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Is a live sex demonstration in a university lecture appropriate for students?

Mandi Gosling

March 7, 2011

A Northwestern University professor staged a live sex demonstration as part of a lecture in a human sexuality class last month. In front of more than 100 students, a woman stripped down naked, laid down on a towel and then her fiancé used a machine-powered dildo to bring her to climax.  Following...

Should anti-gay protestors be allowed to rally at soldier’s funerals?

Mandi Gosling

March 3, 2011

In an 8 to 1 decision, the Supreme Court ruled this week in favor of a group of Christian anti-gay activists who protest outside funerals of fallen U.S. soldiers. Albert Snyder, the father of a Marine who died in combat in 2006, sued Pastor Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas...

Should a state senator have immunity from a domestic violence charge?

Mandi Gosling

March 2, 2011

An Arizona state senator involved in a domestic dispute last weekend cannot be charged because Arizona law states legislators are immune from arrest “in all cases except treason, felony, and breach of the peace” while the legislator is in session. Senator Scott Bungaard and his girlfriend, Aubry...

Should an employer be allowed to ask prospective employees for their Facebook login?

Mandi Gosling

February 22, 2011

During a recertification interview with the Maryland Division of Corrections 2010, Corrections Officer Robert Collins was asked for his Facebook login information.  The interviewer then logged into his profile, read through his postings and read those of his family and friends. Collins feels his...

Does displaying caloric information on restaurant menus affect diner’s choices?

Mandi Gosling

February 17, 2011

The federal health care legislation enacted by President Barack Obama last year requires all chain restaurants and food vendors with more than 20 locations to display the number of calories in their foods on menus, drive-thru menus and vending machines by Jan. 1, 2014. Posting calorie counts is already...

Are fat kids dumber than skinny kids?

Mandi Gosling

February 15, 2011

Researchers from the University of Bristol studied data on nearly 4,000 children born between 1991 and 1992. The children’s parents filled out surveys on their kids’ diets at ages 3, 4, 7 and 8 1/2. When the kids were 8 1/2 years old, researchers measured their IQs. Kids with diets high in processed...

Should more US cable providers be broadcasting Al-Jazeera English?

Mandi Gosling

February 10, 2011

In recent weeks as Tunisia, Egypt and other parts of the Middle East have exploded in political revolutions, the Western media has scrambled to provide coverage of the events. As they have struggled for access to the areas of conflict, millions of American viewers instead turned to Al-Jazeera English,...

Does the Patriot Act protect us from terrorist attacks?

Mandi Gosling

February 9, 2011

Key provisions in the Patriot Act were up for renewal this week and the House of Representatives voted to let them expire. The bill failed to get enough votes to extend three provisions, which included court-approved roving wiretaps that allow surveillance of multiple phones, court-approved access...

Do you want to live to be a ‘supercentarian’?

Mandi Gosling

February 7, 2011

The world's oldest person, Eunice Sanborn, died this week at her home in Jacksonville, Texas at the age of 114.  Born in Louisiana on July 20, 1896, she outlived one daughter and three husbands. To put her achievement in perspective, if you are 20 years old today and you lived to be a ‘supercentarian,’...

Is President Obama’s healthcare law unconstitutional?

Mandi Gosling

February 1, 2011

A federal judge in Florida ruled this week that a law requiring Americans to purchase health insurance is unconstitutional. Florida’s attorney general filed the challenge to the law and was joined by 25 other states. By contrast, in two other challenges last year, federal judges in Michigan and...

Does the ‘Tiger Mother’ method of parenting make for more successful kids?

Mandi Gosling

January 27, 2011

Harvard University law professor Amy Chua's book “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother,” tells the story of how she raised her two daughters, “the Chinese way,” meaning under extremely strict rules. Chua has been accused by many of cruelty in her unusual parenting methods, which include denying...

Arizona, Florida and Texas propose to arm college professors

Mandi Gosling

January 26, 2011

Legislators in Arizona, Florida and Texas are proposing a law that would allow community college and university instructors to arm themselves with concealed weapons. Currently, only Utah allows concealed weapons on college campuses and they are banned in 24 other states, according to the National...

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