America Goes Green for St. Patrick’s Day

Little girls in brightly embroidered dresses squirm under last-minute smoothing of hair and bows. Nearby, Irish setters get the same treatment while steadfastly ignoring their larger brethren, a pack of Irish wolfhounds. Ahead, an emerald-green fire truck
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Don’t Forget To Change Clocks

Don’t Forget To Change Clocks

In the United States, Daylight Saving Time commences at 2:00 a.m. begins on the second Sunday in March. Each time zone switches at a different time. 2:00 a.m. was originally chosen as the changeover time because it minimized disruption. Most people are at home. It prevents the day from switching to (more...)

Should Welfare Recipients Face a Mandatory Drug Test?

Pennsylvania State Senator Richard Alloway has proposed a bill that would require five percent of welfare recipients to take a drug test every six months.  If the welfare recipient were to fail the drug test, he or she would then be sent to a rehab facility until they are “clean”. The (more...)

Celebrating Women’s Day… Under Panties Flag

This year the city of York, UK, will distinguish itself exactly on March 8th - on the International Women’s Day. During the feminist carnival there will be presented a unique collage made of... women’s panties. More than 150 panties, sent here by women from around the world including the US, were (more...)

International Women’s Day:How Women Can Help

If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants,” the world’s great scientific intellectual Isaac Newton wrote in 1676. The accomplishments of women, too, owe much to the “giants” who preceded them — women who bravely endured painful ridicule and overcame (more...)

American Cowboys Leave Montana for Russian Backwoods

A real American ranch appeared in the village of Shestakovo near Voronezh. It is run by cowboys from Chicago. Here they farm rare strains of cows. The idea of such farm belongs to the local residents: according to their project the village will become a center of cattle breading by (more...)

A Scholar Looks Back to the Future of Central Asia

When Adeeb Khalid was growing up in Lahore, Pakistan, neighboring Soviet Central Asia did not seem like a land next door but a distant, exotic place. Although his work as a historian has taken him about as far as can be from where he started, he has (more...)

Russia Abolishes Daylight Saving Time

President Dmitriy Medvedev has announced the abolition of daylight saving time starting autumn 2011. Medvedev said that switching clocks twice a year is harmful for people’s health and triggers stress. “Every fall and every spring we are swearing at this system,” Medvedev said. “Our biorhythms are damaged. We are all angry. We (more...)

Peaceful Transition in Egypt “Must Begin Now”

President Obama says a peaceful, meaningful and orderly political transition in Egypt “must begin now” and must include a broad spectrum of Egyptian voices, including the government’s political opposition. In remarks at the White House February 1, Obama said he had spoken with President Hosni Mubarak shortly after (more...)

“National Socks For The Homeless Day”

State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) today kicked off a sock drive for the homeless at his Harrisburg office and announced plans to offer a resolution designating February 14 as “National Socks for the Homeless Day”. The resolution creating “National Socks for the Homeless Day” encourages (more...)

US Passport Application:‘parent one’ and ‘parent two’

The words “mother” and “father” will be removed from U.S. passport applications and replaced with gender neutral terminology, according to the State Dept. They are now ‘parent one’ and ‘parent two.’” “These improvements are being made to provide a gender neutral description of a child’s parents and (more...)

Fifth Day Of Protests In Egypt

The fifth straight day of protests in Egypt gets going and people around the world watch with great anticipation for what will happen next: — "Thousands have gathered in central Cairo and there have been clashes with security forces, while protests are also reported in Alexandria," the BBC writes. "The army (more...)

Why Do Many Americans Speak Only English?

U.S. Geography and the Need to Learn a Foreign Language The United States is spread out over a huge land mass, and for most of its citizens there is no need to speak a language in addition to English in order to communicate with people who live (more...)

2010 Census Data Show Population Shift to South

The first results from the 2010 U.S. census reflect a modest overall population growth over the past 10 years, with continued population shifts toward Southern and Western states. These data will be used to determine how the 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives are (more...)

Giving (Almost) All of It Away

The two richest men in the United States, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, are encouraging other billionaires, in the United States and abroad, to give away the bulk of their fortunes to philanthropic causes. Gates, a co-founder of the software giant Microsoft Corporation, and Buffett, chairman of the (more...)