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The Crockpot: A Weekly Digest 02.10.11

Utne Reader Red LogoWhy are the letters 'z' and 'y' so popular in drug names? BMJ investigates.

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A bit of scientific humor from the wags at The Journal of Irreproducible Results: Candidate for a Pullet Surprise.

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Readings from Flyover Country.

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Oh yeah, baby, rend those garments. Two authors argue that the Bible can be sexy.

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By sending you this link, we’re violating the first two rules of Geek Fight Club: Don’t talk about Geek Fight Club.

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Mark Dowie (written about at Utne here, here, and here) has a new podcast at Guernica. In the first installment he talks to Todd Gitlin, who argues that the relationship between America and Israel is steeped in the belief that both nations were “chosen” by God.

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Never one to mince words, Robert Reich tells us why the Republicans attack on “job-killing regulations” is dumb.

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Brooklyn artist Olek is turning the craft of crochet into a renegade art form. She’s on a mission to cover the world with yarn, from people to bicycles to Wall Street’s Charging Bull.

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Will technology help save the world or ultimately abolish our freedom?

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Farewell, Open Left, and thanks for being a hotbed of whip-smart progressive commentary and debate since 2007.