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The First Stone

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The First Stone

His name is Luisito Liban, counsel for the petitioner, questioning the constitutionality of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012.

 

He is puzzled, he says, that Congress was willing to waste the limited resources of the nation on an arbitrary law.

 

Women die, he admits. It is a true and unfortunate thing. He does not see why this government should mobilize its entire machinery, trample on fundamental rights and threaten sanctions for a handful of dead mothers.

 

Maternal deaths cannot be an excuse, he says. There are many other diseases, with thousands more deaths. Only about 160 women die at childbirth for every 100,000 live births.

 

“It is a mere point zero one six percent.”

 

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July 31, 2013 at 6:09 am

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A Red-Headed Reporter’s “Confessions” Shouldn’t Be a Big Deal

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A Red-Headed Reporter’s “Confessions” Shouldn’t Be a Big Deal

If you begin discounting everyone who’s honest online once in a while, the pool you’re drawing people from is going to turn into a puddle. Also, I’d rather have one person on my staff with the fire and dynamism to be a smart-ass online once in a while than ten who don’t feel the need to ever speak their minds or have the social media savvy to do it well and meaningfully. A good journalist is somebody with a brain who can’t shut up. Local news needs more people like that.

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July 31, 2013 at 5:54 am

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New Zealand won’t let “too fat” chef renew his visa

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http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2013/07/27/albert_buitenhuis_south_african_chef_is_too_fat_to_live_in_new_zealand.html?utm_source=tw&utm_medium=sm&utm_campaign=button_toolbarhttp://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2013/07/27/albert_buitenhuis_south_african_chef_is_too_fat_to_live_in_new_zealand.html?utm_source=tw&utm_medium=sm&utm_campaign=button_toolbar

New Zealand isn’t letting a South African chef renew his visa because he’s too fat. Albert Buitenhuis and his wife, Marthie, moved to Christchurch, New Zealand, six years ago and their annual work visas were always renewed with “very little problem,” Marthie Buitenhuis tells local newspaper the Press. But this year, immigration officials said Buitenhuis did not have “an acceptable standard of health” and said he could place a strain in the country’s health services.

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July 29, 2013 at 5:43 am

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http://www.interaksyon.com/infotech/how-samsung-is-beating-apple-in-china

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http://www.interaksyon.com/infotech/how-samsung-is-beating-apple-in-china

Samsung opened its first office in China in 1985 in Beijing – an era in which it was all but inconceivable that Apple and Samsung would end up in one of the world’s most intense corporate grudge matches. Like other South Korean chaebols, Samsung was a first mover in China, using the market primarily as a base to produce electronics for the world.

 

In contrast, Apple’s big push in China came only recently, with the advent of the smartphone age roughly five years ago.

 

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July 29, 2013 at 5:42 am

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Proof that True Love Does Exist

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July 29, 2013 at 5:11 am

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Desmond Tutu on Hell vs. Homophobic Heaven

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Desmond Tutu on Hell vs. Homophobic Heaven

The answer is an interesting one.

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July 29, 2013 at 5:02 am

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Read More, Get More

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Read More, Get More

Reading grants us access to all kinds of new perspectives, insights, and ideas that inspire us to think and act more creatively. Not the angst-filled-chain-smoking-artist kind of creativity, nor even the drop-everything-and-write-the-next-Great-American-Novel kind. I mean the kind of vibrant creative energy that comes from being fully engaged with ideas, with others, and with life in general.Reading grants us access to all kinds of new perspectives, insights, and ideas that inspire us to think and act more creatively. Not the angst-filled-chain-smoking-artist kind of creativity, nor even the drop-everything-and-write-the-next-Great-American-Novel kind. I mean the kind of vibrant creative energy that comes from being fully engaged with ideas, with others, and with life in general.

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July 29, 2013 at 4:59 am

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