* Why Buying Organic is a Waste of Money
"In 2010, a study found that some organic pesticides can actually have a worse environmental impacts than conventional ones. Plus, a recent study found that because organic agriculture is now done mostly en masse by big corporations (what’s known dismissively by advocates as “Walmart organic”), the lower yields combined with the use of heavy machinery means it actually releases more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than conventional farming."* Why Plenty of Psychology Studies are Crap
* I'm conflicted about the Kim Davis case. On the one hand, I personally would probably not feel that issuing a license violated my religious beliefs, even though I firmly believe that a marriage is between a man and a woman. Render unto Ceasar and all that. On the other, if I only believed in religious freedom for things that I personally believe, then religious freedom loses all meaning. One thing that isn't widely reported in the media is that one of Kim Davis' objections is that her name appears on the marriage license. Her lawyer asked for accommodation, that the state issue the license instead or that her name not appear on it. Sounds like a reasonable accommodation to me. Instead, she was put in jail. This article had some very thoughtful analysis. This kind of clash between religious freedom and the secular rights demanded by various groups is going to continue -- here is an excellent message on this topic.
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* In Photography this week, I really liked this article: The Myth of the Rule of Thirds
* And Best Overall Photo and winner of $500 is yours truly with this gem: