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I believe the riot occurred because the basic components that create one are those we in the United States, wittingly or not, teach our youth: confrontation, belligerence, hyper-masculinity and the misuse of alcohol.

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Current minimum wage earners can't make it above the poverty line, but this wasn't the case before the ’80s; a radioactive bomb can be used to clear out the AIDS virus in the body; meanwhile, a new study finds a correlation between intelligence and drinking. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Despite a stodgy reputation, Republicans are capable of a little craziness. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was moved to scold a group of GOP congressmen who drank and went swimming -- at least one of them in the nude (that's him pictured) -- during a "fact-finding" trip to Israel last year.

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There has been some good news regarding women and booze of late Back in August, a study out of Norway explored the potentially fortuitous link between drinking and intelligence, and now there's another that (continued).

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In a surprising new study, a fake scientist consulted by the source that at least admits it makes everything up, the Onion News Network, suggests that Americans perform the bulk of their fitness regimes while in a state of acute inebriation.

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A study has found that people who drink a lot of alcohol tend to live longer than people who never touch the stuff. So much for not burning the candle at both ends. But don't go crashing that frat party just yet: People who drink in moderation, as in one to three drinks a day, live longest of all.

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Although the oppression of women in some foreign countries is routine, we ought not to forget cases like the recent ones in Malaysia in which three women were caned for having extramarital intercourse and another awaits a caning decision for, *gasp*, drinking beer.

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The traditional media and the blogosphere are abuzz with questions about the drinking Cheney did before hunting; whether his medications, combined with alcohol, may have played a role; and whether this explains why he didn't alert the media for so long about the accident (i.e., did he need the time to get the intoxicants out of his system?). Some of the best writing on the topic:

  • Think Progress: McClellan Ducks Questions on Role of Alcohol
  • AMERICAblog: What did Cheney drink and when did he drink it?
  • Tucker Carlson: You CanӒt Drink A Beer If You Shoot. Period.
  • Think Progress: Inconsistencies in statements of Cheney's "star witness"
  • Raw Story: 'Beer quote' scrubbed from MSNBC story
  • The Nation's John Nichols: Cheney has a lot more explaining to do
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