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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Daniel Wagner, Center for Public Integrity: With the ultimate captive markets, prison bankers and state jailers make money off high fees for financial services. ... JPay and other prison bankers collect tens of millions of dollars every year from inmates' families in fees for basic financial services. To make payments, some forego medical care, skip utility bills and limit contact with their imprisoned relatives, the Center for Public Integrity found in a six-month investigation. Inmates earn as little as 12 cents per hour in many places, wages that have not increased for decades. The prices they pay for goods to meet their basic needs continue to increase. By erecting a virtual tollbooth at the prison gate, JPay has become a critical financial conduit for an opaque constellation of vendors that profit from millions of poor families with incarcerated loved ones. read more


Sahil Kapur, Talking Points Memo: A federal judge in Oklahoma ruled Tuesday that Obamacare subsidies provided on the federal HealthCare.gov exchange are invalid, agreeing with a ruling by a three-judge panel on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals against the subsidies.

"The court holds that the IRS Rule is arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion or otherwise not in accordance with law ... in excess of statutory jurisdiction, authority, or limitations, or short of statutory right ... or otherwise is an invalid implementation of the ACA, and is hereby vacated," U.S. District Court Judge Ronald A. White wrote in his opinion. read more


Nature.com: Video gaming is a highly pervasive activity, providing a multitude of complex cognitive
and motor demands. Gaming can be seen as an intense training of several skills. Associated cerebral structural plasticity induced has not been investigated so far. Comparing a control with a video gaming
training group that was trained for 2 months for at least 30 min per day with a platformer game, we found significant gray matter (GM) increase in right hippocampal formation (HC), right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) and bilateral cerebellum in the training group. The HC increase correlated with changes from
egocentric to allocentric navigation strategy. GM increases in HC and DLPFC correlated with participants'
desire for video gaming, evidence suggesting a predictive role of desire in volume change. read more


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A grand jury has decided Tony Stewart will not face charges for his role in the on-track death of sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr. The decision was announced Wednesday, nearly seven weeks after Stewart's car struck and killed Ward at a dirt-track race on Aug. 9 in Canandaigua, New York. District Attorney Michael Tantillo also said Ward was under the influence of marijuana that night "enough to impair judgment." Stewart could have been charged with second-degree manslaughter or criminally negligent homicide.


24/7 Sports: New York Jets receiver David Nelson (Florida) had 3 catches for 15 yards in his team's game Monday night against the Chicago Bears. But trying to help his team win a football game is far from the most important thing Nelson has going on in his life.

Nelson traveled to Haiti in 2012 as a volunteer to help with the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake. He was so affected by what he saw that he and his brother started a foundation to help children orphaned by the earthquake.

Nelson and his brother later rescued nine kids who were living in squalor in Haiti. They are currently helping to raise the kids in a safe home in Haiti and plan on adopting them. read more


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Hell's bad place? Now that's something new.

Maybe for you, but not for the rest of the Christian world:

Is the concept of eternal torment in Hell really Biblical? Most Christians think there is a place of eternal fire and torment called Hell which will be the ultimate fate of the wicked. Satan, they believe, is to rule in this limited kingdom of Hell and torture his unwilling subjects for all eternity. The concept of an eternal fiery Hell designed to torment sinners forever has been taught by the Catholic Church and accepted as true for many centuries. Integral to this concept is the proposition that no one will ever really die, since upon the death of your external mortal body, your spirit immediately (supposedly) travels to Heaven, Hell, or Purgatory. You either live forever in heaven with God, or you live forever in torment in Hell with Satan and his angels - at least that is what is taught and believed by most of the Christian world.
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You're being more than a little disingenuous, and more than a little concrete. I think that you're interpreting Bible verses according to your personal needs.

I think you need to consider what the VAST majority of Christians have been taught throughout the past two millennia. Hell is bad. Heaven is good. Devil will torture sinners, even though that's exactly what God wants him to do.

I enjoy KANREI's "Jewish" take on the matter: the satan being the adversary against man and not God. But then again, it runs completely counter to the notion of "free will," a concept preached right alongside the concept of fatalism -- a contradiction that STILL to this day no one on the DR has bothered to offer even a semblance of an explanation.

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