The Common Good

The Top 10 Stories of August 16, 2013

Quote of the Day.
"It's not just about burning churches, it''s about burning churches to initiate a response that then spirals into even greater violence — and that is a very, very dangerous game to play." - Bishop Angaelos, the Cairo-born head of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom, in response to the violence against Christian churches in Egypt
(CNN Belief Blog)

1. NSA broke privacy rules thousands of times per year, audit finds. 
Most of the infractions involve unauthorized surveillance of Americans or foreign intelligence targets in the United States, both of which are restricted by statute and executive order. They range from significant violations of law to typographical errors that resulted in unintended interception of U.S. e-mails and telephone calls.
(Washington Post)

2. Egypt police vow to use live ammunition to defend state buildings. 
Egypt is braced for more violence on Friday, with both pro- and anti-Morsi supporters planning to march through cities in several provinces after midday prayers – and the interior ministry ominously vowing to use live ammunition to defend themselves and state buildings.
(The Guardian)

3. Joe Arpaio says crosses will be put where bodies are found In Arizona desert. 
The sheriff stood amid about a dozen crosses to announce an effort that he said would serve as a reminder of just how dangerous the journey is from Mexico through the rugged desert of southern Arizona.
(Huffington Post)

4. The dramatic racial bias of subprime lending during the housing boom.
In 2006, at the height of the boom, black and Hispanic families making more than $200,000 a year were more likely on average to be given a subprime loan than a white family making less than $30,000 a year.
(The Atlantic Cities)

5. Egypt''s Christians under pressure as churches are torched. 
There have been dozens of attacks on Christian churches, homes and businesses in the past 24 hours. Full details of the attacks are still emerging, as the country reels from its bloodiest day in recent history.
(CNN Belief Blog)

6. The killing machines.
Drone strikes are a far cry from the atomic vaporizing of whole cities, but the horror of war doesn’t seem to diminish when it is reduced in scale. If anything, the act of willfully pinpointing a human being and summarily executing him from afar distills war to a single ghastly act.
(The Atlantic)

7. Video: Meet the singing, anti-fracking nuns.
In the rolling green hills of Kentucky, the Sisters of Loretto are leading a grassroots movement against the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline.
(Mother Jones)

8. The many, many jobs that won''t earn you enough to live in your city.
This ultimately means that people needed to work in downtown restaurants and hospitals, or well-to-do neighborhoods, often must live at the far reaches of a metro area. Or it means they''re spending way more on their housing than a family budget can really afford.
(The Atlantic Cities)

9. Pentagon gets new orders to attack sex assaults.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered commanders Thursday to take more steps to crack down on sexual assault, but the move failed to satisfy Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and other critics who want major structural changes in the military to deal with assault cases.
(San Antonio Express-News)

10. Religious people branded as less intelligent than atheists in provocative new study.
The meta-analysis showed that in 53 of the studies, conducted between 1928 to 2012, there was an inverse relation between religiosity -- having religious beliefs, or performing religious rituals -- and intelligence. That is, on average, non-believers scored higher than religious people on intelligence tests.
(Huffington Post)

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