In a world dominated by magical thinking, superstition and misinformation, give yourself the benefit of doubt. This is one skeptic's view of the Universe.

"Tell people there’s an invisible man in the sky who created the universe, and the vast majority believe you. Tell them the paint is wet, and they have to touch it to be sure."

-George Carlin

“If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed”.

-Albert Einstein

“Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense.”

-Carl Sagan

The person who is certain, and who claims divine warrant for his certainty, belongs now to the infancy of our species. It may be a long farewell, but it has begun and, like all farewells, should not be protracted.

-Christopher Hitchens

 

vinegarwilliams:

paxamericana:


As reported  by Bloomberg– and confirmed on Sunday by the Saudi Arabian  billionaire’s holding company — Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has  bought $300 million worth of Twitter stock. Although it’s not clear  whether he acquired the shares on the secondary market or directly  from the company itself, the size of the investment sparked  concerns that the prince might try to influence Twitter — especially if  the revolutionary fervor of the “Arab spring” spreads to the kingdom.  Although the risk of this seems remote, that users are raising the issue  at all highlights the challenges for Twitter now that it has become a  major media entity.

Al-Waleed bin Talal is also holds the largest share of News Corp (Fox News, News International) outside of the Murdoch family. 

Just don’t let him buy tumblr. We should stop using twitter, so he loses money.

And then there’s this: JP Morgan Chase has invested in a fund that has bought $400 million in Twitter shares.

vinegarwilliams:

paxamericana:

As reported by Bloomberg– and confirmed on Sunday by the Saudi Arabian billionaire’s holding company — Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has bought $300 million worth of Twitter stock. Although it’s not clear whether he acquired the shares on the secondary market or directly from the company itself, the size of the investment sparked concerns that the prince might try to influence Twitter — especially if the revolutionary fervor of the “Arab spring” spreads to the kingdom. Although the risk of this seems remote, that users are raising the issue at all highlights the challenges for Twitter now that it has become a major media entity.

Al-Waleed bin Talal is also holds the largest share of News Corp (Fox News, News International) outside of the Murdoch family. 

Just don’t let him buy tumblr. We should stop using twitter, so he loses money.

And then there’s this: JP Morgan Chase has invested in a fund that has bought $400 million in Twitter shares.

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