I don’t even want to know anymore
“NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Depressed men and women who consider themselves affiliated with a religion are less likely to attempt suicide than their non-religious counterparts, according to new study findings. “If someone acknowledges being religious, all else being equal, they are at lower risk to act on suicidal thoughts than someone who does not acknowledge religious affiliation,” study co-author Dr. Maria A. Oquendo told Reuters Health. Further, she added, “it does not appear to make a difference what religion they state their affiliation for.” Previous research has shown that religious countries tend to have lower rates of suicide than secular nations. Studies have also shown that a higher degree of religious commitment is associated with less suicidal behavior.
In the current study, Oquendo and her colleagues at Columbia University in New York City examined the influence of religious affiliation on suicide attempt in a study of 371 depressed inpatients at a psychiatric institute. About half of the study participants had attempted suicide at least once in their lifetime. “
Maybe psychology will stop ignoring the role of religion in society.
Once again, Merry Christmas.
Here’s a story out of Colorado Springs, where an Evangelical Christian group put copies of the New Testament in the Sunday paper there: http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36~53~2616202,00.html
‘”Rabbi Anat Moskowitz canceled her subscription to the Gazette because she didn’t approve of the way the text was delivered.
“All Jews treat holy books with reverence and respect,” Moskowitz said. “I don’t like the fact that most people drive over their newspaper in the morning. We find that disrespectful.”
Moskowitz and other worshipers from Temple Shalom in Colorado Springs didn’t protest the giveaway per se, but have decided to give copies they received to local churches that want them.”‘
Unfortunately the Rabbi is committing an error, it used to be called grammatalotry, which is when the paper or the text is worshipped, instead of God (or YHWH in the Rabbi’s case). Either the text is sacred and should be protected to the point that it is kept in a safe or not read, or it should be spread through the land so all can read and learn.
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Blah Blah Blah, I swore I wouldn’t be blogging but…
Good column by G.F. Will:
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I promised myself I wouldn’t blog excessively over break, but I wanted to get this article into the archive:
“A white Christmas is looking increasingly likely – but forecasters are warning that gale-force winds, torrential rain and ice could bring chaos to the great festive getaway. “
‘”There could be the most widespread snow seen on 25 December since 1995. Bookmakers are offering odds as short as 1-6 in Scotland, and the Met Office has said some parts of the country could get ” significant falls”.
Forecasters added: “Much of Scotland, Northern Ireland, northwest England and Wales are likely to see a white Christmas, but anywhere could see snow on the big day.”‘
Dare I say, more proof of global warming?
Another radio show, another paper, a few columns and tests. My life seems to have evolved only slightly in the last five years. But, in any case, it’s Christmas.
That said, if you happened to listen to my show today, leave a few comments in the comments section. I’ve love feedback, I love in particular negative feedback, so don’t be afraid to give some.
More proof that our goal should not be to emulate the europeans:
“A GIRL of 20 has become the youngest person in Britain to need a new liver because of binge-drinking.
The girl, who began boozing when she was 12, was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver in hospital after collapsing following a heavy drinking session.
Her case was highlighted by expert Ian Gilmore on the eve of a conference to discuss the alarming rise in drinking among British girls. Shock figures last week showed that teenage girls are now bigger binge drinkers than boys”
“-LAST year 29 per cent of 15 and 16-year-old UK girls admitted binge-drinking, compared to 26 per cent of boys that age.
-THE highest rate of alcoholism in females is among those aged 16 to 19.
-THE average girl will have her first taste of alcohol at 13. Boys will have their first drink at 11.”
Good job Britain.
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Here is an interesting article that shows that the 90’s weren’t all that bad as far as climate goes:
or non pdf:
“Historical phenology: Grape ripening as a past climate indicator
Summer temperature variations are reconstructed from harvest dates since 1370.
French records of grape-harvest dates in Burgundy were used to reconstruct spring–summer temperatures from 1370 to 2003 using a process-based phenology model developed for the Pinot Noir grape. Our results reveal that temperatures as high as those reached in the 1990s have occurred several times in Burgundy since 1370. However, the summer of 2003 appears to have been extraordinary, with temperatures that were probably higher than in any other year since 1370.
Biological and documentary proxy records have been widely used to reconstruct temperature variations to assess the exceptional character of recent climate fluctuations1-3. Grape-harvest dates, which are tightly related to temperature, have been recorded locally for centuries in many European countries. These dates may therefore provide one of the longest uninterrupted series of regional temperature anomalies (highs and lows) without chronological uncertainties1.
In Burgundy, these officially decreed dates have been carefully registered in parish and municipal archives since at least the early thirteenth century. We used a corrected and updated harvest-date series4 from Burgundy, covering the years from 1370 to 2003, to reconstruct spring–summer temperature anomalies that had occurred in eastern France. To convert historical observations into temperature anomalies, we used a process-based phenology model for Pinot Noir, the main variety of grape that has been continuously grown in Burgundy since at least the fourteenth century”
Fascinating stuff, and according to the Lake Detective, it puts global warming into perspective.
And athiests hate giving trees: