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Noam Chomsky: 911 Conspiracy Theorists Get Over It!

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[Sociology]
Noam Chomsky talks about who gained in the wake of the WTC bombing and 9/11 conspiracy theories.

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Daniel Dennett: Ants, Terrorism, and the Awesome Power of Memes

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Here's one of those talks that can change your view of the world forever. Starting with the deceptively simple story of an ant, Dan Dennett unleashes a dazzling sequence of ideas, making a powerful case for the existence of "memes" -- a term coined by Richard Dawkins for mental concepts that are literally alive and capable of spreading from brain to brain. On the way, look out for:
+ a powerful one-sentence secret of happiness
+ a compelling insight into terrorists' motivation
+ a chilling view of Islam
And just when you think you know where the talk's heading, it dramatically shifts direction and questions some of western culture's fundamental assumptions. This. Is. Unmissable.

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Richard Dawkins' The Root of all Evil?

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Richard Dawkins steps away from his more traditional role as evolutionary biologist and talks more about the obsolete role religion has in society. Here's a show that was produced and aired in the UK that US network television would never have have the balls to air. Check it out. The extended DVD of this show has just recently been released.

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Ode To Baby Boomers

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[Bad Parents]
[Sociology]
They took everything from their parents and gave nothing to their kids but problems.

The entire country went down the drain on their watch.

Now they demand more money from the government (US) so they can keep going to Biloxi to piss it into slot machines.

Instead, they should each get an itemized bill.

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Today We Call People Heroes For Doing Their Jobs

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[Sociology]
Rosa Brooks at the Los Angeles times has penned a provocative editorial we think is worthy of mentioning:

Civil service is commendable, but worshiping soldiers and police for doing their duty has gotten out of control.

'Everyone's a hero, everyone's a star," sings Jon Bon Jovi on his 2005 album, "Have a Nice Day." It's an insipid song, but a fitting anthem for what has become a thoroughly insipid age.

Once upon a time, you had to do something truly exceptional to qualify as a full-fledged hero: single-handedly hold off a battalion of enemy soldiers to allow your platoon to escape, or rescue 100 children from a Nazi concentration camp. But today, just showing up at your Army recruiting station makes you an instant hero -- and getting yourself hurt or killed doubles your heroism, even if you were sound asleep when your supply convoy went over an IED.

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Al Sharpton Debates Christopher Hitchens

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Taking on possibly the greatest issue of our time - the malignant force of religion in the world - Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion through a close and learned reading of the major religious texts, citing numerous historical instances in which sexual repression and outrageous acts of violence have been committed in the name of God. He argues for a more secular life based on science and reason, in which hell is replaced by the Hubble telescope's awesome view of the universe, and Moses and the burning bush give way to the beauty and symmetry of the double helix.

Join The New York Public Library as the Reverand Al Sharpton and author Christopher Hitchens debate faith, religion and God.

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Top Gear In America

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[Television]
[Sociology]
What happens when the offbeat British car show, "Top Gear" comes to America? The challenge starts with the three hosts landing in Miami and having to each purchase a vehicle for $1000 and drive it all the way to New Orleans.

Watch the BBC show online and you'll quickly understand why something like this will never air on American television. There are a few moments that make "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" look like a Sunday drive.

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Richard Scarry Child's Book Made Politically Correct

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Recognize the book? Maybe from your childhood? Well depending upon how old you are you might notice some differences between the 1963 version of "The Best Word Book Ever" and the 1990s version, namely the elimination of any reference to native indians, the old west, or other colorful characters, the complete androgonization of pronouns and career titles, and dad doing the dishes. There's a neat web site that details the changes this revered children's book has undergone in the last few decades.

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Religion Bad For Society?

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[Sociology]
Religious belief can cause damage to a society, contributing towards high murder rates, abortion, sexual promiscuity and suicide, according to research published today.

According to the study, belief in and worship of God are not only unnecessary for a healthy society but may actually contribute to social problems.

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450 Sheep Commit Suicide in Turkey

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First one sheep jumped to its death. Then stunned Turkish shepherds, who had left the herd to graze while they had breakfast, watched as nearly 1,500 others followed, each leaping off the same cliff, Turkish media reported.

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