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The Devil Didn’t Want Creflo Dollar To Have A $65 Million Jet

Excerpted from The Devil Didn’t Want Creflo Dollar To Have A $65 Million Jet – One Mile at a Time:

In mid-March I wrote about Creflo Dollar, the “prosperity gospel” preacher who wanted his congregation to fund a new $65 million Gulfstream G650.

As the church explained it, they were looking for 200,000 people to give contributions of $300 or more to make this a reality. They even created a nearly six minute promotional video trying to convince people to contribute:

“Project G650,” as it was called, was quickly withdrawn, though that didn’t stop the church from justifying the project, explaining we were missing the point. After all, Creflo Dollar was planning on transporting 100,000 pounds of food with him on the G650… never mind the fact that the maximum takeoff weight of the plane is less than 100,000 pounds.

And now the story gets even better. This past weekend Creflo Dollar returned from a “sabbatical,” and addressed the private jet situation with his congregation. And it’s amazing:

To recap:
1) If/when there’s life on Mars, you can expect him to “believe” God for a billion dollar space shuttle
2) The devil didn’t want him to have a private jet

Read the whole article on One Mile at a Time

Algorithm-driven content?

39304743_eca2585a54_zAt the beginning of the month, Automattic posted an April Fools announcement about a new service, AutoMatton, which would algorithmically create blog posts for you.

A friend sent over an article from the New York Times from last month that shows that this might not be too far from reality:

The Associated Press uses Automated Insights’ Wordsmith platform to create more than 3,000 financial reports per quarter. It published a story on Apple’s latest record-busting earnings within minutes of their release. Forbes uses Narrative Science’s Quill platform for similar efforts and refers to the firm as a partner.

Then we have Quakebot, the algorithm The Los Angeles Times uses to analyze geological data. It was the “author” of the first news report of the 4.7 magnitude earthquake that hit Southern California last year, published on the newspaper’s website just moments after the event. The newspaper also uses algorithms to enhance its homicide reporting.

If an Algorithm Wrote This, How Would You Even Know?
New York Times, March 7, 2015

How we move around the US

I’ve been fond of this map from the New York Times for a while…

migration-map

 

This map shows, for each state, where it’s residents were born in 2012, 1950, and 1900.  It will suck you in as you explore the migration patterns of our country.

To the data visualization team at the New York Times: Bravo.  You knock it out of the park on a regular basis.

10 Things you need to stop doing today to be happier.

Great article that my mother-in-law shared on behaviours* that are destructive to our own happiness.

  1. Stop complaining.
  2. Stop Judging.
  3. Stop avoiding your fear.
  4. Stop being so hard on yourself.
  5. Stop being negative.
  6. Stop caring about what other people think of you.
  7. Stop worrying about the small stuff.
  8. Stop needing to be right all the time.
  9. Stop blaming others.
  10. Stop living in the past or the future.

Reach the whole thing: at Elephant Journal.

  • Excuse the u, I am in London at the moment…
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