Djelloul Marbrook - In an admirable model of breakthrough journalism CNN today recasts the West's conflict with militant Islam in a way that challenges our assumptions and points to a new dispensation. Nic Robertson and Paul Cruickshank report that out of a notorious Libyan prison a new jihadist code has emerged that renounces Al Qaeda's tactics, reinstating Islam's more traditional refusal to wage war on innocents. A 417-page document called Corrective Studies asserts that the true mission of jihadis is to expel non-Muslims from
Rejecta Mathematica - We are pleased to announce that the inaugural issue of Rejecta Mathematica is now available at math.rejecta.org. To recap our mission, Rejecta Mathematica is an open access, online journal that publishes only papers that have been rejected from peer-reviewed journals in the mathematical sciences. In addition, every paper appearing in Rejecta Mathematica includes an open letter from its authors discussing the paper's original review process, disclosing any known flaws in the paper, and stating the case for the paper's value to the community.
Nation - As Amy Sullivan of Time has observed, plenty of pro-life people likely have no idea whether their private health insurance plans include abortion services (in which case their premiums indirectly fund the procedure). The same goes for pro-life organizations. Sullivan did a bit of digging and found out that Focus on the Family provides its employees insurance through Principal, a company that - you guessed it - covers abortion procedures. "If health reform proposals have a fungibility problem, then Focus does as well," Sullivan notes. "And if they don't think they do have a fungibility problem, then it would be interesting to hear why they think the set-up proposed in health reform legislation is so untenable."
Tree Hugger - Just completed research shows that the current koala population is somewhere between 43,000-80,000 individuals, a decline from an estimated 100,000 in 2003, and without better conservation efforts they could all be extinct within 30 years. The main threat to koalas is two-fold: Habitat loss due to development . . . and malnutrition. Furthermore, large numbers have been killed by outbreaks of chlamydia.
Think Progress - On his 700 Club TV show, Pat Robertson claimed that Islam is "not a religion," but "a violent political system bent on the overthrow of the governments of the world and world domination". . . "That is the ultimate aim. And they talk about infidels and all this, but the truth is that's what the game is. So you are dealing with not a religion. You're dealing with a political system. And I think we should treat it as such and treat its adherences as such as we would members of the Communist Party or members of some fascist group."
Salon - The Mormon church supports a proposed pair of
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