The Tinker Weekly For May 19, 2013

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the IRS was doing their job, and doing it well: there was an enormous influx of 501(c)(4) "social welfare organization" applications from right-wing groups, all of whom donated to campaigns

why politicians and car dealers are trying to make it illegal to buy an electric car in North Carolina

a Russian man was tortured and killed in Volgograd (Russia) for being gay; media silence ensues

Christianity could be facing a catastrophic collapse in Britain, according to official figures suggesting it is declining 50 percent faster than previously thought

Texas police issued 300,000 misdemeanor tickets to school children in 2010 for "classroom behavior" like spraying perfume or leaving the lunch table dirty

Pope Francis has completely denounced Capitalism, calling it a "cult of money" that he says is tyrannizing the poor 

no, really: Saudi Arabia is working to reverse decades of favoring religious over scientific studies in schools and universities

Swaziland has made it illegal for a witch to fly a broomstick above 150m. seriously, it's a law

wealthy Manhattan moms are hiring handicapped tour guides so their kids can cut lines at Disney World

the 182 percent loan: how installment lenders put borrowers in a world of hurt

4th-grader Zachary Maxwell snuck a camera into his school's lunchroom for 6 months to document how lousy it was. The resulting film will be screened at the Manhattan Film Festival

and finally: the greater the airtime devoted to country music, the greater the white suicide rate. this effect is independent of divorce, 'southern-ness,' poverty, or gun availability

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Posted on May 18, 2013 .