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The Consequences of Not Challenging the Islamic State

Submitted by adminx on Sat, 08/02/2014 - 14:20

Aljazeera August 2, 2014 by Mohamed Ghilan

The Islamic State's violence against minority groups and non-Sunni sects goes against the teachings of Islam.

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Mosul is empty of Christians for the first time in its history, writes Ghilan [Reuters]

Dinosours Regularly "Shrunk" To Become Birds

Submitted by adminx on Fri, 08/01/2014 - 12:41

BBC Nature News July 31, 2014 by Zoe Gough

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Body trait analysis shows the miniaturisation of theropods started about 50 million years before Archaeopteryx, the earliest bird, lived.

Theropods shrunk 12 times from 163kg (25st 9lb) to 0.8kg (1.8lb), before becoming modern birds.

The researchers found theropods were the only dinosaurs to get continuously smaller.

FCC's Net Neutrality Concerns

Submitted by adminx on Fri, 08/01/2014 - 12:00

U.S. News & World Report July 31, 2014 by Tom Risen

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is concerned about Verizon slowing the download speeds of some data users.

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Lobbyists Quietly Advise GOP On Gay Marriage Shift

Submitted by adminx on Thu, 07/31/2014 - 15:02

THE HILL July 30, 2014 by Megan R. Wilson

Republicans on K Street are helping members of their party shift their stance on gay rights issues.

Kathryn Lehman, a top GOP lobbyist and partner at Holland & Knight, carries a list of 40 to 50 Republican offices in the House and Senate she visits on behalf of Freedom to Marry, a group that backs same-sex marriage.

War On Christianity?

Submitted by adminx on Thu, 07/31/2014 - 14:40

Huff Post Politics July 31, 2014 by Roy Speckhardt

When Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the House, was asked how LGBTQ couples could form a meaningful relationship in a country often hostile to gay people, he responded without a sense of irony that "The bigotry question goes both ways. And there is a lot more anti-Christian bigotry today than there is on the other side."

Sen. Reid Vows To Protect Net Neutrality

Submitted by adminx on Wed, 07/30/2014 - 22:33

THE HILL July 30, 2014 by Kate Tummarello

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is pledging to protect net neutrality from Republican attacks.

IPCC Climate Change Report's Findings Must Be Accepted, MPs Say

Submitted by adminx on Tue, 07/29/2014 - 18:32

The Guardian Tuesday July 29, 2014 by Fiona Harvey

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Smoke billowing out from a plant in Japan, where the second part of the IPCC report was launched

The world’s most comprehensive report yet on the science of climate change has been strongly endorsed by an influential group of MPs.

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