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It’s Time To Say It: Internet Anonymity is Practiced Only By the Worst Among Us

Posted in media, Modern Culture, scorn, Total Depravity by Jim on August 13, 2014

Anonymous internet commentators are the worst of humanity, hiding and spewing their worthless bile whilst doing grave harm to others.  It’s time for websites to disallow their comments and it’s time for these trolls to own their words or keep silent.

Look what the vile miscreants attempted to do to Larry Schiffman (I’m looking at you, Raphael Golb).  And look at what these worthless vermin have done to Robin Williams’ daughter:

Robin Williams’ daughter Zelda has been forced to abandon social media after being targeted by trolls in the wake of her father’s death.  Miss Williams, 25, used Twitter to post a heartfelt tribute to her father, posting a quote from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s “The Little Prince,” and saying: “I love you. I miss you. I’ll try to keep looking up.”  She received many messages of support and thanked people “from the bottom of my heart” for generous donations in memory of her father to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

But amid the flood of tributes there were also highly offensive posts in return.  Miss Williams said she had been left “shaking,” adding later: “I’m sorry. I should’ve risen above. Deleting this from my devices for a good long time, maybe forever. Time will tell. Goodbye.”

From the dilettantes like Little Honey Tee Tee to Raphael Golb to the trolls who roam the halls of the web, they are, the lot of them, cowards.  And the cure for this plague is to simply make it impossible for anonymous or pseudonymous comments to be posted, anywhere, in any forum, on any website, on any blog, on any news-site, and on any social media.

Anon/pseudon accounts should be banned forthwith.

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How Not To Do Your First Day at a New Teaching Job

Posted in media, Modern Culture by Jim on August 7, 2014

A new teacher in Wagoner, Oklahoma, was arrested on her first day after she showed up at the school both drunk and without pants.  Hill was interviewed by police and admitted she’d been drinking.  A search of her car turned up an empty cup that reportedly smelled of vodka.

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Via WATE TV 6

For some reason I don’t imagine Lorie Hill will be ‘teacher of the year’.  Now if she lived in Texas, it would be another matter altogether.

 

I Prefer to Avoid So Much as Looking at Teenagers When They’re Out in Public…

Posted in media, Modern Culture by Jim on August 6, 2014

Much less when they’re pods of hormones on the prowl, John.  Maybe you should find another hobby…

via the twitter

via the twitter

Wikipedia Thinks a Monkey Can Copyright a Picture…

Posted in disdain, media, mockery, Modern Culture, wikipedia by Jim on August 6, 2014

Not only does wikipedia offer misinformation by the truckload, it also thinks a monkey can hold copyright of a picture

Wikimedia, the non-profit organisation behind Wikipedia, has refused a photographer’s repeated requests to stop distributing his most famous shot for free – because a monkey pressed the shutter button and should own the copyright.

Did the monkey post the photo too, Wikimedia? Has the monkey written in and said that he likes his selfie a lot and wants it to be online? Did, Wikimedia, the monkey give his permission for his image to be used? If not, then the monkey has grounds to complain. If not, then he doesn’t.

But, anyway, thanks Wikimedia, for reminding us how really useless and senseless your ‘service’ is.

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Reza Aslan: Historical Jesus ‘Scholar’ AND Expert on the Middle East…

Posted in media, misery, mockery, Modern Culture by Jim on August 6, 2014

CNN must be having a very hard time finding anyone besides Aslan to be one of their talking heads.  In fact, TV in general must be having a hard time finding sensible and actual experts in all kinds of fields.

First Aslan appeared in the mildly interesting Bible series that aired a while back as an expert on the Historical Jesus (even though he isn’t).  And in the last few days he’s been on CNN debating (if you could call it that- and you can’t) the situation in the Middle East.

Which is it Aslan?  Are you an expert on biblical interpretation and Early Christianity or are you an expert on foreign affairs?  Or are you really just the only guy CNN can find who is willing to talk about subjects far outside his field just so as to be on the tv box?

And shame on you CNN.  Try harder.  Find actual experts.  Or just show footage of Blitzer pointing at a map of Iraq and calling it Afghanistan.  That, you’re good at.

There’s Something Ironically Evil About a Jew Suggesting Genocide is an Appropriate Measure

Posted in media, misery, Modern Culture by Jim on August 1, 2014

The Daily Beast does the footwork in disentangling the appalling tale of the Jewish Blogger who suggested that genocide may be an appropriate response to the situation in Gaza.

In a piece on The Times of Israel site headlined “When Genocide is Permissible,” the New York-based blogger waited until the end of his 811-word diatribe to deliver his damning thesis statement:  “I will conclude with a question for all the humanitarians out there,” Gordon writes. “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clearly stated at the outset of this incursion that his objective is to restore a sustainable quiet for the citizens of Israel. We have already established that it is the responsibility of every government to ensure the safety and security of its people. If political leaders and military experts determine that the only way to achieve its goal of sustaining quiet is through genocide, is it then permissible to achieve those responsible goals?”

What is he thinking?  is he thinking?  Read the whole essay in the DB.  Personally, I just don’t get people sometimes.  A Jew… suggesting the possible utility of genocide… it just makes no sense.

They’ve Made the Song of Solomon into a Movie…

Posted in media, misery, Modern Culture by Jim on July 31, 2014

I shudder to think of what they’ve done to it.

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The email advert opines

Couples and marriages are hurting. The world is bombarding them with temptation and non-biblical solutions for their relationship.

THE SONG is a music-driven love story, inspired by the life of Solomon and his writings. It’s a biblical adaption based on Ecclesiates and the Song of Solomon. A powerful telling with a central premise: Only God can truly give life meaning. We believe it is the most powerful couples film since Fireproof!

THE SONG is produced by City On A Hill Studio (makers of Not A Fan, Gods At War and AHA!) whose ministry work is used by over 15,000 churches. They have also created a full line of church resources (small group study and Pastor’s kit) engineered alongside the movie to help with ministry to young dating couples and those who are married. These church resources are lead by Teaching Pastor and Best selling author, Kyle Idleman of Southeast Christian church, one of the largest churches in America.

Ugh.  There’s even a trailer…

Ugh….  I need to go read Bultmann now to cleanse my mental palate…

A Multi-Part Review of ‘Bible Secrets Revealed’

Posted in Bible, Biblical Studies Resources, media by Jim on July 28, 2014

I confess to being mystified as to why CSNTM is reviewing this series and I’m even more mystified as to why they are just getting to part 3 now.  Is it airing again or something?  They reviewed the first two parts in May.  Did someone go on vacation, for several months?

Anyway, my mystification aside, they remark

Before looking at some examples in the four Gospels, the view of women in one of the Gnostic gospels, the Gospel of Thomas, provides a rather disparaging view of women. In it is the following dialogue between Peter and Jesus:

“Simon Peter said to them, ‘Make Mary leave us, for females don’t deserve life.’ Jesus said, ‘Look, I will guide her to make her male, so that she too may become a living spirit resembling you males. For every female who makes herself male will enter the kingdom of Heaven’” (Gospel of Thomas, 114).

This quote was not mentioned at any time in the episode. Had any of the New Testament Gospels included a statement this bizarre and offensive toward women, there is no doubt it would have received much attention. Rather, it can be argued that the New Testament Gospels diminish the role of men and elevate the status of women.

My own memory of the episode aligns with this suggestion.  Gnostic stuff which bolstered the view of King et al was highlighted and stuff like the above is nonchalantly skipped.

Anyway, take a look at the review series.  It’s pretty spot on.

Simply Because I Like It

Posted in media by Jim on July 25, 2014

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MSNBC Cares as Much About the Truth as Fox News Does…

Posted in media by Jim on July 23, 2014

MSNBC contributor Rula Jebreal’s on-air protest of the network’s slanted coverage of Israel’s ongoing assault on the Gaza Strip has brought media suppression of the Israel-Palestine debate into sharp focus. Punished for her act of dissent with the cancellation of all future appearances and the termination of her contract, Jebreal spoke to me about what prompted her to speak out and why MSNBC was presenting such a distorted view of the crisis.

“I couldn’t stay silent after seeing the amount of airtime given to Israeli politicians versus Palestinians,” Jebreal told me. “They say we are balanced but their idea of balance is 90 percent Israeli guests and 10 percent Palestinians. This kind of media is what leads to the failing policies that we see in Gaza.”

A very worthwhile essay is here for the reading.

The suppression campaign culminated after Jebreal’s on-air protest during a July 21 segmenton Ronan Farrow Daily.

“We are disgustingly biased on this issue. Look at how much airtime Netanyahu and his folks have on air on a daily basis, Andrea Mitchell and others,” Jebreal complained to Farrow. “I never see one Palestinian being interviewed on these same issues.”

When Farrow claimed that the network had featured other voices, Jebreal shot back, “Maybe for thirty seconds, and then you have twenty-five minutes for Bibi Netanyahu.”

Within hours, all of Jebreal’s future bookings were cancelled and the renewal of her contract was off the table. The following day, Jebreal tweeted: “My forthcoming TV appearances have been cancelled. Is there a connection to my expose and the cancellation?”

MSNBC – it’s Fox News Without the Blondes.

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