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A decade ago, NASA remote sensors suggested that rainforests grow best in drought – a new study pins the result on a trick of the light http://ow.ly/tlrno
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I generally find Cracked.com articles pretty stupid, but y'all oughta get a kick out of this one.
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I don't agree with everything this guy has to say, but it's good to hear a theist apply some sensible criticism to gov't policy. I do suspect that some politicians, here in the U.S., would love to implement some form of blasphemy law. #blasphemy  
As a Christian, there is one thing I dislike even more than blasphemy, and that is legislation that prohibits it. Such laws invariably contribute to increasing intolerance, violence and injustice, and are widely open to misuse. And the key point is, if your God needs man-made laws to protect him from insult, he must be a pretty small and weak deity.
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+Heidi Cool Swastikas and burning crosses are good examples, both of which have had legal protections in the past. US Nazis getting the permit to march thru Skokie IL where there were thousands of holocaust survivors, KKK marches and rallies, and so on. But I think the new laws are blurring the 'against people' aspects and expanding it to the point where it  can be tacked on and trumped as criminal for being against property, being "biased" based on race. gender, sex.  That just smacks of big brother correct think / correct ideas criteria that goes beyond any notions of old fashioned blasphemy the way I see it:

“criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, RELIGION, disability, ethnic origin or sexual orientation.” 

Of course I have a buddy who argues for this as  'people are savage and what you can do to make them behave in a more civil manner is good. '  
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Apparently DC courts think exercising religious freedom provides a basis for denying healthcare...
Can employers keep contraception off their workers' health plans? According to conservative judges on the D.C. Circuit, yes they can.
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Curses! I was having a wonderful Sunday morning, but then I had to go and read this shit. 
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How about the ability to see all of the G+ posts that we've +1ed? Like the one suggested here: 
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+Julian Bond I thought maybe something to do with data structuring too, but then since every item or comment that you +1 is stored in a way to associate it with your profile, it seems that it wouldn't be too hard to index them for later query.
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