Monday, September 06, 2010

Satisfaction Guaranteed

Satisfaction Guaranteed

 

by David Stark

Stark0Lights dimmed, spotlights, stroboscopic effects, and loud rock music. The camera on a large boom arm swings toward the audience who can now see themselves, clapping and cheering, displayed on one of the enormous screens above the stage. The warmup act is over and the headline performer bounds onto the set amidst frenzied applause. We are at VictoryChurch.tv, one of several megachurches that I have been studying in Oklahoma City.

In 1904, German sociologist Max Weber traveled to Oklahoma where he conducted field research, leading to an article, “Church and Sect in North America,” and his most influential book The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. A century later, the megachurches of Oklahoma City seemed an appropriate setting to witness recent developments in the relationship between religious experience and contemporary capitalism.

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Rampaging wild boar draw pleas for military response - 'Nuff said.

Rampaging wild boar draw pleas for military response
By Tony Paterson in Berlin

Wild boars foraging in fields near Munich. Their population has risen dramatically in recent years

AP

Wild boars foraging in fields near Munich. Their population has risen dramatically in recent years

They are laying waste to crops in record numbers and their snouts are seriously damaging the autumn harvest. But soon the rampaging wild boar that have been causing havoc in rural areas of Germany could be gunned down by army marksmen, if farmers get their way.

The call for a military response comes from landowners in the wine and crop-growing western Rhineland-Palatinate region, where boar have destroyed hundreds of hectares of maize and torn up the earth so badly with their snouts that combine harvesters have been brought to a standstill. "The farmers are boiling with rage yet the problem can't be solved by using regular hunters anymore," said Norbert Schindler, the president of the regional farmers' union. "They are trying hard but they just can't cope. Why can't the army be drafted in to help?


http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/rampaging-wild-boar-draw-pleas-for-military-response-2071304.html

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Sunday, September 05, 2010

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