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