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Oil Spill: A Question of Priorities

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A very angry Obama

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Another day, another screaming headline in the ongoing saga of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster.  We're being bombarded by new stories every day, and it sometimes feels like we're focusing on the wrong things.

CNN's Fareed Zakaria took the unusual step of blasting the press for their obsession with Obama's emotional response to the spill, an obsession which forced the president to utter the now-famous "ass to kick" phrase.  As Zakaria points out:

"What exactly is the point of all this? What purpose would be served by having the president scream or cry or whatever it is he's supposed to do to show emotion? Would it plug the hole?"

Who/what deserves most of the blame for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster?

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Concerts in Cemeteries - Disrespectful of the Dead?

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Cemetery IV

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From the mummification rituals of ancient Egypt to the funeral pyres of the Vikings, every culture throughout history has had their method of honoring and commemorating the dead. Ground burial has been common to many societies around the world for thousands of years. In fact, burials may provide some of the earliest evidence of religion, according to Philip Lieberman.

It's no surprise then, that people have come to regard cemeteries as sacred places where a certain amount of decorum and dignity should be observed - generally in silence. "Respect for the dead", it's called.

Cemeteries, however, are reinventing themselves.… Continues …

The Truth about Smoking Babies

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Ardi takes a drag from his favorite brand of cigaretteArdi takes a drag from his favorite brand of cigaretteMeet Ardi Rizal, an overweight 2-year-old boy who lives in Sumatra. Ardi has caused an international uproar over the fact that he smokes two packs of cigarettes a day. His mother claims that he's addicted and that he throws a tantrum if he is denied his smokes, and according to The Jakarta Globe, he "refuses to smoke anything other than his favourite brand". The situation is compounded by the fact that Ardi's father doesn't appear to see anything wrong with his son's habit.

Anti-smoking advocates have seized upon the story as another example of multinational tobacco companies preying on the poor in the developing world. The Boston Herald quotes Matthew Myers of the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids:

"The tobacco companies are treating the developing world as the great new growth market and are taking maximum advantage of the lack of understanding among the poorest of the poor in these societies."

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