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Judge gives people a choice of jail or church for a year http://www2.wkrg.com/news/2011/sep/22/serve-time-jailor-church-ar-2450720/ You'll be unsurprised to learn it's Alabama.

Carbon credit land theft http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/22/world/africa/in-scramble-for-land-oxfam-says-ugandans-were-pushed-out.html


HAPPY

Non-violent first person shooters: http://www.popphoto.com/news/2011/09/warco-first-person-shooter-arms-you-camera-rather-gun
http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/issues/issue_66/385-My-Hindu-Shooter

I've learned that the 'yucca' root I've eaten in restaurants is cassava, or 'yuca'. I'm horribly disappointed; as a one-time SoCal geologist, I'd seen eating yucca as revenge. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cassava

Funny used yoga mat ad. http://seattle.livejournal.com/6491700.html

From James, another link about the explosion of space probes and the modern golden age of space exploration. http://babelniche.wordpress.com/2011/08/03/the-robot-population-of-deep-space/

New Goya painting found via X-rays http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-15018174

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oniugnip
Sep. 25th, 2011 01:48 am (UTC)
The church-or-jail thing is really interesting. At first I was totally furious, but thinking about it a little harder, I think there's a grain of a good idea there -- what if you had the option to take a philosophy class or learn about Zen meditation instead?

There are quite a few nonviolent people in jail right now; that's a huge problem.
mindstalk
Sep. 25th, 2011 02:07 am (UTC)
Yeah, not sending people to prison has lots of merit. I've had the idea that only violent convicts and parole-breakers (and maybe perjurers) should go to prison, everyone else getting means-graded fines (up to "total confiscation of assets", financial death penalty) or house arrest or supervised probation and such.

But *church*, every *Sunday*... big problems there.

I couldn't find a list of participating churches; don't know if the area has a UU church. :)
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