Pirates disclose how to activate Windows Vista
Enterprise and Business editions could be affected
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WHY A HYDROGEN ECONOMY DOESN’T MAKE SENSE
From: PhysOrg Newsletter
#7 of 10 myths — and 10 truths — about atheism
By Sam Harris, SAM HARRIS is the author of “The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason” and “Letter to a Christian Nation.”
December 24, 2006
SEVERAL POLLS indicate that the term “atheism” has acquired such an extraordinary stigma in the United States that being an atheist is now a perfect impediment to a career in politics (in a way that being black, Muslim or homosexual is not). According to a recent Newsweek poll, only 37% of Americans would vote for an otherwise qualified atheist for president.
Atheists are often imagined to be intolerant, immoral, depressed, blind to the beauty of nature and dogmatically closed to evidence of the supernatural.
Even John Locke, one of the great patriarchs of the Enlightenment, believed that atheism was “not at all to be tolerated” because, he said, “promises, covenants and oaths, which are the bonds of human societies, can have no hold upon an atheist.”
That was more than 300 years ago. But in the United States today, little seems to have changed. A remarkable 87% of the population claims “never to doubt” the existence of God; fewer than 10% identify themselves as atheists — and their reputation appears to be deteriorating.
Given that we know that atheists are often among the most intelligent and scientifically literate people in any society, it seems important to deflate the myths that prevent them from playing a larger role in our national discourse.
7) Atheists are closed to spiritual experience.
There is nothing that prevents an atheist from experiencing love, ecstasy, rapture and awe; atheists can value these experiences and seek them regularly. What atheists don’t tend to do is make unjustified (and unjustifiable) claims about the nature of reality on the basis of such experiences. There is no question that some Christians have transformed their lives for the better by reading the Bible and praying to Jesus. What does this prove? It proves that certain disciplines of attention and codes of conduct can have a profound effect upon the human mind. Do the positive experiences of Christians suggest that Jesus is the sole savior of humanity? Not even remotely — because Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims and even atheists regularly have similar experiences.
There is, in fact, not a Christian on this Earth who can be certain that Jesus even wore a beard, much less that he was born of a virgin or rose from the dead. These are just not the sort of claims that spiritual experience can authenticate.
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First man to ask White House if leaking Plame’s name was treason found dead from “probable” suicide jump. Cops won’t say why it’s being called a suicide
#5 of Top Ten stories you missed in 2006. (foreignpolicy.com)
You saw the stories that dominated the headlines in 2006:
the war in Iraq, North Korea’s nuclear tests, and the U.S. midterm elections. But what about the news that remained under the radar? From the Bush administration’s post-Katrina power grab to a growing arms race in Latin America to the new hackable passports, FP delivers the Top Ten Stories You Missed in 2006.
5 – United States Funds the Taliban
The Taliban’s resurgence brought the ongoing war in Afghanistan back onto the front pages in 2006. From record opium production to suicide bombings, the outlook has only grown dimmer in the past 12 months. What you probably didn’t hear is that some of the money the United States is spending to combat the resurgence of the Taliban is winding up in the hands of . . . the Taliban.
As recently as November, the Institute for War and Peace Reporting revealed that villagers in Afghanistan’s war-torn south were handing over U.S. cash meant for reconstruction projects to Taliban fighters, who then use the money to purchase weapons, cell phones, and explosives. As part of an effort to stimulate economic development in the country, the United States had committed $43.5 million for reconstruction as of September. One Canadian officer charged with helping to distribute cash said that “millions” has already gone missing in the five years since coalition troops arrived. Why? According to the report, local mullahs have urged residents to fight the foreign occupation and hand over the money in the hopes of gaining back the security they’ve lost. Others say it’s simple extortion from Taliban thugs. Either way, the United States may inadvertently be aiding the enemy in a fight that will almost certainly become more costly in the year ahead.
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NEWSPAPER BIAS STUDY QUESTIONED
After reviewing “two University of Chicago economists’ findings about the political slant of American newspapers,” reporter Chris Adams concludes that the study “has structural flaws.” For instance, the study counted the Washington Post’s mentions of “real estate tax” as “estate tax,” a phrase identified as Democratic (as opposed to its Republican counterpart, “death tax”). Many of the Democratic-leaning phrases the study found in the New York Times, such as “bring our troops home” and “tax cuts for the rich,” appeared not in news reports, but in opinion pieces or letters to the editor. Moreover, the “partisan phrases” used the most by the New York Times — which the study gave a partisan score similar to “a fairly liberal congressperson” like Senator Barbara Boxer — were “credit card” and “Justice Department.” The study’s supposedly-Republican phrases include “assistant secretary” and “urge support.” Adams further cautions, “Among the most liberal newspapers in the study: the Times-Picayune of New Orleans. Among the most Democratic phrases: ‘Hurricane Katrina.’”
SOURCE: American Journalism Review, December 2006 / January 2007
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Plant and Factory Closings
Princeton University Industrial Relations Section
Working Paper 498. Farber, Henry S. “What do we know about Job Loss in the United States? Evidence from the Displaced Workers Survey, 1984-2004″ January 2005.
Closing of Americus automotive-parts plant is likely
Access North Georgia – Gainesville,GA,USA
… from the factory last week and carted away on tractor trailers. Youngman said the equipment probably belonged to the major automakers supplied by the plant and …
Ward Products closing plants
Albany Times Union – Albany,NY,USA
… The plant, which as recently as 10 years ago employed 300, will close along with a second plant in North Brunswick, NJ A third manufacturing facility, in …
Chapter 11 Debtor Collins & Aikman Likely Closing Plant In Americus
The Macon Telegraph has an article today (click here) on the potential closing of the Collins & Aikman plant in Americus, Georgia, amid investigations into financial fraud. Over 300 jobs may be lost. David Youngman, vice president…
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ANNOUNCING THE P.U.-LITZER PRIZES FOR 2006
By Norman Solomon, Jeff Cohen, AlterNet
Many can plausibly lay claim to stinky media performances, but only a few can win a P.U.-litzer.
Christian Sex Abuse
CHRISTIAN CLERGY SEX CRIME CASES ROCK OZARKS RELIGIOUS GROUP
Child Sex-Abuse Cases Rock Ozarks Religious Group By Doualy Xaykaothao All …
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FOXNews.com – Los Angeles Archdiocese Settles 45 Priest Sex Abuse …
Los Angeles Archdiocese Settles 45 Priest Sex Abuse Cases for $60 Million, The nation’s largest Roman Catholic archdiocese said Friday it has agreed to pay …
Man gets 18 years for child sex abuse
Tri-Valley Herald – Pleasanton,CA,USA
TRACY — A former local minister, who investigators said may … and one count of continuous sexual abuse of a … to register as a high-risk sex offender, according …
Joliet priest charged with sex abuse
Chicago Tribune – United States
… “We believe this is the first case of sex abuse involving a Catholic priest to be charged in Will County since the Catholic sex abuse national scandal in 2002 …
CHRISTIAN CHURCH PAYS OFF ITS SEX CRIME VICTIMS SIDESTEPPING JUSTICE
Doyle, 62, worked in the Vatican’s US Embassy in the 1980s when he was assigned to monitor a priest sexual abuse case unfolding in Louisiana. He has studied, written and testified about the topic ever since and is co-author of the book …
Diocese sued for sex abuse; Vietnam vet claims incidents took …
Newszap Delaware – DE,USA
… month that another man could pursue his claim against a priest because he filed the lawsuit within two years of the date he said memories of his abuse surfaced …
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