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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

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- Meat-Eaters Are The Number One Cause Of Worldwide Species Extinction, New Study Warns. ... so now I'm waiting for the pope to tell Catholics to become vegetarians like me.

- Hiroshima by John Hersey

- Catholic church in Scotland asks forgiveness from child abuse victims ... A commission chaired by Andrew McLellan, a former prisons inspector, had told the church that an apology for the abuse and comprehensive action by the church to make reparations and overhaul its procedures was essential for the future of Catholicism in Scotland.

- Investigations turn up no Planned Parenthood wrongdoing ... In light of the recent controversy surrounding Planned Parenthood, quite a few states launched their own investigations into whether the health care organization is honoring relevant laws. The Huffington Post reported Friday that the group passed its tests with flying colors: every state that investigated “found area Planned Parenthood affiliates to be in full compliance with state laws and regulations.”

- Americans Still Back Family Planning Services at Planned Parenthood, New Poll Shows ... A majority of Americans, including Republicans, support the current federal funding system for Planned Parenthood, according to a new poll conducted by Reuters/Ipsos. That’s despite relentless efforts from anti-choice activists this summer to demonize the organization.

- Jesuit says priests should be able to marry ... He says the discussion of priests marrying has come as a result, in part, of “the fallout of the priest sexual abuse problem.” “Some good things” have evolved since then, he says, “and one is this question of openness to a priest's physical and psychological health. The second is that the hierarchy, the leadership, that we have needs to be more open and transparent and admit problems and faults as they happen and that we're not above the law. Those two things are a direct result of the scandal.”

- The 27 Best Feeds to Follow in the World of Science

- Clinton Says She Opposes Arctic Drilling One Day After Obama Approves Arctic Drilling .... I'm definitely voting for Hillary :)

- How Big Pharma Used Feminism To Get The “Female Viagra” Approved. I wrote about this drug in an earlier post and as I mentioned then... It's been in the news as a kind of Viagra for women, but it's a very different kind of drug -- Viagra make men who want to have sex with someone physically able to do so -- Flibanserin makes women who *don't* want to have sex with someone change their minds. For some reason I find that a bit creepy.Here's more reading on it: Flibanserin Sparks Debate About Women And Sexuality

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