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Religion & morality

By Tom Purcell
Get this: Religious and nonreligious people are equally prone to immoral acts. So finds a new study by Saint Peter’s University, which I read about in Science magazine. Daniel Wisneski and Wilhelm Hofmann, the study’s lead authors, recruited 1,252 adults …

Home cooking as burden: Hard to swallow

By Tom Purcell
Get this: Home-cooked family meals are tyrannical. So suggests Slate blogger Amanda Marcotte. Marcotte says that a study by North Carolina State University sociologists Sarah Bowen, Sinikka Elliott and Joslyn Brenton finds that “the stress that cooking puts on people, …

Obama learns of Pearl Harbor

By Tom Purcell
Dec. 7, 1941: An aide enters the Oval Office with grim news for President Barack Obama. “Mr. President, the Japanese have attacked Pearl Harbor! We have sustained severe damage to our naval and military forces. More than 2,400 Americans are …

Hovering over college kids

By Tom Purcell
Ah, college is back in session — which means, says The Washington Post, that “helicopter parents” are in full flight. Helicopter parents, says The Post, are parents who have “watched their (childrens’) every move, checked their grades online hourly, advocated …

The taste of government control

By Tom Purcell
They’re going to have to get used to it. I speak of the school students who are complaining about the taste of their government-funded school grub. As part of the 2010 National School Lunch Program, you see, school districts that …

It’s good to have things to get done

By Tom Purcell
Did you ever have a week in which you had an impossible amount of work to complete, yet somehow got it done? Likewise, did you ever have a week in which you knew your workload would be light, so you …

A matter of time wasted

By Tom Purcell
It was just a matter of time for the program to be abused. I refer to the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010, which provided government employees the opportunity to do their jobs from home. Teleworking is generally a good concept. …

Expect less, be happy

By Tom Purcell
Get this: Low expectations are the key to happiness. That was one of the findings of a happiness study recently conducted by researchers at University College London. Researchers used a magnetic resonance imaging machine to monitor brain activity as they …

Let boys be boys this summer

By Tom Purcell
Ah, summer. What a great time for boys to read “The Dangerous Book for Boys.” First released in the U.K. in 2006 and the U.S. in 2007, the book is filled with useful information on how to make knots in …

Teens not working doesn’t work for America

By Tom Purcell
Here’s a trend that may not bode well for the future of our country: According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 40 percent of 16- to 19-year-olds have summer jobs — down from 75 percent of teens …

An oath for Obama

By Tom Purcell
“I say it’s high time we update the wording of the presidential oath of office, which is specified in Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution.” “Update it?” “That’s right. Our current president isn’t following it much anyhow, so …

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