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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Young children who are exposed to religion have a hard time differentiating between fact and fiction, according to a new study published in the July issue of Cognitive Science. read more


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden painted a rosy picture of the outlook for U.S. businesses Tuesday, but said economic growth hinges in large part on immigration reform, now languishing in Congress. "We need it badly from a purely economic point of view," Biden said to the National Association of Manufacturers. Biden said a key to the country's solid economic footing is the "the 'constant, unrelenting stream' of immigrants that has come to the United States for generations."


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Andrew Leonard, Salon: The Greeks had a word for this, I thought, as I worked my way through Marc Andreessen's most recent epic tweet storm. The venture capitalist -- who has suddenly begun treating Twitter as his own personal pulpit for delivering Silicon Valley's version of the Sermon from the Mount -- was explaining to his 124,000 followers the awesomeness of the "superpowers" that emerging technology has bequeathed to each and every one of us: A new age of wonder is at hand, Andreessen declared; a miraculous era in which our smartphones and network-accessible Web services and 3-D printers and Uber-on-demand-everything have made us all veritable demigods. The amazing things we will do with these superpowers will overwhelm the naysayers who worry about inequality and job loss and economic decline. With our new superhuman abilities, we will all be mighty Avengers, equipped to save the world from any possible crisis, and able to develop our individual potentials to the highest maximum.


Wednesday, July 09, 2014

{eter Nicholas, Wall Street Journal: Hillary Clinton has begun distancing herself from President Barack Obama, suggesting that she would do more to woo Republicans and take a more assertive stance toward global crises, while sounding more downbeat than her former boss about the U.S. economic recovery. People are "really, really nervous" about their future, Clinton said at an event in Colorado last week that included hints of her emerging strategy to convey that she would be more effective in the pursuit of Democratic policy goals than Obama has been during his time in office. read more


Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Who is the true patriot, Hillary Clinton or Edward Snowden? The question comes up because Clinton has gone all out in attacking Snowden as a means of burnishing her hawkish credentials, eliciting Glenn Greenwald's comment that she is "like a neocon, practically." read more


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