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Stephen Fry on Catholicism [Intelligence Squared Debate]

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Stephen Fry provides his very articulate and thoughtful opinion on Catholicism and the Catholic Church at the Intelligence Squared Debate.

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What Do Disappointed Idealists and Tampon Commercials Have In Common?

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It's rare when I see a video that, in a short 30 seconds, sums up the level of cynicism I currently feel, and leaves me with a smile. Okay, I have a sardonic smile at the moment, but it's a smile, and that's a start.

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Pepsi Ethics

Jul 06 2010 Published by under Ethics, Politics


It's taken me a few hours to cool off enough to write coherently and without using (too much) profanity after I learned that ScienceBlogs added a corporate PR "blog" about nutrition written by PepsiCo. I think I've learned all I care to know about corporate "food" giants' definition of what is "nutrition" by being confronted daily by a flock of hugely protruding bellies and jiggling posteriors everywhere I go (yes, even here in Germany). I would link to that "blog" so you can see what I am talking about but quite frankly, I don't want to send any traffic to them. I think you can find them easily enough. [Oh. and when you do find them, please don't swear or curse in your comments because these delicate corporate types don't like that and will not publish your comment, spanky, spanky.]

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The Tiger Next Door

Jul 05 2010 Published by under Cultural Observation, Ethics, Pets, Streaming videos

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This interesting video is a trailer for a documentary, "The Tiger Next Door," the story of a man named Dennis Hill who has been breeding and selling tigers from his backyard for over 15 years. Hill's dream is to breed a stripeless white tiger -- but at what cost to the animals, and at what risk to the community?

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Stephen Hawking on Religion: Science Will Win

Jul 04 2010 Published by under Ethics, Godlessness, Politics, Religion, Streaming videos

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World News Anchor, Diane Sawyer, asks physicist Stephen Hawking about the biggest mystery he'd like solved. He said, "I want to know why the universe exists, why there is something rather than nothing".

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BP's 'Pelican Solution'

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Image: Mike Keefe, Denver Post, 13 June 2010.

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Black Market Soccer

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Sadly, slavery is not dead after all. This video shows a scene from the documentary "Soccer's Lost Boys." In this video, correspondent Mariana van Zeller goes undercover to explore the last, desperate hope of young West African players living illegally in Paris: a pick-up game with sketchy middle-men who try to sell the players to outside agents.

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Drop into the Ocean

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Take a deep breath and imagine the oceans.... This disturbing video is a short Greenpeace documentary outlining the threats that humans pose to our oceans and a proposal for what we ALL can do to help restore their health. [In short, if you haven't stopped eating all fish -- and most especially shrimp -- yet, this video will make you think seriously about this decision]

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Using Science to Create the Ultimate Chocolate Bar

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Harvard-trained molecular biologist Andy McShea takes a distinctly scientific approach to making better and healthier chocolate. Dr McShea, known as "Doc Choc," is the Chief Operating Officer of the 4-year-old Theo Chocolate company, which he describes as the fastest-growing organic, fair-trade chocolate producer in the United States.

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Atheism: In Your Own Words

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Realizing that you are an atheist is a profound, personal experience. This video records the stories (in their own words) of some people who came to the realization that they are atheists.

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