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Are humans reshaping Earth?

LONDON (AFP) – If alien geologists were to visit our planet 10 million years from now, would they discern a distinct human fingerprint in Earth’s accumulating layers of rock and sediment? Will homo sapiens, in other words, define a geological period in the way dinosaurs — and their vanishing act…

Children’s books ‘powerful conduit’ for gender stereotypes

Children’s books are biased towards stories that feature male lead characters, even when the characters are animals, according to the largest study of 20th century children’s books undertaken in the United States. Children’s books are a “dominant blueprint of shared cultural values, meanings, and expectations,” the authors of the study…

Huh? Chuck Norris warns Shariah law is coming to the United States

Martial artist and actor Chuck Norris warned that Shariah, the religious law of Islam, is infiltrating American society in an article published by the fringe conservative news website WorldNetDaily. The star of the TV series Walker, Texas Ranger cited five examples of how Shariah law had seeped into society and…

Santorum: Gays already have enough rights

Likely Republican presidential candidate and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum told Fox News’ Chris Wallace Sunday that LGBT people don’t deserve equal rights. “You opposed gay marriage,” Wallace noted. “I did,” Santorum agreed. “You oppose civil unions, you want to reinstate ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ Do you think gays have…

Medvedev says 2.5 million Russians are drug addicts

IRKUTSK, Russia (AFP) – Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Monday called for drug testing in schools, warning that narcotics abuse was now such a major problem that it was weighing down the economy. Speaking at a government meeting in the Siberian city of Irkutsk, identified by officials as a particular…

Rick Santorum borrows slogan from poem by gay rights advocate

A former Republican senator who warned that acceptance of homosexuality could lead to “man on child, man on dog” relations borrowed his presidential campaign slogan from a pro-union poem written by a gay rights advocate. Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum announced Thursday that he would be setting up a fundraising…

China set to outstrip US in science research output

LONDON (AFP) – China has shot to second place in the number of articles published in international science magazines and in a few years will take the top spot from the United States, according to a new report. “China has already overtaken the UK as the second leading producer of…

Teen in U.S. charged in death of family hamster

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) – A U.S. teenager has been charged with a felony, and could face a two-year prison sentence if convicted, for killing her family’s pet hamster, authorities said. Monique Smith, 19, of Brooklyn was arguing with a family member in June when she reached for the hamster,…

Clinton hopes US will split Taliban from Al-Qaeda

NEW YORK (AFP) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton voiced hope Friday that US-led military efforts would split the Taliban from Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, laying the groundwork for a lasting political settlement. In a speech at the Asia Society in New York, Clinton reaffirmed US plans to start reducing troops…

Jim DeMint: Obama is not ‘the leader of our country’

WASHINGTON – Arch-conservative Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) said Thursday that President Barack Obama should not be considered the leader of the United States. “This whole idea that the President is the leader of our country is a mistake,” DeMint said during a speech to the Washington, DC chapter of the…

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