the situation in cuba only happened because of the USSR. an embargo made sense when the ussr was trying to smuggle nukes to cuba to use against us.
The situation in cuba only happened because of the USA. The USSR had to smuggle in nukes to use against the USA because the USA had positioned nukes in Turkey, targeting Moskow. Doing the embargo against cuba was a move driven by domestic politics; it ignored cause and effect.
Sometimes politics create the best test cases for questions like this one: The formerly divided parts of Germany proofed great for this: Before the fall of the Iron courtain, Western Germany mostly held the traditional view of the single male earner and the stay-at-home mom, where only some working class children, out of economic necessity, got into daycare before they were three years old. Contrast that to East Germany, where it was quite usual that to give the children into daycare when they were 6 weeks old (!) - most if not all women were fully employed in the GDR.
Of course this has been studied quite intensly after the fall of the Wall. The results: No real difference in parent-child relationship between East and West German children.
When science hasn't fully resolved a question based on the evidence
A question is, by the very definition of science, never fully resolvable. That right there is the difference to religious dogma.
Yeah, but the effect is that both parents are in full-time work by the time the child is two, who is then raised 7-8 hours a day in daycare. This is not exactly improving the child-parent relationship compared to one full-time carer until they reach school age.
As an educationalist I have to mention that this is simply untrue. The quality of the child-parent relationship doesn't correlate with daycare. At all. That relationship is mainly synonymous with a strong sense of trust (or successfull bonding, the e.g. the attachment theory by Bowlby, if you want to read more).
Can any other country boast a top political leader who has a STEM leader . . . ?
Sure: China. Practically everyone on the top for the last 5 decades was a STEM person.
Gnome2, AmaroK, Songbird... Yea, OSS just isnt the miracle elixir people like to pretend it is, and "Just fork it" isnt an effective incantation.
But the Mate Desktop, a Gnome 2 fork, exists, so GP seems to be right: If it's popular enough, it will live on.
There's actually a lot of potentional scientific correct stuff in the Bible.
The point about science is the process, not the result. There may be correct content in the bible, but that does not make it scientific.
The absolute numbers are misleading, though, as pregnancies are not evenly distributed among the countries. More relevant the relative amount of unplanned pregnancies among all pregnancies among a given country. There, the U.S. has 49% - 51% (,) unplanned pregnancies, France has 33%  and Britain has 16% .
The numbers get even more drastic if you look at teenagers only. There, the US has 5 times as much unplanned pregnancies (relative to overall population) as Germany .
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We have about 3.3 million unplanned pregnancies annually in the u.s. alone which are not aborted due to recreational sex.
Thats a problem of the bad sex ed in the US, not a problem of birth control. No other developed country has unplanned pregnancy rates that high.
It's hard to fit into a world where the average person really is dumber than you.
Quite the opposite, the 50% of the population has no problem to "fit into a world where the average person really is dumber than you."
The problem is not the intelligence of the kid, but the fact he thinks he's gifted. If you achieve good grades in school without effort and your parents constantly tell you you're gifted, you never really learn the correlation between effort and achievement. Then, suddenly, the real world kicks in. Other young adults, not gifted but learning none the less, catched up. Now they get the interesting jobs.
If you have contact to a gifted child, it's important to give him/her appropriate input. Put the focus on productive output, on effort (e.g. for a kid with math skills: Present interesting engineering problems, perhaps a bridge has to be built over a creek or something similar). On helping others and on developing the ability to communicate effectively with non-gifted kids (or adults).
That's great and all, but if I walk into the streets of oh let's say France, I don't need to worry if I'm a Jew that Christians are going to start attacking me.
If you are a Jew in France you have a pretty high propability of Christians attacking you. You should read real news more often, France has a massive racism problem right now. Jews are emigrating from France at an unprecedented scale (WW2 excluded).