" Every reform, however necessary, will by weak minds be carried to an excess, which will itself need reforming. "
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Brixton Riot

In the early 1980s, south London's Brixton neighborhood was plagued by severe social and economic problems, including high rates of unemployment and crime and poor housing conditions. In 1981, in an effort to reduce street crime, police began stopping and searching anyone they deemed suspicious—a policy that many residents of the predominantly black community found discriminatory and heavy-handed. Eventually, the angry residents rioted. How many people were injured during the clash?



Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a chronic condition in which the lower esophageal sphincter allows gastric acids to move up into the esophagus. The disorder can cause heartburn, esophagitis, and chronic chest pain and has been linked to laryngitis, pulmonary fibrosis, and asthma. GERD affects children as well as adults, and it is estimated that up to 35% of babies born in the US struggle with reflux. Why are GERD-like symptoms sometimes paradoxically caused by a lack of stomach acid?

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Leo Calvin Rosten

Rosten was an American teacher, screenwriter, and humorist. He is best remembered for his stories about a night-school "prodigy" named Hyman Kaplan, which were first published in The New Yorker in the 1930s and later reprinted in a two volume set. His The Joys of Yiddish is a humorous guide to the Yiddish language and Jewish culture. Rosten is quoted as having once said that "anyone who hates babies and dogs can't be all bad!" This remark was supposedly made in reference to whom?

Last updated on Saturday, 11th April 2009

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