what path you choose isn't going to matter as much as just choosing and sticking with it. Unless, of course, your choice is the McDonald's Diet.
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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Friday and sped through a cloud-covered sky on its way to deliver supplies to the International Space Station for NASA .
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"We know that cuts to early voting are bad for voters. But just how bad are they?

As part of our lawsuit against North Carolina's voter suppression bill, we asked Ted Allen, a professor of industrial engineering at Ohio State University, and Paul Gronke, a political science professor at Reed College, to crunch some numbers. Both found that shorter early voting periods translate to longer lines and fewer voters."
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Basically disproportionate impact for black and poor voters. That should make for an interesting Supreme Court case where they could overturn their prior Voting Act ruling which stated that time had corrected the disproportionate impact.
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As Formula One prepared for this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix, perhaps the racing series' biggest news came out of Italy.
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Yet further evidence that Scalia is not interested in protecting your rights. His argument runs counter to the incorporation of the U.S. Constitution into the states via the 14th Amendment.
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia criticizes court's ruling for freedom of the press in New York Times vs. Sullivan libel case.
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To expand a bit further, according to legal scholar Akhil Reed Amar (author of America's Constitution: A Biography , a book I highly recommend), the framers and early supporters of the Fourteenth Amendment believed that the Due Process Clause would ensure that the states would be required to recognize the same individual rights as the federal government; all of these rights were likely understood as falling within the "privileges or immunities" safeguarded by the amendment.

In other words, First Amendment rights do indeed supersede state libel laws, which explains the 9-0 decision in Sullivan. That's why I find Scalia's views so unusual and retrograde. But then, I find many of his positions and views in that light.
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Why is a 20-year-old who fetches coffee at Google more impressive to employers than one who spends days and nights nurturing, teaching, comforting and inspiring?
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Do we really think that democracy is served by creating situations where we have fewer people able to vote?
 
"We know that cuts to early voting are bad for voters. But just how bad are they?

As part of our lawsuit against North Carolina's voter suppression bill, we asked Ted Allen, a professor of industrial engineering at Ohio State University, and Paul Gronke, a political science professor at Reed College, to crunch some numbers. Both found that shorter early voting periods translate to longer lines and fewer voters."
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Just curious what "research" could possibly require the killing of any species with such high intelligence.
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they are researching how much crap they can get away with and for how long. I like Japan, I like the culture and the art, the landscapes and traditions, but all that means a lot less as long as there is this bloody whaling stain on the chrysanthemum.
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"The summary of the landmark Senate report detailing rampant CIA torture during the Bush years has finally made it to President Obama’s desk. But the White House has said that—incredibly—the CIA will take the lead in redacting that summary report before we can read it.

Do you notice a conflict of interest there? The CIA is the agency that tortured people, lied about it, and then even spied on the computers of the Senate committee staffers who were investigating it.

Our lawyers are confirming that the torture report summary will be released in a few weeks. And if it isn’t censored, the details in it could blow the lid off the vast extent of CIA brutality since September 11th. But if the CIA has its way, we may never know the full truth.

Sign the petition now calling on President Obama to stop the CIA from censoring the Senate’s torture report."
The White House sent the Senate's report on CIA torture to the CIA for 'redactions.' We can't let them have the final word. Sign the petition to President Obama now.
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Wait a minute.  You said the CIA tortured people:  didn't they have to get direction from The Executive Branch?  I don't know.  I seem to recall there was one huge legal ruckus that led to W getting the 'go ahead' to torture.  So is it the CIA?  Or W?  Or both?  Or what?  +Alex Grossman 
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Well, it'll be a lot easier getting a good shot of the Hollywood sign now.
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Dad, Consultant, Cornellian, traditional liberal (it's about free markets, free trade and free speech), avid reader and film buff, youth soccer, basketball, little league coach, tech geek, policy wonk, historian, SF lover, sports fan and even more which at some point I'll get to. I truly enjoy open, tolerant, frank yet respectful exchanges. Love learning new things.

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Grew up back East in NYC, engineer and ROTC in college, though now live on the West Coast and have lived and traveled all over the world as a kid and an adult (if i can just get to Antarctica, I can nail down every continent). Member, Pacific Council on International Policy.
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