Friday, December 19, 2014

Pets in Paradise, and other links

The posting of links does not constitute an endorsement of the sites linked, and not necessarily even agreement with the specific posts linked.

* 10 Amazing Historical Conflicts That Are Completely Forgotten -- "...history is full of thousands of fascinating conflicts that most have never heard about."
* Archaeologists reveal layout of medieval city at Old Sarum -- "A research team of students and academics carried out a geophysical survey of the ancient monument, scanning ground at the site with state-of-the-art equipment to map the remains of buried structures."
* Burning death inquiry eyes woman's last hours -- "Authorities were reviewing Jessica Chambers' cellphone records and talking to possible witnesses..."
* Colorado Professor Forces Students to Say Anti-American Pledge; University to Investigate -- "I pledge allegiance to and wrap myself in the flag of the United States Against Anything Un-American and to the Republicans for which it stands..."
* Do Pets Go to Heaven? -- "...some become so attached that they yearn to be with their pets throughout eternity."
* Gay Christians choosing celibacy emerge from the shadows -- "When Eve Tushnet converted to Catholicism in 1998, she thought she might be the world’s first celibate Catholic lesbian."
* George F. Will commentary: ‘Offensive’ speech is still protected speech in U.S. -- "The Constitution does not permit the government to decide which types of otherwise protected speech are sufficiently offensive to require protection for the unwilling listener or viewer. Rather...the burden normally falls upon the viewer to avoid further bombardment of his sensibilities simply by averting his eyes."
* Parents angry after school tells 13-year-olds they can have sex, choose gender -- “Our daughter took this course two years ago, after being provided the opportunity to opt out of the class...After completing the course, it was apparent that some of what was ‘taught’ went beyond what was represented on the opt-out form.”
* Pope Francis: Animals Go To Heaven -- "One day we will see our animals again in eternity of Christ. Paradise is open to all God’s creatures."
* Religion, polygamy at heart of Utah couple’s divorce and custody dispute -- "A Utah woman is fighting a temporary court order barring her from talking to her children about her fundamentalist Mormon beliefs, including polygamy."
* Science Says Couples With One Habit Stay Together Longer -- "...a decade of social science research suggests that partners who show they care about the little things activate a two-way feedback system that helps both members of a relationship feel closer and more fulfilled."
* The Ferguson Riots and the Tale of Two Americas -- "Most Americans are puzzled by the events centered on Ferguson, Mo."

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