A major survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life finds that most Americans have a non-dogmatic approach to faith. A strong majority of those who are affiliated with a religion, including majorities of nearly every religious tradition, do not believe their religion is the only way to salvation. And almost the same number believes that there is more than one true way to interpret the teachings of their religion. The survey
finds that constant movement characterizes the American religious marketplace, as every major religious group is simultaneously gaining and losing adherents. (.pdf of full report (268 pages)
or watch the video of Pew Forum Director Luis Lugo
giving an overview of the U.S. Religious Landscape Survey and talking about some of its key findings.) [more inside]
posted by ServSci
on Dec 11, 2009 -
Final edition: Twilight of the American newspaper.
"Newspapers have become deadweight commodities linked to other media commodities in chains that are coupled or uncoupled by accountants and lawyers and executive vice presidents and boards of directors in offices thousands of miles from where the man bit the dog and drew ink."
posted by chunking express
on Dec 10, 2009 -
This is the interrogation log of Mohammed al-Qahtani. It is being published in real time: each entry will appear exactly seven years after it was first recorded. The interrogation took place at Guantanamo Bay.
posted by chunking express
on Dec 7, 2009 -
8 Million Reasons for Real Surveillance Oversight.
"Sprint Nextel provided law enforcement agencies with its customers' (GPS) location information over 8 million times between September 2008 and October 2009. This massive disclosure of sensitive customer information was made possible due to the roll-out by Sprint of a new, special web portal for law enforcement officers."
posted by chunking express
on Dec 3, 2009 -
Dismal economy got you down? Chin up, sport - it's possible to save money and eat like a king at one of America's abundant all-you-can-eat buffet restaurants
. Before you and your dining companion are whisked off this culinary land of plenty, take note of the definitive strategy guide
to maximize both your dollar and your waistline. Fill up on tips such as: Wear items with intricate patterns or designs that will disguise spills and stains.
As you get your game plan together, here's your anthem.
posted by porn in the woods
on Nov 10, 2009 -
Few things in history are as compelling as the duel. Refined and barbaric at the same time, this practice has had a checkered history.
The rules of dueling were codified by the Irish in 1777 in the Code Duello (summarized here
), which was codified at Clonmel Summer Assizes in 1777. As evidenced by these documents
, dueling was in practice prior to the Irish rules being drafted. The procedure and philosophy behind duels is illustrated in this article
Dueling gained some traction in America in the 19th century
, culminating in the famous Burr-Hamilton affair. There are many more resources to find out more here
. For a list of famous duels, you can check out this list
Lest you think men were the only ones dueling, here are a few short anecdotes
of women dueling.
Reportedly, dueling is still legal in Paraguay
, as long as both parties are registered blood donors.
posted by reenum
on Sep 15, 2009 -
is a series of short documentaries
about life on the US-Mexican border, none longer than 6 minutes. The subjects are: drug addicts on the border
(warning: graphic images), electronic music group Nortec Collective
, hospital costs of fence jumpers
, lonesome Minuteman
, Mexican emigrant safety patrolman
, ranchowners whose land is an immigration throughway
, US-raised 18 year-old sent back to Mexico
, virtual vigilantes
, two old men provide water in the desert
, dangers of journalism in Ciudad Juarez
, graveyard of US tires in Mexico
, drug ballads
, hardened border policy hurts cross-border community
, another cross-border community fears closing of footbridge
, working illegally in Laredo
, mayors of the two Laredos
, migrants' safe house
, hand-pulled ferry
, dentistry in Nuevo Progreso
, Brownsville high school teacher protests border fence
, golf course with the border on three sides
& fishermen on the mouth of the Rio Bravo
. Border Stories also has a blog
about immigration issues.
posted by Kattullus
on May 21, 2009 -
The American Hologram
We suffer under a mass national hallucination. Americans, regardless of income or social position, now live in a culture entirely perceived inside a self-referential media hologram of a nation and world that does not exist. Our national reality is staged and held together by media, chiefly movie and television images. We live in a “theater state.”
posted by idixon
on Apr 23, 2009 -
. Feeding off a earlier column
in the WSJ by Daniel Akst, who wrote, "no fabric has ever been so insidiously effective at undermining national discipline," conservative columnist George Will takes up the (denim-free) banner in the crusade to rid America of "the plague of that ubiquitous fabric, which is symptomatic of deep disorders in the national psyche."
posted by Liver
on Apr 16, 2009 -
is doing some pretty wonderful photography. For several years, he’s been using a large format 8x10 camera
(with the hood and everything), profiling people in ways that feel both intimate
His first book, “Figure and Ground,”
is a collection of portraits and landscapes that capture, with a quiet intensity, a diverse cross-section of the country.
His newest book, “Fall River Boys,”
is a sort of chronicle of a decaying American town, and the (mostly) young inhabitants who are either unable or unwilling to leave. (He and his partner even launched their own press
to get it published.) [more inside]
posted by mapalm
on Apr 13, 2009 -