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Toilet paper orientation The over orientation The under orientation While many people consider this topic unimportant, some hold strong opinions on the matter. Advice columnist Ann Landers said that the subject was the most controversial issue in her column's history. Defenders of either position cite advantages ranging from aesthetics, hospitality, and cleanliness to paper conservation, the ease of detaching individual squares, and compatibility with a recreational vehicle or a cat. Celebrities are found on both sides. Solutions range from compromise, to using separate dispensers or separate bathrooms entirely, or simply ignoring the issue altogether. Context and relevance[edit] Sociologists are often concerned that their discipline is seen merely as an elaboration of the trivial or the obvious. Burns' activity has been adopted by a social psychology course at the University of Notre Dame, where it is used to illustrate the principles of Berger and Luckmann's 1966 classic The Social Construction of Reality.

Guantánamo: security services must be protected, says Ken Clarke | World news The work of Britain's security services will be permanently hidden from court hearings under plans designed to prevent a repeat of the million-pound payouts this week to Guantánamo Bay detainees. A government green paper, which the justice secretary, Kenneth Clarke, yesterday told MPs would be published next summer, will contain specific proposals designed to prevent the courts from releasing the kind of information that has emerged from recent Guantánamo cases in the English courts. "It will absolutely eliminate [the possibility of] the process happening again," a well-placed Whitehall official claimed last night. Ministers have been convinced by MI5 and MI6 that disclosing information held by the security and intelligence agencies – and notably information provided by foreign agencies such as the CIA – compromises Britain's national security. "The details of the settlement have been made subject to a legally binding confidentiality agreement," he told the Commons.

Sex in the Old Testament: God is a Darwinist. There is a tremendous amount of accumulated evidence that men of high-status have greater reproductive fitness. Generally speaking, this is due to the fact that male status is positively correlated with sexual access to multiple women. In 1986, Laura Betzig published a book titled wherein she demonstrated that historically speaking despots have accrued great reproductive fitness via their ability to have greater access to many women (and in many instances they would monopolize their sexual access via the founding of harems). Hence, it might indeed be true that men seek power but the ultimate (perhaps subconscious ) reason for doing so is that it augments a man's reproductive fitness. In a 2005 paper published in , Dr. Betzig decided to test the link between a man's status and his reproductive fitness by analyzing the narratives in the grand daddy of all books, namely, the Old Testament. Source for Image:

'How Dawkins converted me from atheism to agnosticism' Clint Witchalls, Opinion editor Bernard Beckett is a high school teacher in Wellington, New Zealand and author of works of fiction for young adults littered with scientific themes. His novel Genesis, which is now coming out in paperback, was written on a Royal Society fellowship during which he investigated DNA mutations. I spoke with Beckett about the inspiration behind his writing, his latest project, and how Richard Dawkins converted him from atheism to agnosticism. Your novel, Genesis, covers a lot of science: evolution, global pandemics and artificial intelligence. I didn't study science beyond high school level, but I'd been reading a lot of science books by people like Richard Dawkins, Matt Ridley and Daniel Dennett. What kind of fellowship? There was a scheme here [in New Zealand] administered by our Royal Society, which allows teachers to take a year out to work with any host organisation. So they offered themselves as a host and I saw the opportunity and applied. Yes: August.

The End of the Best Friend Erik S. Lesser for The New York Times PLAYGROUP Margaret Guest, center, in striped shirt, often has groups of friends at her home in Dunwoody, Ga. Today, Ms. One might be tempted to feel some sympathy for the younger son. But increasingly, some educators and other professionals who work with children are asking a question that might surprise their parents: Should a child really have a best friend? Most children naturally seek close friends. “I think it is kids’ preference to pair up and have that one best friend. “Parents sometimes say Johnny needs that one special friend,” she continued. That attitude is a blunt manifestation of a mind-set that has led adults to become ever more involved in children’s social lives in recent years. For many child-rearing experts, the ideal situation might well be that of Matthew and Margaret Guest, 12-year-old in suburban Atlanta, who almost always socialize in a pack. Neither Margaret nor Matthew has ever had a best friend.

Fidel Castro says his economic system is failing | World news Fidel Castro, pictured earlier this month, criticised Cuba's state-dominated system. Photograph: Desmond Boylan/Reuters It was a casual remark over a lunch of salad, fish and red wine but future historians are likely to parse and ponder every word: "The Cuban model doesn't even work for us any more." Fidel Castro's nine-word confession, dropped into conversation with a visiting US journalist and policy analyst, undercuts half a century of thundering revolutionary certitude about Cuban socialism. That the island's economy is a disaster is hardly news but that the micro-managing "maximum leader" would so breezily acknowledge it has astonished observers. Towards the end of a long, relaxed lunch in Havana, Jeffrey Goldberg, a national correspondent for the Atlantic magazine, asked Castro if Cuba's economic system was still worth exporting. Raúl Castro has been saying the same thing in public and private since succeeding his older brother two years ago.

Row after Pope's remarks on atheism and Nazis 16 September 2010Last updated at 19:04 The pope urged the UK to guard against "aggressive forms of secularism". A speech in which the Pope appeared to associate atheism with the Nazis has prompted criticism from humanist organisations. However, the Catholic Church has moved to play down the controversy, saying the Pope knew "rather well what the Nazi ideology is about". Humanists have said the comments were a "terrible libel" against non-believers. In his address, the Pope spoke of "a Nazi tyranny that wished to eradicate God from society". He went on to urge the UK to guard against "aggressive forms of secularism". The Pope made his remarks in his opening address to the Queen at Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. He said: "Even in our own lifetimes we can recall how Britain and her leaders stood against a Nazi tyranny that wished to eradicate God from society and denied our common humanity to many, especially the Jews, who were thought unfit to live. 'Highly political' Continue reading the main story

In Desperately Poor Rwanda, Most Have Health Insurance It has no running water, and the delivery room is little more than a pair of padded benches with stirrups. But the blue paint on the walls is fairly fresh, and the labor room beds have mosquito nets. Inside, three generations of the Yankulije family are relaxing on one bed: Rachel, 53, her daughter Chantal Mujawimana, 22, and Chantal’s baby boy, too recently arrived in this world to have a name yet. The little prince is the first in his line to be delivered in a clinic rather than on the floor of a mud hut. But he is not the first with . Both his mother and grandmother have it, which is why he was born here. has had national health insurance for 11 years now; 92 percent of the nation is covered, and the premiums are $2 a year. Sunny Ntayomba, an editorial writer for The New Times, a newspaper based in the capital, Kigali, is aware of the paradox: his nation, one of the world’s poorest, insures more of its citizens than the world’s richest does. But it covers the basics. Ms. Dr. Still, Dr.

I don't hate Macs, but they do give me a syncing feeling In 2007, I wrote a column entitled "I hate Macs". I call it a column. It was actually an unbroken 900-word anti-Apple screed. Macs, I claimed, were "glorified Fisher-Price activity centres for adults; computers for scaredy-cats too nervous to learn how proper computers work." In 2009, I complained again: "The better-designed and more ubiquitous they become, the more I dislike them . . . The lady doth protest too much. They make you feel good, Apple products. Until, that is, you try to do something Apple doesn't want you to do. Here's a familiar, mundane scenario: you've got an iPhone with loads of music on it. Microsoft gets a lot of stick for producing clunky software. Plug your old Apple iPhone into your new Apple Macbook for the first time, and because the two machines haven't been formally introduced, iTunes will babble about "syncing" one with the other. No one uses terms like "sync" in real life. Every Apple commercial makes a huge play of how user-friendly their devices are.

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