Daily Archives: 18 Jan 2012

Marky Mark Thinks He’s an Actual Action Hero…

Poor guy– he’s watched his own movies and thinks that they’re documentaries.

Mark Wahlberg is under pressure to apologise after appearing to claim that he would have carried out a Hollywood-style rescue aboard one of the hijacked September 11 aircraft. The star of The Departed was scheduled to take United Airlines flight 93, which crashed in a Pennsylvania field as passengers fought to overpower four al-Qaeda hijackers who intended to use the plane to attack Washington DC. In a magazine interview, the 34-year-old said: “If I was on that plane with my kids, it wouldn’t have went down like it did. There would have been a lot of blood in that first-class cabin and then me saying, ‘OK, we’re going to land somewhere safely, don’t worry.’”

Poor, poor guy.  I was going to see Contraband.  But I think I won’t.  Wouldn’t want to put so much as a penny in his delusional pocket.

That He Can Sue His Victim is Proof of the System’s Corruption

A man who had pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter stemming from a crash near Tampa, Fla., on Christmas Day 2007 now denies causing the crash that killed three of the four people in the vehicle he hit.  David Belniak has sued the estate of Ray McWilliams, the now-deceased driver of the other vehicle, for more than $15,000, saying it was actually McWilliams who caused the crash by abruptly changing lanes, according to the Tampa Bay Times.  McWilliams initially survived the crash but later died. Belniak was sentenced to 12 years in prison, where he remains.  The money is to compensate Belniak for medical bills, “pain and suffering,” and “loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life,” according to the suit.

He admitted his guilt and now he wants to make money from his victim’s estate.  Thoroughly evil.  Only a corrupted system can allow the victim of murder to be sued.

What’s Wrong With America? Instant Gratification and Greed

This is made plainest when we consider how long the average stock is held by the average stock-holder. Guess what, that’s just 22 seconds

Investors are advised to invest for the long-term, yet in the US the average share holding lasts just 22 seconds.

And

The consensus suggest that investors dabbling shares should be in it for the long-term, yet the average holding is less than a minute thanks to computer driven ‘high frequency’ trading. Michael Hudson, a former Wall Street economist at Chase Manhattan Bank who also helped establish the world’s first sovereign debt fund recently said: “Take any stock in the United States. The average time in which you hold a stock is – it’s gone up from 20 seconds to 22 seconds in the last year. “Most trades are computerised. Most trades are short-term. The average foreign currency investment lasts – it’s up now to 30 seconds, up from 28 seconds last month. The financial sector is short term, yet they talk as if they’re long term.” Computerised high-frequency trading, which makes up about 70pc of all trades, is the subject of the book, The Fear Index, published late last year.

Greed driven by the quest for instant gratification. You don’t have to be a stock broker to see it.  American’s are less able to commit themselves to anything that doesn’t deliver instant dividends.  Relationships, religion, family, job, and everything else are subject to the pulsations of greed and instant satisfaction.  Perversion.

It’s why people would rather take a diet pill than cut back on food and increase their exercise.  It’s why if churches don’t sprout up overnight, the masses run to another which may.  Corruption.

The 2012 Southeastern Regional Meeting of the SBL

The 2012 SECSOR Meeting will be at the Atlanta Marriott Century Center, March 2-4, 2012.  The special meeting rate is $89/night.  Reservations should be made directly with the hotel by calling  1-800-228-9290.

You can download the preregistration form here.

The SBL Southeastern region is known as SECSOR, and it’s a joint meeting of AAR, SBL, and ASOR.  It really is the best, the most active, and the most academically gifted region in the SBL.   If you live in the region you should go.  Honest to goodness, all the best people are there.

If you don’t, don’t fret- I’ll be blogging it.

They’re Looking for Someone to Work at the University of Sheffield

The details are online here.  They’re looking for a

Lecturer in Bible and Contemporary Culture and Society: University of Sheffield – Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Biblical Studies

A dream job.  I think Maire Byrne ought to go.  She’d be perfect for it.  Perfect.

Honestly, If You Need ‘Emergency Access’ To Wikipedia, There’s Something Wrong With You

First, let me hasten to say that this has NOTHING to do with James’ post other than that it springs from his title.  I’m all for people protesting whatever they want to as long as their protests are appropriate.  I.e., as long as their protests are for the benefit of others.

After all, Jesus protested the practices of extortion in the Temple by driving the greedy out.  Good for him.  Most protesters these days though only protest when they have some financial interest involved.  Seldom, rarely indeed, will you find anyone protesting purely on behalf of others.

Occupy isn’t protesting for others, those folk are protesting for themselves- so they can have more stuff.  And the folk protesting SOPA (Craigslist, YouTube, Wikipedia, Google) are doing it because they want to keep being able to sell advertising space on their sites or earning income from their sites.  Exactly, by the way, for the same reason that the proponents of SOPA are pushing for it to pass.  They have money to make and they don’t want their movies and music pirated (and frankly I don’t blame them.  When you steal content, you steal someone’s intellectual property- you are a despicable plagiarist).

But to return to the point- honest to goodness people stop acting like the world has come to an end because you have to get up off your lazy butts and go to an actual library if you need to look up a reference.  Good grief, how disgustingly lazy have people become?

Furthermore, there are other, and better, and far more accurate sources online than Wikipedia or Reddit (I don’t even know what that one is) or Boing Boing (again, I’ve never heard of it).

Get over yourselves ya lazy gits!  Stop acting like if one site goes down the Mayans are right.  There are lots of sites that ought to go down now and forever (and the porn ones just top the list).  If wikipedia’s darkness is a crisis for you, there’s something seriously wrong with you.

So, to make you feel better (you bloody, feckless, dimwitted sots), here’s an award that you most certainly deserve:

Bertil Albrektson: Old Testament Scholar and Extraordinary Artist

From Viv Rowett of SOTS

Congratulations are due to honorary member Professor Bertil Albrektson, who is again having some of his art works exhibited at a gallery in Uppsala. The exhibition is accessible at www.gallerilinne.com – just click on the heading “Utställningar”.

The Beginning of the Rift Between Zwingli and the Anabaptists

The Anabaptists were displeased with the pace of Reform in the Cantons and they vented their displeasure at Zwingli and the other clergy of Zurich. The situation came to a head on the 17th of January in 1525 when the City Council ordered a public disputation.

Philip Schaff picks up the story-

Grebel was opposed to it, but appeared, together with Manz and Reubli. They urged the usual arguments against infant baptism, that infants cannot understand the gospel, cannot repent and exercise faith. Zwingli answered them, and appealed chiefly to circumcision and 1Co 7:14, where Paul speaks of the children of Christian parents as “holy.” He afterwards published his views in a book, “On Baptism, Rebaptism, and Infant Baptism” (May 27, 1525).  Bullinger, who was present at the disputation, reports that the Anabaptists were unable to refute Zwingli’s arguments and to maintain their ground.

Unfortunately that wasn’t the end of the trouble-making. So, as Schaff continues

Another disputation was held in March, and a third in November, but with no better result. The magistracy decided against them, and issued an order that infants should be baptized as heretofore, and that parents who refuse to have their children baptized should leave the city and canton with their families and goods.  The Anabaptists refused to obey, and ventured on bold demonstrations. They arranged processions, and passed as preachers of repentance, in sackcloth and girdled, through the streets of Zurich, singing, praying, exhorting, abusing the old dragon (Zwingli) and his horns, and exclaiming, “Woe, woe unto Zurich!”

This sort of anarchy didn’t sit well with the magistrates, so

The leaders were arrested and shut up in a room in the Augustinian convent. A commission of ministers and magistrates were sent to them to convert them. Twenty-four professed conversion, and were set free. Fourteen men and seven women were retained and shut up in the Witch Tower, but they made their escape April 5.

More than likely, I’ll add, they were allowed to ‘escape’ with the assurance that they would never return to the city. Unfortunately for themselves, though,

Grebel, Manz, and Blaurock were rearrested, and charged with communistic and revolutionary teaching. After some other excesses, the magistracy proceeded to threaten those who stubbornly persisted in their error, with death by drowning. He who dips, shall be dipped, — a cruel irony.

They did in fact continue in their ‘error’. And they suffered the consequences.

It is not known whether Zwingli really consented to the death sentence, but he certainly did not openly oppose it.
Six executions in all took place in Zurich between 1527 and 1532. Manz was the first victim. He was bound, carried to a boat, and thrown into the river Limmat near the lake, Jan. 5, 1527. He praised God that he was about to die for the truth, and prayed with a loud voice, “Into thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit!” Bullinger describes his heroic death. Grebel had escaped the same fate by previous death in 1526.

Grebel mercifully had succumbed to the syphilis which he had contracted as a student in Paris…

The last executions took place March 23, 1532, when Heinrich Karpfis and Hans Herzog were drowned. The foreigners were punished by exile, and met death in Roman Catholic countries. Blaurock was scourged, expelled, and burnt, 1529, at Clausen in the Tyrol. Haetzer, who fell into carnal sins, was beheaded for adultery and bigamy at Constance, Feb. 24, 1529.

Haetzer, like many of the Anabaptists, went nuts. Driven by the ‘spirit’ (just not the Spirit of God) his ilk were responsible for the Muenster disaster and the denunciation of the Re-Baptizers all across Europe. This fringe element is exactly why the Anabaptists had nothing but a bad reputation in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Huebmaier, who had fled from Waldshut to Zurich, December, 1525, was tried before the magistracy, recanted, and was sent out of the country to recant his recantation. He labored successfully in Moravia, and was burnt at the stake in Vienna, March 10, 1528. Three days afterwards his faithful wife, whom he had married in Waldshut, was drowned in the Danube.

Hubmaier was the worst of the lot- a man without conviction and a coward to boot.

Just think, it all started with a disputation which the Anabaptists lost in 1525, on the 17th of January. A little leaven leavens the whole lump.

Aww, Ed Young’s Self Aggrandizing Publicity Stunt Ended With an Injury…

God’s justice in play?

Ed Young, founding pastor of Texas-based Fellowship Church, suffered a minor eye injury from exposure to the sun during the 24-hour bed-in with his wife, Lisa, on the church’s roof to discuss truths about sex before a live Internet audience.

‘Founding pastor’? Figures, I’m pretty sure that the foundation of the Church is Christ. That Eddie portrays himself as the founding pastor is fitting since it is – in fact – ‘his’ ‘church’. And his little publicity stunt ending because the sun bothered his eye? Also fitting, and parabolic really. Since he prefers the darkness to the light it’s only to be expected that any light at all prove blinding.

His is a case proving that ‘the blind lead the blind’.

The Editors of Wikipedia…

Are, according to NPR, questioning the decision to ‘go dark’ for the day.

Can the world live without Wikipedia for a day? The shutdown of one of the Internet’s most-visited sites is not sitting well with some of its volunteer editors, who say the protest of anti-piracy legislation could threaten the credibility of their work.

“My main concern is that it puts the organization in the role of advocacy, and that’s a slippery slope,” said editor Robert Lawton, a Michigan computer consultant who would prefer that the encyclopedia stick to being a neutral repository of knowledge. “Before we know it, we’re blacked out because we want to save the whales.”

Wikipedia’s English-language site shut down at midnight Eastern Standard Time Tuesday and the organization said it would stay down for 24 hours.

Instead of encyclopedia articles, visitors to the site saw a stark black-and-white page with the message: “Imagine a world without free knowledge.” It carried a link to information about the two congressional bills and details about how to reach lawmakers.

I don’t think wikipedia should shut down for a day either.  I think it should shut down permanently.

Social news website Reddit.com is shutting down for 12 hours on Wednesday, but most companies are staying up. Google Inc.’s home page linked to a petition urging Congress: “Don’t censor the Web.”

Dick Costollo, CEO of Twitter, said he opposes the legislation as well, but shutting down the service was out of the question.  “Closing a global business in reaction to single-issue national politics is foolish,” Costollo tweeted.

Foolish!  But that’s just what wikipedia is, so it closing down is sensible (for foolishness- foolish is sensible.  Odd, I know, but there it is).

Since Wikimedia depends on a small army of volunteers who create and update articles, it’s particularly concerned about a lack of exemptions in the bills for sites where users might contribute copyrighted content. Today, it has no obligation under U.S. law except removing that content if a copyright holder complains. But under the House version of the bill, it could be shut down unless it polices its own pages.

It shouldn’t be plagiarizing copyrighted material anyway.  The theft of intellectual property ought never be permitted- especially by an army of anonymous folk whose skills and knowledge are unknown.