" The aphorism "Whatever is, is right," would be as final as it is lazy, did it not include the troublesome consequence that nothing that ever was, was wrong. "
Charles Dickens

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The Communist Manifesto Is Published

Commissioned by the Communist League and written by theorists Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, the Communist Manifesto is one of the most influential political tracts of all time. Among the policies that it calls for are a progressive tax system, universal free public education, and the nationalization of the means of production and transport. It also recognizes the contributions of rival socialist views but dismisses them as reformist and incognizant of the key role of what group?



Anesthesia Awareness

In a rare subset of patients undergoing general anesthesia, the anesthetic is inadequate to keep the patient unconscious during an operation and results in a condition known as anesthesia awareness. The patient may feel the pain of surgery and hear the conversations of surgical staff but is often unable to communicate because a muscle relaxant or paralytic has also been administered. How many general anesthesia patients in the US experience anesthesia awareness each year?

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Robert Mugabe

Mugabe has served as the head of the government of Zimbabwe since 1980. He was instrumental in the formation of the modern Zimbabwean state, taking part in the independence movement of the 1960s and helping found the Zimbabwe African National Union in 1963. As prime minister, Mugabe dealt with the redistribution of wealth and land. Today, he faces accusations of corruption, especially from the West. His office forbade the screening of what 2005 movie, claiming that it was CIA propaganda?

Last updated on Thursday, 21st February 2008

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