New Statistics: the religious make-up of America

The Washington Post has published a rather detailed breakdown of religion in the US … alas statistics, so yes it can indeed be potentially quite dull stuff, I’ll skip a lot of details and cut to the chase of what it is of interest – non-belief is rapidly increasing. (There, that’s it, so you can skip … Read more New Statistics: the religious make-up of America

The actual Distribution of Wealth in the US is not what most people think it is

Now this is a very interesting clip that blows a few myths out of the water. First, before we dive in, let’s clarify a rather important point, here we are talking about wealth, not income. If you measure income, then you are not really measuring wealth at all. I might have an income of $1 … Read more The actual Distribution of Wealth in the US is not what most people think it is

Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act … which would you choose?

If I asked you to pick between Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act, then you would either scratch your head or even perhaps suggest that I should F***-off. Why? Well, because they are the same fracking thing, ah but you knew that … right? … you did didn’t you? In fact you would assume everybody … Read more Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act … which would you choose?

The Antichrist … who do you think it might be?

If you were asked to name the most lightly candidate for the position of “The Antichrist”, a Christian mythological concept that describes a single figure of concentrated evil, then who would naturally spring to mind? I can think of several such as Nero, Genghis Khan,Vvlad the Impaler (the name gives you a clue), Stalin, Hitler … Read more The Antichrist … who do you think it might be?

Charles Darwin got 4,000 votes in the last US election

Seriously, he really did, it was not simply some chap with the same name, but the well-known author of “On the Origin of Species” and UK Naturalist, Charles Darwin, a non US citizen. Despite having died over 130 years ago he actually did get 4,000 votes in Athens-Clarke County in a congressional race last week, so apparently being dead is … Read more Charles Darwin got 4,000 votes in the last US election

The US is not as religious as you think it is

There is a distinct impression that folks in the US are very religious, more so than those within other industrialized nations.This is often confirmed by opinion polls. Shankar Vedantam has some numbers for you in a Slate article … Two in five Americans say they regularly attend religious services. Upward of 90 percent of all … Read more The US is not as religious as you think it is