Church leaders are urging people to give up their iPods for Lent instead of more traditional vices such as chocolate and alcohol, encouraging people to help save the planet. “The Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, and the Bishop of Liverpool, James Jones, are among those calling for a carbon fast for Lent — a period ahead of Easter which Christians traditionally consider a time of penance and reflection — which begins on Wednesday. As well as spending a day without using technology such as mobile phones or iPods, the 46 daily suggestions also include eating by candlelight, cutting meat and vegetables thinner so they cook faster and flushing the toilet less often. ‘Instead of giving up chocolate for Lent, why not fast for justice … to help those suffering from the effects of climate change,’ said Jones.” So tonight when you’re flipping your pancakes, lights blazing and iPod roaring out your favorite tunes, think hard as to whether you’d be prepared to give it all up until Easter.
Who — or what — really controls your mind?
If pro is the opposite of con, then is progress the opposite of congress? It’s a lame joke, but one that seems to be resonating more and more among Americans. […]