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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Evidence of post-traumatic stress disorder can be traced back to 1300BC -- much earlier than previously thought -- say researchers. The team at Anglia Ruskin University analysed translations from ancient Iraq or Mesopotamia. Accounts of soldiers being visited by "ghosts they faced in battle" fitted with a modern diagnosis of PTSD. The condition was likely to be as old as human civilization, researchers concluded. read more


Saturday, January 24, 2015

From Valerie Tarico of Alternet, they are the following: Chosen people, holy war, blasphemy, glorified suffering, genital mutilation, blood sacrifice, Hell, karma, eternal life, male ownership of female fertility and bibliolatry (aka book worship). "Religions tend to invent ideas or concepts rather than technologies, but like every other creative human enterprise, they produce some really bad ones along with the good," Tarico writes. read more


Friday, January 23, 2015

Sarah Palin has called out Beltway Republicans for "deflated balls." read more


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Animated sperm, nonsense corn metaphors, STD slideshows and more unhelpful advice from the abstinence-only trenches. read more


Were the Charlie Hebdo attacks France's 9-11? If so, France, then please: Don't follow our example, and don't become what we became.

Ma chère France: ne suis pas notre exemple. read more


Comments

That's a really good question: Why 21?

I always told my students Wikipedia - which they were going to use no matter what I said - is a decent place to start. (But check, recheck, and recheck the rechecks, elsewhere.)

Age of majority - when you are no longer legally have child-of-your-parents status varies (en.wikipedia.org), from 8 (for females only) in Iran and Saudi Arabia (14 for males inn both places)to 18 (a lot of places) to 21 (the US, Azerbaijan, Lestoho, Namibia, Swaziland, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, and some more). Eighteen seems to be a popular cut-off point.

For drinking age (en.wikipedia.org), 18 is awfully popular (although the ------ go for 14, with restrictions)followed by 21.

But, again, why?

From the Andrew Bacevich article to which Zakaria refers -- "Even If We Defeat the Islamic State, We Still Lose the Bigger War" at www.washingtonpost.com

As America's efforts to "degrade and ultimately destroy" Islamic State militants extend into Syria, Iraq War III has seamlessly morphed into Greater Middle East Battlefield XIV. That is, Syria has become at least the 14th country in the Islamic world that U.S. forces have invaded or occupied or bombed, and in which American soldiers have killed or been killed. And that's just since 1980.

Let's tick them off: Iran (1980, 1987-1988), Libya (1981, 1986, 1989, 2011), Lebanon (1983), Kuwait (1991), Iraq (1991-2011, 2014-), Somalia (1992-1993, 2007-), Bosnia (1995), Saudi Arabia (1991, 1996), Afghanistan (1998, 2001-), Sudan (1998), Kosovo (1999), Yemen (2000, 2002-), Pakistan (2004-) and now Syria. Whew.

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