Micro-Religions Gain Market Share to Chagrin of Mega-Churches

This year’s Nielsen Prayer Ratings, considered an important indicator of sociological trends, put numbers to anticipated demographic shifts, yet contained surprises too.

While “Please don’t let her be pregnant” prayers showed expected growth among males 18-25, the 2011 NPR garnered controversy and condemnation among traditional ‘big box’ religious outlets. The study shows a decided move towards secularism. Seen as even more troubling by religion providers is a market share gain for non-mainstream sects. Read more Micro-Religions Gain Market Share to Chagrin of Mega-Churches

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The Role of Facebook and Twitter in History’s Revolutions

There’s been a lot of debate recently over the role social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter played in the recent Egyptian uprising, however very little has been mentioned of their importance in history’s other great revolutions.

This report chronicles the significant contributions social media sites have played in helping to foment past rebellions throughout the world. But before we begin, it’s important to note that this list highlights only a few of the more famous examples, and is by no means comprehensive of the Web 2.0’s vast historical influence. Read more The Role of Facebook and Twitter in History’s Revolutions

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Craigslist Congressman says photo was actually for new P90X ad

Backpeddling from his resignation over the recent photo scandal, former Rep. Christopher Lee now says the picture was meant to show off his results from using P90X, but accidentally got e-mailed to the “Women Seeking Men” forum on Craigslist. “What I was trying to do was send my amazing results in to the P90X forum, but somehow got it mixed up.

I worked really hard on attaining my physique using ‘muscle confusion’, and I wanted to show it off”, he was quoted as saying. “I don’t know how it happened, except to say that I guess the ‘confusion’ part applied to my mental state as well”, he continued. No word on whether or not the wife of the “divorced” and “fit fun classy guy” will buy this explanation as well.

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Computer Beats Kids at Candy Land… Holy Terrorbytes, Batman

IBM is at it again, but this time their target for domination isn’t aimed at nerdy trivia buffs or intimidating chess masters. No, its electronic jaws are now chomping at the bit to take a megabyte out of sweet innocent little children.

The big story in science and technology this past week was the defeat of Jeopardy! champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter by a supercomputer named Watson. Read more Computer Beats Kids at Candy Land… Holy Terrorbytes, Batman

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National Tea Party Unwittingly Aligns Itself with California Pot Growers Association

An unlikely partnership has formed between some very conservative-thinking patriots and a group of stoners who could care less about any politics unless, of course, they involve the legalization of marijuana.

How it happened, no one is really certain, but the ability to undo what has been done may be harder than anyone anticipated due to the fact that there is a rather large sum of money hanging in the balance. Read more National Tea Party Unwittingly Aligns Itself with California Pot Growers Association

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