Closed churches are selling artifacts and furnishings in the U.S. and Europe; graffiti artist Banksy accuses a TV documentary of distortion; and Amazon has finally created the Kindle tablet. These discoveries and more, below.

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Church closures see pulpits flood the U.S. market An unprecedented number of church interiors, liturgical artifacts and period furnishings are for sale in the U.S. while similar material is disappearing in Europe.

Equity asks gay performers whether it is safe to be ‘out’ Gay performers’ experiences of working in the entertainment sector are being put under the spotlight, following concerns the industry may not be safe for artists who are open about their sexuality.

Let’s Cancel 9/11: Bury the War State’s Blank Check at Sea Let’s cancel the 10th anniversary ceremonies for 9/11, and everything that goes with them: the solemn reading of the names of the dead, the tolling of bells, the honoring of first responders, the gathering of presidents, the dedication of the new memorial, the moments of silence. The works.

Five Reasons Romney’s ‘Plan’ Is the Same Old Job-Killing Madness Mitt Romney has very serious ideas for fixing the economy. How do we know? By the typeface.

Dear nudists: please cover up, the seat at least San Francisco will once again be the butt of national ridicule — or a beacon of freedom of expression — depending on your point of view. The latest issue? Public nudity.

Working-age poor or poor working-class? Here in the land of high unemployment and increasing poverty, we refuse to call things by their correct names.

Banksy accuses Channel 4 film of distortion over ‘war of the walls’ Graffiti artist Banksy is demanding an investigation into a television documentary about a “battle of spray cans” between him and underground graffiti hero King Robbo.

Amazon’s Kindle Tablet Is Very Real It’s called simply the “Amazon Kindle.” But it’s not like any Kindle you’ve seen before. It displays content in full color. It has a 7-inch capacitive touch screen. And it runs Android.

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