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NEWS: The Debate, The Rescue, And Various Superstitions

Picture 16 Road Here's where you can watch tonight's Republican debate. 9 p.m., EST.

Road Are you scientifically literate?

Road Iran says "thank you" to US for rescuing sailors from pirates.

Road "It's the sex, stupid!" -- why the GOP is more anti-sex by the day:

Even as we increasingly disown notions of procreative marital sex as the only legitimate form of sexual experience, “the public policy around sexuality is getting more conservative, more draconian,” aside from tremendous progress within the gay rights movement, says Klein. “That schizophrenia has been in evidence since the day that George Bush took office — you could even say since the day that Bill Clinton was impeached.”

... It’s a backlash that Cohen refers to in her book as “the sexual counterrevolution.”

Road Some NH cafes banning candidates.

Road How much Tim Cook is making, and other depressing numbers.

Road Belated happy birthday to David Bowie. 65! Whoodathunkit?

Road This girl really didn't want to write a paper about OWS.

Road We are a primitive, primitive speies. Parisian boy killed for witchcraft:

... Mr. Bikubi had accused the boy and two of his siblings of witchcraft, the court heard.

All three were beaten and other children were forced to join in the attacks. But it was Kristy who became the focus of Mr Bikubi's attention, the prosecution said.

The teenager was said to be in such pain after days of being hit with an "armoury of weapons" including sticks, pliers, a metal bar, hammer and chisel that he begged to die.

Brian Altman QC, prosecuting, said: "Eventually Bikubi took him into the bathroom, put him in the bath and started to run the water.

"Kristy was just too badly injured and exhausted to resist or to keep his head above the water."

Road Actual questions from third graders' homework:

Each tree had 56 oranges. If eight slaves pick them equally, then how much would each slave pick?

If Frederick got two beatings per day, how many beatings did he get in one week?

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Road No more degrees in homeopathy from British universities. Other "non-evidence-based medicines" are on the chopping block, too.

Road WATCH adorable Swedish children talk about God, AFTER THE JUMP ...


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  1. The sexual revolution has reduced lesbianism to a performance act for the benefit of sexist and homophobic straight guys. It caused me to re-assess the sexual revolution. I came to the conclusion that it was about propping up the sleazy straight guy fantasy rather than liberating sexuality.

    Also, note how gay and bisexual men are still highly segregated by liberals. Therefore, women are encouraged to make out with each other for straight male perverts who don't give a rat's about gay rights whereas men can only be intimate with other men in highly segregaged environments.

    And there, in a nutshell, is why I've turned against the sexual revolution as a gay man.

    Posted by: jason | Jan 7, 2012 8:49:39 PM

  2. Sorry, I'm not going to play along with the Tim Cook thing. He's a gay man who has run Apple arguably better than Steve Jobs did. Apple is among the world's most successful companies, so why is it depressing to know that the CEO earns around $60 million?

    Bill Gates is worth around $60 billion. That's a b, not an m. Be glad for the gay guy.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 7, 2012 9:02:42 PM

  3. Belated birthday to Bowie? are we in the future? his birthday is the eighth.

    Posted by: Nick | Jan 7, 2012 9:30:58 PM

  4. I hope that Mr. Bikubi, the guy who beat the Parisian boy to death, receive the same or not harsher punishment. He should be removed from earth and in the worst of ways ... As a former employee of Apple I say that Tim Cook deserves every dime he gets from running the most successful company in the world ... as for the candidates like Santorum (make sure you google his name repeatedly over and over) who believe gay is bad, reverse their attempted claims. Gay is good. Gay is good. No matter what they say, gay is good ... Why on earth would anyone want to watch the Republican debeates ... and finally, I equate gay Catholics on the same level as Gay Republicans. It's a misnomer, repugnant, - no gay person should EVER be Catholic or believe in the Catholic indoctrination. And if you do believe me, you are seen and considered by the gay community as being outright ignorant and brain-washed. The Catholic Church wants you, the gay person, dead. Republicans hate your gay guts and want you destroy. What is it you don't get?

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Jan 7, 2012 11:17:35 PM

  5. @OS2GUY. Remember it was all in the name of the xtian religion.

    Posted by: sylvatica | Jan 8, 2012 2:36:04 AM

  6. "We are a primitive, primitive speies" I'm assuming you mean species.

    We are the most advanced species on Earth. If you have a problem with superstition, also known as religion, you should say so. Don't smear us all with the same mud.

    Posted by: Mike | Jan 8, 2012 5:14:12 AM

  7. I don't care whether the CEO of Apple is gay or not. His salary is outrageous and disgusting. Imagine how many poor people his salary could feed. An absolute and utter disgrace.

    Posted by: jason | Jan 8, 2012 7:03:57 AM

  8. I'm with Jason on Tim Cook's salary. The people in China making the macbooks and iphones are killing themselves for it. The conditions are horrendous. The workers are facing physical debilitation from repetitive stress by their late 20's, suicide is common from a sense of hopelessness, 13 and 14 yr olds are routinely hired. Is it logical that these workers "deserve" what they get so Tim Cook can receive what he "deserves"? We're not even gonna touch the issue of n-hexane exposure. It totally sucks. There is no safety net for these workers injured in the line of work. Unless you count the one surrounding the factory walls to catch the jumpers. I wish I was kidding about this. I'm not.

    Posted by: kodiak | Jan 8, 2012 7:43:54 AM

  9. Good for cook.

    As for Bikubi should be necklaced. I don't christianity is totally to blame. I think it's a combo of christ and native beliefs.

    Posted by: oousslander | Jan 8, 2012 10:16:01 AM

  10. Man the Christians are a busy bunch! Practicing their faith from Gwinnett County, Georgia to the Congo.

    Posted by: Danny | Jan 8, 2012 10:40:46 AM

  11. @ Mike: I think it depends on what you mean by "advanced," doesn't it? How many species besides man make war--send their children to make war in order to defend the privilege of the privileged?

    Advanced indeed.

    Posted by: Danny | Jan 8, 2012 10:42:59 AM

  12. @Kodiak: yes, I am aware of all those things. I don't think that you're kidding. There were about 14 suicides of Apple workers in 2010. The problem isn't Apple: it's China.

    Name me a major or even medium-size U.S. company that doesn't have agreements with China and looks the other way on its human rights abuses. It's a government that kills and imprisons its people pretty much randomly. Do a bit more research and see how China is raping Africa. Again, I can't agree that Apple is at fault. And if they choose to pay their CEO a lot (mostly in stock) for making it the second most profitable company in the world, so be it.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 8, 2012 11:18:54 AM

  13. @ Paul R:

    Seriously? Are you actually making the argument that if a corporation or individual puts their workers through hell to make a profit in a country where that's allowed, we should ignore their abuse and blame only the country? The fact that almost so many companies eagerly exploit workers wherever they have the fewest protections leaves them all at fault, it doesn't excuse individuals, and that list includes Apple.

    By all means China holds the blame for what it's doing to its people, and for what it allows corporations to do to its people, but the Chinese government didn't hold a gun to Tim Cook's head and demand that Apple first choose to use Chinese factories and then take advantage of the atrocious labour conditions there. Apple chose to do so because treating and paying its workers horribly means more profits for its shareholders, and it should absolutely carry the blame for making that choice.

    Posted by: R Lavigueur | Jan 8, 2012 11:36:20 AM

  14. No, that wasn't the argument that I was making---and I realize that my response was poorly written, so I'm sorry. My two main points are that we need to crack down on countries like China and that Tim Cook, the CEO of an amazingly successful company, shouldn't be singled out for his insane salary. A lot of people make a lot more doing a lot less.

    For the record, Apple has taken steps to improve conditions for its Chinese workers. I'm not there, so I can't say whether anything has really changed. Obviously I hope so.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 8, 2012 2:26:54 PM

  15. @Jason: If he's making too much for your taste, how much should Tim Cook's salary be? Given Tim reports to Apple's board of directors and shareholders, how do you think his salary should be determined?

    Posted by: Inside | Jan 9, 2012 2:10:45 PM

  16. Come on, folks! Quit complaining about Apple and what their head guy gets. They are only doing what a lot of other companies are doing. I.E. Have your products manufactured by low pay countries where you do not have to worry about costs for decent wages, or employee benefits, but sell them at the old American prices so you can become one of the richest families in the world. As the "Godfather" said, "It's only business; nothing personal".

    Posted by: Jerry6 | Jan 10, 2012 5:43:56 PM

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