Category Archives: Philosophy and Psychology

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 Wonga.com 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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How we are impoverished, gentrified and silenced – and what to do about it

A sobering but important piece from one of the few remaining mainstream journalists still writing with integrity.

Via John Pilger:

I have known my postman for more than 20 years. Conscientious and good-humoured, he is the embodiment of public service at its best. The other day, I asked him, “Why are you standing in front of each door like a soldier on parade?”

“New system,” he replied, “I am no longer required simply to post the letters through the door. I have to approach every door in a certain way and put the letters through in a certain way.”

“Why?”

“Ask him.”

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Man gets 25 years to life in ‘satanic’ murder of mother

Bit of a grisly story from the inappropriately named “City of Angels”.

Via The Los Angeles Times:

Moises Meraz-Espinoza walked into the Huntington Park Police Department two years ago to report a crime: He had killed his mother.

Officers went to the Maywood apartment that the then-18-year-old factory worker shared with his mother, Amelia Espinoza, 42, and found a gruesome scene. A trail of blood led to the bathroom, where plastic covered the walls and floor. There, they found an electrical circular saw with pieces of bone, blood and flesh stuck to the blade. Nearby, in a freezer, police found skin and muscles stored in plastic bags. The woman’s skull, with all her teeth plucked out, her eyes removed and two upside-down crosses carved into the bone, was stashed in a backpack.

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True Tales of Haunted Dolls

Speaking of the paranormal, here’s a quirky article on spooky dolls.

Via Mysterious Universe:

Dolls have long been a source of amusement for both children and adults. However, they can also bring terror as well as joy. Read on for chilling true tales of haunted dolls and possessed playthings. 

The Legend of Robert the Doll

When it comes to haunted dolls, Robert is arguably America’s most famous. The Key West doll is a fixture on local ghost tours and even served as an inspiration for Chucky in Child’s Play.

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