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Joseph Stiglitz: “To Cure the Economy“ Government plays a central role in financing the services that people want, like education and health care. And government-financed education and training, in particular, will be critical in restoring competitiveness in Europe and the US. But both have chosen fiscal austerity, all but ensuring that their economies’ transitions will [Read More…]

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Sunday favorites

Luke 12:2-3 Nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. Therefore whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be proclaimed from the housetops. [Read more…]

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“Frustratingly incomplete”

I’m reading N.T. Wright’s Simply Christian. It is, quite intentionally, his attempt at something like C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity. It aims to be both a persuasive introduction for outsiders and a guide to the essence of the faith for insiders. I think it’s probably stronger in the latter capacity, but its approach to the former [Read More…]

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Emily open thread

Tell all the Truth but tell it slant — Success in Circuit lies Too bright for our infirm Delight The Truth’s superb surprise As Lightening to the Children eased With explanation kind The Truth must dazzle gradually Or every man be blind — — Emily Dickinson [Read more…]

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Armistice Day

And also: “The End and the Beginning,” by Wislawa Szymborska [Read more…]

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‘Report any suspicion of the abuse of a child to law enforcement authorities’

Let’s turn to Penn State’s student paper, The Daily Collegian, for a summary of the scandal unfolding at the school — “Penn State President Graham Spanier, Head Coach Joe Paterno ousted by Board of Trustees“: The Board of Trustees announced that Graham Spanier and Joe Paterno will no longer be employees of the Pennsylvania State [Read More…]

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In defense of the true ‘true Scotsmen’

The “No True Scotsman” fallacy is a common way of exempting a group from any culpability for the bad actions of members of that group. More generally, the useful Wikipedia article linked to there describes it as: An ad hoc attempt to retain an unreasoned assertion. When faced with a counterexample to a universal claim, [Read More…]

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Satan? Or merely Hitler?

TEAM SATAN Susan Tyrell, Bound4Life: The kingdom of Satan is united, which is why, for this season, it’s successful. Randall Terry, founder of Operation Rescue: Obama supports infanticide in America, and forced abortion China. He is patently evil in his efforts to kill the innocent. Troy Newman, Operation Rescue: It’s an abortion facility and often [Read More…]

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