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modernising the bible - six suggestions to replace the ten commandments

"A federal judge, Monday, suggested the school take the Ten Commandments down to six by removing the four that clearly mention God and the Sabbath.

Carl Tobias is a law professor at the University of Richmond.

"I don't think it was a joke. I think the judge is very serious. I think he's really wrestling with a very difficult case," Tobias said."

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euro amusement

graph showing the dispersion of hypothetical and actual monetary unions
graph showing the dispersion of hypothetical and actual monetary unions

“... JP Morgan analyst Michael Cembalest calculates that the major countries on the euro are more different from each other than basically every random grab bag of nations there is, including: the make-believe reconstituted Ottoman Empire; all the English speaking Eastern and Southern African countries; and all countries on Earth at the 5th parallel north.”

Dispersion describes the degree of difference between the members of a group such as, in the case of the above graph, a monetary union. Thus, the member countries of the euro zone have more differences than even countries whose name begin with the letter M.

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greedy possum!

From Taronga Zoo, Sydney

“One recent morning when staff arrived at for work, they noticed a hole had been chewed in a box of Danish pastries delivered for the staff cafeteria, and opened it to find THIS happy chappy.

“It was so full of pastries (see stomach!) that it couldn't move, and had to go to the hospital for 2 days until its sugar levels returned to normal.

“A warning about overindulgence for all the sweet tooths among us!”

another brilliant socialist with a mind of someone else

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Posters for the 2012 French presidential elections

the official posters of the ten candidates
the official posters of the ten candidates

Observe that the more rabidly far left the candidate, the more words there are on the poster, see particularly n°.6, the poster for the Communist candidate.

Most of the rest have ‘statesman’-like slogans, appealing to the intellectual classes:

  1. Eva Joly: Ecology, the real change
  2. Marine Le Pen: Yes, France
  3. Nicholas Sarkosy: Strong France
  4. J-L Mélenchon: Take power
  5. Philippe Poutou: For the capitalists to pay for their crises
  6. Natalie Arthaud: Confirm your conviction that the unfair and mad capitalist sociey cannot be the future of humanity.
  7. Jacques Cheminade: A world without the City or Wall Street
  8. François Bayrou: United France
  9. Nicholas Dupont-Aignan: Free France
  10. François Hollande: It’s now.

Their poses in the photos also o-o-z-e sincerity and seriousness.

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the weight of the human soul

The human soul weighs exactly three-quarters of an ounce, or exactly 21.2621423 grams - Scotch science is wonderful.

“Dr. MacDougall, seeking to determine "if the psychic functions continue to exist as a separate individuality or personality after the death of brain and body," constructed a special bed in his office "arranged on a light framework built upon very delicately balanced platform beam scales" sensitive to two-tenths of an ounce. He installed upon this bed a succession of six patients in the end stages of terminal illnesses (four from tuberculosis, one from diabetes, and one from unspecified causes); observed them before, during, and after the process of death; and measured any corresponding changes in weight.”

“At the end of three hours and forty minutes he expired and suddenly coincident with death the beam end dropped with an audible stroke hitting against the lower limiting bar and remaining there with no rebound. The loss was ascertained to be three-fourths of an ounce.
“MacDougall repeated his experiment with fifteen dogs and observed that "the results were uniformly negative, no loss of weight at death." This result seemingly corroborated MacDougall's hypothesis that the loss in weight recorded as humans expired was due to the soul's departure from the body, since (according to his religious doctrine) animals have no souls.”

St Michael weighing a soul, assisted by the Virgin Mry
St. Michael weighing a soul, the Virgin Mary using her rosary to lift the good soul’s scale on the left,
while the devil pulls down the right scale holding a bad soul.
From Pembroke College Chapel, Cambridge. Image:
Laurence OP

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r & b: rhythm and bots!

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“Flying robot quadrotors perform the James Bond Theme by playing various instruments including the keyboard, drums and maracas, a cymbal, and the debut of an adapted guitar built from a couch frame.”

“Video produced and directed by Kurtis Sensenig; quadrotors and instruments by Daniel Mellinger, Alex Kushleyev and Vijay Kumar [of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science].”

[Lead from James Hammerton]

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