Another Banned TED Talk: Nick Hanauer “Rich People Don’t Create Jobs”

An interesting talk relating the the economic “trickle down” fallacy, deemed too “controversial” by TED to be included on their channel.

Are Humans Meant to Be Monogamous?

Are you faithful to your partner or do you like a bit on the side?

Via Live Science:

News of politicians’ extramarital affairs seems to be in no short supply lately, but if humans were cut from exactly the same cloth as other mammals, a faithful spouse would be an unusual phenomenon.

Only 3 percent to 5 percent of the roughly 5,000 species of mammals (including humans) are known to form lifelong, monogamous bonds , with the loyal superstars including beavers, wolves and some bats.

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Church of England ‘an enormous waste of everyone’s time’

Some of the buildings are quite good

Time for one last topical, satirical swipe at the Church of England.

Via The Daily Mash:

THE Church of England is a huge and utter waste of the time of everyone involved, it has been confirmed.

In addition to shrinking congregations, social irrelevance and ludicrous arguments over the genital arrangements of clergy, the Church has now admitted that it is does not really have a firm view on the nature of sin.

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Church to add Wonga funding to long list of inconsistent religious positions

What a confusing little book…

Some satire from Newsthump:

Upon hearing that the Church of England actually funded the growth of a day after claiming it would put it out of business, officials have said we should just ‘add it to the list’.

The latest completely inconsistent position of the religious organisation has led many to claim the only consistent thing about religion is its inconsistency.

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Archbishop of Canterbury confesses: Church’s Wonga investments are ‘very embarrassing’, says Welby

“He’s not the messiah, he’s a very naughty boy!”

So much for the church’s historical position on usury, eh?

Via The Independent:

The Archbishop of Canterbury said revelations that the Church of England has indirectly invested in Wonga were “very embarrassing”, coming just two days after he said he wanted to drive the payday lender out of business.

It emerged yesterday that around £75,000 from the Church’s pension fund was used to fund the firm, and the Most Rev Justin Welby said he was unhappy with the investment company managing their money.

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Anti-Protest Law Passes Nearly Unanimously And Is Signed By The President

“If protesting was effective they’d try to make it illegal”… are we on the verge of an “American Spring”?

Via Huffington Post:

So I have some great news folks! The Republicans and the Democrats in Congress and the White House FINALLY came together and agreed on something. This is HUGE. These guys disagree on EVERYTHING! Getting them to see eye-to-eye is like getting the Jews and the Palestinians to do a trust fall together. Or getting Eskimos and polar bears to play Jenga.

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The Threat of Nuclear War, North Korea or the United States?

Michel Chossudovsky offers a sober analysis of who really has the potential to usher in nuclear war – the answer will come as no surprise to readers of this blog.

Via Global Research:

While the Western media portrays North Korea’s nuclear weapons program as a threat to Global Security, it fails to acknowledge that the US has being threatening North Korea with a nuclear attack for more than half a century.

On July 27, 2013, Armistice Day, Koreans in the North and the South will be commemorating the end of the Korean war (1950-53). Unknown to the broader public, the US had envisaged the use of nuclear weapons against North Korea at the very outset of the Korean War in 1950. In the immediate wake of the war, the US deployed nuclear weapons in South Korea for use on a pre-emptive basis against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in violation of the July 1953 Armistice Agreement. 

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