Hopefully, one day, shows like Toddlers and Tiaras (you can get that on Pay TV here in Australia), where mostly overweight and not exactly pretty parents parade their innocent children in front of cameras or juries to boost their own egos, will become extinct or unneccessary. One can only hope. For the children’s sake.
Ah, gotta love the Census ! The ABC reports that according to 2011 Census data, a grand total of 2,163 Australians still called themselves Scientologists.
It’s probably fair to say that more people use the toilets at Southern Cross train station on any given Monday morning than there are brainwashed Scientology bots left in the country. Good on you, Australians, and good riddance. How about Scientology’s tax status in this country, by the way ? As far as I can see, Scientology over here is still allowed to hide behind the “Advancement of Religion” clause.
I am considering founding my own religion, the “Worshippers of the toilets of Southern Cross”, we will easily have more members than Scientology has in the whole of Australia on one busy bowel-moving Monday morning, and I will be writing to the Australian Tax Office stat, to collect the rich tax benefits for my advancement of religion.
Seriously, ATO, take these not even fringe lunatics off the tax exemption drip already.
It ain’t. More like, you wasted time, effort and grant money on this ?
Sayette and his colleagues assembled various small groups using 720 male and female participants, a larger sample than in previous alcohol studies. Researchers assessed individual and group interactions using the Facial Action Coding System (FACS) and the Grouptalk model for speech behavior.
They concluded that alcohol stimulates social bonding, increases the amount of time people spend talking to one another, and reduces displays of negative emotions. According to Sayette, the paper introduces into the alcohol literature new measures of facial expression and speech behavior that offer a sensitive and comprehensive assessment of social bonding.
I have to give it to Mr Sayette, the man is clearly a genius. I mean seriously, who would have thought that drinking alcohol stimulates social bonding ? I recommend the following two controversial hot topics for Mister Sayette and his team of kickass psychologists for consideration for future research projects :
-Holidaying in Fiji increases the sense of wellbeing and may reduce displays of negative emotions (using the Facial Action Coding System (FACS)).
-Receiving oral sex from your partner may decrease stress levels and can lead to the display of noisy positive emotions.
"If we go back to the beginnings of things, we shall always find that ignorance and fear created the gods; that imagination, rapture and deception embellished them; that weakness worships them; that custom spares them; and that tyranny favors them in order to profit from the blindness of men."-- Baron d'Holbach
What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof. -- Christopher Hitchens
None of you seem to understand.
I'm not locked in here with you, you're locked in here with me.