I hate this sunless Saturday

Anyone knocking on the door, like Cornelius, and saying, “I am one seeking the grace of God to travel with you in God’s service together” should be welcomed. Let’s hope the archbishop sees the larger implications of that. Also: Getting the lead out; imagining a better approach to incarceration; and hospitality and rebirth in an Italian village. [Read more…]

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The Revolution is just a T-shirt away

Voting isn’t supposed to be about “providing me with indulgence and satisfaction.” It’s not a self-affirming consumer choice or a narcissistic performance of moral superiority. It’s about taking responsibility, not avoiding it. Also: Record-setting heat sets stage for claims of global cooling; a personal testimony; and the breakfast of champions. [Read more…]

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I’ve got one hand in my pocket and the other one is doing something that doesn’t rhyme

Gordon Klingenschmitt is the kind of far-right fringe nut-job who gives most other far-right fringe nut-jobs the heebie-jeebies. But like dozens of other delirious religious extremists, Klingenschmitt isn’t too extreme for Ted Cruz. Plus: Mary Hunt on “The Joy Love Club;” the Volcano Gambit; cloud-based childhood memories; and a funny (real-life) version of Marmaduke. [Read more…]

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Stonehenge, Yucca Mountain, and the Bible

How long can history and memory be preserved without any written record? And, even if we stipulate that some vestigial memory might linger after many centuries, is there any way to separate those legitimate memories and histories from all that has accumulated around them? It’s a tantalizing problem. We want to know more than we do — maybe more than we can — about the ancient past, but the record of it just isn’t there. What we have, instead, are ciphers and puzzles, with few clues to understanding them. [Read more…]

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If nothing is sacred, then everything is for sale

“Sacred” does not mean that something “is beyond question.” It means that something is beyond price. To say that nothing is “sacred,” then, is to say that everything is for sale. This is not just a deeply cynical thing to say about the world, but a bitterly cynical thing to say about oneself. [Read more…]

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Scenes from the class war (9.8)

“You have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who oppress you? Is it not they who drag you into court? Is it not they who blaspheme the excellent name that was invoked over you?” [Read more…]

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Smart people saying smart things (8.22)

From GeekAesthete, an analogy explaining why “All lives matter” is a dishonest response. Samantha Allen on the fragility of conservative gender ideology. David Roberts picks 10 false statements from Carly Fiorina’s cornucopia of climate lies. Margo Kaplan on the revealingly inconsistent regard for IVF. And Rebecca Traister on “The Big Secret of Abortion.” [Read more…]

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The historical roots of white evangelical anti-environmentalism

Mainly, though, the historical roots of white evangelical antipathy to environmentalism and of white evangelical climate denialism comes down to two things: Shirley MacLaine and Al Gore. That’s it. [Read more…]

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