Twitter: Thumbs Down
Ricky Gervais is an English comedian, author, actor, director, producer, screenwriter and former pop musician. He achieved mainstream fame with his television series The Office and the subsequent series Extras, both of which he co-wrote and co-directed with friend and collaborator, Stephen Merchant. Besides writing and directing the shows, Gervais also played the lead roles of David Brent in The Office and Andy Millman in Extras. Gervais has also appeared in several Hollywood films, including For Your Consideration, Stardust, Night at the Museum and Ghost Town.
Question: Do you twitter?
Ricky Gervais: I’ve avoided it. I’ve avoided Facebook, MySpace. In fact, I keep taking off bogus Ricky Gervaises. And apparently, I’ve got the most fake me's on there. But I do my blog. Between the podcast and my blog, I got a lot more than Twitter could give me. I think the highest on there is about 100,000, whereas my podcast is downloaded like 120,000 times a day. My blog is read by 2 million people a month. So I control it.
It feels to me like you’re hanging around school for too long. Do you know what I mean? I don’t really see the point for me, and I’m sure it works for some people, but isn’t it just people saying, "Having a bath"? Okay, well done. Good. Nothing against it; but no, I’m not part of that. I think I’m a little bit old for that.
Recorded Feb 25, 2009.
Ricky Gervais on the uselessness of micro-blogging.
Americans just want to pay their bills. Is universal basic income the path to financial stability and economic opportunity?
- Chris Hughes, cofounder of Facebook, sees universal basic income as a way to stabilize the lives of those who need it most. A foundation of $500 per month could solve many of today's economic problems.
- Much of the criticism surrounding UBI comes from a place of myth and mistrust. If you give someone cash, how can you be sure they'll spend it responsibly? The fact is, cash is the most effective way of providing economic mobility.
- To reboot the American dream, we must address the moral and practical issue that many Americans lack basic financial stability. To bolster the economy and avoid another depression, UBI could be the answer.
A few traditions in the Roman Catholic Church can be traced back to pagan cults, rites, and deities.
- The Catholic rite of Holy Communion parallels pre-Christian Greco-Roman and Egyptian rituals that involved eating the body and blood of a god.
- A number of Catholic holidays and myths, such as Christmas, Easter, and Mardi Gras, graph onto the timeline of pre-Christian fertility festivals.
- The Catholic practice of praying to saints has been called "de-facto idolatry" and even a relic of goddess worship.