The Daily Populous

Wednesday December 26th, 2018 night edition

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Lawmakers from Germany's grand coalition government said on Wednesday that they were considering introducing a "mosque tax" for German Muslims, similar to the church taxes that German Christians pay.

In Germany, church taxes are collected from practicing Catholics and Protestants in order to fund church activities.

They are collected by the state and then transferred to religious authorities.

For example, there has been growing concern about the influence of the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DITIB), an arm of the Turkish government based in Germany.

A lawmaker from Germany's other ruling party, the center-left Social Democrats (SPD), agreed that a mosque tax could help Islam in Germany become more independent.

Several European countries, including Austria, Sweden, and Italy, also use church taxes to fund Catholic and Protestant institutions.

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Who punishes promiscuous women? Both women and women, but only women inflict costly punishment

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The question of what motivates societies to punish promiscuous women, however, has been contested.

Although some have argued that men suppress female sexuality to increase paternity certainty, others maintain that this is an example of intrasexual competition.

In study 1, we found that men and women are less altruistic in a Dictator Game (DG) when partnered with a woman signalling sexual-accessibility. »

Dan Rather asks Trump what’s more ‘marginal’: ‘Believing in Santa at age 7 or not believing in climate change at age 72?'

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Following Trump's line of questioning, Rather hit the president over his stance on climate change, questioning which was more "marginal:" The belief in Santa Claus after the age of 7, or not believing in man-made climate change and its effects on the world.

"Just a thought: Which should be considered more 'marginal' - believing in Santa at age 7 or not believing in climate change at age 72?"

Just a thought: Which should be considered more “marginal” - believing in Santa at age 7 or not believing in climate change at age 72? »

2 Children Found Buried 2 Years Apart in a Yard. Their Father, a Walmart Santa, Has Been Arrested

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Police said although Mary had not been seen in weeks and her brother Elwyn Jr. had not been seen since November 2016.

Autopsy reports confirmed that Elywn Crocker, Jr., who would be 16-year-old by now, had been buried for at least two years, while Mary had been buried for months.

Police arrested the children’s father, as well as their step-mother and step-grandmother and her boyfriend. »

'Climate grief': The growing emotional toll of climate change

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Experts call it “climate grief,” depression, anxiety and mourning over climate change.

Last year, the American Psychological Association issued a report on climate change’s effect on mental health.

Sixty-two percent of people surveyed said they were at least “somewhat” worried about the climate, up from 49 percent in 2010. »