The Abortion Debate, Friendly Dictators & Global Markets Crash: Aug 18, 2015

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The Failed Rhetoric of the Abortion Debate
By Maria Adelmann
Debaters on the subject of abortion never really clash head-on — they don’t even talk to each other. They just trade cliches, endlessly recycling words that deny what is really at stake. And “pro-life” and “pro-choice” are just black-and-white abstractions. They fail to address scientific, ethical, and moral gray areas, such as the definition of “personhood” and the devastating effects that anti-abortion legislation has on the actual lives of women.

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New IDF Strategy Dismisses Iran Nuclear Threat
Proponents of the Iran Nuke Deal just got an unlikely boost from Israel’s military. That’s because the new “IDF Strategy” doesn’t identify Iran’s nuclear weapons program as a major threat. It runs counter to the drumbeat from Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and the almost hysterical proclamations of Congressional opponents to the deal. Most interestingly, this is the first IDF strategy document released to the public.

Washington’s Fondness for ‘Friendly’ Dictators
The National Interest examines Uncle Sam’s long-standing policy of using dictators as strategic assets. Beginning with the CIA’s coup against Iran’s Mossadegh in 1953 and throughout the Cold War, the US relied on often brutal and wholly repressive regimes to “contain” Communism. But that didn’t change after the Cold War ended and it continues today… as evidenced by America’s support for the coup in Egypt.

90 Missions a Day: Pentagon Wants to Up Its Use of Drones
The Pentagon plans on “sharply” increasing the number of drone flights over the next four years, according to an unnamed official. This increased mission tempo will extend America’s surveillance, intelligence collection and striking power over a bevy of new targets in Iraq, Syria, Ukraine and the South China Sea.

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23 Nations Around The World Where Stock Market Crashes Are Already Happening
Zero Hedge crunched the numbers and found that China’s stock market free-fall is just one of many market dives… and it’s not even the worst example of a crash. Malaysia, Brazil and Egypt are crashing harder and, according to their analysis, a global financial crisis is nigh. In fact, investors are also fleeing… the US market. Thus far, domestic-focused equity funds surrendered $78.7 billion over the first half of this year and total of $158.6 billion over the past 12 months.

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Aztec Superfood Fighting Mexico’s Obesity
Mexico is one of the world’s fattest nations. It’s the number one consumer of soft drinks and it’s awash in processed foods. But a “new” food is making in-roads into the Mexican diet—it’s Amaranth and it’s one of the world’s oldest food crops. Archaeologists found evidence of the traditional Mexican superfood as far back as 4,000 B.C. and now it’s being added as a supplement to everything from tortillas to cookies and other sweet snacks.

Playing Tetris Can Ease Addictions to Sex, Drugs And Food
Before there was Candy Crush… there was Tetris. The simple, portable puzzle-piece game turned into a full-on gaming addiction. So, researchers used it in an experiment to test the limits of getting hooked. They found that regular use of Tetris actually decreased the power of other addictions like sex, drugs and food. The more that subjects played the game, the less they craved other mood-altering activities. Fascinating.

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