'Love Wins,' ca. 1321

This is from Alice K. Turner’s fascinating The History of Hell, from Turner’s chapter on mystery plays. Biblical parables like the stories of Dives and Lazarus or the wise and foolish virgins were not commonly staged, partly because they were not “history,” and partly because of an intrinsic dramatic pitfall illustrated by the story of [Read More…]

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'The Leftovers'

Caught Terry Gross’ interview Thursday with author Tom Perrotta on NPR’s “Fresh Air.” Perrotta’s new novel, Gross says: … starts with this premise: What if suddenly millions of people instantaneously vanished around the world in a scenario similar to but definitely different from the Rapture? The novel is about those people left on Earth or, [Read More…]

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Job Seekers Open Thread

. Job seekers: Let us know where you are and what you’re looking for. Everybody: Skim through and see if you know something, or know someone, or know someone who knows someone, who might help out one of our job seekers. [Read more…]

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Sunday favorites

Zechariah 7:8-12 Thus says the Lord of hosts: Render true judgements, show kindness and mercy to one another; do not oppress the widow, the orphan, the alien, or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another. But they refused to listen, and turned a stubborn shoulder, and stopped their ears [Read More…]

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This is the nitty-gritty

. This is a gem from the overlooked Kinks album Think Visual. It’s about Hurricane Gloria, the last big one headed for New York City. Those old enough to remember still think of that storm whenever they hear Laura Branigan’s “Gloria,” which seemed to get played at least once an hour — along with U2 [Read More…]

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Opposing the 'climate-change' conspiracy — what can we do?

The conspiracy promoting the lies of “climate-change” theory, as we have seen, is not just the work of a handful of dishonest scientists or of just a few bad actors promoting their fraudulent data to promote global socialism. It is a vast network that encompasses the globe and infiltrates nearly every aspect of our lives. [Read More…]

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The full scope of the 'climate-change' conspiracy

It can’t just be a few “bad apples.” If that were the case, if it were simply the work of a handful of bad actors, those dishonest renegades would quickly have been called to account by their peers. They would have been exposed as frauds and been punished, expelled from the academy. That didn’t happen. [Read More…]

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Democracy =/= elections

As we watch the successful end of the Libyan revolution unfold, it’s worth noting again the difference between democracy and elections. American foreign policy has sometimes confused the two, promoting elections as though that meant promoting democracy. Democracy requires much more than just voting to allow the majority to choose the government. Voting isn’t enough. [Read More…]

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