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The Passion of Christ's Followers And Their Special Perspective

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On this Easter day, when many are celebrating the resurrection of Jesus, we've got an insightful article about passion and redemption from the Independent in the U.K. Well worth a read.

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Harry Frankfurt's On Bullshit

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Of course we had to cover this: One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit. Everyone knows this. Each of us contributes his share. But we tend to take the situation for granted. Most people are rather confident of their ability to recognize bullshit and to avoid being taken in by it. So the phenomenon has not aroused much deliberate concern. We have no clear understanding of what bullshit is, why there is so much of it, or what functions it serves. And we lack a conscientiously developed appreciation of what it means to us. In other words, as Harry Frankfurt writes, "we have no theory."

But Harry has his own ideas and this Princeton professor has released a tiny tome with an inciteful line of reasoning.

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Smart People More Prone To Choke Under Pressure

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A group at the University of Michigan has released the results of a study that claims smart people are more likely to choke under pressure. Apparently undergrad students in Michigan are the perfect control group to represent smart people and their limitations.

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Bush supporters copy "I'm Sorry" site

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In response to the successful I'm Sorry American apologist web effort, the right wingers have created their own copycat montage of rednecks, guns and SUVs proclaiming that they're "not sorry". And we get a glimpse into the complex minds of those who voted for GW Bush.

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Sorry everybody!

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There's a place where you can vent and apologize for the other half of the country.

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Groups across the country send message to the Iraqi people

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A loose organization called the "Fellowship of Reconciliation" has put together an interesting project, a collection of images taken by people from around the country sending messages to the Iraqi people that not all Americans are in league with the administration.

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Polls show US-International relations getting worse

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Newsday has an article comprising the results of polls taken in Canada, France, Britain, Spain, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Mexico, Israel and Russia.

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