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Posted on December 22nd, 2007 at 20:09 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon

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Clegg ‘does not believe in God’

Posted on December 22nd, 2007 at 18:38 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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New Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has answered “no” when asked on BBC radio if he believed in God.

The rapid-fire question and answer format on 5 Live meant the 40-year-old did not have the chance to elaborate.

He later said he had “enormous respect for people who have religious faith”, that his wife is Catholic and that his children are being brought up Catholic. ”

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Later the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, reacted to Mr Clegg’s declaration.

Dr Williams told Radio 5 Live presenter Simon Mayo: “It matters less to me than to know they are honest and reliable and that what beliefs they have they hold sincerely.

“This isn’t a country where Christianity is imposed by law. It’s a country with a nominally Christian majority. And that’s good.

“And whoever becomes prime minister has to understand that and work with it rather than against the grain of it.”


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  1. Ah…Dr. Williams gets it. Softly, softly, catchee monkey. Only happy, smiling faces, people!

  2. Not every priest, christian or else is a bigot nutcase.
    Just the loudest ones.

  3. I know – that’s why I posted this, as a balance against all the nutcases on my pages. Dr Williams and I would probably disagree and a lot of things (and agree on a lot of things as well, mind you!) but I’m pretty sure the discussion would be very interesting and worthwhile. Same with, say, Bishop Tutu. I disagree with his religion, but I cannot deny he is a great person, and I’d be deeply honored to be allowed to speak with him.

the True Cost of Bottled Water

Posted on December 22nd, 2007 at 18:05 by John Sinteur in category: News

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We have tried to calculate the true cost of producing and transporting bottled water before, and have come up with just vague approximations, which did not take the production of the bottle into account. Over at Triple Pundit, Sustainability Engineer and MBA Pablo Päster has done a thorough and exhaustive study of the cost of bring a litre of Fiji Water to America. He starts with the production of the bottle in China, taking the bottle blanks to Fiji, and confirming that it takes more water to make the bottle than it actually holds. He then transports the bottle to the States by ship. Not even including the distribution in the States, the numbers are absolutely staggering.

In summary, the manufacture and transport of that one kilogram bottle of Fiji water consumed 26.88 kilograms of water (7.1 gallons) .849 Kilograms of fossil fuel (one litre or .26 gal) and emitted 562 grams of Greenhouse Gases (1.2 pounds).


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New Microsoft Patent App Provides “Enforceable” Ads That Can’t Be Skipped

Posted on December 22nd, 2007 at 16:49 by John Sinteur in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself, Microsoft

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Last year Microsoft filed a patent application, published yesterday, that explains a method by which embedded advertising can’t be skipped. From the application abstract: “Enforcing rendering advertisements and other predetermined media content in connection with playback of downloaded selected media content. Playback of selected media content is made conditional on acquisition of a playback token that is generated in response to playback of the predetermined content.”

The easy way to circumvent this: don’t buy any Microsoft technology.


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Sex education found to help teenagers delay sex

Posted on December 22nd, 2007 at 16:42 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Teenagers who have had formal sex education are far more likely to put off having sex, contradicting earlier studies on the effectiveness of such programs, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday.

They found teenage boys who had sex education in school were 71 percent less likely to have intercourse before age 15, and teen girls who had sex education were 59 percent less likely to have sex before age 15.

Sex education also increased the likelihood that teen boys would use contraceptives the first time they had sex, according to the study by researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which was published in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

“Sex education seems to be working,” Trisha Mueller, an epidemiologist with the CDC who led the study, said in a statement. “It seems to be especially effective for populations that are usually at high risk.”


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21st century Iwo Jima

Posted on December 22nd, 2007 at 16:41 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

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Another Asset Forfeiture Outrage

Posted on December 22nd, 2007 at 16:35 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ

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Last summer, two burglars broke into Ricks’ home. He shot and killed one of them. Police determined he acted in self-defense, and cleared him of any criminal wrongdoing. But local police did find a small amount of marijuana in Ricks’ home, which Ricks says he uses to manage the pain of his arthritis and a hip replacement surgery. Ricks was never charged for the marijuana. But finding it in his home was enough for city police to confiscate Ricks and his wife’s life savings under drug war asset forfeiture laws. Oddly enough, the FBI then stepped in, and claimed the money for itself.

Consistent with asset forfeiture laws, the federal government now says Ricks has to prove he earned the money legitimately in order to get it back. Of course, he doesn’t have dated receipts going back thirty-plus years. And he can’t hire a lawyer—the government has all of his money.


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Boy, 9, banned from school Christmas party – ‘because he didn’t believe in Jesus’

Posted on December 22nd, 2007 at 16:32 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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Teachers banned a nine-year-old boy from his class Christmas party because his parents had barred him from RE lessons.

Douglas Stewart was forced to stay at home while his friends received presents from Santa and tucked into ice cream and jelly.

His parents were told he was not welcome at the celebration because they had pulled him out of religious eduction classes earlier in the year.

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She contacted Moray Council to find out its policy on school parties and was told these were non-religious.

So a party they stole from Saturn is now exclusively Christian?


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  1. You gotta love those Christian values, man! Let’s see…if I remember rightly, “Suffer the little children to come unto me!”

    Y’know, this is totally self-defeating and stupid any way you look at it. If you got an unreasonable cult that depends on faith and fear, how are you going to get your hooks into the next generation of unbelievers if you exclude them? You should seize any opportunity to impress the population that you are “nice.”

    When I was that age, I went to a Catholic convent school for a couple of years for “educational” reasons. My mother told the nuns to lay off the religious instruction. They, hypocrites all, smilingly ignored this…following the Jesuit way of at least engaging the heathen through their kids…hoping at that some of them will get that needle in their arm.

    Love the site, BTW.

  2. First, most Christian organizations include EVERYONE, regardless of faith (or lack thereof). How else do you expose new people to your beliefs. Secondly I was intrigued by your statement regarding “an unreasonable cult that depends on faith and fear”; were you referring to the Republican party here in the U.S.?

Stewart, Colbert to Restart Shows

Posted on December 22nd, 2007 at 16:01 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert followed their NBC late-night counterparts, Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien, in announcing late Thursday that they will begin taping new shows in the new year despite the ongoing writers’ strike in Hollywood and New York City, which is crippling the entertainment industry.

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“We would like to return to work with our writers,” said Stewart and Colbert in a joint statement. “If we cannot, we would like to express our ambivalence, but without our writers we are unable to express something as nuanced as ambivalence.”

I hope it’s 30 minutes of Jon Stewart making comical faces in reaction to a live CNN feed…


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