President Obama asked for a better health care plan, so here it is. Native people say “Avatar” is real, so there. But why are they digging up Leonardo da Vinci—and is there anything left? These stories and more on today’s list.
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Free New Academic Freedom Journal
The American Association of University Professors has started an online journal focused on academic freedom. The first issue of The AAUP Journal of Academic Freedom made its appearance this week.
Religion and the U.S. Census
The U.S. Census Bureau has not asked questions about religion since the 1950s, but the federal government did gather some information about religion for about a century before that.
Lip-Synch Fine for Chinese Stars
Two Chinese pop singers have fallen foul of a lip-synching ban, facing fines of up to $12,000 (£7,400) for allegedly miming at a concert.
Shocking Crime Exposé
‘There Is a Better Health Plan, Mr. President’
Rising to President Obama’s challenge to others in his State of the Union address that they come up with a better approach to health care reform than his own, physicians who advocate a single-payer program stepped forward this morning to again make the case for their alternative, which they say has solid public support.
Steve Jobs Presents the iPad
Watch Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveil the revolutionary new iPad. See the video-on-demand event right here, exclusively in QuickTime and MPEG-4.
Israel Plans to Repatriate ‘Lost Jewish Tribe’ in India
Nazareth, Israel // The Israeli government is reported to have quietly approved the fast-track immigration of 7,000 members of a supposedly lost Jewish tribe, known as the Bnei Menashe, currently living in a remote area of India.
Democracy in America Is a Useful Fiction
Corporate forces, long before the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, carried out a coup d’état in slow motion. The coup is over. We lost.