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  1. Assisted suicides

    This article was in the news today and I sympathise with this couple. Debbie Purdy 'ecstatic' as she wins House of Lords appeal over assisted suicide Multiple sclerosis sufferer Debbie Purdy has won a landmark court battle that campaigners fear could lead to more people ending their lives in...

    Started by OpenMind, 07-31-2009 03:47 AM
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  2. A Pathetic Looking Handsome Man

    Mitt Romney was a guest on Fox News this morning, and the man just walked all over himself, even though that unbiased(?) joker of a journalist Chris Wallace threw him mostly softballs and let the guy get away with obvious inconsistencies and blatant untruths for the first half of the interview....

    Started by Ahso!, 03-07-2010 08:53 AM
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    03-07-2010 01:31 PM Go to last post
  3. Conservative Education Scholar's About-Face

    Diane Ravitch - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (, a long time advocate of conservative values regarding public education has been changing her views on 'no child left behind', 'charter schools' and 'privatization' of our school system. She says...

    Started by Ahso!, 03-04-2010 05:57 AM
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    03-04-2010 08:52 AM Go to last post
  4. Think Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were a politicized financial disaster? Just wait.

    Think Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were a politicized financial disaster? Just wait until pension funds implode. The Next Catastrophe - Reason Magazine ( Illinois Pension Fund $61 Billion Underwater; State Borrows Money For...

    Started by BTS, 02-24-2010 05:54 PM
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    02-26-2010 11:47 AM Go to last post
  5. "Funny Politics"

    I didnt know if If I should post this in Bizarre News Stories or Conspiracy Theories. 111 Republicans who have been refusing to participate in well, doing their jobs by taking a non participatory stance on anything that shoots down the pipe from the White House have been crying America is becoming...

    Started by Nomad, 02-17-2010 10:34 PM
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    02-19-2010 07:35 AM Go to last post
  6. First..........Do No Harm

    I found this article from Time that I would like to share. Doing Good Badly By NANCY GIBBS Cynicism is among our most punctual instincts. Within days of the earthquake in Haiti, there came warnings of impending compassion fatigue, wagers of how long it would be before we turned away to the...

    Started by along-for-the-ride, 02-14-2010 09:54 AM
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    02-14-2010 02:48 PM Go to last post
  7. Another State, Another Politician, Another Scandal

    I am a bit disheartened by news like this: SC Gov. Sanford admits affair after going AWOL - Yahoo! News ( I realize that Governors are human too, with faults and the capability of poor judgment. But, he does hold a job in public office. He is...

    Started by along-for-the-ride, 06-24-2009 02:44 PM
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  8. Bidding For Representation

    In light of the new decision of the U.S, Supreme Court affording corporations equal 1st amendment rights as individual citizens, I've been thinking about how we as a body politic might adapt to this decision. What might we do? Clearly faced with enormous disadvantages, you and I as ordinary...

    Started by Ahso!, 01-22-2010 12:49 PM
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  9. Jailed for self defense?

    What do you all think: Is it reasonable to suspect that criminals such as this may return with a gun or do the same to another family if not stopped permanently? Is it a reasonable defense to claim emotion caused this man and his brother to chase the thief down and beat him senseless? I know...

    Started by Ahso!, 12-15-2009 12:08 PM
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    01-21-2010 09:03 AM Go to last post
  10. America's Infrastructure

    I'd like to create a thread that might give the world a bit of perspective here Firstly, America has no business making it's own infrastructure last on their priority list! :mad: Sadly, it takes thousands of deaths for people to get rightly concerned with how poor Americas infrastructure is!...

    Started by K.Snyder, 12-21-2009 03:02 PM
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    12-22-2009 05:26 PM Go to last post
  11. Romanticizing the importance of education...

    I'm puting this in social issues and news because I think that the lack of interest associated with education is very much a concern... I've been one to feel that education is the single most powerful attribute you can have... I'd saved this in the hopes we'd implement an education section to...

    Started by K.Snyder, 09-02-2008 12:20 PM
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    12-22-2009 10:18 AM Go to last post
  12. Poll Poll: Common Law vs Civil Law

    I'd like to get a perspective on what people here at FG favor in particular. I personally see good and bad aspects in both Common Law vs Civil Law

    Started by K.Snyder, 12-10-2009 05:09 PM
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  13. Fighting firework fires while ignoring good advice

    A fireworks factory owner and his son have been convicted of the manslaughter of two firemen killed in an explosion. BBC News - Pair jailed over firework deaths ( It puzzles me that the operational directors of a company like Railtrack can...

    Started by spot, 12-16-2009 08:56 AM
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    12-17-2009 08:35 AM Go to last post
  14. Bay schools phase out gay-friendly curriculum

    ALAMEDA, Calif. – The school board blinked. Under the duress of a lawsuit and threats of recall, the Alameda Board of Education has voted to phase out an elementary school curriculum it adopted in May to prevent anti-gay bullying. The so-called Lesson 9, which had become an opposition...

    Started by Jazzy, 12-10-2009 07:30 AM
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  15. A Corrupt Future

    Are murderers and drug dealers the biggest concern for our society? Gillies, a 27-year veteran of the FBI, called corruption in all its multiple forms, whether in law enforcement or in the judicial system, or involving tax cheats and fraudsters, "our number one criminal threat" in the United...

    Started by koan, 12-09-2009 11:36 AM
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    12-09-2009 05:43 PM Go to last post
  16. London Mayor Shuts Down Westminster Bridge in early afternoon

    The Mayor of London has decreed that Westminster Bridge will be closed in the early afternoon, on sunny days. This is because a strange phenomenon happens when sunlight passes through the balustrade of the bridge, forming a small army of..... well...... see for yourself!...:)

    Started by BTS, 11-16-2009 12:13 PM
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    11-17-2009 01:49 AM Go to last post
  17. Slavery can be a Good Thing

    Of course, slavery is never a good thing, it is a horrible thing and yet the long term results may not be as dire as we envision. Al Roker a popular TV personality in the US is tracing his roots and found that his ancestors were brought to the Caribbean as slaves eventually received their own...

    Started by QUINNSCOMMENTARY, 09-02-2008 10:34 AM
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    11-16-2009 02:47 PM Go to last post
  18. The War on Drugs

    Could we try to define a state of affairs in which this could be declared won? What would constitute victory? Who would have won it and who would have lost?

    Started by spot, 10-06-2008 10:41 AM
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    11-12-2009 01:40 PM Go to last post
  19. Big Brother is showing his face

    Today, the Telegraph reported that "...All telecoms companies and internet service providers will be required by law to keep a record of every customer's personal communications, showing who they are contacting, when, where and which websites they are visiting." Read the report here: Every...

    Started by OpenMind, 11-10-2009 11:04 AM
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    11-11-2009 10:21 AM Go to last post
  20. A 13-year-old girl refuses to obey her parents and becomes a national hero.

    Girl's Refusal to Be Child Bride Inspires Nation Even President of India Wanted to Meet Rekha Kalindi She's been called a leader and an icon, and her actions are considered revolutionary – all because 13-year-old Rekha Kalindi refused to be married off and wanted to attend school instead. ...

    Started by Rapunzel, 10-12-2009 08:57 AM
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    10-14-2009 01:00 PM Go to last post

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