What happened to summer movies?

Summers are usually the season to go to the movies, when studios released their fun pop-corn flicks for the out-of-school and summer vacation crowd.  But what happened to this summer?  I haven’t gone to the movies once because there haven’t been any that I’ve been interested in.

Sure enough, according to the article excerpted after the jump, the summer box office has been a disaster for Hollywood.  One reason given is Netflix and what I have noted as the renaissance of television!

We’re thinking about taking in The Planet of the Apes sequel this weekend.  Is it worth seeing?  Are there any other movies that you would recommend? [Read more...]

Rise of the Conservatarians

There is a new word in the political lexicon, gaining currency as Rand Paul builds a following in the high-tech crowd:  Conservatarian.  A combination of “conservative” and “libertarian.”

So would any of you describe yourselves as Conservatarians?  What are its tenets?  How is it different from regular old “libertarian”?  Or regular old “conservative”?  Might this become a winning political ideology? [Read more...]

Do kids raised by same-sex couples really fare better?

The media has been trumpeting an Australian study that purported to show that children raised by same-sex parents actually fare better than those raised in traditional families.  That’s quite a claim.  Until you look more closely at the study. [Read more...]

Louisiana court challenges seal of confession

We blogged about how Anglicans in Australia are doing away with the absolute “seal of confession”–that is, the pastor’s pledge of total confidentiality when they hear penitents confess their sins.  Now an American court is trying to do the same thing, forcing a Roman Catholic priest to testify about what he heard in the confessional from an accused child abuser. [UDATE:  In the very interesting discussion that is waging, Jeremiah pointed out that I got this wrong,  that it wasn't the confession of the abuser but that of the abused child that is at issue.] [Read more...]

Elizabeth Warren’s 11 tenets of Progressivism

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass), the liberal favorite, spoke to the Netroots Nation, the big convention of left-leaning bloggers and activists.  She answered the question “What does it mean to be a progressive?” by listing 11 beliefs that will probably form the framework of a progressive platform.  See them after the jump.  Discuss. [Read more...]

The missing light crisis

We blogged about how new evidence is casting doubt on the existence of the universe.  Scientists have also discovered a massive discrepancy between the amount of light that we can detect and the amount of light produced by galaxies and quasars.  The two are off by a factor of some 400%.   Put another way, 80% of the light in the universe is missing.  This is being called the “missing light crisis.” [Read more...]


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