Here’s a Reason article about how tricky it is for unmarried fathers to claim their paternal rights.
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Video feed from an eagle nest.
While it’s cool to watch a for real eagle, I have to say: Wow is life boring in a nest. Thank God I live in an apartment. (hey what’s that! oh nothing. but what about that! ok it’s also nothing. what are you doing over there! well you seem harmless. holy crap what about! hmmm… nothing.)
A 255-year-old tortoise in the Calcutta Zoo has died. Wait – not Calcutta, but Kolkata, which has apparently been the city’s name since 2001.
The giant Aldabra tortoise was one of four brought by British seamen from the Seychelles Islands as gifts to Robert Clive of the East India Company in 1875.
Andrew Sullivan (God bless him) has been posting quite a bit lately about America’s anti-atheist attitude. Here, he quotes Eugene Volokh discussing how non-religious parents are discriminated against in custody battles:
That time and place, it turns out, is 2005 Michigan, where a modern Shelley might be denied custody based partly on his ‘not regularly attend[ing] church and present[ing] no evidence demonstrating any willingness or capacity to attend to religion with [his children],’ or having a ‘lack of religious observation.’ It’s 1992 South Dakota, where Shelley might have been given custody but only on condition that he ‘will agree to present a plan to the Court of how [he] is going to commence providing some sort of spiritual opportunity for the [children] to learn about God while in [his] custody.’ It’s 2005 Arkansas, 2002 Georgia, 2005 Louisiana, 2004 Minnesota, 2005 Mississippi, 1992 New York, 2005 North Carolina, 1996 Pennsylvania, 2004 South Carolina, 1997 Tennessee, 2000 Texas, and, going back to the 1970s and 1980s, Alabama, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Iowa, Montana, and Nebraska. In 2000, the Mississippi Supreme Court ordered a mother to take her child to church each week, reasoning that ‘it is certainly to the best interests of [the child] to receive regular and systematic spiritual training’; in 1996, the Arkansas Supreme Court did the same, partly on the grounds that weekly church attendance, rather than just the once-every-two-weeks attendance that the child would have had if he went only with the other parent, provides superior ‘moral instruction.’
President Chirac walked out of a presentation at an EU summit because the speaker was French, but was giving his talk in English.
When M Seillière, who is an English-educated steel baron, started a presentation to all 25 EU leaders, President Chirac interrupted to ask why he was speaking in English. M Seillière explained: “I’m going to speak in English because that is the language of business.”