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Posted on Mar 5, 2013

According to Rush Limbaugh, since the left has normalized gay marriage, now it will do the same with pedophilia; the U.K. government has found a way to take British citizenship away from certain people who were then mysteriously killed by drones; meanwhile, a computer programmer in India may make teachers redundant as he shows how children can and should teach themselves. These discoveries and more below.

On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that have found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication. A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.

Rush Limbaugh: Left Will ‘Normalize Pedophilia’ Like It Did Gay Marriage
Rush Limbaugh tied the push to legalize same-sex marriages to a “movement to normalize pedophilia,” arguing: “What has happened to gay marriage? It’s become normal.”

Diner Chain Flips Off Nutritionists With Greasy Monstrosity
Steak n’ Shake just dropped what it hopes will be the ace of spades of novelty fast food items. 

Shameless: The NYPD Lied Under Oath to Lock Up Occupy Activist
A prominent housing activist and Occupy organizer was found innocent last week on charges of assaulting a police officer.

Cardinal O’Brien and the Vatican: Sex, Power and the Corruption of the Closet
Cardinal Keith O’Brien, Britain’s highest-ranking Catholic cleric until he resigned last week, now admits that he did in fact engage in inappropriate “sexual conduct” with priests, as the Vatican scandals rock on in the wake of Benedict XVI’s resignation.

The 10 Colleges Most Likely to Make You a Billionaire
A new report on the colleges that graduate the most super-duper-rich people finds that a certain school in Cambridge is the runaway leader—especially for women

Masked Cops Raid Home of Terminally Ill Medical Marijuana Patient
Earlier this week, while more than 200 citizen lobbyists were meeting face-to-face with their Congressional legislators in Washington, D.C. to change federal policy on medical cannabis, a series of events occurred in Florida, making that state the next political battleground on this issue.

100 Years Later, Lessons From The Sufferin’ Suffragettes
One hundred years ago today was the watershed 1913 women’s suffrage march in Washington, D.C. Plus, Friday is International Women’s Day.

Texas Takes On Drones
Nationwide efforts to regulate domestic drones take on a particular color when Texas business privacy is at stake.

British terror suspects quietly stripped of citizenship and then killed by drones
The Government has secretly ramped up a controversial programme that strips people of their British citizenship on national security grounds – with two of the men subsequently killed by American drone attacks.

9 Fascinating Things You May Not Know About the Penis
“Isn’t it awfully good to have a penis,” Eric Idle mused in the greatest 35-second song ever written [3] and I believe he’s telling the truth: having a stiffy is probably spiffy.

Do Kids Really Need Teachers?
For more than a decade, computer programmer Sugata Mitra has been watching some of India’s poorest children teach themselves English and figure out how DNA works. Now he’s bringing do-it-yourself learning to the rest of the world.

Resistance From a Cage: Julian Assange Speaks to Norwegian Journalist Eirik Vold
Julian Assange is the itinerant hacker from the Australian Outback who gave the world the biggest leak of secret documents in history.

How Amtrak Could Become a Robust, Profitable Enterprise
Over the last 15 years, Amtrak ridership has grown 55 percent, outpacing population growth by a factor of three. It’s the fastest growing means of domestic transport, and shows no signs of slowing down.

Is Facebook Destroying the American College Experience?
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On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that have found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication.

A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.

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