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September 17th, 2015

How human society was built by grandmas

    Grandmothers: They feed you, they spoil you, they constantly needle you about your relationship status.

    And, according to anthropologist Kristen Hawkes, they might be the driving force behind the evolution of much of human society.

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Japan’s Economy, Crippled by Caution

    Visitors to Japan are often surprised by how prosperous it seems. It doesn’t look like a deeply depressed economy. And that’s because it isn’t.

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Kim Davis is no Rosa Parks

    The freedom of religion enshrined in the First Amendment is one of the most cherished rights we enjoy as Americans. Sadly, it's also one of the most abused and misrepresented planks of the Constitution -- as it's being abused today in the case of Kim Davis.

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Obama's Syrian Nightmare

    Syria will be the biggest blot on the Obama presidency, a debacle of staggering proportions. For more than four years now, the war has festered. A country has been destroyed, 4 million Syrians are refugees, Islamic State has moved into the vacuum and President Bashar Assad still drops barrel bombs whose shrapnel and chlorine rip women and children to shreds.

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Parents, Not Gadgets, Should Teach Kids How to Eat

    It had to be a joke, a parody, I thought while reading of a new electronic gadget claiming to entice children to eat vegetables by rewarding them with video games. I've been taken in by less. But there was the Yumit being touted with a straight face on the website of the reputable Wired magazine.

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The government is trying to make walking American again

    The U.S. Surgeon General this week proposed a radical idea wrapped in a banal government document, a 72-page "call to action" with 359 tiny-font references: Americans, Vivek Murthy said, should walk more.

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The pain of 9/11 fades, but can't be forgotten

    Is it just a date yet?

    Do we say, "I have a dentist appointment on Sept. 11th" or "Let's get together for drinks on Friday; what is that, the 11th?" without flinching, blanching or taking a moment to grieve?

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Americans and the needs of strangers

    Why should the United States take in tens of thousands of Syrian refugees? Should we make policy on the basis of searing pictures? How much suffering is never photographed or televised and therefore ignored? And what is our obligation to strangers?

    Humanitarians might view such questions as a form of heartlessness. Yet those who believe that we should take in many more of those fleeing violence and death need to take them seriously.

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Do wide-open primary contests signal a breakdown of the political order?

    You'd never think it from the present chaos in American presidential politics, but over most of the last century, relative stability has been the byword. Of the 12 elected presidents who ran for a second term in that period, eight were given it by the voters.

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How to ruin your financial life, #badadvice

    About two years ago, Ezra Klein wrote in The Washington Post about University of Chicago social scientist Harold Pollack, who "managed to write down pretty much everything you need to know on a 4x6 index card" about investing.

    I thought that approach was worthwhile for many reasons.

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