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Thursday, 21 August 2014 |

How the monks make kollyva on the Holy Mountain

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On the Holy Mountain, the abbots of the last hundred years are commemorated, as well as the priests and monks of the last thirty. Kollyvo is made every time an icon is placed in the church for veneration. Every Saturday, however, the departed are remembered unless it’s the return of a feast of the Lord. It’s a little, zinc plate of boiled wheat whi...

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Crime and poverty: To have and have not
“POVERTY”, wrote Aristotle, “is the parent of crime.” But was he right? Certainly, poverty and crime are associated. And the idea that a lack of income might drive someone to misdeeds sounds plausible. But research by Amir Sariaslan of the Karolinska Institute, in Stockholm, and his colleagues, just published in the British Journal of Psychiatry,...
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In the wake of a racially charged police shooting in the state of Missouri, United States, “the efforts of the churches, faith communities, ecumenical and interfaith partners and civil society organizations and coalitions that have called for prayer, calm, peaceful protest, and open and honest dialogue on racism and issues of class” have received s

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Thursday, 21 August 2014 |

The Crazy-Making Fed

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The Federal Reserve's communications and policies are a form of crazy-making double bind.


Systems theorist/anthropologist  Gregory Bateson  developed (with others) the concept of  double bind ,  a psychological and social conflict in which contradictory demands generate a form of schizophrenia:
Unlike the usual no-win
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Around 400 people met at the Temple de la Fusterie in Geneva, Switzerland to participate in an inter-religious vigil on 20 August expressing solidarity with the persecuted religious communities in Iraq during this time of conflict in the country.

The event was organized by a number of local religious organizations, including Swiss member churches

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Thursday, 21 August 2014 |

Argentina and the Swap Puzzle

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President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has proposed a law authorizing the executive to reroute payments on the restructured bonds out of New York, and to offer all bondholders local-law bonds on 2010 exchange terms. All the buzz has been about the swap. But there is no swap on the table, no capacity to execute a swap, and no more details about

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Oceans and the climate: Davy Jones’s heat locker
OVER the past few years one of the biggest questions in climate science has been why, since the turn of the century, average surface-air temperatures on Earth have not risen, even though the concentration in the atmosphere of heat-trapping carbon dioxide has continued to go up. This “pause” in global warming has been seized on by those sceptical th...
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From the troubled streets of Ferguson to atrocities in Iraq, it's hard to find something to smile about -- but we do, thanks to The Simpsons....

Wednesday, 20 August 2014 |

Don't Be Evil?

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