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May 28 2015 7:17 AM

How Does Japan Treat Gay People?

Answer by Erica Friedman, lesbian icon, yuricon:

This is a simple question with a very complex (and therefore long) answer.

The perspectives held by straight people and gay people on straight people's “reactions” to gay people will be significantly different. Many straight people (not just in Japan) have a reaction that goes something like this: “I don't mind the idea but don't really want to have to think about it.” Whereas actual gay people (not just in Japan) would very much like to see others like themselves represented in media, in the public sphere, and in business. What a parent says in relation to a gay theme on a TV show can scar a kid for years, although they themselves forget it. That kind of reaction may not be meant as a political or social stance, but it colors a person's relationship with his or her own existence.

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May 27 2015 7:21 AM

If Africa, Asia, and Europe Declared War on the U.S., Who Would Win?

Answer by Mike DeAngelo, computer programmer and amateur military strategist:

You specifically did not include the other American states as part of the belligerent powers. I'll answer on the basis of an Europe, the Middle East, and Africa and Asia-Pacific alliance versus the U.S. I'll also assume that no side chooses to introduce WMDs into the equation. In that scenario, I believe the United States can win or at least force an indefinite stalemate.

May 26 2015 7:37 AM

What’s the Monetary Cost of Not Vaccinating a Child?


Answer by Jae Won Joh, M.D.:



Americans always seem to forget that in our insurance-dependent health care system, the collective pays for the individual. Since the group suffers the cost when any given individual falls ill, it benefits everyone to do all that is possible to prevent anyone from requiring medical attention, and vaccines are just one small way to do this.


May 25 2015 8:08 AM

Why Wasn’t Big Ben Bombed During World War II?

Answer by Carter Moore:

Luck. Sheer luck.

At the time of the Blitz, the Germans, like every air power, did not have the ability to specifically target key buildings through high-altitude bombing raids, which were themselves necessary to hit valuable targets in order to avoid intense anti-aircraft fire. That combination of factors resulted in the reliance on city-flattening, strategic bombing raids: Just drop a bunch of bombs from where the guys on the ground can't hit you and hope for the best.

May 24 2015 7:10 AM

Why Is The Great Gatsby’s Daisy Buchanan So Reviled?


Answer by Cristina Hartmann,



I present to you the defense of Daisy Buchanan of The Great Gatsby.



The common wisdom says that she's a shallow, vapid bitch who spurned the ever-loyal Gatsby for the equally detestable Tom. Oh, she's a criminal to boot!


May 23 2015 7:33 AM

Why Is the Space Jam Soundtrack So Good?

Answer by Aaron Ellis, screenwriter:

I figured that this would be a good time to look at a basketball movie with an epic soundtrack, arguably one of the best ever among sports films and kids movies: Space Jam.

May 22 2015 7:25 AM

How Do You Raise Well-Behaved Children?

Answer by Joyce Fetteroll, electrical engineer and unschooling mom:

It depends whether you want a child who acts well-behaved or a child who makes thoughtful choices on how to behave.

The first is relatively easy. When a child misbehaves, choose your favorite form of punishment. Repeat. The downside is the kids may not behave when the parent isn't around. It also has a high failure rate with strong-willed kids. The greater the parents' control, the more likely it will result in damaged relationships and rebellion during the teen years.

May 21 2015 7:40 AM

What Is Utilitarianism?

Answer by Peter Singer, philosopher, author:

Utilitarianism says that we should always do what will have the best consequences for all those affected by our actions. “Best consequences” generally refers to well-being, in some sense, although utilitarians differ on whether this means happiness and the reduction of suffering or something like the satisfaction of preferences.

May 20 2015 3:18 PM

Why Don’t More Entrepreneurs Focus on Solving World Hunger?

Answer by Jon Davis, writer and blogger on military, veterans, and Middle Eastern affairs:

A gun cannot solve the problems of a hammer, nor can a hammer heal a child's hunger.

May 19 2015 7:11 AM

What’s It Like to Work as a Dominatrix?

Answer by Dirk Hooper, fine art fetish photographer, BDSM mentor, and journalist for the BDSM community:

I've been a proud member of the BDSM community for more than 20 years. I've served as a full-time slave to two professional dominatrixes (lived with one of them). My best friend is a professional dominatrix, and I've done either professional photography, Web design or marketing for dozens of other professional and lifestyle dominatrixes.