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An appeal to the Golden Rule increases opposition to torture among every subgroup of white evangelicals. For example, only about one third (34%) of white evangelicals who attend worship services more than once a week say torture is never or rarely justified, but a majority (50%) of this group was persuaded by the Golden Rule argument against torture. This represents a 16-point shift in opinion among the most frequent attending white evangelicals in the South. –“Poll – Southern White Evangelicals on Torture,” Public Religion Research
Imagine we are children. Mother has a bad temper, and occasionally makes mistakes. Sometimes she curses you, and occasionally beats you. But she bore and raised you through childhood, and worked hard her whole life for your happiness. When you run across one of her mistakes, would you complain, oppose, and betray her? I think that one should look at ones country with the same principle! –“A Little Reflection on Patriotism,” Fenqing Net (trans. chinageeks)
Misfortune often begins with visions, and Josephine Baker had her own vision. She did something that many celebrities would later emulate: She adopted children from poor countries to give them the opportunity of a better life… Child number 10, a small indigenous boy from Venezuela, came in 1959. The global mother needed to complete her collection. –“Josephine Baker’s Rainbow Tribe,” Merlind Theile, Spiegel Online
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Number of U.S. states where insurance companies can consider spousal abuse a preexisting condition:
Sherpas warned that global warming was making it more difficult to climb Mt. Everest.
In Norfolk six black-tipped reef sharks, a bonnethead shark, a bowmouth guitar shark, six penguins, and a green sea turtle were evacuated from the Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary because of flooding.
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Notes on South Africa’s failed revolution
“I will never know what goes on in your mind, or what that shield of a smile behind which we try to advance should tell us.”