No real than you are


Business Insider gives us yet another hideous chart documenting not just inequality, but the growing chasm between the 1 percenters and the rest of us. Yep, from 1979 through 2007, the 1-percenters were the only ones who saw their income grow. The rest of us have been headed the other way for more than 30 [Read More...]

The kingdom of God is bigger than that

The tale of the Fisher King, as told by screenwriter Richard LaGravanese and Scot McKnight: It begins with the king as a boy, having to spend the night alone in the forest to prove his courage so he can become king. Now while he is spending the night alone he’s visited by a sacred vision. [Read More...]

The inevitable injustice of unreality and Al Mohler’s ongoing crisis of faith

Google Reader brings me a serendipitous, or perhaps providential, sequence of articles. First up is Douglas Starr’s Discovery article, “Spark of Truth: Can Science Bring Justice to Arson Trials?” At laboratories throughout the United States — some large enough to contain a three-story house — researchers have been lighting rooms and houses on fire and [Read More...]

Our brother’s brother

He Who makes peace in His heights, may He make peace,upon us and upon all Israel. Sad news in our community. Our longtime friend here, aunursa, has just lost his brother. Let those who pray pray, and let us all keep aunursa and his family in our thoughts as we mourn with those who mourn. [Read more...]

Monday miscellany

The day I was born there were approximately 3.4 billion people on earth. The world’s population is now more than twice that. Geez. I’m old, but I didn’t think I was that old. Anyway, The Guardian has a neat little calculator for “How big was the world’s population when you were born?” “Park Plaza Co-op [Read More...]


David Carr of The New York Times has a lovely rant about the unlovely Craig Dubow, the incompetent enemy of the public who, in the course of helping to destroy American journalism and undermine American democracy, also laid off me and 20,000 other people while collecting millions in “performance” bonuses: Craig A. Dubow resigned as [Read More...]

Climate denialism: ‘It’s about ideology, not facts’

The big news last week on climate change wasn’t news at all, just more of the same. A lot more of exactly the same. The Guardian reports: “Global warming study finds no grounds for climate skeptics’ concerns: Independent investigation of the key issues skeptics claim can skew global warming figures reports that they have no [Read More...]

Annual Halloween rituals


Halloween is, among other things, an excuse for the Slacktivixen and my daughters to dress the dog up in costumes. Willow is a patient dog, and can be bribed into complying with almost anything in exchange for a treat. But Halloween is also, according to Herbert Hoover Fan Club President Amity Shlaes, a Pagan ritual [Read More...]