An extensive new report by the Pew Research Center, a leading pollster and think-tank, has yielded interesting and often surprising results about religious across the world.
Before proceeding, keep in mind that for the sake of simplicity, Pew’s methodology looked at only eight main groups: Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, folk religion, other religion, and unaffiliated…
Take note job searchers: while the market is tough, and many companies are unreasonably technical, there is still some hope.
Photo by Suchet Suwanmongko.
The Leshan Giant Buddha, located near the city of Leshan in Sichuan Province, China, is a 233-foot (71-meter) tall stone statue built during the Tang Dynasty. It is carved out of a cliff face facing Mount Emei, lying at the confluence of three rivers that flow below his feet. It is the largest stone Buddha in the world and by far the tallest pre-modern statue in the…
A good friend of mine reminded me of an anniversary I should have remembered: on this day in 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was passed, prohibiting any citizen from being denied the right to vote on the basis of sex. This was a culmination of the women’s suffrage movement in the United States, which for decades fought at both state and national levels to achieve…
“What’s surprised you most about being a parent?”
“The feeling of being called ‘Dad.’ It’s the best feeling on earth. The first time my daughter called me ‘Dad,’ we were playing hide and go seek. I was pretending that I couldn’t find her, and I kept searching and searching, until finally she screamed: ‘Dad!’ It almost made me cry. It made me feel like Superman.’”
I know reports like these are a dime a dozen, especially in post-recession America, but it bears reaffirmation, if only because a fair number of Americans still seem to think that our system is vastly superior to any existing or hypothetical alternative — even though the social and economic costs are vast and growing.
The perfect post to start a Monday with.
When it comes to wealth and income inequality — a subject I have discussed at length here – the news is rarely positive. As the following graph makes succinctly clear, the issue has worsened dramatic over the last few decades.
Income includes household wages and government transfers. Source: Census / Colin Gordon. Credit: Quoctrung Bui / NPR
While the most recent data in these sorts of graphs…
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which compiles and manages the most extensive list of organisms, has determined that nearly 20,000 plant and animal species are at risk. Unsurprisingly, human activity — from direct ecosystem destruction to pollution — is the main culprit.
Even more distressing, the organization’s Red List of threatened and endangered species represents…
As the rest of the world, including much of Asia, contends with stagnating and aging populations, Africa may gain the economic advantage with its young and vibrant labor force — provided there is sufficient investment in this untapped human potential.
11 (tie). Salzburg, Austria
11 (tie). Budapest, Hungary
9 (tie). Seville, Spain
9 (tie). Savannah, Georgia, U.S.
8. Cape Town, South Africa
7. Siem Reap, Cambodia
5 (tie). Sydney, Australia
5 (tie). Dublin, Ireland
It will come to know no surprise to regular readers that I have an avid interest in humanitarian issues, ranging from global inequality and poverty to human rights abuses and war. I have long had a keen interest in the United Nations as a mechanism for bettering the human species and facilitating the more positive aspects of globalization — illuminating and addressing these global problems in…
Few things seem more misunderstood and misconceived in the U.S. than the welfare system, by which I mean public aid programs that include Medicaid, food stamps, special payments for pregnant women and young mothers, and federal and state housing benefits (even the term is used loosely enough to merit debates about semantics, with some using welfare to refer solely to one or some of these…
andifeelyour-pain said: Once you get this you have to say five things you like about yourself, publicly, then send this to ten of your favorite followers (non-negotiable)
Haha, this is too sweet.
1. I have healthy hair and can grow a nice heard.
2. I have basic fluency in Spanish and Arabic, which is a nice start.
3. I am pretty good at absorbing knowledge and information.
4. I am told I can be very thoughtful and reflective.
5. I am a good writer and even do so professionally (which I am very grateful for).