Friday, February 8, 2013

Friday miscellaneous (2/8)

Biggest news this week wasn’t the sports or political (although it sorta includes both). Instead, Britain’s Richard III was declared winner of the longest game of hide and seek ever when his body was found under a parking lot. (How did he end up there, you might wonder.)

But considering hiding places, does anyone else share my love of secret doors? And while Richard III didn’t get what one would consider a proper burial, these ice cream flavors did. And now for the puzzling question: which is more strange, the king under the parking lot or the fake diplomatic tour of a battleship?

Alright, enough frivolity. This week also had some serious stories.

Like why the clocks in Grand Central Station are all wrong.

Or what happens when a truck full of fireworks explodes.

Or how Vladimir Putin may be losing his grip on Russia.

The Washington Post did a nice story on Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Dr. Mark Mitchell brings some sanity (if few answers) to the gun debate.

The Wall Street Journal tackles immigration, economy, Social Security, higher education, and housing costs all at once:

For more than three decades, Chinese women have been subjected to their country's brutal one-child policy. Those who try to have more children have been subjected to fines and forced abortions. Their houses have been razed and their husbands fired from their jobs. As a result, Chinese women have a fertility rate of 1.54. Here in America, white, college-educated women—a good proxy for the middle class—have a fertility rate of 1.6. America has its very own one-child policy. And we have chosen it for ourselves.
And speaking of immigration, one author argues that “illegal immigrants” are in reality just the lowest tier of admission. And the Washington Post (likely not inspired by my article, but I can always hope), presents five myths about the immigration process.

BBC gives insights into what happens at atheist “churches”.

This is strange, but has anyone else heard about the year without a summer? Apparently it contributed to the writing of Frankenstein.

Here’s a nice iconographic regarding student preparation for college.

This article presents a different side of the moral relativists, and offers suggestions on how the Christian apologist can engage with them.

And finally, a rousing and inspirational speech from the Confederacy.
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