Covering religion may be harmful to your faith. Two leading religion journalists — one in Britain, one in the United States — have quit the beat in recent months, saying they had acquired such a close look at such scandalous behaviour by Christians that they lost their faith and had to leave.
Stephen Bates, who recently stepped down as religious affairs writer for the London Guardian, has just published an account of his seven years on the beat in an article entitled “Demob Happy” for the New Humanist magazine. Bates followed the crisis in the Anglican Communion for several years and even wrote a book on it, A Church At War: Anglicans and Homosexuality.
“Now I am moving on,” his article concludes. “It was time to go. What faith I had, I’ve lost, I am afraid – I’ve seen too much, too close. A young Methodist press officer once asked me earnestly whether I saw it as my job to spread the Good News of Jesus. No, I said, that’s the last thing I am here to do.”
Bates announced his move back in September in another interesting article, this time for the website Religious Intelligence. Writing from New Orleans, where he was covering the Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops meeting with Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, he said: “Writing this story has been too corrosive of what faith I had left: indeed watching the way the gay row has played out in the Anglican Communion has cost me my belief in the essential benignity of too many Christians. For the good of my soul, I need to do something else.” Bates, who says he still regards himself as a Catholic, said he was turned off by the intolerance he saw towards gays and the self-righteousness of Christians who “pick and choose the sins that are acceptable and condemn those – always committed by other, lesser people – that are not.”
In anticipation of the most popular holiday for travel in the USA, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today launches a campaign urging travelers to eliminate clutter in carry-on bags. Pack in layers. Keep items neat.
Messy travelers could spend more time in line if their carry-ons are cluttered because such bags are more likely to be pulled aside and searched by hand, TSA spokeswoman Ellen Howe says.
The added search could add up to three minutes to time in the security line, Howe says.
The TSA could double the speed of the lines with no loss of security. Stop making people take off their shoes. Stop the stupid liquid rules. Learn what a laptop looks like on Xray.
That’s all they need to do. Instead, we get “jeez, c’mon, you stupid people are slowing everything down, get with the program!”
When biologist Harriet Ball noticed that a popular vitamin B-enriched yogurt made by Nestle promised to “optimize the release of energy,” she was suspicious.
So she called the company and asked exactly how it worked.
According to Ball, Nestle’s representative said the yogurt would “get the optimum nutrition out of your food and direct it to the correct areas” but was unable to offer any evidence to back up the company’s claims.
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“It’s possible that Nestle has found some special effect that happens when you eat their particular mix of B vitamins in their yogurt,” Ball said. “But there’s nothing in the scientific literature that suggests that.”
Ball is one of a group of more than two dozen British scientists who became so fed up with advertisers’ seemingly bogus claims that they started a campaign to debunk the bad science.
Last month, the scientists published a report chronicling their encounters with 11 companies.
“Young male was holding a homemade explosive device. The fuse of the device was lit, and the patient was unable to throw it away before it detonated.”
- Buy a carton of orange juice and 30 1-gallon jugs of water.
- Place one drop of orange juice into one of the jugs of water. Shake.
- Take one drop of that dilution and place it into the next jug of water. Shake.
- Take one drop of that dilution and place it into the next jug of water. Shake.
- Repeat the process until you reach the last jug of water.
- Take a drop of that final dilution and place it into your municipality’s water supply.
- Everyone gets scurvy!
Make sure to check the FAQ on the page, so you know why this works…
Het voetbalduel tussen Velocitas en Zwaagwesteinde ontaardde zondagmiddag in een massale knokpartij. Daarbij werd Velo-verzorgster Deborah Lewerissa tot tweemaal toe tegen het hoofd geschopt. Zij heeft aangifte gedaan van mishandeling.
Er was tot het moment dat het misging niet veel aan de hand. Velocitas was op een voorsprong gekomen en had veel kansen laten liggen, toen scheidsrechter Zeeman voor een korte blessurebehandeling naar de kant moest. Toen hij weer terug was, zetten de Friezen nog een keer vol aan en scoorden ze de gelijkmaker.
Kort daarna maakte een van de Zwaagwesteinde-spelers een harde overtreding op Johnson Bacuna. ”Hij kwam er met beide benen gestrekt in”, zag Velocitas-trainer Henk Veenhof. Daarop liep het publiek massaal het veld in en ontstonden er op drie verschillende plekken opstootjes en flinke vechtpartijen. Naar schatting zestig mensen waren bij de ongeregeldheden betrokken. Op en gegeven moment lagen er drie man gestrekt op het veld.
Volgens de website van Velocitas:
The Southeast is having serious water shortages. Just look at Lake Lanier, the main water source for Atlanta.
So, what do you do when you live in Palm Beach, FL, there is a water shortage, fines for washing your car or watering your lawn except during specified hours, and serious enforcement efforts in place? The Journal’s Robert Frank tells us:
…According to the rules, residents who put in “new landscaping” can water three days a week, instead of the usual one, for 30 days after the planting. Once that period ends, homeowners can plant yet again — and resume the thrice-a-week watering. That has led some Palm Beachers to put in new trees, shrubs and turf — often at a cost of tens of thousands of dollars per residence — just so they can run their irrigation systems more frequently.
One resident, who asked not to be named, said he returned to Palm Beach after the summer and found that he had the only brown lawn on the block. “When I asked everyone how they were watering, they all said ‘new plantings,’ ” he said. “So that’s the loophole. We’re all just ripping out the old lawn and shrubs and putting in new ones.”
Now, if that doesn’t irritate you, check this out–under Florida’s rules in Palm Beach, if you use a lot of water, you just pay a surcharge. So, guess what the fabulously rich do? Use all the water they want and pay a surchage:
Consider Nelson Peltz. The investor and food magnate’s oceanfront estate, called Montsorrel, is among the island’s biggest water consumers. His 13.8-acre spread, which combines two properties, used not quite 21 million gallons of water over the past 12 months — or about 57,000 gallons a day on average — at a cost of more than $50,000, according to records obtained from the local water utility. That compares with 54,000 gallons a year for an average single-family residence in Palm Beach, says Ken Rearden, assistant city administrator of West Palm Beach. (West Palm Beach supplies Palm Beach’s water.)
Yes, an average home uses 54,00 gallons a year.
The USA… where you can be five years old for your whole life.
We all knew this one was inevitable when the latest iPhone commercial rolled out — now didn’t we?
“Oh joy! I can’t wait for the next ground delay or long taxi due to weather somewhere to get a smart ass with a freakin I-phone shoving it in my face saying “It’s NOT raining there… SEE !” Too late … already happened to me. We push back, get advised of a ground stop in MEM due to storms in the area. Go to the penalty box and wait. My Captain does the lecture over the PA… not one minute later, we get dinged from the F/A “Some guy with an IPhone says the weather is good, and wants to know what the real reason is for the delay. Is something wrong with the plane?”
I want to tell this clown what he can do with his IdiotPhone – but the Captain does it even better. He gets on the PA and makes the following announcement :
“If the passenger with the IPhone would be kind enough to use it to check the weather at our alternate, calculate our fuel burn due to being rerouted around the storms, call the dispatcher to arrange our release, and then make a phone call to the nearest Air Traffic Control center to arrange our timely departure amongst the other aircraft carrying passengers with IPhones, then we will be more than happy to depart. Please ring your call button to advise the Flight Attendant and your fellow passengers when you deem it ready and responsible for this multi-million dollar aircraft and its passengers to safely leave.”
Needless to say, the pax was pretty embarrassed. The F/A later told us the rest of the plane was outright laughing at this dude. What a clown.”
Judith Regan, a former Fox host perhaps best known in the UK as the, um, brains behind the OJ Simpson If I Did It mediapalooza, has sued her former employer for wrongful dismissal.
So what? So this. Regan spent some portion of the dawn of the 21st century having an affair with NYC’s then police commissioner, Bernard Kerik. The commissioner was recently indicted by a federal prosecutor in New York for alleged misdeeds dating from his time as a public servant. Kerik is a very close associate of presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani – so close that Giuliani once recommended Kerik to President Bush as homeland security director.
The nomination advanced far enough for Bush to stand at Kerik’s side at a press conference. But suddenly, the doors blew open and the allegations against Kerik – that he’d renovated his home with ill-gotten gains, and more distressingly that he had suspected connections to organised crime – ended his nomination quickly. Ever since then, the question has loomed over Giuliani: when did he know that the man he recommended to run America’s security was alleged to have mob ties? (A now deceased investigator once suggested that he warned Giuliani, but Giuliani says he has no memory of this.)
Regan, naturally enough given her special knowledge of the man, was questioned about Kerik by federal investigators. And she now alleges that two executives of Fox News instructed her to “lie to, and withhold information from” the investigators about Kerik. Regan charges that Fox executives did this because they feared the inquiry into Kerik might singe Giuliani, whose presidential ambitions, her complaint charges, Fox has long been intent on “protecting”.
Let’s linger over that for a moment. Two executives of a major news organisation may have told a citizen to lie to federal investigators to protect a presidential candidate. It’s a stunning charge.
Today, BREIN published a press release (translated) full of half-truths in which they pride themselves over the recent move of SumoTorrent to Canada. In the press release they refer to TorrentFeak as a “pirate weblog”, and use a quote from an interview we did with the SumoTorrent administrator a little over a week ago. However, they do not link back to the original article, they don’t even mention TorrentFreak at all, thereby infringing on our copyright license.
Shocking indeed, who could have ever thought that these noble copyright protectors would be capable of such barbaric practices? Maybe they’ll start stealing children next?
The reason why BREIN didn’t link back to us is obvious, they don’t want the public to read a “pirate weblog” so they would find out what they’re really like. BREIN is known to threaten, intimidate and scare P2P webmasters, and they are pretty successful at it.
Like most other anti-piracy organizations, BREIN is above all a propaganda machine that effectively twists the truth to educate Internet users. They are a puppet of the MPAA and large media corporations and were recently awarded by Hollywood with an anti-piracy Oscar (translated) for its effectiveness. They even have a trophy cabinet in their offices to show off to their visitors.
The German unit of Vodafone Group PLC (VOD) has obtained a restraining order against Deutsche Telekom AG’s (DT) T-Mobile unit prohibiting the German telecommunications giant from selling Apple Inc.’s (AAPL) iPhone in Germany.
The restraining order was issued by a regional court in Hamburg Monday, a Vodafone Deutschland spokesman told Dow Jones Newswires.
Vodafone is questioning Deutsche Telekom’s iPhone sales practices, the spokesman said. Deutsche Telekom is marketing the iPhone exclusively in Germany.
Specifically, Vodafone is questioning the iPhone’s exclusive use in T-Mobile’s network and the use of the device being limited to certain fees within T- Mobile’s subscription offerings.
Vodafone isn’t generally opposed to T-Mobile’s exclusivity contract with Apple, but wants to have these new sales practices examined, the spokesman said. The restraining order doesn’t aim at a total sales stop, he added.
Translation: “The T-Mobile subscriptions are outrageous and screwing over the customer! We want to do the same!”
So the Kindle proposition is this: You pay for downloadable books that can’t be printed, can’t be shared, and can’t be displayed on any device other than Amazon’s own $400 reader — and whether they’re readable at all in the future is solely at Amazon’s discretion. That’s no way to build a library.
And this spells it all out.
update: Fake Steve Jobs make a funny about the looks of the Kindle..