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Happy Mothers’ Day

The United States has the second worst newborn mortality rate in the developed world … American babies are three times more likely to die in their first month as children born in Japan, and...

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McNugget Blowback

Men in white rubber suits and gas masks chasing down chickens in rural villages… Chickens sold and slaughtered in live markets… Wild birds flying across the sky… These are the typical images broadcast by...

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Hear No Evil

We got into this dilemma because we essentially dont have a strategy for dealing with the Iranian nuclear issue. By we I mean the United States and the Bush administration … In the spring...

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Stonehenge’s Better PR

Here’s a nice array of ancient calendar observatories but unfortunately, as usual, for the Hibernian Isles it skips over all the really meaningful stuff and focusses on Stonehenge. I blame Spinal Tap for much...

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Mr Smiley vs Mr Simley

I find it a startling example of nominative determinism that when WalMart punts a spokesman to defend its attempt to trademark the Smiley Face, his name just happens to be Mr Simley.

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Prance On Ye Merrie Foole

Just as absolute monarchs of old had their court jesters, with deliberate comic idioms as a mock reflection of the King’s, so today we have the prancing Stephen Colbert. Also as one big download....

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Kirkuk A Go Go

Hundreds of Shiite Muslim militiamen have deployed in recent weeks to [Kirkuk] — widely considered the most likely flash point for an Iraqi civil war — vowing to fight any attempt to shift control...

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Mummy Baby

The mummified body of a baby kept by a Concord, N.H., family has drawn attention from investigators … The current keeper of the baby, Charles Peavey, said the tiny mummy has been passed down...

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MCAT Done Gone

Updates have been a little sparse of late because I was in deep, deep cram mode for the MCAT. But that is past. Big changes are afoot…