The culture wars continued: Avijit Roy, whose Mukto-Mona (Free-mind) blog championed liberal secular writing in the Muslim-majority nation, attacked along with his wife in Dhaka...Roy, said to be around 40, is the second Bangladeshi blogger to have been murdered in two years and the fourth writer to have been attacked since 2004. Hardline Islamist groups have long demanded the public execution of atheist bloggers and sought new laws to combat writing critical of Islam....
Medical X Press has a good summery of the findings. The plague made it's way from Asia to Europe along the silk road when fleas hitch hiked a ride. The rodents in Central Asia carried the plague and would die out during droughts. The fleas would then jump on other animals and people and then the outbreak would occur 16 years later in Europe.
This could be the next food fight in Congress. Families in states like Florida that turned down Medicaid expansion, depend on chip to cover their kids. They pay a small monthly premium for the coverage. Funding is running out on this program.
The program serves children from families that earn too much to qualify for Medicaid. Unlike Medicaid, it’s not an open-ended entitlement program, so states have more flexibility to limit eligibility, which ranges from 100 percent of the federal poverty line to about 400 percent.
The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.