Daily Archives: 8 Nov 2017

Signs of the Times: America Has a Sickness

‘Guns don’t kill people, people kill people’.  Ok, let’s pretend that’s true.  Now we have to ask, why are there so many murderous people in this country?  Why do more killers live in the United States than anywhere else in the world?  For a place that calls itself a Christian nation (which it isn’t- only people can be Christians, nations cannot), it sure seems to have more than its fair share of evildoers.  Why?

 

The Book of Ruth: Origin and Purpose

New in Bible and Interpretation.

The GOP Tax Plan Will Destroy Graduate Education

Read the Forbes essay.

For millions of young people, the American dream is to study the thing you’re most passionate about at the highest levels possible, and then use those skills and that knowledge to build a life you’ll be fulfilled with. For some of us, the American dream includes many years of graduate school and extremely frugal living along the journey to a Ph.D. Traditionally, in a great many fields (such as biology, physics, chemistry, and mathematics), the only way this has been possible is through teaching and/or research assistantships, which grant graduate students with a small stipend (in the ~$20K-$30K/year range) to live off of.

These assistantships also come with a tuition waiver, valued at ~$12K-$50K/year, depending on the public-or-private, in-state-or-out-of-state institution. Currently, these tuition waivers are paid by the college directly to itself, on behalf of the graduate student, and are not counted as taxable income. Under the new GOP tax plan, however, those tuition waivers would be taxed as regular income, making graduate school an unaffordable proposition except for those already independently wealthy.

Contact your CongressWretch.

The Hippy Love Fest Jesus…

The hippy love fest Jesus so beloved of some never existed. Jesus called his enemies hypocrites, condemned sin, talked about hell and the folk well deserving of going there, got angry, and drove the money changers from the temple, among other things. #StopMakingJesusIntoAFakeImage

We all know you want Jesus to fit your ideology, on the left and the right, but do try to read the Bible a bit before you ramble mindlessly and ignorantly on about him.

Sad News: Schrodinger’s Cat is Well and Truly Dead

We’ve all wondered.  And now we know.

Rest in peace, kitty meow meow.

Medieval Monks Were Gross

Zwingli, Luther and Calvin all At Dinner in Heaven

This looks like a great play to attend (if you’re fortunate enough to be in Zurich).

Zwingli, Luther und Calvin sitzen im Himmel zusammen beim Jass. Mit Hilfe von Jesus und einem Engel lernen sie, was die Botschaft der Reformation für die heutige Zeit ist. Sie tun das im Musical «Der letzte Stich», das seine Premiere in Zürich erlebt hat.

AAR’s Angry Letter to Yours Truly

Dear Jim West,

We, the undersigned, the Executive Board of the AAR and the sponsors of both the Interpretive Dance Section and the Heartfelt Searchers Section and the Buddhist Christian Muslim Gay Advocacy Section hereby write in protest to your recent disparagements of our wondrous cult group.   We wish you to be more thoughtful and kind hearted.  And if you are, we would like to take you out to a Vegan feast featuring cage free eggs and organic tofu grown in the basement of our Director of Narcotics as Religion group.

Thank you for your kinder and gentler self,

Yours in Allah/Buddha/Jesus/Jehovah/Krishna,

The AAR (and we’ve included our photos below so you can see us in Atlanta and come up and say howdy).