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Church of England General Synod approves female bishops
"The synod had been threatened with parliamentary action if the measure had failed, and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, had prepared contingency plans to dissolve it and call fresh elections if the vote had gone the wrong way. But the crisis was averted by a change of mind, and vote, among lay members." Sounds ever so slightly coercive though I what should you expect from a state church.
Mom Jailed Because She Let Her 9-Year-Old Daughter Play in the Park Unsupervised
The kid was apparently given a phone and sent to play for a few hours while the mom was at work as apparently the laptop she'd previously been using at the mom's workplace had been stolen.
Free as a Snowbird? Maybe not
I hate tax / immigration law. Basically as of end of June the US and Canada have started data sharing on the time their citizens spend in each other's countries rather than only tracking when they're admitted. Strangely US immigration and the IRS track time in slightly different ways. I've never been even remotely close to the limits but they're still annoying.
Scientists Blow The Lid on Cancer & Sunscreen Myth
"a major study conducted by researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden found that women who avoid sunbathing during the summer are twice as likely to die as those who sunbathe every day."

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Google Co-Founders: “Thanks, But No Thanks”
One of Google founders on whether Google would tackle healthcare: "Generally, health is just so heavily regulated. It’s just a painful business to be in. It’s just not necessarily how I want to spend my time. Even though we do have some health projects, and we’ll be doing that to a certain extent. But I think the regulatory burden in the U.S. is so high that think it would dissuade a lot of entrepreneurs." The articles also notes their claims that data mining would probably save a non-negligible number of lives per year: "I imagine that would save 10,000 lives in the first year. Just that. That’s almost impossible to do because of HIPAA."
Ford stays in seat for Pride ovation, brushes off homophobia charges
Multiple papers criticizing an individual for failing to give a standing ovation is more what you'd expect from a totalitarian state. Not to imply that I'm a big fan of Rob Ford.
Finally, Farm Tools For Her
"As the engineers began videotaping women farmers shoveling, for example, they discovered women use tools very differently. They put shovels into the ground at an angle to take advantage of lower body strength, rather than straight down as men do. 'Women’s strength is in their lower body,' Adams explains, 'so we decided to create a shovel that capitalized on how women put shovels in the ground.'"
Coffee makes you sleepy! Nutritionist explains the surprising truth about caffeine
"So why is coffee bad for all-nighters? Basically, the caffeine in coffee induces diuresis. In other words, it makes you have to pee. ... every time you relieve yourself, you’re losing water. As you become more and more dehydrated, your blood thickens and moves more slowly through your veins. This means that your body is using oxygen at a slower rate, and thus it becomes sluggish."
Cognitive Dissonance and Tech ‘Diversity’
"If you want to equalize the races—be your concern tech companies or colleges, the two places this argument seems to pop up more than anywhere else***—you must do so at the expense of Asian Americans. Rather than saying 'Ugh, these institutions are disproportionately Asian,' the diversity set says 'Wow, these places are mostly white!'" I seem to recall when looking at the Google racial diversity stats that the percentage of whites was about equivalent to that of the US population whereas Asians were overrepresented by roughly a factor of six.

The Vicar of Baghdad

This is kind of interesting:

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Largest-ever study of same-sex couples' kids finds they're better off than other children
That the title of the study starts with the words "Parent-reported" should be your first clue that it's the same-old pot calling the kettle black when it comes to studies reaching opposite conclusions.
‘HGTV effect’ pushes home renovation spending to record $63-billion
Artificially generated needs and, of course, it's low interest rates and the accompanying rising housing prices that are fuelling the home investment bubble.
How A Lack Of Toilets Puts India's Women At Risk Of Assault
Ever thought of the potential anti-crime impact of indoor plumbing?
'Night owls' drive much worse in the morning / Morning People Are Less Ethical at Night
Some of the interesting impacts of human chronotypes
She Left, He Left: How Employment and Satisfaction Affect Men'??s and Women's Decisions to Leave Marriages
Quick summary: whether or not a wife is employment is irrelevant to whether or not a husband initiates divorce but a wife being employed heightens the odds she will initiate divorce. A husband's unemployment increases the odds of divorce - both that the wife will initiate divorce and that the husband will.
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