Exorcisms Become Big Business in Arizona

From ReligionNewsBlog:

What once was a very private practice in the Catholic Church has apparently become big business for others.

An estimated 600 non-Catholic groups are now performing exorcisms, allegedly ridding people of their demons.

“It’s happening. It’s a phenomenon. Why? Pick up the paper — crime, drugs, violence … horrendous sexual abuse,” said Bob Larson, who has made a national name for himself. “This is all the work of the devil.”

There is also a video on YouTube of a Good Morning America report on Larson:

40 Facts About Sleep….


*Anything less than five minutes to fall asleep at night means you’re sleep deprived. The ideal is between 10 and 15 minutes, meaning you’re still tired enough to sleep deeply, but not so exhausted you feel sleepy by day.

Scientists have not been able to explain a 1998 study showing a bright light shone on the backs of human knees can reset the brain’s sleep-wake clock.

The “natural alarm clock” which enables some people to wake up more or less when they want to is caused by a burst of the stress hormone adrenocorticotropin. Researchers say this reflects an unconscious anticipation of the stress of waking up.

(via reddit)

Banning “the N-word”

From NoGodBlog:

This is stupid, and totally off topic (and my opinion), but I’m going to vent about it anyway.

Nigger is a word. Like kike and chink and faggot, it’s a word of hate and ignorance. But it’s just a word.

I’m just sickened by the concept that some people are trying to “wipe the word out” by stopping people from using it. It’s a stupid idea that will never succeed. And it shouldn’t.

Listen, world, banning a word won’t defeat prejudice, it will worsen it. It will send it underground and breed a segregationistic attitude. If people use it in a hateful context (a la Michael Richards), you learn something about that person, an improtant detail about the user’s attitude. If people censor the word, you lose that identifier.