Chaput on Francis: “Our Witness Matters”

I’m fighting a nasty cold, but I thought this column from Philadelphia Archbishop Chaput was well worth a full read. Like everything from +Chaput, it’s a very balanced and sensible reaction to the Pope Francis interview: Some people grasped at the interview like a lifeline – or a vindication. One person praised the Holy Father [Read More...]

Iranian Games Weirdness

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This video popped up in my news feed this morning, and it was odd enough to merit a share. (Sorry, no embedded video.) It offers a small glimpse into the world of Iranian game production, as filtered through the lens of Press TV, the official English-language propaganda wing of the Iranian ruling council. It appears [Read More...]

“Autumn Day” (Rilke)

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Lord: it is time. The huge summer has gone by. Now overlap the sundials with your shadows, and on the meadows let the wind go free. Command the fruits to swell on tree and vine; grant them a few more warm transparent days, urge them on to fulfillment then, and press the final sweetness into [Read More...]

The Mainstream Media School of Religion Reporting …

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… most recently on display in the awful reportage about the Pope Francis interview, is illustrated by an old, old joke: A man goes to a psychiatrist and says, “Help me, doc! I can’t stop thinking about sex!” The doctor puts him on the couch and begins to show him ink blots. “What does this [Read More...]

Francis and Benedict, Peter and John

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I’m fortunate to have read Pope Francis’ interview before reading any of the fooforaw. Reading him cold, I saw not a single thing out of line with the papacy of Benedict XVI, which is why I was surprised at all the gnashing of teeth going on about a few words taken out of context by the [Read More...]

Human Organs On a Chip

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No, not that kind of chip. This kind: Testing new drugs and treatments is challenging, expensive and time consuming. DARPA is investing $24 million in researching a promising bioprinting project that could create a “body on a chip” that simulates organ functions to shorten the testing process: The 2-inch “body on a chip” would represent a [Read More...]

Little Kids Just LOVE “Call of Duty”!

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And, as if on cue, Activision once again shows its utter tone deafness by releasing children’s toys based on Call of Duty. The sets feature locations, figures, weapons, and vehicles from the games, which should not be played by anyone under age 17. These aren’t collectible action figures, which might be said to have an adult [Read More...]

Call of Duty, Back in the Crosshairs

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As details emerged about the killer* of 12 at the Washington Navy Yard yesterday, various camps began exploiting the tragedy for their agendas. The first, of course, were the gun grabbers, with the always-nauseating David Frum (most famous for helping lie us into an unnecessary war) taking to Twitter before all the shots were even fired. [Read More...]

France Votes to Ban Child Pageants

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Yes, famously libertine France has more common sense than America. These disgusting pedophilia pageants are just a slick, packaged form of child abuse orchestrated by narcissistic parents. One of the more striking things about pageants is the predominance of flamboyantly homosexual men among the judges and advisers, dressing up little boys and girls like dolls and [Read More...]

Dr. Johnson’s “Prayer Before Any New Study”

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Samuel Johnson’s “Prayers and Meditations” are not well known, but the new Delphi Complete Works of Samuel Johnson (Illustrated) includes a clean text, along with all of his other works and writings about Johnson by Hawthorne, Lovecraft, Chesterton, and others. Your cost? $3. I’ve written before about how much I love the Delphi editions for their [Read More...]

Things That Happen Only On Twitter

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This:  Garry Kasparov is a Russian opposition leader and vocal foe of Vladimir Putin, as well as the greatest chess player in the history of the game and thus one of most brilliant minds on the planet. He’s also a fan of the conservative bloggerAce of Spades, and now understands what the word “bro” means. And then [Read More...]

“I’m a Fiddler Crab!”

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Every time I see a story like this: Grandmother boasts: “I’m Long Island’s first female priest” I think of this (at the 18-second mark): Sweetie, you ain’t a priest: you’re just a sad old lady with delusions, playing dress up. And now you’re something else: excommunicated. PS: Also: Uncle Teddy: [Read more...]

Ancient Monastic Site Destroyed by Islamists

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Egypt’s Christian community continues to suffer attacks by Muslims, including destruction and looting of archaeological and historical sites dating to the first centuries of Christianity. From Daily News Egypt: The latest attack targeted Ansana, a historical Egyptian site believed to have been used as a Coptic monastery. Yet, information about it is scarce. “[The site] [Read More...]

Turn Your Finger into a Speaker

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Disney: finding new ways to creep me out. Okay, it is pretty cool, if pointless. Ishin-Den-Shin allows you to record a message into a special microphone, and then transmit that message directly another person just by touching his ear. The effect is as though you’re whispering right in the person’s ear … through your finger. [Read More...]

Ancient Jerusalem’s Economy Powered by Animal Sacrifice

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The Journal of Archaeological Science had published a study of animal remains uncovered around the Temple complex in Jerusalem, suggesting that animals raised and traded for temple sacrifice drove a large portion of Jerusalem economy: An analysis of bones found in an ancient dump in the city dating back 2,000 years revealed that animals sacrificed at [Read More...]


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