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Even after centuries of new research available, few Christians have gone about finding out the origins of the most popular faith on Earth and among the many things Christians take for granted is the origin of the modern Bible.

The New Testament in particular–is the foundational text of the Christian faiths–however the text did not begin as it appears today.

In an interesting documentary, Peter Owen Jones examines the early evolution of the New Testament, and particularly the various gospels that were not included in the modern Bible.

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Leviathan melvillei, the ancient whale that lived 12-13 million years ago, has don’t-mess-with-me teeth larger than a T-Rex’s at 36 centimeters.  Scientists have decided to call it the Moby Dick whale, although its name melvillei was derived from Moby Dick author, Herman Melville

More on the whale that fed on whales here.

 

This makes me think that the myriad existing animal species on earth at present have made it possible to make humans feel superior, or at least propagate themselves.

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Friends from Mogwai hosted us today to show the classic Peter Joseph film: Zeitgeist.

The crowd was a mix of students and various non-profit groups. We lacked time to have a more in-depth discussion but it was a good start.

For those who want to review the now cult classic film, here it is with subs:

Thanks to Mogwai for having us.

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Good stuff from Kedrosky today on the world cup as allegory for global economics:

Many people have noticed a remarkable result at this year’s World Cup. Consider: Last edition’s champion, Italy, is out, while a host of South American countries are doing wonderfully. Similarly, England has looked wobbly, and even the Germans haven’t been as sharp as expected. It feels like a changing of the guard, with soccer leadership moving out of the top European countries — developed economies — and moving to … emerging markets. Sound familiar?

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My new bets: Korea and Japan. Go Asia!

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While I honestly don’t think that humans must deny the beastly programmings for survival, balance, health and feet-on-the-ground purposes, it is interesting to note that jungle principles aren’t the answer to many questions regarding the solutions to the current world problems, and that we do not even know how jungle we are when we are being that. 

 

The following article made me laugh, although not heartily.  “In athletics there’s always been a willingness to cheat,”  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was quoted as saying, “if it looks like you’re not cheating. I think that’s just a quirk of human nature.

 

A Highly Evolved Propensity for Deceit

Published: December 22, 2008

When considering the behavior of putative scam operators like Bernard “Ponzi scheme” Madoff or Rod “Potty Mouth” Blagojevich, feel free to express a sense of outrage, indignation, disgust, despair, amusement, schadenfreude. But surprise? Don’t make me laugh.

 

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Sure, Mr. Madoff may have bilked his clients of $50 billion, and Governor Blagojevich, of Illinois, stands accused of seeking personal gain through the illicit sale of public property — a United States Senate seat. Yet while the scale of their maneuvers may have been exceptional, their apparent willingness to lie, cheat, bluff and deceive most emphatically was not.

 

Continue reading here: 

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/23/science/23angi.html?_r=3

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Just checking in on the happenings since its been roughly a couple of months since the now infamous Deepwater Horizon oil spill from the BP oil rig.

As reported by Reuters, in New Orleans, while tourism ads are getting pulled for sensitivity to BP, oil firms are lobbying to overturn Obama’s 6-month ban on deepwater drilling, which was in reaction to the spill. On the Huffington Post, beach weddings are taking a dive in Florida.

Meanwhile, as you consider the total effect of the spill–social, economic and environmental–you might want to check out If It Was My Home, which apart from social activism features an interesting Google map of the oil spill which you can overlay on your own home to appreciate the scale. (Thanks to Freakonomics).

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Time to rest our critical minds and dip into a little Mario nostalgia.

This from The Huffington Post:

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