Daily Archives: 9 Sep 2011

Coddled College Whiners Need to Hear the Truth

Which is why I like this Professor’s email to a whiny spoiled brat who thinks just because he’s in College he is lord of the universe and all the world should bend to his needs, wants, and wishes.

Warning- there’s a bit of colorful language in what follows in the original – which I’ve blotted out.  The content of the email to the student is, however, absolutely priceless and thoroughly true.

From: scott@stern.nyu.edu
To: “xxxx”
Sent: Tuesday, February 9, 2010 9:34:02 PM GMT -08:00 US/Canada Pacific
Subject: Re: Brand Strategy Feedback


Thanks for the feedback. I, too, would like to offer some feedback.

Just so I’ve got this straight…you started in one class, left 15-20 minutes into it (stood up, walked out mid-lecture), went to another class (walked in 20 minutes late), left that class (again, presumably, in the middle of the lecture), and then came to my class. At that point (walking in an hour late) I asked you to come to the next class which “bothered” you.


You state that, having not taken my class, it would be impossible to know our policy of not allowing people to walk in an hour late. Most risk analysis offers that in the face of substantial uncertainty, you opt for the more conservative path or hedge your bet (e.g., do not show up an hour late until you know the professor has an explicit policy for tolerating disrespectful behavior, check with the TA before class, etc.). I hope the lottery winner that is your recently crowned Monday evening Professor is teaching Judgement and Decision Making or Critical Thinking.

In addition, your logic effectively means you cannot be held accountable for any code of conduct before taking a class. For the record, we also have no stated policy against bursting into show tunes in the middle of class, urinating on desks or taking that revolutionary hair removal system for a spin. However, xxxx, there is a baseline level of decorum (i.e., manners) that we expect of grown men and women who the admissions department have deemed tomorrow’s business leaders.

xxxx, let me be more serious for a moment. I do not know you, will not know you and have no real affinity or animosity for you. You are an anonymous student who is now regretting the send button on his laptop. It’s with this context I hope you register pause…REAL pause xxxx and take to heart what I am about to tell you:

xxxx, get your […] together.

Getting a good job, working long hours, keeping your skills relevant, navigating the politics of an organization, finding a live/work balance…these are all really hard, xxxx. In contrast, respecting institutions, having manners, demonstrating a level of humility…these are all (relatively) easy. Get the easy stuff right xxxx. In and of themselves they will not make you successful. However, not possessing them will hold you back and you will not achieve your potential which, by virtue of you being admitted to Stern, you must have in spades. It’s not too late xxxx…

Again, thanks for the feedback.

Professor Galloway

A truth speaker. May his tribe increase. And may the tribe of the whiners and ‘entitled’ cease to be.  With thanks to Chris Rollston on FB for the tip.

The Egyptians Have Sullied their Freedom

And turned it into a license for idiotic and senseless violence and destruction.  The folk nobly pursuing freedom have become a band of thugs.  What a tragic turn of events.

An Egyptian security official says a group of protesters have broken into an apartment one floor below the Israeli Embassy in a high-rise building in Cairo and are dumping hundreds of Hebrew documents off the balcony.  Hundreds of protesters have been converging on the embassy throughout the afternoon and into the night, tearing down large sections of a security wall outside the 21-story building housing the embassy.

Egyptians should be as ashamed of their countrymen as Canadians were after the senseless riots and Brits were after the vile riots there.

Speaking of Graeme Auld’s Work…

He’s got a commentary on 1-2 Samuel coming out in the Old Testament Library series that you MUST read.  He presents some truly remarkable insights which are sure to stir loads of discussion!

[I’ve not read the volume- but I’ve had the chance to discuss some of Graeme’s ideas with him at SOTS in the past and I assure you, you will definitely want to read this book.  It’s a guarantee!].

A Very Recent Book Edited By One of My Favorite Scholars- A. Graeme Auld

A. Graeme Auld and Erik Eynikel, eds. For and against David: Story and History in the Books of Samuel

And it has been reviewed by Frank H. Polak

The essays represent the proceedings of two international meetings in 2006: the Nijmegen conference on “Story and History in the Books of Samuel” and the SBL International Seminar in Edinburgh “For and against David”. Half of the contributions deal with the wider issues of story and history as well as specific aspects of King David within the books of Samuel (by J. Fokkelman, S. Bar-Efrat, E. Eynikel, K.-P. Adam, C. Carmichael, T. Rezetko, S. McKenzie and D. Lamb). And half address blocks of chapters throughout the text by way of proposal and response (by C. Schäfer-Lichtenberger, J. Klein, B. Halpern, G. Hentschel, I. Willy-Plein, W. Dietrich, T.-A. Rudnig, S. Kreuzer, J. Vermeylen, A. Campbell and G. Auld).

No Cause is Served by Emotional Manipulation

Which is why this anti-abortion sign is so completely wrong.  It tries to play on the emotions of those who remember 9/11 and tie those emotions to abortion.  It’s manipulation, and no cause is served by manipulation.  Indeed, emotional manipulation is a sign that one thinks very lowly of the merits of one’s cause and so one must stoop to trickery.  More people really need to adopt as their own motto Paul’s

… but [we] have renounced all shameful secrecy. It is not our way to be devious, or to falsify the word of God; instead, in God’s sight we commend ourselves to every human being with a conscience by showing the truth openly. (2Co 4:2 NJB).

It’s time to treat the subject of abortion honestly and from a theological perspective and not from a manipulative emotional one.

via Caig Martin on FB

Ground Zero, From Space, On September 12, 2001

Here’s a fascinating image from NASA (via the Washington Post).   Be sure to enlarge it all the way.

Be Sure Not to Violate the First Commandment

And how do you do that?  By avoiding the sorts of sins listed in the Westminster Confession-

Q. What are the sins forbidden in the first commandment?

A. The sins forbidden in the first commandment are,

Atheism, in denying, or not having a God;

Idolatry, in having or worshipping more gods than one, or any with or instead of the true God;
the not having and avouching him for God, and our God;

the omission or neglect of any thing due to him, required in this commandment;

ignorance, forgetfulness, misapprehensions, false opinions, unworthy and wicked thoughts of him;
bold and curious searching into his secrets;

all profaneness, hatred of God;

self-love, self-seeking, and all other inordinate and immoderate setting of our mind, will, or affections upon other things, and taking them off from him in whole or in part;

vain credulity, unbelief, heresy, misbelief, distrust, despair, incorrigibleness and insensibleness under judgments, hardness of heart, pride, presumption, carnal security, tempting of God;

using unlawful means, and trusting in unlawful means;

carnal delights and joys;

corrupt, blind, and indiscreet zeal;

lukewarmness, and deadness in the things of God;

estranging ourselves, and apostatizing from God;

praying, or giving any religious worship, to saints, angels, or any other creatures;

all compacts and consulting with the devil, and hearkening to his suggestions;

making men the lords of our faith and conscience;

slighting and despising God and his commands;

resisting and grieving of his Spirit, discontent and impatience at his dispensations, charging him foolishly for the evils he inflicts on us;

and ascribing the praise of any good we either are, have, or can do, to fortune, idols, ourselves, or any other creature. (WC 1:105).

Quite a list, isn’t it. Take care to be diligent to avoid them all. That way you’ll keep the First Commandment.

C.K. Barrett Memorial Service

Word today from SOTS –

A Memorial Service will be held at 13.45 on Monday 12 September 2011 at North Road Methodist Church, Durham for C.K. Barrett.

The notification of his passing is here.

The Folly of Vanity

Vanity isn’t just foolish, pointless, and silly- it’s deadly.

A south suburban Chicago woman died Thursday after injecting hot beef fat into her face around her mouth and chin, a procedure she had apparently self-administered multiple times before.  Janet Hardt, 63, of the 1000 block of West 186th Street in Homewood, Ill., reportedly went to Advocate South Suburban Hospital in Hazel Crest Thursday with complaints that her face felt like it was burning and had become singed, CBS Chicago reports. She was pronounced dead at 6:25 p.m.

The quest for a youthful appearance resulting in an early death…  Sadly ironic and hopefully a cautionary tale to other vain souls tempted to do foolishness.

Religion Doesn’t Legitimize Power or Terror

There’s a good piece at Reformierte Info on 9/11.  Take a look.

Michael Rieger

Merchandising With Jesus? Deplorable

In Grossbritannien ist eine Handy-Werbung verboten worden, die einen augenzwinkernden Jesus zeigt. Laut BBC erklärte die Werbeaufsicht die Anzeige eines Mobiltelefonhändlers für «respektlos» gegenüber dem Glauben. Das Ziel der Anzeige sei aber gewesen, ein fröhliches, positives und zeitgemässes Bild des Christentums zu zeigen.

So, they asked:

Darf man mit Jesus für Konsumprodukte werben?
– Ja, es schadet weder Jesus noch dem Produkt : 42%
– Ja, es ist zwar stillos, aber man sollte nicht kleinlich sein : 13%
– Nein, Jesus wird zu kommerziellen Zwecken missbraucht : 26%
– Nein, Religion hat hier nichts zu suchen : 16%
– Weiss nicht : 3%

62 votes total

I answered No, Jesus shouldn’t be used for commercial purposes. (26% of those answering have sense- 55% don’t).

Do You Feel Like It Has Rained a Lot In the Past 14 Days?

That’s because it has!  Check out this map of rain accumulation from the last two weeks.  No wonder there’s flooding in the N.E.

The Bible and Critical Theory, Vol 7, No 2 (2011) is Out

You can read the various essays and reviews here.  It includes a piece by James Crossley

In a recent book I argued that the contemporary scholarly rhetoric of a ‘Jewish Jesus’ who consist-ently transcends the Judaism(s) constructed by scholarship is, in part, the product of dominant Anglo-American attitudes towards the Middle East over the past forty years and a dramatic change in perceptions of Israel and the Holocaust since 1967 (Crossley 2008). Underlying this ‘Jewish … but not that Jewish’ Jesus is, clearly, an updated form of Orientalism and related understandings of Otherness and cultural difference. What I want to do in this article is to show how other dominant and complementary discourses and historical trends have contributed to this kind of understanding of both Jesus and Paul in contemporary scholarship, particularly multiculturalism in relation to neoliberalism and postmodernity. In addition to shedding further light on the strange ‘Jesus the Jew’ rhetoric, it becomes clear that the scholarly success of the much vaunted New Perspective on Paul owes much to its cultural and ideological contexts.

Mel Gibson is Going to do to Judas Maccabeus What he did to Jesus

That is, make a bloody, gory, film about him (no doubt, since all Gibson’s films share one common characteristic- they flow with blood and guts).

Of all the filmmakers you might expect to make a film about Jewish hero Judah Maccabee, Mel Gibson is probably not at the top of the list. So consider this a Hannukah surprise.   Deadline broke the news that Gibson and Warner Bros. are teaming on a film about the hero who led a small band of Jews against mighty Seleucids armies and, among other things, liberated Jerusalem. Gibson will produce the picture, and potentially direct, too.

Let the misrepresentation of historical fact commence.  With thanks to Jim Aitken for pointing it out to me.

If You’re Trusting the ‘Cloud’ With Your Files… Well It’s Not Very Bright of You

Millions of users of Hotmail and other Microsoft services worldwide were unable to access their online accounts this morning after the firm’s “cloud” suffered a major technical failure.

Uploading stuff to some server somewhere without having a copy locally is just begging for trouble. Besides, who knows how long before ‘Cloud’ services start charging you to access your own material! Clouds are for dust particles and driblets of moisture, not for data or files or things that matter.

Microsoft said the cause appeared to be related to the Domain Name System, the computer network that ensures that web addresses are connected to websites. “Preliminary root cause suggests a DNS issue,” the firm said on its office 365 Twitter feed. The problems lasted for at least two-and-a-half hours, beginning at around 4AM British Summer Time.

Yeah, go ahead and upload to the ‘Cloud’. I’ll keep my stuff locally, and backed up.  In God I trust, not remote servers.

The Banality of Evil: Richard Clarke as Cassandra

NPR aired an absolutely fascinating report on the events which led up to the 9/11 tragedy.  It illustrates both the disconnect between intelligence gathering and policy implementation in the United States and the ‘banality’ of evil, or how evil made simple, plodding, and un-amazing steps to carry out the attacks.

Yet to me the most bizarre fact is that Clarke had warned and warned and was ignored time and again.  Amazing.

Do give the essay a read.  Here’s just a bit

The summer of 2001 will likely go down in history as the summer of missed opportunities.

“We were listening to al-Qaida people. We were intercepting their phone calls. We were intercepting their emails,” Clarke says, “and all of those indicators were coming back that there was a major attack in the works.”

Still, clues were overlooked: A man named Zacarias Moussaoui was arrested in Minnesota after his flight school instructor said he was acting like a hijacker. The CIA gave Bush a briefing with the now famous title of “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.”

All summer, Clarke couldn’t get the Bush administration to plan a Cabinet-level meeting on al-Qaida. Too many people were on vacation. By the time a meeting was scheduled in September, Clarke was already planning on transferring jobs.

“So I left the Sept. 4 meeting frustrated that they hadn’t made decisions and frustrated that they still hadn’t got it, and thinking, ‘Well at least in three weeks it won’t be my responsibility anymore,'” he says.

Again, read the whole.  Amazing.  And food for thought.

Who Caused the San Diego Outage? Where in the World is Chris Tilling Now?

Power lines at Big Creek, CA - Southern Califo...

Well Chris Tilling, of course, who has been ‘moonlighting’ as a technician for Arizona Power and Lights (APL).

An unprecedented power outage spread across Southern California, parts of Arizona and into Mexico on Thursday, leaving as many as 5 million people in the dark.The outage began locally about 3:30p.m. and cut off power to customers of Imperial Irrigation District, San Diego Gas and Electric and Southern California Edison.

And moreover

The international outage was triggered by an utility employee who was removing equipment at a substation near Yuma, according to APS, Arizona’s largest electricity utility.That set off a series of California events that shut down both generators at San Onofre Nuclear Power Station, said Mike Niggli, COO of San Diego Gas & Electric Co.

Chris, you’re a brilliant New Testament scholar but you’re a wretched electrician.