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October 16, 2010

America has a history of bloody religious intolerance

America's True History of Religious Tolerance | History & Archaeology | Smithsonian Magazine
The problem is that this tidy narrative is an American myth. The real story of religion in America’s past is an often awkward, frequently embarrassing and occasionally bloody tale that most civics books and high-school texts either paper over or shunt to the side. And much of the recent conversation about America’s ideal of religious freedom has paid lip service to this comforting tableau. From the earliest arrival of Europeans on America’s shores, religion has often been a cudgel, used to discriminate, suppress and even kill the foreign, the “heretic” and the “unbeliever”—including the “heathen” natives already here. Moreover, while it is true that the vast majority of early-generation Americans were Christian, the pitched battles between various Protestant sects and, more explosively, between Protestants and Catholics, present an unavoidable contradiction to the widely held notion that America is a “Christian nation.” First, a little overlooked history: the initial encounter between Europeans in the future United States came with the establishment of a Huguenot (French Protestant) colony in 1564 at Fort Caroline (near modern Jacksonville, Florida). More than half a century before the Mayflower set sail, French pilgrims had come to America in search of religious freedom. The Spanish had other ideas. In 1565, they established a forward operating base at St. Augustine and proceeded to wipe out the Fort Caroline colony. The Spanish commander, Pedro Men�ndez de Avil�s, wrote to the Spanish King Philip II that he had “hanged all those we had found in [Fort Caroline] because...they were scattering the odious Lutheran doctrine in these Provinces.” When hundreds of survivors of a shipwrecked French fleet washed up on the beaches of Florida, they were put to the sword, beside a river the Spanish called Matanzas (“slaughters”). In other words, the first encounter between European Christians in America ended in a blood bath. . . .

October 12, 2010

OKCupid looks at the difference between gay sex and straight sex

The data nerds at OKCupid have done it again. They've crunched the 3.2 Million profiles at their disposal and taken a long hard look at the difference betwen gay sex and straight sex. In the process they bust a lot of myths: Gay people don't seek out straight people or try to "convert" them; Gay people aren't any more or less slutty than straight people; etc. Gay Sex vs. Straight Sex -- OkTrends

October 08, 2010

Fa(k)t Friday: The Lord's Master Plan

(via Luee)...

Slate offers you the nerdiest possible look at modern sex

(Totally SFW, incidentally.) Experimentation, orgasms, and the rise of anal...

October 07, 2010

Historians Admit To Inventing Ancient Greeks

Historians Admit To Inventing Ancient Greeks | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
WASHINGTON—A group of leading historians held a press conference Monday at the National Geographic Society to announce they had "entirely fabricated" ancient Greece, a culture long thought to be the intellectual basis of Western civilization. The group acknowledged that the idea of a sophisticated, flourishing society existing in Greece more than two millennia ago was a complete fiction created by a team of some two dozen historians, anthropologists, and classicists who worked nonstop between 1971 and 1974 to forge "Greek" documents and artifacts. "Honestly, we never meant for things to go this far," said Professor Gene Haddlebury, who has offered to resign his position as chair of Hellenic Studies at Georgetown University. "We were young and trying to advance our careers, so we just started making things up: Homer, Aristotle, Socrates, Hippocrates, the lever and fulcrum, rhetoric, ethics, all the different kinds of columns—everything." . . . "We picked Greece because we figured nobody would ever go there to check it out," Nguyen-Whiteman said. "Have you ever seen the place? It's a dump. It's like an abandoned gravel pit infested with cats." She added, "Inevitably, though, people started looking around for some of this 'ancient' stuff, and next thing I know I'm stuck in Athens all summer building a goddamn Parthenon just to cover our tracks."

October 06, 2010

Statistical Analysis: Do Jews control the news media?

Rick Sanchez says Jews control the media. Is that true? - By Brian Palmer - Slate Magazine Short answer: No; Jews are not statistically over-represented in the management of the major news networks, nor as newspaper owners or editors. They are vastly, vastly overrepresented in Hollywood (Jews are 2% of the American population, but 45% of the most powerful film directors, producers, etc.), but only in technical tasks:
If you look only at celebrities, and exclude the men and women behind the camera, the picture is very different. None of the top 20 people on the Forbes Celebrity 100 is Jewish.
(Disclosure: I'm a Jew, and partially control the medium you're looking at right now. The other two-thirds of our controlling editorial team are an atheist and a Christian. We're looking to bring a Buddhist, a Muslim, and a Hindu in on the deal in order to finish our "six blog editors walk into a bar" joke; please apply within.)