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Wednesday
Jun202012

Nation's Crime Rates Tied To Belief In Hell | Can Plants Hear Sound? | African American Plants Heritage

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A study at University of Oregon’s Cultural and Morality Lab confirms that a review of 26 years of data involving 143,197 people in 67 countries confirms that a nation’s strong belief in hell predicts lower crime rates. Conversely, a strong belief in heaven predicts higher crime rates, explains Azim F. Shariff, professor of psychology and director of the research.

Religious belief generally has been viewed as ‘a monolithic construct’, Shariff said. ‘Once you split religion into different constructs, you begin to see different relationships. via Daily Mail UK

In 2003, Harvard researchers Robert J. Barro and Rachel M. McCleary found that gross domestic product was higher in developed countries when people believed in hell more than in heaven.

Pillamina Hits the Road

WomenPatriots writes that Planned Parenthood’s Pillamina will be one step behind Mitt Romney’s campaign road trip. LifeSite News says that Pillamina is “stalking” Romney.

‘Pillamina’ last appeared to celebrate the Obama Administration’s announcement of a no co-pay for birth control pills — a decision that has caused deep controversy among religious leaders.

Secret Lives of Plants

Researchers in Australia have documented clicking sounds in the roots of corn saplings. Researchers at Bristol University then suspended young roots of plants in water, exposing them to a continuous noise at 220Hz, the frequency emitted by the corn sapling roots. The scientists confirm that plants grew towards the sound.

In 2009 researchers at Britain’s Royal Horticultural Society exposed tomato plants to male and female voices, attached to their pots and reading poetry and Shakespeare.

The tomato plants grew 2 inches taller in response to a female voice but grew less than the control group in response to male voices. Read on in AOC Apple Valley.

Seeds of Survival

Kathe Hambrick-Jackson, of the River Road African American Museum in Louisiana, raises foods that would have been familiar to slaves, like okra and peas. Randy Harris for The New York TimesLouisiana’s Freedom Garden attempts to educate young African American kids about key foods that were staples for runaway slaves. Knowing that kids use the garden as a shortcut, Kathe Hambrick-Jackson intercepts them with signs at every eye level to educate them about their history.

The New York Times profiles the River Road African American Museum, Michael W. Twitty’s African American Heritage Collection, and the dwindling data on African-American farms in America in Planting the Seeds of Survival.

Many African Americans associate farming and working the land with slavery.  Family battles also cause land to go into foreclosure, says the Emergency Land Fund, a black farm and property preservation group.

Sunday
Nov272011

News: American-Western European Values Gap | African American Atheists | Cities Are Best Solution | Editorials 11/26 

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America Really Was That Great … but that doesn’t mean we are now. Thomas L Friedman, Michael Mandelbaum for Foreign Policy.

America’s Pacific Century the future of politics will be decided in Asia, not Afghanistan or Iraq, and the United States will be right at the center of the action by Hillary Clinton for Foreign Policy.

Infinity pool in Singapore by Chia Ming Chien

The City Solution Why cities are the best cure for our planet’s growing pains by Robert Kunzig for National Geographic.

Going Green … Every big scientific moment is also cultural. And going green is about much more than your lightbulbs by Robert Butler for More Intelligent Life.

The American-Western European Values Gap by Pew Research highlights America’s differences from Western Europe on these key issues: 1) use of military force; 2) isolationism vs engagement; 3) cultural superiority; 4) individualism and the role of the state; 5) importance of religion; 6) religious vs national identity; 7) homosexuality. Read the full report for more information.

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‘One Nation Under God’ by Utah artist Jon McNaughtonThe Pew Forum 2008 United States Religious Survey found that 88 percent of African-Americans believe in God with absolute certainty, compare with 71 percent of the total population. Take out the 13% of Americans who are African American, and 68 percent of the remainder believes with certainty. Note that among this group are intelligent design believers for whom God is the spiritual energy force of the universe and large numbers of whites who are agnostic, neither believing or not believing in God but saying that such a force can’t be understood by human reason. For certain, agnostics don’t embrace creationism.

Today’s NYTimes takes up growing numbers of young African Americans who are atheists. Included are Wrath James White, author of the blog ‘Words of Wrath’ in which he is relentless critic of Christianity and of African-Americans’ “zealous embracement of the God our kidnapper, murders, slave masters and oppressors.”

Artist McNaughton Fine Art website.

Brazil’s Evangelical Leader Silas Malafaia

Silas Malafaia by Mauricio Lima for The NYT

“I’m the public enemy No. 1 of the gay movement in Brazil,” Mr. Malafaia said in an interview this month here in Fortaleza, a city in Brazil’s northeast where he came to lead one of his self-described “crusades,” an event mixing scripture and song in front of about 200,000 people. Tears flowed down the faces of some of the impassioned attendees, while others danced to the performances that served as his opening act.

Lima is also against all abortion rights for women, writes the NYT. Read on: Silas Malafaia, TV Evangelist, Rises in Brazil’s Culture Wars.

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