Saturday, March 17, 2012

Croneyism, nepotism and corruption; More religion; and Facebook friends.

Croneyism, nepotism and corruption. Spanish politics? Well, no. Not this time. It's the Vatican, of all places. Much to the Pope's distress, Italian newspapers have published a letter to him from one of his staff, making allegations that the Vatican organisation is characterised by the above sins. Is nothing sacred?

Continuing the religious theme from yesterday - The Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury has thrown in the towel in the face of fissiparous elements in the Church. At the end of the year he'll return to academia and leave the Anglican Church to tear itself asunder around issues of sexuality and gender. What's strange is that the BBC and The Times felt it appropriate to give this news top billing, at inordinate length. All despite the fact that 98% of the British population couldn't care less. But I guess they do represent the Establishment.

Here's a surprise - A psychology paper finds that Facebook and other social media offer a platform for obsessions with self-image and shallow friendships. And:- Researchers have established a direct link between the number of friends you have on Facebook and the degree to which you are a "socially disruptive" narcissist, confirming the conclusions of many social media sceptics. Details here.

Finally . . . I've long wondered why court sketches never look like the person(s) on trial. I now know why; the artists are not allowed to make them in the court but have to draw them from memory. My respect for them has now risen.

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