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Former sheriff willing to let wife, daughters die on front lines of Bundy ranch Print E-mail

Former Arizona sheriff Richard Mack says he and other organizers at Cliven Bundy's ranch in Nevada were contemplating using women and children as human shields in case "rogue federal officers" opened fire. (Fox News via YouTube)

Former sheriff willing to let wife, daughters die on front lines of Bundy ranch

By Jessica Chasmar - The Washington Times

Former Arizona sheriff Richard Mack says he and other organizers at Cliven Bundy’s ranch in Nevada were contemplating using women and children as human shields in case “rogue federal officers” opened fire.

“I would have put my own wife or daughters there, and I would have been screaming bloody murder to watch them die,” he said. “I would’ve gone next, I would have been the next one to be killed. I’m not afraid to die here. I’m willing to die here.”

 
It's Never Too Late To Have a Happy Marriage Print E-mail

It's Never Too Late To Have a Happy Marriage

By Linda and Charlie Bloom

That is, until Maya out of desperation, loneliness, and exhaustion did the one thing that made it impossible for either of them to continue to ignore the pain in which they were both living. She had an affair.

 
When Evaluating Mates, Women Are More “Irrational” Than Men Print E-mail

When Evaluating Mates, Women Are More “Irrational” Than Men

By Gad Saad, Ph.D.

“7 out of 10 people who know this person think that this person has an attractive face” and “3 out of 10 people who know this person think that this person does not have an attractive face” are logically equivalent, and yet people end up with different evaluations depending on which version they see. Who is more likely to fall prey to this trap, men or women?

 
Titanic: 40 fascinating facts Print E-mail

Titanic: 10 ways to mark the anniversary

Titanic: 40 fascinating facts

1. The RMS Titanic was the world’s largest passenger ship when it entered service, measuring 269 metres (882 feet) in length, and the largest man-made moving object on Earth. The largest passenger vessel is now the MS Allure of the Seas, at 362 metres. 

7. Only 16 wooden lifeboats and four collapsible boats were carried, enough to accommodate 1,178 people, only one-third of Titanic's total capacity, but more than legally required. 

17. Another notable victim was Benjamin Guggenheim, an American businessman. Realising that the ship was going down, he and his valet, Victor Giglio, reputedly changed into their evening wear while he remarked: “We've dressed up in our best and are prepared to go down like gentlemen." They were last spotted on deck chairs drinking brandy and smoking cigars

29. The ship broke in two at around 2.20am on April 15, and sunk, sending all remaining passengers into the ocean. The temperature would have been -2 °C – few would have survived longer than 15 minutes in the water, while around one in five would have died within two minutes from cold shock.

 
How America Pays Taxes—in 10 Not-Entirely-Depressing Charts Print E-mail

How America Pays Taxes—in 10 Not-Entirely-Depressing Charts

Derek Thompson

A brief history of where your money goes and why

Where do our federal taxes go?

Defense and insurance. It might not surprise you that about $1 in every $5 of federal taxes paid goes to defense. But the rest of the budget is overwhelmingly designed to insure the old and poor and provide a safety net. Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid/CHIP, safety net programs, and veterans' benefits account for nearly two-thirds of the budget (not including interest paid on our debt). 
 
What If Barack Obama’s Mother Had Had A Different Life? Print E-mail

What If Barack Obama’s Mother Had Had A Different Life?

By Jefferson M. Fish, Ph.D.

Ever since I first read Dreams From My Father, I’ve been struck by similarities between my family and the one that Barack Obama grew up in. As I read about the too-short life of Ann Dunham, Obama’s mother, I couldn’t help wondering whether, if she had made a few different choices, she might have had a personal and family life that turned out more like my wife’s and mine.

 
Pakistan's Islamic seminaries pair science with the Quran Print E-mail

Pakistan has thousands of private madrassas that have been criticized for not teaching secular subjects to students who graduate with limited job prospects. Some later join militant groups.

The students follow a 500-year-old curriculum adopted across South Asia. The oversized book used in Mr. Haq's class, a collection of ahadith, or sayings attributed to the prophet Muhammad, is centuries old and written in Arabic. Commentary written in Urdu in present-day India fills the margins. 

“This country was built on Islam, the idea of following God's teachings. Here we are learning how to do that,” says Haq.

What students learn, and don’t learn, in thousands of such private seminaries is a matter of concern for Pakistan’s government. Under a national security policy unveiled last month, Pakistan aims to bring madrassas under tighter state control, update their curricula to tone down extremist views, and introduce subjects like mathematics and science. The goal is to turn out graduates capable of getting decent jobs who won’t be tempted to join the Taliban or other militant groups.

“Graduates stand in between two worlds,” says Nafisa Shah, a lawmaker from the ruling Pakistan Muslim League. When they don't get jobs, she says, “they become vulnerable [to recruitment by militants].”

 
Who Radicalized Tamerlan Tsarnaev? Print E-mail

It seems the FBI have made little progress on why the Tsarnaev brothers bombed the Boston marathon. The mystery deepens: who radicalized Tamerlan Tsarnaev?

The Los Angeles Times published its own account of the investigation into the Tsarnaev brothers that same day. The L.A. Times led with an intriguing scoop: Tamerlan Tsarnaev had tried to legally change his first name to Muaz in honor of Emir Muaz, a jihadist who was killed in Dagestan in 2009. Emir Muaz (whose real name was Omar Sheykhulayev) was a senior leader in a group called the Vilayat Dagestan, which is a part of the al Qaeda-linked Islamic Caucasus Emirate, or Imarat Kavkaz (I.K.). Both the U.S. and United Nations have designated the I.K. a terrorist organization.

Citing “law enforcement officials,” the L.A. Times reported that Muaz “was also the nickname rebels had given [Tamerlan] Tsarnaev during his six-month visit to the region in 2012.” Moreover, U.S. officials said that while Tamerlan had “made an unsuccessful attempt to join the rebels,” he “was either sent back to the U.S. to carry out a terrorist strike or took it upon himself.”

 
Three Things I Love About My Childfree Life Print E-mail

Three Things I Love About My Childfree Life

By Ellen Walker, Ph.D. 

Appreciating the benefits of life without kids.

I met a woman at a party recently and we went through the usual talk of asking about each other’s lives. When the topic of children came up, she asked if I was a mom. I told her that I’m not, and it was a refreshing change to hear her say that, even though she’s a mom herself, she thinks that me not having kids is a great thing. She imagined that without children I must have much more time and energy to focus on my career, and she was absolutely right.

Not having children has allowed me to have people in my life that I choose and the time to nurture these relationships in a healthy way. I don’t have to spend Saturday evening with someone who happens to be my child’s parent or stay close to relatives for the sake of keeping my child connected with family.

 
U.S. military on high alert as Ukraine troops trade gunfire with pro-Russian militants Print E-mail

Ukrainian Army troops receive munitions at a field on the outskirts of Izyum, Eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. An Associated Press reporter saw at least 14 armored personnel carriers with Ukrainian flags, one helicopter and military trucks parked 40 kilometers (24 miles) north of the city on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

U.S. military on high alert as Ukraine troops trade gunfire with pro-Russian militants

By Washington Times Staff - The Washington Times

U.S. military assets in the Black Sea are on high alert amid reports Ukraine troops traded gunfire with pro-Russian militants near an eastern Ukraine airport.

 
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