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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
May202012

Romney, God & American Exceptionalism | Rev. Thomas Williams" & A New Legion Scandal | Baptist Teachers Revolt

Daily French Roast

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image via Soda HeadMaking God-related news and opinion the topic of today’s DFR was easy. Without plotting the result in any way — like Googling “Catholic bishops” to see what new legislation the boys club has in mind for women this week, God came to me today.

Romney’s Faith Runs Deep

Jodi Kantor, author of The Obamas, dissects Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s relationship with God in today’s NY Times.

Dozens of Romney’s friends, relatives and fellow church members “describe a man whose faith is his design for living”.

Clayton M. Christensen, a business professor at Harvard and a friend from church, said the question that drove the Sunday school classes — how to apply Mormon gospel in the wider world — also drives Mr. Romney’s life. “He just needs to know what God wants him to do and how he can get it done,” Mr. Christensen said. via NYTimes

Like Rick Santorum, candidate Romney’s frequent tributes to American exceptionalism are grounded in his belief that God has chosen the United States to play a special role in history — with its constitution divinely inspired.

In 1992 Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve  wrote an essay The Divinely Inspired Constitution, explaining the position of Romney’s church on the matter. In a thorough but swift read of the document, it lays out many precepts that most Americans agree on. Oaks stresses the “farsighted young statesmen” James Madison and Alexander Hamilton, “who favored a strong federal government” as necessary in leading the country forward.

Is the Catholic Church Uncatholic?

NYTimes columnist Maureen Dowd thinks so. The ever-acerbic challenger to papal dogma in Rome, Dowd argues that today’s Catholic church is “intent on loyalty testing, mind control and heresy hunting. Rather than all-embracing, the church hierarchy has become all-constricting.”

The Catholic bishops hunt down nuns and lecture American women on the immorality of birth control and wanting to control our family planning, while that plagued-with-scandal Old Boys Club The Legion of Christ suffered another set back this week when the order’s superstar Rev. Thomas Williams admitted that he fathered a child. (cont)

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Rev. Thomas WilliamsRev. Thomas Williams, a moral theologian, author, high-profile television personality and former superior of the Legion’s office in Rome, admitted Tuesday that he had fathered a child “a number of years ago.” The Legion of Christ order, still in clean up mode from the scandal created by its pedophile founder Rev. Marciel Maciel, acknowledged that it has known about the child and apologized for not acting sooner to remove Rev. Williams as a moral leader for the Legion’s Catholics.

Huff Po reports that just last week, the “Legion admitted that seven of its priests were under investigation by the Vatican for allegedly abusing minors”, cloaked by the same secrecy and silence that allowed it founder to engage in a lifetime of abuse.

Back to Maureen Dowd who touched base with former New York governor and Catholic Mario Cuomo, whose son Andrew is weighing running for president.

“If the church were my religion, I would have given it up a long time ago,” he said. “All the mad and crazy popes we’ve had through history, decapitating the husbands of women they’d taken. All the terrible things the church has done. Christ is my religion, the church is not.

Cuomo continued, saying “The church would be wiser to take the path laid out for us by Kennedy than the path laid out for us by Santorum.”

South Baptist Educators Revolt

Shorter University is a 139-year-old Baptist school located in Rome, Ga. Recently, the school mandated that its 200 employees, including about 100 faculty members, sign ‘a personal lifestyle pledge’ declaring that they reject homosexuality, premarital sex and adultery.

The pledge may have backfired, as reports surface that only 12% of the faculty have signed the pledge. Many professors including tenured professor Sherri Weiler, have resigned.

“Lest anyone think I am ‘promoting’ homosexuality, please know that I am not,” professor Sherri Weiler, who resigned last week, wrote in the Rome News-Tribune, according to the “Save Our Shorter” site. “I am simply not going to judge anyone who expresses his/ her sexuality in this way.”

Students writing on the “Save Our Shorter” site say they welcome the focus on homosexuality but the even bigger issue is the school’s loss of academic freedom, which it has enjoyed for decades while respecting its religious heritage.

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Marlijn Hosk | Perla Maarek | L’Officiel Ukraine May 2012

Martina Klein, Veronica Blume, Leticia Dolera + | Sergi Pons | Marie Claire Spain May 2012 | ‘Spanish Noir’

Kamila Filipcikova | Oscar Falk | Plaza Kvinna May 2012 | Never Walk Alone

Meagan Callen | Chris Nicholls | Flare June 2012 | Into the Deep

Carolyn Murphy | Alexi Lubomirski | Vogue Germany June 2012 | ‘Murphy’s Law’

Leah de Wavrin | Seiji Fujimori | Marie Claire Spain May 2012

Kristen Stewart | Tom Munro | Elle US June 2012 | ‘She’s the Man’

Claire Danes | Mark Abrahams | Harper’s Bazaar Russia June 2012

Noomi Rapace | Solve Sundsbo | Dazed & Confused June 2012 | ‘Super Nova

Sophie Vlaming | Richard Bernardin | Grazia France No. 140 May 18, 2012 | ‘White LIght

Hanne Gaby Odiele | Michael Schwartz | Black #16 | ‘They Reminisce’

Calder Kusmierski Singer & Alexandra Marzella | Daniel Jackson | i-D Summer 2012 | ‘The Artist’

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Cara Delevingne | Chanel Cruise 2013 by Karl Lagerfeld | ‘Cruise Pastel’

Lara Mullen | Tim Gutt | Vogue UK June 2012 | Paper Plates

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Masha Markina | Andrew Soule | Flare June 2012 | World’s Fair

Heidi Harrington Johnson | Matt Hind | Vogue UK May 2012 | ‘The Great Escape’

Friday
Jan272012

Perceived Reality in Conservative & Liberal Brains | NYT on Apple's Workers in China | Austria's Priests Gone Rogue

Daily French Roast

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Wired magazine presents Human Nature and the Neurobiology of Conflict, a Nebraska study focused on how liberals and conservatives process the same information. Brain science is a high-value topic at AOC.

In this case Michael Dodd of the U of Nebraska wanted to explore how conservatives and liberals process images alternately disgusting (spiders on faces, open wounds) and appealing (smiling children, cute rabbits.) “Dodd’s team found that conservatives reacted most strongly to negative images, and liberals most strongly to positive photographs.”

When turning their attention to politicians the results held.

Conservatives displayed more distaste than liberals for politicians they disliked, while liberals felt more positive than conservatives about politicians they liked. Given these and other findings, wrote Dodd’s team, “those on the political right and those on the political left may simply experience the world differently.”

Related articles:

Liberals Have Different Dopamine Gene, More Friends Say Scientists AOC Apple Valley

In other research, scientists at UCLA and New York University found a specific region of the brain’s cortex that is more sensitive in people who consider themselves liberals rather than conservatives.

Analyzing the data, Sulloway said liberals were 4.9 times more likely than conservatives to show activity in the brain circuits that deal with conflicts and were 2.2 times more likely to score in the top half of the distribution for accuracy.

Inquiring Minds | Liberals and Atheists Have Higher IQs AOC Apple Valley

Self-Reflecting Human Consciousness Tied To Prefrontal Cortex Grey Matter AOC Apple Valley

Americans Maintain Four Different Views of God AOC Apple Valley

More DFR

Color China Photo, via Associated Press An explosion last May at a Foxconn factory in Chengdu, China, killed four people and injured 18. It built iPads. Color China Photo via APOur AOC Apple Valley channel is named in honor of Steve Jobs and the values of the Apple brand. Anne is an Apple person to the core.

It’s distressing to read, then, the intensive New York Times article Apple’s iPad and the Human Costs for Workers in China. The article comes at a time when Apple reported one of the most lucrative quarters of any corporation in history, with $13.6 billion in profits off sales of $46.3 billion.

Early in this seven-page article, the point is made that a radical overhaul of the supplier system would slow down innovation. “Customers want amazing new electronics delivered every year.” That makes us part of the problem.

The article centers on Foxconn, one of Apple’s biggest suppliers in China. Provided in advance to Apple for comments, the company did not respond to the NYT article. One knowledgeable consultant says “Companies like H.P. and Intel and Nike push their suppliers. But Apple wants to keep an arm’s length, and Foxconn is their most important manufacturer, so they refuse to push.”

Only customers can demand change from Apple concludes the article. In terms of consumer segmentation, the values group we call the Cultural Creatives — who tend to be Apple customers — and our AOC subset of the CC’s called Smart Sensuality women (and men) are most likely to take the lead in any future customer love demands from Apple. We track these issues in our Apple Valley channel.

Priests Gone Rogue

In Austria Helmut Schüller’s Preachers’ Initiative is gaining momentum and widespread support, causing the highest representatives of the Catholic Church to visit the Vatican for a pow wow on what to do next with the rebellious priests. About 400 Catholic priests have joined the movement, which is supported by the majority of Catholics in Austria, and calls itself ‘disobedient’ of the Vatican. 

The Preachers’ Initiative wants the Vatican to allow Austrian priests to give Holy Communion to divorced people. The rebellious group also want female priests in the Catholic Church and an abolition of celibacy. Its founder says this is the year the group will go international. via Austrian Independent.