Quod volumus facile credimus — What we wish we readily believe. – Matthew Henry
Under the Onion-worthy headline “Amazon Should Replace Local Libraries to Save Taxpayers Money,” Panos Mourdoukoutas, author of The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership, wrote a Forbes piece suggesting that Amazon “should open their own bookstores in all local communities. They can replace local libraries and save taxpayers lots of money, while enhancing the value of their stock.”
Seeming to ignore the wide range of essential services that libraries provide, Mourdoukoutas was also less than well-informed about the current state of print books and independent bookstores.
“Then there’s the rise of digital technology. Technology has turned physical books into collector’s items, effectively eliminating the need for library borrowing services,” he wrote. “Of course, there’s Amazon Books to consider. Amazon have created their own online library that has made it easy for the masses to access both physical and digital copies of books. Amazon Books is a chain of bookstores that does what Amazon originally intended to do; replace the local bookstore. It improves on the bookstore model by adding online searches and coffee shops. Amazon Go basically combines a library with a Starbucks.”
The bookish Internet quickly responded.
Go read the rest. It’s super. And it puts Panos in his place.
Discovery Channel To Feature Deadly Prosperity Gospel Preachers For Shark Week
As part of its annual Shark Week programming, the Discovery Channel announced Sunday evening it would be featuring the world’s most dangerous prosperity gospel preachers in order to raise public awareness of the deadly predators.
The cable science channel will feature a wide array of prosperity preachers throughout the week, including Joel Osteen, Paula White, T.D. Jakes, Joyce Meyer, Joseph Prince, Kenneth Copeland, Creflo Dollar, and Benny Hinn, showcasing their inhuman ability to mangle the Scriptures and devour unsuspecting victims.
“This here is a prime example of the prosperity preacher in his natural habitat,” a commentator said over horrifying Benny Hinn footage in Sunday night’s Shark Week premiere. “See how the cold-blooded predator draws in its prey and then goes for the kill? Utterly horrifying.”
The documentary footage, collected over the past year, also shows moving footage of the millions of third-world believers still living in poverty after giving their life savings to the savage beasts.
“The prosperity gospel preacher in its native environment is one of nature’s most terrifying predators,” a Discovery Channel representative said. “We could just keep featuring sea-dwelling sharks year after year, but honestly they’re pretty boring compared to the ruthlessness of a Copeland or a Dollar ambushing an unsuspecting believer and tearing their bank account to shreds.”
“It sends shivers down my spine,” he added with a shudder.
According to the Discovery Channel, the footage will be preceded by a graphic content warning, as the cable channel states that watching Christians become ensnared by prosperity gospel preachers is not for the faint of heart.
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You will tell me, perhaps, that, highborn as you are, reared in luxury and used to lie softly, you cannot do without wine and dainties, and would find a stricter rule of life unendurable. If so, I can only say: “Live, then, by your own rule, since God’s rule is too hard for you.” – St Jerome
Under Barack Obama — a regular church-goer with a scandal-free Presidency — only 30% of white evangelicals said they would accept immoral personal behavior by an elected official. Under President Donald Trump, 72% said they would accept immorality.
Why? Because ‘Evangelicals’ (they aren’t real Evangelicals or even real Christians) are simply racists. You need look no deeper for their motivations in supporting the immoral Trump than that.
I’ve said for a long time now that the word ‘Evangelical’ is meaningless. And this is just more evidence.
What despicable, totally depraved, selfish behavior. This is what America has become… and that isn’t good.