Accept it that soon we’ll be drenched to the bone

If it’s almost 2015, then that means within just four years — during the current term of U.S. senators elected last month — replicants will roam the streets of a rain-soaked dystopian Los Angeles (“Blade Runner”), the most popular TV show in the world will be “The Running Man,” and an electromagnetic pulse will turn the Pacific Northwest into a militarized police state patrolled by flying drones (“Dark Angel”). [Read more…]

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Smart people saying smart things (12.17)

Kathryn Schulz on the Mann Gulph wildfire and so very much more; Ezra Klein on the torture report; W. Caleb McDaniel on the history of Eric Garner’s “enough;” Stephen Prothero on the culture wars as conservative performance pieces; and Andrea Powell on the American habit of locking up victims. [Read more…]

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The mark of God on a stranger’s face

A national loyalty oath is creepy … using “civility” to reinforce inequity is rude … the future of Roll Tide … “biblical counseling” is neither biblical nor counseling … Ronald Reagan did not care for Kunta Kinte. [Read more…]

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A bad year for the roses: Big boxes could be source of environmental data

Monitoring mosquito populations is a difficult, messy and expensive task for state environmental and health agencies. It might be helpful to supplement those efforts with information gleaned from the sales records of the big box chains. [Read more…]

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In starry fields you wander there

A few things, including: What it means if “you don’t see any gap between God and your understanding of God;” magical crimes; arrogant academic blogger gets schooled; on the ethics of “punching down;” refuting a perennial anti-environmental lie; and an honest politician in Louisiana. [Read more…]

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Scenes from the class war (5.29)

“Listen! The wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. You have lived on the earth in luxury and in pleasure; you have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter.” [Read more…]

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I think it’s gonna change, much sooner than later

A few things: Kudos to the National Weather Service and to the bureaucrats who wrote the standards and regulations for skylights. Two of my favorite writers on the subject of pastor’s kids. Just because The Liar Tony Perkins’ followers are too credulous to use Google doesn’t excuse his contemptuous treatment of them. North Carolina legislators worried about dangerous chemicals, scurry to protect chemical companies from liability. Bela Lugosi’s dead, indeed. [Read more…]

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I drive my car, it is a witness

Some weekend links: “And then the woman let out a cry. I cannot describe it.” … Franklin Graham redefines “biblical truths.” … Liars for Jesus (contraception, Planned Parenthood, etc. — the usual) … An energy audit by the Godfather of Soul. … The whitest company in America. [Read more…]

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