Nikhil Shivakumar

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Gay marriage plaintiff Obergefell: push for religious freedom laws is offensive

'This decision will not stand': Republicans seek common cause against same-sex marriage<p>Read more<p>Jim Obergefell made history on 26 June, when the supreme court ruled on his case and in a 5-4 vote legalized same-sex marriage across the US. But not all in the nation have celebrated the expansion of …

Anti-gay marriage video by US pressure group CatholicVote plays victim card

Viewers give massive thumbs-down to video, with slogan ‘You are not alone’, which shows people coming out to admit they are against same-sex marriages<p>An anti-gay marriage video has provoked a massive backlash after it was viewed more than a million times on YouTube in just 10 days.<p>In the …

It's Not Over

When the Obergfell decision was announced, I spoke with a conservative relative on the phone about something unrelated to marriage.<p>"You must be very happy," he said glumly, "you guys got everything you wanted."<p>"No," I replied, "there's a lot left to do."<p>Because it's not over. Not by a long shot. …

The cosmic bucket list: 11 things to see in the universe before it dies (in 22bn years) | Chris Lintott

Photograph: AP<p>An image from the Cassini spacecraft shows the planet Earth, annotated with a white arrow, lower right, below Saturn’s rings.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/7/3/1435925275905/0ce36928-90a9-4f32-b22d-067de11a37ac-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: AP<p>An image …

Ancient Greek Economics Being Proved In Modern Greece: Gresham's Law

What fun to see a medieval, possibly even Ancient Greek, economic law being demonstrated here in front of us in our 21st century economy. I refer to the manner in which Gresham’s Law is already being proven in Greece. The banks have only been closed for a week and already we’re seeing the bad money …

Great at Planning, Terrible at Executing: 10 Strategies for Becoming a Doer

Most people are pretty good at coming up with ideas for the future, and many of us are pretty good at developing plans to achieve those things.<p>I know …

Putin tells Obama he wants dialogue based on equality and respect

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin called for dialogue based on equal treatment and mutual respect with the United States on Saturday in a congratulatory message to President Barack Obama marking U.S. Independence Day.<p>Russian President Vladimir Putin (front) delivers a speech at …

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California Towns Cancel Fireworks Over Drought Fears

Drought-weary California will be extra careful in its celebrations this Fourth of July weekend, with some communities canceling their official …

Pluto: Nasa probe set for fly-past of frozen ‘dwarf planet’

With much skill – and some luck – the New Horizons spacecraft is about to provide our closest glimpse yet of the frozen and little-understood world of Pluto<p>Pluto is so far away (4.8bn km) and so small (about two-thirds the size of the Earth’s moon) that we’ve never had a good look at it, not even …

Oldest Stars of the Universe --Harbor Clues to Its Evolution

The artists image above shows the Methuselah of stars formed shortly after the big bang — which has existed in our Solar System’s neighborhood for at …

Our nation’s most toxic obsession: The violent history of “Real Americans”

<b>Donald Trump, Barack Obama (AP/Richard Drew/Reuters/Yuri Gripas/cholder via Shutterstock/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>From its earliest beginnings to its 1st black president, America has seen too much bloodshed over who truly belongs<p>Heather Digby Parton<p>July 4, 2015 1:30pm (UTC)<p>From the early days of our …

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