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[snip] Not-so-intelligent design. "Would an intelligent designer create millions of species and then make them go extinct, only to replace them with other species, repeating this process over and over again?" asks the University of Chicago's Jerry Coyne in the New Republic. "Would an intelligent designer produce animals having a mixture of mammalian and reptilian traits, at exactly the time when reptiles are thought to have been evolving into mammals? Why did the designer give tiny, non-functional wings to kiwi birds? Or useless eyes to cave animals?"

[snip] "The economic recovery is not reaching the Chicagoans who need it most," states a report by the Illinois Poverty Summit, citing census figures on Chicago's poverty rate--17.2 percent in 2000 and 21.1 percent in 2004. "Programs such as Food Stamps are needed by an increasing number of people."

[snip] The more you read, the less you know. Media reports overstate the amounts of campaign contributions and emphasize corporate contributions and soft money over the more prevalent individual contributions and hard money, report MIT political scientists in a recent issue of Public Opinion Quarterly. "These biases are reflected in public perceptions," they write. "Survey respondents overstate the amount of money raised and the share from different groups by roughly the amount found in newspapers, and better-educated people (those most likely to read newspapers) showed the greatest discrepancy between their beliefs and the facts."

[snip] School matters. "More than a quarter of US-born household heads of Mexican origin in metro Chicago are high school dropouts," states a new report from the University of Notre Dame's Institute for Latino Studies. "This enormous segment of the population experienced a sharp decline in income and homeownership and an increase in poverty in recent years." On the other hand, new immigrants from Mexico who didn't finish high school are doing better than American-born dropouts.

[snip] So when's the game on? "The US is unique in playing the national anthem before every game," writes Dave Zirin in the Nation. "We are unique in employing scantily clad women to tell us when to 'cheer.' We are unique in calling the winners of our domestic leagues 'world champions.'"


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