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Ben Edelman, Harvard Business School Professor, Goes to War Over $4 Worth of Chinese Food

And this is why people hate lawyers and Harvard grads: Edelman was charged more -- a grand total of $4 -- for Chinese takeout than the prices listed on the online menu, demanded triple damages, and suggested he would report the restaurant to the proper authorities. boston.com reports that this isn't the first time Edelman has gone all lawyerly on a restaurant: In 2010, he took on a sushi restaurant for not interpreting a Groupon deal as generously as he did. The sushi restaurant fired back by threatening to call the cops to escort him out as a trespasser if he ever set foot in the place again.

Mohler: Worldview undergirds culture, enables technological advances to contain disease

"But this should lead Americans, even as we are forewarned, about the fact that an Ebola cases has happened here, this should also lead Americans to be very thankful for a public health apparatus, an entire public health system that is attribute to the achievement of human civilization. And as Christians, we are mindful of the fact that that kind of social system requires a certain worldview to undergird the entire culture. You take away the worldview, you take away the social cohesion, you take away the culture, and that means you also take away the public health system. I for one look at the news coming out of Texas and I am fairly reassured that American health authorities can indeed handle this challenge. If I were elsewhere in the world, I wouldn't have that kind of confidence. And for that reason, we need to recognize that confidence is hard-won; and we also need to remember that it can be quickly lost."

America's Angriest Store -- Culture Club -- Medium

"Whole Foods tries to bring to market the best products an area's surrounding farms and suppliers have to offer, in a socially conscious way with high-touch customer service at the point of sale. Yet in doing so, they've brought out the worst in the people who are attracted to that idea. Or perhaps more accurately, their idea attracts the worst kind of people."

Heritage Foundation: What is Marriage? The Future of Marriage

A long but thorough and comprehensive policy analysis by Ryan T. Anderson: "Marriage: What It Is, Why It Matters, and the Consequences of Redefining It." Here is the abstract:

"Marriage is based on the truth that men and women are complementary, the biological fact that reproduction depends on a man and a woman, and the reality that children need a mother and a father. Redefining marriage does not simply expand the existing understanding of marriage; it rejects these truths. Marriage is society's least restrictive means of ensuring the well-being of children. By encouraging the norms of marriage--monogamy, sexual exclusivity, and permanence--the state strengthens civil society and reduces its own role. The future of this country depends on the future of marriage. The future of marriage depends on citizens understanding what it is and why it matters and demanding that government policies support, not undermine, true marriage."

Translation table explaining the truth behind British politeness becomes internet hit - Telegraph

The British art of polite understatement -- intended to communicate subtly while preserving the dignity of all concerned -- only works when everyone knows the code. (The Brits aren't alone. Filipino culture is noted for its value of "Smooth Interpersonal Relationship" or pakikisama.)

Translation table explaining the truth behind British politeness becomes internet hit - Telegraph

The British art of polite understatement -- intended to communicate subtly while preserving the dignity of all concerned -- only works when everyone knows the code. (The Brits aren't alone. Filipino culture is noted for its value of "Smooth Interpersonal Relationship" or pakikisama.)

The Dangers of Unrestricted Plan B Access « Commentary Magazine

"In a world where a 26-year-old is young enough to still qualify as a child on their parent's health insurance, a child of 10 years of age can walk into any neighborhood drug store and purchase a massive dose of hormones with no oversight or supervision, not from their parents and not from medical professionals. As any parent will tell you, they are deluged with permission slips-to ride the bus, to participate in after-school activities, for the school nurse to administer Tylenol or prescription drugs. In this culture of treating young adults as toddlers, which the president and his fellow liberals do nothing but perpetuate, the FDA and White House's decision is glaringly hypocritical. A child cannot decide to take a pain reliever for a headache while on the school campus, but they can have full access to a powerful drug that might have an impact on their development."

BBC News - German dialect in Texas is one of a kind, and dying out

These are the roots from which my father-in-law sprang. Youngest speakers are in their 60s, the last generation that grew up with German spoken at home, church, and school. A University of Texas scholar is documenting the dialect while there's still time. The BBC story explains some of the distinctives of the Texas variety of German. You can learn more at the Texas German Dialect Project website.

American English Dialects

This complex map, accompanied by charts and notes, depicts the geographical extent various dialects of English in North America. The historical notes describe the historical events that drove the migrations that shaped the odd patterns. For example: What historical development may have influenced Oklahoma City's dialect to be different from areas to the north and south?

Oklahoma Teacher: October 1921 issue: October Bible Readings

Back in October 1921, on p. 22, the official publication of the Oklahoma Education Association offered a list of daily Bible readings and weekly memory verses.