Conservatives believe the recent ruling on Utah’s anti-polygamy statute is the inevitable consequence of the marriage equality movement; Coca Cola is trying to stop people from drinking tap water; meanwhile, Silicon Valley techies are arrogantly promoting class war in San Francisco. These discoveries and more below.

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Polygamy Ruling Has the Right Crying ‘Told You So’ A December 13 federal court ruling that invalidated a portion of Utah’s anti-polygamy statute has some on the right crowing that this is what they have been predicting all along about the implications of the marriage equality movement and of the demise of sodomy laws.

Arrest And Punish Partners Of Gay U.S. Diplomats, Says India’s Ex-Foreign Minister A senior member of India’s largest opposition party suggested Tuesday that the Indian government should arrest the same-sex partners of U.S. diplomats following last week’s Supreme Court ruling reinstating laws against sodomy.

In Egypt, Clashes Between Students and Police Are Roiling Campuses Clashes between police officers and students in Egypt have risen in intensity in recent weeks, partly shutting down some of the country’s top universities and taking a heavy toll on demonstrators.

A New Gallup Survey Will Measure the Value of a Degree, Beyond Salary Americans have been paying closer attention to the return on an investment in a college degree. The problem has been how to measure that return.

Coke’s Conspiracy Against Tap Water Coca-Cola is running a stealth advertising campaign.

Journalism Did It To Itself—Government Now Controls What We Know Journalism had done it to itself, the “it” being the surrender of our First Amendment-protected responsibility to tell the people what their government is really, actually doing—as opposed to what the government tells us it wants the people to know.

Breathtaking Video of Kiev Protests Wasn’t Filmed by Humans As weeks of protests against the Ukraine government have grown larger every day, images of the thousands crowding the streets of Kiev have circulated worldwide.

Silicon Valley Is Living Inside A Bubble Of Tone-Deaf Arrogance Former AngelHack CEO Greg Gopman apologized last week for a series of posts on Facebook in which he said that homeless “trash” had no place in the “heart of our city,” San Francisco.

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