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Friday, November 27, 2009

The Growing Backlash Against Overparenting

"And so there is now a new revolution under way, one aimed at rolling back the almost comical overprotectiveness and overinvestment of moms and dads. The insurgency goes by many names — slow parenting, simplicity parenting, free-range parenting — but the message is the same: Less is more; hovering is dangerous; failure is fruitful. You really want your children to succeed? Learn when to leave them alone. When you lighten up, they'll fly higher. We're often the ones who hold them down"

Excellent advice

Reporter writes a "letter from my 60-year-old self that would have been of some real use at 16".

Climate change article from 1975

Remember "global cooling"?

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Unf***ing believable: SEALs Face Assault Charges for Capturing Most-Wanted Terrorist

How the hell are troops supposed to operate in an environment like this?

Ahmed Hashim Abed, whom the military code-named "Objective Amber," told investigators he was punched by his captors — and he had the bloody lip to prove it.

Now, instead of being lauded for bringing to justice a high-value target, three of the SEAL commandos, all enlisted, face assault charges and have retained lawyers.

Man Brought Back To Life After 47 Minutes

Story re a 56-Year-Old Man Brought Back To Life After 47 Minutes, 4,500 Chest Compressions And 8 Zaps With Defibrillator.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Seriously misguided public awareness campaign

From the annals of good ideas gone horribly, horribly, wrong, comes this seriously misguided attempt at a domestic violence awareness campaign. As hatched by a Danish advocacy group, the “Hit The Bitch” website allows you (or someone like you), in the guise a meaty male hand, to beat the crap out of a woman. And, for the sake of convenience, to simulate the beating, you can use either your mouse or your webcam.

Plundering California: Public-sector unions have brought the state to its knees.

...government employees—thanks largely to the power of their unions—have carved out special protections that exempt them from many of the rules that other working Americans must live by. California has been on the cutting edge of this dangerous trend, which has essentially turned government employees into a special class of citizens.

Man finds out Charles Manson is his father

Wow. How badly would this suck?

A Gandhi-following, peace-loving, free-spirited vegetarian who was adopted at birth has discovered the worst possible thing a son could find out about his father – his dad is Charles Manson.

Nat Geo's gallery - stone forest

Madagascar’s limestone towers, and the flora and fauna living therein.

Mussolini's blood and brain are for sale on the internet

The granddaughter of Italy's fascist dictator Benito Mussolini has said that blood and parts of his brain have been stolen to sell on the internet.

How mosquitos hear


Sunday, November 22, 2009

Patient trapped in a 23-year 'coma' was conscious all along


Behind enemy lines

The organizer in chief's "Organizing for America" has put the call out for people to email their local papers and write a letter to the editor supporting government takeover of healthcare. They've created a really spiffy, easy way to do this - you just plunk in your zip code, fill out the form, and it links to all local papers and sends letters.

via Freerepublic - "PLEASE take a minute to do this today and jump behind enemy lines to help kill the bill."

Restore a little peace to your soul

Feeling frazzled after watching the 'Skins shoot themselves in their collective feet once again? Watch this video of Il Silenzio (a variation of Taps) with trumpet solo by a 13 year old girl.

Sculpture of Wonder Woman, made from Wonder Bread

The artist writes: "This is a sculpture I made in 2008, a Wonder Woman made out of Wonder® brand white bread and its packaging. I used 11 loafs of bread as well as their bags, in case you're curious."

Climate change pushes poor women to prostitution

“Climate change could reduce income from farming and fishing, possibly driving some women into sex work and thereby increase HIV infection."

Hacked e-mails won’t stop an industry as lucrative as global warming

From Wretchard at Belmont Club:

These multibillion dollar funding schemes are unlikely to end simply because an inconvenient truth has been discovered.

Burkha Barbie

"One of the world's most famous children's toys, Barbie, has been given a makeover - wearing a burkha."

Guide to the Ultimate DIY Thanksgiving

From Popular Mechanics. Link.

Galileo's fingers, tooth are found

Two fingers and a tooth removed from Galileo Galilei's corpse in a Florentine basilica in the 18th century and given up for lost have been found again and will soon be put on display.

SNL finially goes off on Obama

SNL Obama skit.

Sarah Palin’s uterus has a blog.

Something of a response to Andrew Sullivan's obsession, apparently. Excellent idea.