Religious People Less Driven By Compassion Than Are Atheists And Agnostics, Study Says


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From 5/2012 Huffington Post

By: LiveScience Staff
Published: 05/01/2012 12:11 PM EDT on LiveScience

Atheists and agnostics are more driven by compassion to help others than are highly religious people, a new study finds.

That doesn’t mean highly religious people don’t give, according to the research to be published in the July 2012 issue of the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science. But compassion seems to drive religious people’s charitable feelings less than other groups.

“Overall, we find that for less religious people, the strength of their emotional connection to another person is critical to whether they will help that person or not,” study co-author and University of California, Berkeley social psychologist Robb Willer said in a statement. “The more religious, on the other hand, may ground their generosity less in emotion, and more in other factors such as doctrine, a communal identity, or reputational concerns.”


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A Postcard from Venus… er… Beijing, or, a Polemic on Pollution




A factory burned for three hours on Saturday before anyone noticed.  All that black smoke and stench of the factory fire was smothered beneath the even greater generalized poison of the worst pollution to ever hit the city in the history of its record keeping.

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Bones and jars of the dead unearthed in 3,000-year-old Egyptian tombs

By Alan Boyle,

Archaeologists say they have discovered a string of 3,000-year-old rock tombs in the Egyptian city of Luxor, containing the remains of wooden coffins, skeletons, furniture and canopic jars.

The tombs were dug within the funerary temple of Pharaoh Amenhotep II, who reigned from 1427 to 1401 B.C. during Egypt’s 18th Dynasty. However, the newfound tombs appear to be part of a more recent cemetery. In Thursday’s announcement of the discovery, Egyptian Antiquities Minister Mohammed Ibrahim said they date back to the beginning of a transitional period that lasted from 1075 to 664 B.C.

Ibrahim said a team led by Italian archaeologist Angelo Sesana made the discovery while cleaning up the site in the course of an excavation at Amenhotep II’s temple, on the west bank of the Nile River.


Check out the full article HERE.

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Four canopic jars are sculpted to represent spirits who guard the internal organs of the dead.                     Photo from Egypt Ministry of Antiquities




12 Stylish Solutions for Ugly Cat Furniture

Bland beige post unhappily marking your living room territory? Scratch that with rakish kitty condos, perches and staircases

by Becky Harris of

Houzz user bridget1312 has asked a question that plagues all cat owners: “Does anyone know how to make a cat tree in the living room not such an eyesore? I love my kitty and want to buy her a new cat tree, but they are all so ugly and ruin the good look … Any suggestions?”

It’s true, Bridget — when I think of cat trees, I think of depressing beige wall-to-wall carpet wrapped around poles and stapled into place. Cat lovers are finding or creating trees with much more style and creativity, though; some are even turning to their architects and builders to come up with some really fun custom solutions. Here are a dozen ready-made solutions in a range of styles, including Zen minimalist, nautical, contemporary and even Eartha Kitt.

Check out the whole article HERE.


How to Lay Out a Master Bedroom for Serenity

Promote relaxation where you need it most with this pro advice for arranging your master bedroom furniture

by  Vanessa Brunner    Staff Writer,

It might seem simple enough at first — what do you really need in your bedroom besides the bed? But a master bedroom can be as complicated as a living room or family room to plan and lay out, mainly because of precisely that one big feature: the bed. Make the process easier with these suggestions from design pros.

Check out the entire article HERE.



“On Thursday afternoon, CNN showed footage of Vice President Joe Biden meeting with gun rights groups and talking to reporters about his ongoing efforts to curb gun violence in the United States. Biden said that he would present his recommendations to the president on Tuesday. But before Biden could finish his presentation, CNN cut into his remarks to report on another school shooting. This morning, “at least two people were shot at Taft High School” at 9:00AM and the shooter has reportedly been taken into custody. ”  From – entire article and video there.

WAKE THE HELL UP. Guns everywhere, a cop for every student in the school, not gonna solve this. Limit the clip/magazine size, tax the ever-loving hell out of every bullet sold and every mag/clip sold, enforce the existing registration laws, have massive gun buy-backs, reinstate the assault weapon ban, and throw as much money as possible into mental health services for the poor and under-served. A gun in your home is NOT going to protect you from an intruder – you are many times more likely to shoot someone in your family or to have the gun used against you. Unless you are a trained marksman with combat or police training, your chances of using a gun effectively in any confrontation are less than 20% according to studies. That means 80% of the bullets you fire are going to go somewhere you don’t want them to go. How many more kids and adults have to die over this stupid bullshit?

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Taft Union High School 1-10-2013. Stop the Killing!


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Still More Great Organizing and Storage Stuff from this Week on – Part 3


Organizing Starts at the Door


You don’t need fancy bins and containers to keep your entryway tidy — just a system that sticks by Beth Zeigler

Usually, the size of your entryway dictates what’s stored within it, but there are a few items my bite-size one can’t function without. Pick and choose what works for you and your home. The point of having a hyperorganized entryway isn’t to impress your type A friends — if it’s set up properly, it acts as a filter to keep things from piling up in every room of your home.



How to Work With a Professional Organizer


An organizing pro can help you get your house together. Here’s how to choose the right one and gain your own clutter-clearing skills

by Lisa Frederick

 Raise your hand if “Get organized!” topped your New Year’s resolutions list (again). Now put it down if you’ve already fallen off the wagon. Don’t feel bad: It happens to most of us. But if clutter is taking over your life and making you crazy, it may be time to hire a professional organizer. Read on to ensure a smooth experience from start to finish.


Contemporary Home Office design by Dc Metro Interior Designer Kelly Porter




Top 10 Unsung Organizing Tools


Look no farther than your drawers, closets or purse for the best and cheapest ways to keep your home neat and organized

by Laura Gaskill

In our quest for fresh, beginning-of-a-new-year, organized perfection, it’s easy to get a bit carried away in the organizing or office supply store. While specialized sorters and doodads surely have their purpose, more often than not they just add more clutter to our homes. Commit to getting it right this year (and saving a bit of cash in the process) by sticking with these 10 hardworking but often overlooked helpers that are probably sitting in your home right now.



Your Total Home Organizing and Decluttering Guide


Take it slow or be a speed demon — this room-by-room approach to organizing and storage will get your home in shape no matter how you roll by Vanessa Brunner

Party’s over, folks. It’s that time of year — now that the stockings have been taken down and the confetti has been swept away, any excuse to hold off on decluttering your home is long gone. Take advantage of the new year and give your home a fresh start. We’ve compiled some of the best cleaning and organizing guides from Houzz, room by room, to help you start off the year with a clean slate.


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Small Steps to Organizing Success


Take care of bite-size projects, and your home’s big picture will be an organized dream before you know it   by  Beth Zeigler

Even though I’m not a teacher in the traditional sense, I love assigning clients homework — tasks I’m confident they can do without me present — during the organizing process. I do this for a few reasons, but my main objective is to process as many items as I can with clients during a session. Homework gives us a better chance of smooth sailing without distractions. Read on to see what items you might set aside as homework the next time you’re organizing a room.


Small Changes to Simplify Your Long-Term Storage


Conquer your attic and basement storage in more than a day, with these easy, bite-size steps for sorting, storing and protecting your stuff

by Laura Gaskill

With the holidays and colder weather approaching, now is the time to trek into attics, basements and storage sheds to retrieve boxes that haven’t seen the light of day since last year. Unfortunately, these spaces have a way of accumulating endless layers of stuff until it’s nearly impossible to find anything: long-forgotten memorabilia, old furniture, broken toys, home repair project cast-offs, nearly empty paint cans and oh, yes, those ornaments you were looking for. Just looking into an attic or a basement can feel overwhelming; forget doing anything about the mess. That’s why I think it’s best to admit right from the start that this problem won’t be fixed in a single day (or maybe even a single season) — but by committing to making small changes throughout the year, you can remake your space, step by step.


Meet Your Desk: How to Create a Workspace That Works


Ask yourself: What should live on your desk and what can live elsewhere?

by Beth Zeigler

Working with clients in their home offices all over Los Angeles, I see a lot of good working habits and some not-so-good working habits. And while it’s fairly obvious to me when I’m looking at a workspace why an individual may not be performing efficiently, most don’t realize how to create a workspace that flows.

I started my professional organizing career teaching a workshop called “Meet Your Desk.” It was a play on the fact that a lot of us work day in and day out without noticing the piles of paper that accumulate. The end result: Most of us wouldn’t be able to tell you the last time we saw our desk surface clean and clear of clutter.

Take a journey with me where we’ll look at desks that are getting it “right,” while also looking at creative ways to store the stuff you don’t need and that is cluttering up your workspace.


8 Incredibly Clever Organizing Tricks


A tension rod under the sink; wire and nails in the closet … these storage and organizing ideas are budget friendly to the max by Samantha Schoech

It would be lovely to have a professionally designed closet or a spacious laundry room with a custom organizational system. But most of us are dealing with small spaces, limited funds and big imaginations.

Oh, and stuff. Lots of stuff.

The first trick to good organization is to purge (you can call it curating if that feels better) often and ruthlessly. If you have not used it in a year, out it goes (unless, of course, it has true sentimental or monetary value).

Once you get your stuff down to a nice, manageable pile, you’re going to need a way to organize it. Here are 8 clever, cute and inexpensive ways to do so.