Thursday, November 4

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> Rick Mansfield's initial review of the updated NIV text is really well done. ~ link

The success of the American political system is dependent on maintaining a strong dialectical tension between the two main parties. If the Republicans get too much power the weak and the vulnerable end up suffering. If the Democrats get too much power we all become weak and vulnerable.

When we share power we get things done. When too much power ends up in one corner or another we spend all our energy trying to undermine the opposition.

Man dies from caffeine OD. ~ Time

I learned from JD Payne's post on native people in North America that there are 366,954 Native American's living in Arizona. And that's not all. ~ link

Boa constrictor gives 'virgin birth' to extraordinary babies ~ BBC

Greg Stone on the Phoenix Islands ~ YouTube

"A bill legalizing, regulating, and taxing marijuana use for medicinal and other purposes in the CNMI passed the House of Representatives yesterday afternoon, adding to a list of revenue-generating bills pending in the 17th Legislature... (The) bill allows people at least 21 years old to 'possess, cultivate, or transport marijuana for personal use.'" ~ Saipan Tribune

Prepare online to take the US citizenship test. ~ link

World population infographic. Enlightening. ~ link

"Accommodation is asking the majority culture to change to be hospitable to the minority culture." ~ link

Denver voters have soundly defeated a ballot measure which would have created a commission to officially track space aliens. You win some -- and lose some. ~ link

Politicians protecting us from the evils of Happy Meals, as though they were a major cause of health problems:
San Francisco's Board of Supervisors has voted, by a veto-proof margin, to ban most of McDonald's Happy Meals as they are now served in the restaurants.

The measure will make San Francisco the first major city in the United States to forbid restaurants from offering a free toy with meals that contain more than set levels of calories, sugar and fat.

The ordinance would also require restaurants to provide fruits and vegetables with all meals for children that come with toys.
Next on the agenda is to make a law requiring children to eat brussel sprouts.
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