Christian Science Monitor takes a look at growing and declining religions. The mainline protestant denominations are having trouble as people drift either towards more rigid or demanding denominations or away from religion entirely, it helps explain the increased religious polarization.
Here is the breakdown of the religious inclinations of the incoming congress.
I recently posted on Putin’s decision to sign off on legislation to ban adoptions to the US. Slate’s William Dobson makes the case that this is indicative of Putin’s weakened grip on his country.
Flipping off police officers is protected speech! A high school friend of mine yelled “Oink, oink” out the window at a cop, who proceeded to follow him home and rack up tickets for every minor infraction (”driving too close to the curb”). So, constitutionally protected, but not recommended.
In addition to shaking things up with ending phone subsidies, T-Mobile is offering free 4G for tablets. Very limited data, likely, but that’s still really cool.
Utah recently celebrated its anniversary of statehood. Here’s the story of how it happened.
I’ve long complained about the uselessness of the FAA regulations on in-flight electronics. Nick Bilton argues that they’re not just useless, but hazardous.
Most rightist Israelis support a two-state solution. If only they can figure out how to get from here to there.
Lion of the Sphere looks at correlates of higher income at 29.
The UK’s NHS is going after “inefficient doctors” who are prescribing brand name drugs. This only makes sense, as far as I’m concerned. Except when the cheaper alternatives don’t work or present complications. When my wife was pregnant, we had to jump through a lot of hoops for coverage of a pregnancy-friendly anti-histamine.
The genesis of the McNugget! Also, of the McRib! I love it when restaurants, markets, and science all combine to deliver a something that tastes acceptable and is more affordable than the alternatives. Keep it coming!