Archive for May, 2006

The Bible story: holy shit

May 31, 2006

Conception through the left earhole, a 14-year-old virgin impregnated by God, and other wacky Easter tales.
by Dave Hallsworth
It's Easter again, that time which the Christian Churches claim is the anniversary of the crucifixion of Joshua Ben Joseph (aka Jesus Christ) by the Roman occupiers of Jerusalem. Maybe it's also about time some of the followers of Christianity, the remaining faithful, asked what exactly it is they're putting their faith in.



Throw open the books so that we can see what everyone earns

May 8, 2006

Trust and social glue are corroded by pay secrecy and the greed-is-good culture. Transparency would change all that

Polly Toynbee
Friday April 21, 2006
The Guardian

What is anyone worth? Since people trust GPs above all others, it may reflect popular will to super-pay some of them £250,000, with their average £100,000 doubling since 2000. But if you want proof for the counterintuitive truth that more money doesn't make people happier, then the miserable doctors are a good example. Neither consultants (68% increase) nor GPs seem one jot happier for their recent windfall. Their union, the BMA, pumps out ever angrier anti-government press releases complaining of "vindictive treatment" in this year's "shocking" pay offer as they demand another 4.5%.