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Revealed: Why Ancient Egyptians preferred to have sex in summers?

Revealed: Why Ancient Egyptians preferred to have sex in summers? | political sceptic | Scoop.it
The fact came to light after the excavation of over 700 graves of ancient Egyptians.

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David Connolly's curator insight, May 19, 2013 4:51 AM

work than one out??

 

Bobby Savoy's curator insight, January 30, 1:48 AM

It makes sense that they would associate summer with fertility because of the periods of the Nile. Crops are started at this time, so why not start children at the same time?

Mark Townsend's curator insight, January 31, 7:27 PM

This is a short but sweet article about how ancient egyptians preferred to have sex in the summer time in believing that a flood in the Nile River would bring prosperity to their religion.

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Report: Republicans Altered Benghazi Emails

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One day after The White House released 100 pages of Benghazi emails, a report has surfaced alleging that Republicans released a set with altered text.

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Michael Charney's curator insight, May 17, 2013 8:16 AM

The plot thickens, and the story lines solidify. Some in the GOP will, no doubt claim mainstream media bias, while some on the left will undoubtedly decry those "rethuglicans," or some such....

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Survey finds 97% of climate science papers agree warming is man-made - The Guardian

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De Smog Blog (blog) Survey finds 97% of climate science papers agree warming is man-made The Guardian Our team of citizen science volunteers at Skeptical Science has published a new survey in the journal Environmental Research Letters of over...
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Saxon skeletons unearthed near Stonehenge

Saxon skeletons unearthed near Stonehenge | political sceptic | Scoop.it
Archaeologists have discovered six pagan Saxon skeletons dating back over 1,000 years on a housing development site just a few miles from Stonehenge.
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The Peculiar Politics of Karl Rove's "Outrage" Over the IRS Flap - The Nation. (blog)

The Peculiar Politics of Karl Rove's "Outrage" Over the IRS Flap - The Nation. (blog) | political sceptic | Scoop.it
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Religious groups that claim they were IRS targets - Religion News Service

Religious groups that claim they were IRS targets - Religion News Service | political sceptic | Scoop.it
Religious groups that claim they were IRS targets Religion News Service (RNS) The Internal Revenue Service, in the limelight this week after a watchdog panel said it used “inappropriate criteria” when considering applications for tax-exempt status...
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Microscopic crystal 'flowers' build themselves in a Harvard lab - NBCNews.com

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By Jillian Scharr, TechNewsDaily. Imagine peering into a microscope and finding yourself in a garden.
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Highly Charged IRS Case Pulls In Political Agendas - NPR

Highly Charged IRS Case Pulls In Political Agendas - NPR | political sceptic | Scoop.it
Highly Charged IRS Case Pulls In Political Agendas
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... at approximately 12:00 p.m. ET. NPR's Peter Overby reports on the Congressional testimony of IRS officials in response to the scandal over special scrutiny of tea party groups.
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Arizona House OKs religious-protection measure

Arizona House OKs religious-protection measure | political sceptic | Scoop.it
By Alia Beard Rau The Republic 

Supporters of a bill that would change the state’s religious-protection law say it would strengthen Arizonans’ ability to defend their “practice or observance of religion.”

 

But critics of the legislation, particularly in the gay and transgender community, say it’s so broadly worded that it could have dangerous implications, particularly in providing a legal defense for those who ignore state law or city ordinances meant to protect groups such as same-sex couples and transgender individuals from discrimination.

 

The Arizona House on Wednesday passed Senate Bill 1178 in a 32-24 vote, with most Republicans supporting it and all Democrats opposing it. The bill still needs final Senate approval before going to the governor. The Senate has not yet scheduled a vote.

 

The conservative advocacy group Center for Arizona Policy authored the bill. Its attorney says the bill does not expand the definition of exercise of religion in a way that adds new protections. Rather, the group contends it clarifies an individual’s right to make a legal argument by allowing him or her to claim in lawsuits that a state action is a burden on a religious exercise, even when the government is not a party.

 

“It is shocking the claims that have been made about what this bill does,” said Josh Kredit, legislative counsel for the Center for Arizona Policy. “We just want to clarify the state law.”   MORE

 


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Wish I could say I'm surprised, but nothing the AZ GOP does surprises anymore.
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For Tax-Exempt Groups, Just How Much Politics Is Too Much? - NPR

For Tax-Exempt Groups, Just How Much Politics Is Too Much? - NPR | political sceptic | Scoop.it
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For Tax-Exempt Groups, Just How Much Politics Is Too Much?
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President Obama expressed outrage Monday over the Internal Revenue Service's admission that it targeted certain conservative groups for extra scrutiny.
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Could they examine the political actions of churches? Should they?

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Perspectives: Should the law allow assisted suicide? - BBC News

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As part of the Perspectives series, BBC Religion and Ethics asked two contributors to develop some of the issues.
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Unique workshop of Palaeolithic hunters discovered in Silesia | News | Science & Scholarship in Poland

Unique workshop of Palaeolithic hunters discovered in Silesia | News | Science & Scholarship in Poland | political sceptic | Scoop.it

More than a thousand flint tools and waste generated on during their treatment were discovered near Pietrowice Wielkie (Silesia) by archaeologists from the Institute of Archaeology, University of Wrocław - told PAP head researcher Dr. Andrzej Wiśniewski.

The flint workshops, remains of which were found by archaeologists, had been used by Neanderthals. The researchers are waiting for more detailed information on the site dating. The workshop is certainly more than 45 thousand years old.

"Tools were made by a specific canon of Neanderthals living in Central Europe. These items have a cutting edge on both sides, they are bifacial" - said Dr. Wiśniewski.


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What Cannibals Could Teach Us About Evolution | Popular Science

What Cannibals Could Teach Us About Evolution | Popular Science | political sceptic | Scoop.it
In the past few decades, scientists studying the eating habits of Earth's creatures have noticed something strange: the babies of several species, from.
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Report: Republicans Altered Benghazi Emails

Report: Republicans Altered Benghazi Emails | political sceptic | Scoop.it
One day after The White House released 100 pages of Benghazi emails, a report has surfaced alleging that Republicans released a set with altered text.

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Michael Charney's curator insight, May 17, 2013 8:16 AM

The plot thickens, and the story lines solidify. Some in the GOP will, no doubt claim mainstream media bias, while some on the left will undoubtedly decry those "rethuglicans," or some such....

Marilee Ritchie Hird's curator insight, May 19, 2013 10:30 AM

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Mum and dad dinosaurs shared the work

Mum and dad dinosaurs shared the work | political sceptic | Scoop.it
A study into the brooding behaviour of birds has revealed their dinosaur ancestors shared the load when it came to incubation of eggs.
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Light cast on lifestyle and diet of first New Zealanders

Light cast on lifestyle and diet of first New Zealanders | political sceptic | Scoop.it
A University of Otago-led multidisciplinary team of scientists have shed new light on the diet, lifestyles and movements of the first New Zealanders by analysing isotopes from their bones and teeth.
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free archaeology: institutionalised exploitation in the museum sector ...

free archaeology: institutionalised exploitation in the museum sector ... | political sceptic | Scoop.it
illicit antiquities trading in economic crisis, organised crime and political violence.
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Fallout from huge solar flare to sideswipe Earth - NBCNews.com (blog)

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A huge explosion on the sun will deal Earth a glancing blow Friday but should not pose a threat to the planet, scientists say.
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Nasty 'crazy' ants even drive out fire ants in Southeast - NBCNews.com (blog)

Nasty 'crazy' ants even drive out fire ants in Southeast - NBCNews.com (blog) | political sceptic | Scoop.it
Nasty 'crazy' ants even drive out fire ants in Southeast
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By Douglas Main LiveScience. Invasive fire ants have been a thorn in the sides of Southerners for years.
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Meteor crashes into moon's surface causing flash – video - The Guardian

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The impact caused a flash 10 times brighter than any other Nasa has seen since it began monitoring the lunar surface eight years ago.
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The IRS and the Real Scandal

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"Finally, all of this, coming at a time when the Supreme Court has deemed corporations “people” under the First Amendment and when income and wealth are more concentrated at the top than they’ve been in over a hundred years, has enabled America’s financial elite to further entrench their wealth and power and thereby take over much of American democracy."


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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, May 17, 2013 9:35 PM

Yes there was and is a real reason the IRS needs to check those conservative social welfare tax-free groups out. They should be doing that for all of them, the tea party and all others on all sides of the politically active groups to include right, left and middle. Just what soup kitchen did the Tea Party run or did they even do a social welfare tearoom? Some progressive groups are in that same boat.

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A ghost in here? IRS targeting Jews too? - Patheos

A ghost in here? IRS targeting Jews too? - Patheos | political sceptic | Scoop.it
Fear not religion news reporters, you too can jump into one of the hottest news stories on the wires. Buried deep within an article reporting on the Internal Revenue Services' harassment of conservative advocacy groups lurks ...
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Scandal politics sweep Capitol Hill - Politico

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Scandal politics sweep Capitol Hill
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Scandal politics are sweeping Capitol Hill.
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Because this is more important than taking care of the citizens.

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Meet the Former Aide to Dick Cheney and Wife of a Mitt Romney Advisor Who Happens to Be at the Center of the Benghazi Scandal

Meet the Former Aide to Dick Cheney and Wife of a Mitt Romney Advisor Who Happens to Be at the Center of the Benghazi Scandal | political sceptic | Scoop.it
State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland has quite the Republican party pedigree.

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Kenneth Weene's curator insight, May 13, 2013 6:49 PM

So the person who was screwing around with the response to Benghazi was a Republican water carrier; may there was a conspiracy after all, but whose?

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No, You Cannot Substitute ‘Sex’ For ‘Rape’

No, You Cannot Substitute ‘Sex’ For ‘Rape’ | political sceptic | Scoop.it

by TARA CULP-RESSLER


(Credit: Change.org)

 

On Friday afternoon, the Associated Press ran a story about a young woman in Washington state who alleges that her high school’s officials failed to protect her from a 16-year-old boy who raped her on school property, and even allowed the boy to remain in the same classroom with her after her guardian reported she was being harassed by him. The school continues to deny most of her claims, and she is seeking at least $400,000 in damages.

 

In its headline about the story, the AP chose to characterize the encounter — which took place in a bathroom at the high school — as “restroom sex”:

 

 

[More by clicking the headline]


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The substitution implies "consentual". The AP should be ashamed.

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