Esther L. Ross

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Buddha Wearing Headphones Image Triggers Controversy in Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar — A clash of cultures fueled by simmering sectarian tensions and social media has left a Western bar manager and two local colleagues imprisoned in once-cloistered Myanmar.<p>New Zealand native Philip Blackwood, 32, has been accused of "insulting religion" after he posted a psychedelic …

Social Media

9 ways the Bible condones torture

Of course Christian wingnuts are willing to excuse the CIA. They’re simply taking their cues from the Good Book<p>The first half of December 2014 was painful to many moderate American Christians who see their God as a God of love. A Senate inquiry revealed that the CIA tortured men, some innocent, to …

Theology

10 historical “facts” only a wingnut could believe

To hear far-right conservatives tell it, Darwin is a menace to civilization and FDR is history’s greatest monster<p>As you may have noticed by following their writings, conservatives are not sticklers for historical accuracy, especially when they have a point to defend and not a lot of evidence to …

Tea Party

Supermarket price war could force suppliers out of business – Red Flag Alert

THE number of smaller food suppliers experiencing financial distress has more than doubled this year, according to the latest Red Flag Alert research …

Nebraska, Oklahoma sue Colorado over legal marijuana

A pair of states on Thursday filed a lawsuit with the<p>U.S. Supreme Courtin an effort to strike down Colorado's laws that legalize recreational marijuana.<p>Citing federal antidrug laws, particularly interstate drug trafficking, Nebraska and Oklahoma said in the lawsuit that Colorado's marijuana laws …

American Cities

When personalized medicine, genomic research, and privacy collide.

Personalized medicine, the hoped-for use of the information in our genes to inform our medical care, may end up helping people live longer, healthier …

McConnell: New GOP agenda likely to rankle Obama

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell predicts President Barack Obama will not be happy with some of the bills the new Republican-controlled Congress will try to put on his desk starting early this year.<p>In an interview aired Sunday on CNN”s “State of the Union,” the Kentucky Republican …

Mitch McConnell

Al Sharpton criticized for calling 'emergency meeting' over Oscar nominations

Al Sharpton is being questioned for calling for an emergency meeting of his "diversity task force" Thursday after the Academy Awards nominated only white actors.<p>“The lack of diversity in today’s Oscar nominations is appalling, and while it is good that 'Selma' was nominated for Best Picture, it’s …