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Philosopher A.C. Grayling: The ‘Golden Rule’ ignores diversity

British philosopher and public intellectual A.C. Grayling claimed at the Sydney Writers’ Festival that the biblical Golden Rule — one should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself — is not always a good standard for morality, because it ignores differences between people. “But you have to…

Bachmann: Founding fathers ‘worked tirelessly’ to end slavery

WASHINGTON – Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) said the United States was founded on racial and ethnic diversity and that the founding fathers were responsible for abolishing slavery. Speaking at an event sponsored by Iowans For Tax Relief, Bachmann hailed the “different cultures, different backgrounds, different traditions” of the early European…

UN says lack of crop diversity threatens food supply

Experts from the Rome-based organisation warned that the loss of biodiversity will have a major impact on humankind’s ability to feed itself in the future as the global population rises to nine billion by 2050. “There are thousands of wild crop relatives that… hold genetic secrets that enable them to…

Conservatives declare war on NPR

Juan Williams accepts Fox News gig less than 24 hours after being fired from NPR, accuses NPR of not being interested in racial diversity Less than 24 hours after NPR news analyst Juan Williams was fired for saying he felt “nervous” and “worried” when he saw Muslims at airports, he…

Xbox Live lifts taboos on race, sexual preference

SAN FRANCISCO — Xbox Live users are now free to express their race, religion, nationality and sexual orientation in profiles at the popular online videogame community. Microsoft on Friday modified the Xbox Live code of conduct for some 23 million members of the network accessed through Xbox 360 videogame consoles.…

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