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Happy New Year! Who Are YOU Going To Hate In 2017?

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[Sociology]
2017: Resolutions, OUT. Enemies, IN.

In the past, people picked a new year's resolution. That seems kinda passe now. The last few years, I think whether knowingly or not, the new mantra is, "Pick your enemy." What are you going to hate next year? Immigrants? The Federal Reserve Bank? Liberals? Conservatives? Russia? Congress? Blacks? China? Abortion? Muslims? Christians? Atheists? White male privilege? Obama? The Two-Party-System? Cops? Trump? The Electoral College? The UN? Guns? Hillary? Environmentalists? ISIS? Big Banks? Rape Culture? Unions? We all do it whether we realize it or not.

"Hate" is big business. Hate is the easiest emotion in the world to turn on. It's always there like a seasoned wick ready to be ignited by the slightest spark. Hate can turn even the laziest slacktivist into an online-petition-signing maniac; a Facebook-meme-posting army of one! Good luck "love" and "hope" with your teeny tiny little heart and smileyface emoticons. You're no match for hate.

So who and what's worthy of your hate in 2016?

Let's discuss..

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Atheist Group Writes Their Own 10 Commandments

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[Sociology]
Atheists have written their own version of the ten commandments. These commandments were chosen from submissions to Atheist Mind Humanist Heart’s (AMHH) Re-Think Prize, a crowdsourcing project.

In November Adam Savage announced he would be a judge in the ReThink Project, the host of MythBusters (one of only two, these days), caused a new surge of interest and awareness for the contest. Read on to see the selected 10 Atheist Commandments...

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Penn Jillette on Work, Atheism, Existentialism and Liberty

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[Pundits]
[Sociology]
Penn Jillette gives one of his most honest and insightful interviews yet, discussing a number of interesting topics...

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Mike Rowe: America Is Engaged In A Civil War Against Work

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[Sociology]
Mike Rowe, host of the tv show, "Dirty Jobs" addresses a group in the tech industry and gets into a very insightful talk about whether conventional wisdom is "right" and what the problem is with America. Very well worth watching...

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Vatican Says Absolutely No Female Priests

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[Sociology]
The Catholic Church reiterated its love for women's rights by making it quite clear: no women priests -- they will be excommunicated, along with anyone who ordains them.

The Vatican issued its most explicit decree so far against the ordination of female priests on Thursday, punishing them and the bishops who try to ordain them with automatic excommunication.

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Lost Generation

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[Sociology]
[Activists]
How clever and moving can a simple video be? Check this out...

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Barak Obama's Speech: "A More Perfect Union"

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[Sociology]
Everybody is buzzing about Barak Obama's recent speech. We have the video here.

It should also be noted:
This wasn't a speech by committee... Obama wrote the speech himself, working on it for two days and nights.... and showed it to only a few of his top advisers.

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How To Enjoy Sushi

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[Humor]
[Sociology]
With the popularity of sushi restaurants at an all time high, the Japanese board of tourism has released an official video outlining proper protocol when dining at a sushi restaurant. Check it out.

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Noam Chomsky Talks About Ron Paul

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[Sociology]
Noam Chomsky is asked some questions about Ron Paul. His answers may surprise you...

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Concision In the US Media

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[News Media]
[Sociology]
What is Concision? This is the notion that the American media has adopted that demands that details they provide in the mass media, and guests they invite to talk, must be able to make their points quickly and concisely.

What does this mean for you and the search for truth? Noam Chomsky has some wickedly brilliant insight...

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Noam Chomsky: 911 Conspiracy Theorists Get Over It!

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[Sociology]
Noam Chomsky talks about who gained in the wake of the WTC bombing and 9/11 conspiracy theories.

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Daniel Dennett: Ants, Terrorism, and the Awesome Power of Memes

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[Sociology]
Here's one of those talks that can change your view of the world forever. Starting with the deceptively simple story of an ant, Dan Dennett unleashes a dazzling sequence of ideas, making a powerful case for the existence of "memes" -- a term coined by Richard Dawkins for mental concepts that are literally alive and capable of spreading from brain to brain. On the way, look out for:
+ a powerful one-sentence secret of happiness
+ a compelling insight into terrorists' motivation
+ a chilling view of Islam
And just when you think you know where the talk's heading, it dramatically shifts direction and questions some of western culture's fundamental assumptions. This. Is. Unmissable.

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Richard Dawkins' The Root of all Evil?

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[Sociology]
Richard Dawkins steps away from his more traditional role as evolutionary biologist and talks more about the obsolete role religion has in society. Here's a show that was produced and aired in the UK that US network television would never have have the balls to air. Check it out. The extended DVD of this show has just recently been released.

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Ode To Baby Boomers

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[Bad Parents]
[Sociology]
They took everything from their parents and gave nothing to their kids but problems.

The entire country went down the drain on their watch.

Now they demand more money from the government (US) so they can keep going to Biloxi to piss it into slot machines.

Instead, they should each get an itemized bill.

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Today We Call People Heroes For Doing Their Jobs

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[Newspapers]
[Sociology]
Rosa Brooks at the Los Angeles times has penned a provocative editorial we think is worthy of mentioning:

Civil service is commendable, but worshiping soldiers and police for doing their duty has gotten out of control.

'Everyone's a hero, everyone's a star," sings Jon Bon Jovi on his 2005 album, "Have a Nice Day." It's an insipid song, but a fitting anthem for what has become a thoroughly insipid age.

Once upon a time, you had to do something truly exceptional to qualify as a full-fledged hero: single-handedly hold off a battalion of enemy soldiers to allow your platoon to escape, or rescue 100 children from a Nazi concentration camp. But today, just showing up at your Army recruiting station makes you an instant hero -- and getting yourself hurt or killed doubles your heroism, even if you were sound asleep when your supply convoy went over an IED.

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Al Sharpton Debates Christopher Hitchens

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[Sociology]
Taking on possibly the greatest issue of our time - the malignant force of religion in the world - Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion through a close and learned reading of the major religious texts, citing numerous historical instances in which sexual repression and outrageous acts of violence have been committed in the name of God. He argues for a more secular life based on science and reason, in which hell is replaced by the Hubble telescope's awesome view of the universe, and Moses and the burning bush give way to the beauty and symmetry of the double helix.

Join The New York Public Library as the Reverand Al Sharpton and author Christopher Hitchens debate faith, religion and God.

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Top Gear In America

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[Television]
[Sociology]
What happens when the offbeat British car show, "Top Gear" comes to America? The challenge starts with the three hosts landing in Miami and having to each purchase a vehicle for $1000 and drive it all the way to New Orleans.

Watch the BBC show online and you'll quickly understand why something like this will never air on American television. There are a few moments that make "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" look like a Sunday drive.

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Richard Scarry Child's Book Made Politically Correct

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[Sociology]
Recognize the book? Maybe from your childhood? Well depending upon how old you are you might notice some differences between the 1963 version of "The Best Word Book Ever" and the 1990s version, namely the elimination of any reference to native indians, the old west, or other colorful characters, the complete androgonization of pronouns and career titles, and dad doing the dishes. There's a neat web site that details the changes this revered children's book has undergone in the last few decades.

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Religion Bad For Society?

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[Sociology]
Religious belief can cause damage to a society, contributing towards high murder rates, abortion, sexual promiscuity and suicide, according to research published today.

According to the study, belief in and worship of God are not only unnecessary for a healthy society but may actually contribute to social problems.

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450 Sheep Commit Suicide in Turkey

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[Sociology]
First one sheep jumped to its death. Then stunned Turkish shepherds, who had left the herd to graze while they had breakfast, watched as nearly 1,500 others followed, each leaping off the same cliff, Turkish media reported.

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The Passion of Christ's Followers And Their Special Perspective

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[Sociology]
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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[BS]
[Sociology]
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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[Dubious Research]
[Sociology]
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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[Sociology]

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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[Sociology]
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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[Sociology]
[Terroir-ism]
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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[Sociology]
[Polls]
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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