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Current events

Talk to me

I'm the type who lurks in the corner at parties and reads to avoid eye contact in waiting rooms, so I can relate to this:

Determined not to make eye contact with anyone on the subway? You’re not alone, but our commutes would be happier if we socialized more, according to a new study.

Prostitution and rape

This is interesting:

For decades, few people noticed that legislators in Providence had deleted crucial language from Rhode Island state law in 1980. It wasn't until a 2003 court case that police, to their chagrin, discovered they couldn't prevent prostitutes and their customers from engaging in commercial exchange.

Evil gets a pass

Former President Bill Clinton understands what is going on in Israel right now:

Hamas was perfectly well aware of what would happen if they started raining rockets into Israel. They fired one thousand and they have a strategy designed to force Israel to kill their own civilians so that the rest of the world will condemn them.

Rollin' and Tumblin'

Car culture

The 17 ways driverless cars could change America. Some are obvous -- fewer accidents, changing layoutsof road and traffic patterns, altering the legal and insurance landscapes. This one took a little thought:

Three is the new 10

Sounds about right:

Less than 3 percent of the U.S. population identify themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday in the first large-scale government survey measuring Americans’ sexual orientation.

Well, they got Archie

Dear G.I. Joe

You've seen it in the movies: A bitch who is so cold-hearted she sends a "Dear John" letter to her sweetheart while he's in combat. Well, it turns out the United States government is that cold-hearted bitch:

The Pentagon is laying off thousands of military officers, including those serving or who have recently served in Afghanistan.

Old soldiers

Greetings from the government that thinks it's competent enough to run the health care system:

No, the United States isn't trying to build a military force of centenarians.

The armpit of change

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