Daily Archives: 21 Sep 2010

Twitter Will Destroy Your Computer…

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Or something close to it.

If you happened to log on to your Twitter account Tuesday morning over the Twitter website, you may have noticed something a little unusual: one or more odd-looking tweets crammed with a garble of JavaScript code.

See, twaddle is the antichrist.  When you wake up one morning and twitter twaddle has robbed you of your soul and your life savings and consigned you to an inability to access any web page but Wikipedia, just remember, you’ve been warned.

More Pastoral Misconduct

CNN has just reported that two men have filed suits claiming Atlanta megachurch pastor Bishop Eddie Long sexually abused them and other followers.

Let’s hope not, ok?

This, by the way, is why I don’t hug people and can barely manage to shake a hand. You never know when someone is going to get mad about a sermon and let fly with wild accusations.

In fact, in fairness, sometimes the risks inherent these days in pastoral work (like accusations falsely leveled or suggestions of wickedness) make it hardly worth the effort.

Still, if the Bishop is guilty, for shame, sir, for shame. (And that’s a sweet ride. I’m clearly in the wrong biz).

I’m Going to be Dumped into a Sewer

Well who knew.  And all this time I had planned on (and even made arrangements for) donating my body to the famous Body Farm.  But who am I to argue with Geoff.  At least I look well preserved.

Sometimes I Just Want to Die

Like, for instance, when I hear about novels by ophthalmologists about the Dead Sea Scrolls.

“The Eighth Scroll” is an archaeological mystery, in the Da Vinci Code vein and its author, Laurence B. Brown, an ophthalmic surgeon, has been living in Saudi Arabia for the last 11 years. This novel has all the qualities of a best seller: Its superb plot is in many ways more credible and less confusing than “The Da Vinci Code.” Dr. Brown, incidentally, wrote “The Eighth Scroll”, before he ever read “The Da Vinci Code.”

I know, I shouldn’t get bothered by such things. But I do. There, I said it. I do.

Ugh.  As if there weren’t already enough rubbish out there about the scrolls.

Pavement, the Indie Band?

They are wretched and dreadful and I can say that because I’ve just seen the end of the Colbert Report featuring them from last night.  What Dreck.  Bad lyrics, simple minded tune, and horrific horrible singing.  A choir of strangled cats could do better.

Here’s real music:

Take that, you fans and purveyors of horrible ‘pop’ music. Mozart is the antidote to very bad singing as practiced by indie bands.

In a World of Darkness and Total Depravity…

At least there’s Glee!  The return of which I could not be happier about.  Best show on tv.  Brittany is my favorite.  She cracks me up.  Thank you, Lord, for Glee!

The Dunedin School Explained

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If you’ve been awaiting an explanation for the Dunedin School, here it is.

Police in New Zealand burning off seized cannabis were left red-faced when a change in the wind sent smoke billowing over a primary school, it was reported Tuesday. Officers in the South Island town of Picton were destroying cannabis and shredded paper in an incinerator at the local police station when the incident occurred, the Marlborough Express newspaper reported. It said St Joseph’s School principal Peter Knowles noticed the smoke on Friday morning and complained to police, who immediately extinguished the fire.

But not until students, faculty, and staff all got very, very hungry.  Said smoke explains not only the Dunedin School but the behavior of all Kiwis everywhere.  I don’t know how, so don’t ask.  But there it is.

Another Naturalistic Explanation for a Theological Claim: ‘Science’ Attempts to ‘Explain’ The Parting of the Red Sea

Location of the Red Sea

Scientists can no more keep their ignorant hands off the Bible than a dog can rid itself of fleas or New York its bedbug infestation.

Mother Earth could have parted the Red Sea, hatching the great escape described in the biblical book of Exodus, a new study finds. A strong east wind, blowing overnight, could have swept water off a bend where an ancient river is believed to have merged with a coastal lagoon along the Mediterranean Sea, said study team member Carl Drews of the National Center for Atmospheric Research. While archaeologists and Egyptologists have found little evidence that any events described in Exodus actually happened, the study outlines a perfect storm that could have led to the 3,000-year-old escape.

Scientists, hear me, the Bible doesn’t need your explanations. Try curing the common cold and leave the Bible to people who understand it. Bloody gits. Naturalistic explanations have been around since the enlightenment. And do you know what they prove? Nothing. People of faith don’t need them and people without faith don’t need them either. Apologetics as an enterprise in its entirety is a vapid and pointless exercise in futility and- quite frankly, God doesn’t need you to defend Him, you arrogant prat. On that point Barth was 100% right.

I’m so tired of science dabbling where it doesn’t belong.  I think I’ll find a scientist and do a bit of brain surgery on him.  Let’s see how he likes it then when people with no training dabble.

Paul Anderson and Acts 4:19-20

A new essay at Bible and Interpretation is sure to stir discussion. I won’t summarize, I’ll just encourage you to digest it.

Being Obese Will Cost You

Obesity puts a drag on the wallet as well as health, especially for women. Doctors have long known that medical bills are higher for the obese, but that’s only a portion of the real-life costs. George Washington University researchers added in things like employee sick days, lost productivity, even the need for extra gasoline — and found the annual cost of being obese is $4,879 for a woman and $2,646 for a man. That’s far more than the cost of being merely overweight — $524 for women and $432 for men, concluded the report being released Tuesday, which analyzed previously published studies to come up with a total.

Sigh. It’s such a huge problem with such a simple solution. Put down that fattening garbage and don’t eat more than you need to eat. And if you don’t know how much you need to eat, it’s easy to find out with this caloric need calculator.

Why The Church Lost the Culture Wars

Le Penseur, Musée Rodin, Paris

The Church lost on abortion.  Now it’s such a common occurrence that no one even notices that it happens.  And the Church will also lose on the question of gay marriage.  Indeed, the shift has already happened and the majority of the population now support it.

So how did it happen that the Church lost on such important social issues?

The answer to that question is amazingly and horrifyingly simple: many, too many of those who self identify as Christians are only Christians in name.  Their ethics aren’t determined by their theology- rather their theology is determined by their ethics; ethics which are completely drawn from culture rather than Scripture.  Consequently their behavior and their ideology are mirror images of cultural mores.  A culture which lives for self gratification and self indulgence.

Too many Christians have simply stopped being authentically Christian.  Now they are nothing more than ‘culturally’ Christian.

That’s why the culture wars have been lost and that’s why both the murder of children and the disordering of the divinely ordained relationship between men and women have been abrogated and destroyed.

It isn’t the world’s fault, in other words.  The battle was the Church’s to lose.  And it has.  And now we can ‘enjoy’ the consequences. But that’s what happens when believers lay down on the job.

TAU and HUJ Not Included in the World’s Top Universitites?

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That is absurd.

Two Israeli universities are complaining about the recent Times Higher Education World University Rankings, saying data collectors failed to contact them or get in touch with the right people, reports Haaretz. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv University, which have appeared on other global-rankings lists, are not included in the World University Rankings, which debuted last week.

Tel Aviv University says Thomson Reuters never contacted the proper person at the institution. And Hebrew University says it could find no record of the requests. “The university is saddened by the fact that the editors of the ranking did not carry out their work responsibly, and thus harmed the university,” a Hebrew University spokesperson told the newspaper.

They are both outstanding institutions and should surely be ranked in the top 25, easily.

Looks to me like someone’s let their politics get in the way of fairness and accuracy. Or maybe the Supplement doesn’t like them because they aren’t ‘accredited’ by some American ‘accreditation’ mill. That’s got to be it, because it can’t have anything to do with the quality of education or instruction at those outstanding and sterling schools.