NATURE IS A LANGUAGE, CAN'T YOU READ?: So people are talking about the Vatican's latest salvo in re boys and girls, ladies and dudes. I haven't read it, so I won't address specifics. I do, though, want to talk about a way of discussing gender differences that I think obscures much more than it reveals.This is the "feminine qualities" discourse. Chicks have this special gift for certain qualities, like nurturing, or mercy, or I don't know, cleanliness. There are several bizarre aspects to … [Read more...]

TORTURE IN IRAQ: Ours (via Krubner)--a horrific must-read on the disclosures about Abu Ghraib.Theirs (ditto): The national guardsman peering through the long-range scope of his rifle was startled by what he saw unfolding in the walled compound below. From his post several stories above ground level, he watched as men in plainclothes beat blindfolded and bound prisoners in the enclosed grounds of the Iraqi Interior Ministry. He immediately radioed for help. Soon after, a team of Oregon Army … [Read more...]

I SWORE I WOULD LOVE YOU 'TIL THE END OF TIME--SO NOW I'M PRAYING FOR THE END OF TIME...: Ron Bailey reports on the World Transhumanist Association conference. In the future we will live forever, control our emotions, agree with one another, make our children do what we want them to do; and, doubtless, hate one another more efficiently than ever.And people wonder where writers get our ideas.Just remember: Wherever you go, there you are. Whatever you engineer, it is always and only you … [Read more...]

IN THE FLESH: More shameless cribbing from Dappled Things. (I will post something I actually personally wrote soon!) Excerpts:...It would be easy for us to reduce Christ's mission to a simple moral lesson and to reduce the Gospels to edifying texts of ancient history, and plenty of people have done precisely that. But as nice as that all is, it's really not enough to save a world. It's not even enough to save a human being. The Scriptures themselves tell us that there is something more. … [Read more...]

HIROSHIMA: Am reprinting in full a post at Dappled Things.Hiroshima and Peace -- The Sixth of August is not only the Feast of the Transfiguration. It is also the anniversary of the dropping of the first atom bomb on Hiroshima, to be followed by the bomb for Nagasaki. Those two weapons of mass destruction not only ended a war, they also wiped out the lives of countless men, women, and children in the blink of an eye. It's sad to recall that it was our country that did the deed -- an action … [Read more...]

RAZING OBJECTIONS: Reason magazine on the Poletown reversal. Excerpts:Just before dawn on July 14, 1981, Detroit police hooked a tow truck to the basement door of the Immaculate Conception Church on Trombly Street and tore it off its hinges. They stormed in and arrested a dozen parishioners who were making a desperate, doomed attempt to save part of their neighborhood from an assault by an unbeatable alliance of big government, big business, and big labor.This was the last stand in the … [Read more...]

I wanna tell her that I blogwatch but the point is probably moot...Dappled Things: "In addition to all the religious things one could say, this feast reminds us also of the annual Perseid meteor shower, known for centuries as the burning Tears of St Lawrence." Plus a lot of other interesting link-goodness, and thoughts on do-it-yourself eugenics a.k.a. children as lists of qualities, syndromes, abilities, and defects, the value of each to be determined by the parents with heavy pressure from … [Read more...]