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Gridlock baby, dangerous waits, Candy Crush: Stories from the South's epic snow jam
Wed Jan 29, 2014
"At about 2 a.m., [trucker Joe Schmitz] said, he walked two miles to a gas station, filled five or six bags with food and drinks, walked back and gave them to the stranded." Now THIS is a mensch (decent human being).
Thousands still stranded on Atlanta highways after snow catches South unprepared
Wed Jan 29, 2014
Deal apologized but added: "It's easy to make judgment calls after the fact, but I dare say there's not anybody in this room that could have predicted the degree and the magnitude of the problem that developed." Kasim Reed, the mayor of Atlanta, ... blamed the traffic mess on "everyone exiting at th …
Political divide over evolution is growing, new Pew survey shows
Mon Dec 30, 2013
In reply to:Brisaber#1.1 Brisaber chose these examples well: In The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science—and Reality, Chris Mooney discusses three antiscientific fallacies of liberals: the belief that vaccinations, genetically modified foods, and nuclear power are less safe t …
'Duck Dynasty' star Phil Robertson will remain on show, A&E says
Fri Dec 27, 2013
(sorry, I meant to reply to someone else.)
Majority of Americans still in the dark about incandescent light bulb phase-out
Thu Dec 26, 2013
In reply to: dan42day #2.3Bingo. When the weather's cold, incans are effectively 100 percent efficient.
Young girl killed in Israel airstrike on Gaza in retaliation for maintenance worker's shooting
Tue Dec 24, 2013
Here we go again: 1. Arab kills Jewish noncombatant on purpose; Arabs rejoice. 2. Jews respond, killing an Arab noncombatant inadvertently; Jews express their sorrow. 3. Left declares the actions and the responses to be morally equivalent.
Christmas on five-finger discount for shoplifters seeking holiday high
Mon Dec 23, 2013
Of course, many of us are curious where the truth lies. I don't know, but a cursory search for black + white + shoplifters turned up this, from a 2005 summary of research conducted by the University of Florida: "Overall, blacks and Hispanics were no more likely than whites to steal merchandise. How …
UK retailer M&S faces boycott after Muslim worker refused to sell alcohol
Mon Dec 23, 2013
I've never understood which Muslim laws are presumed to apply to everyone on earth, and which apply only to Muslims. As a Jew, I'm forbidden from eating pork or working on Saturday. But nothing in Judaism forbids non-Jews from eating pork or working on Saturday. Jewish laws apply to Jews, period.
Company has 'parted ways' with PR exec after tweet on AIDS, Africa and race
Sat Dec 21, 2013
Interesting that her critics unblinkingly assumed she was disparaging blacks. When I read her tweet, my reaction was, "Ah, a witty, sympathetic way to highlight the fact that South African blacks deserve the same access to condoms and and health education as whites." But then, I've experienced what …
Why do lottery players think they can defy the odds?
Tue Dec 17, 2013
In reply to: Troy from Omaha #1 If buyers were as logical and clear-eyed as you claim, they'd have no problem letting their numbers be chosen by chance or by a stranger. Yet most lottery players "feel" that they're improving their odds by picking the numbers by themselves. They're either stupid, sup …
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