The Zeitgeist :: 2003-10-04

Thanks to The Zeitgeist: "In Germany they first came for the Communists and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist. ...Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. ...Then they came for the trade unionists and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. ...Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. ...Then they came for me--and by that time no one was left to speak up. Pastor Martin Niemoller(1892-1984)" … [Read more...]

Male contraceptive "100%" safe and effective

Male contraceptive "100%" safe and effective: "The trial used the progestin, DMPA, and testosterone to flick a reversible 'switch' in the brain that initiates puberty, causing the body to stop sperm production. The testosterone also ensured male health and libido, countering the progestin, which causes natural levels of the male hormone to fall. Some participants in the trial even reported an increase in their libido, and once they came off the trial participants found that their fertility … [Read more...]


Jason Robinson's moto: "'Personal glory is not what it's all about. The team is everything and my duty is to do well for the team.'" … [Read more...]

Jason Robinson

An independent interview states: "Clearly, Robinson can run rings round me theologically as effortlessly as he could with a rugby ball tucked under his arm. Interestingly, like other born-again Christians I have met, his usual level of eloquence, which on a scale of one to 10 is about five, increases to eight or nine when he is talking about his faith. Certainly, the whole subject of his conversion, chronicled in his book, is a fascinating one. There was nothing very godly about his upbringing … [Read more...]

His Father might be proud

"Hilary Benn : is to follow in his father Tony's footsteps and join the cabinet, replacing Baroness Amos as international development secretary, it was announced today."I wonder what his extremely left wing father makes of him joining a governement that is arguably more right wing than Mrs Thatchers? … [Read more...]


Argument: "A Talmudic rabbi asked, 'Who is truly penitent?' and answered, 'One who, when the same opportunity for sin presents itself, refrains from sinning' - adding succinctly, 'The same woman, the same season, the same place.'" … [Read more...]

The failing church

The founder of the Samaritans explained why despite being a vicar he deliberately made the organisation an entirely secular one."'Many people were driven to suicide because they were too gentle and loveable for the rat race,' he says in Before I Die Again. 'And where could they find refuge? Who would understand them, and not make them feel inadequate? Not, on the whole, the church. In fact, in a different way, the church's standards were as destructive as the world's standards. Church people … [Read more...]


From The Obvious?: "The soul of culture is conversation. This can be extended possibly to: the quality of our culture is shaped by the quality of our conversations, as in, at the heart of superficial cultures are superficial conversations ... at the heart of creative cultures are creative conversations." … [Read more...]

email in groups

The Obvious? also stated "Every interpersonal e-mail message creates, or sustains, or alters the membership of a group. It happens so naturally that we don't even think about it. When you're writing a message to Sally, you cc: Joe and Beth. Joe adds Mark to the cc: list on his reply. You and Sally work for one department of your company, Joe for another, Beth is a customer, and Mark is an outside contractor. These subtle and spontaneous acts of group formation and adjustments of group membership … [Read more...]

The Obvious?: Fascinating

The Obvious?: Fascinating: "Just last night I was thinking how the world mostly divides into half full and half empty people. The former tend to see opportunity in things while the latter tend to see scarcity and hold onto what they have got. One represents growth and change, the other stagnation and eventually death." … [Read more...]