Judas and Pilate: A Reminder

Neither Judas Iscariot nor Pontius Pilate left behind any written material.   Any words put into their mouths on tv are both purely speculative and highly suspect.

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Human Trafficking…

If human trafficking is the exploitation of humans for the enrichment and benefit of the traffickers then every corporation in America that pays the CEO more than the average worker is involved in human trafficking.  And politicians who rail against human trafficking but who take donations from and serve the interests of their corporate masters and lobbyists are hypocrites.  If they really cared about human beings they would do everything they could to ensure income equality.

You Reap What You Sow

A suspected rhino poacher met a gruesome end when he was trampled to death by an elephant before being eaten by a pride of lions.

The unnamed man was in a group of several poachers stalking endangered rhino in South Africa’s Kruger National Park when they were ambushed by a furious pachyderm on Tuesday evening.

The man’s family alerted Don English, the Skukuza regional ranger,  after the surviving poachers told them what had happened.

But a search for the man’s remains had to be called off because of failing light, and it was not until Thursday evening they discovered the man’s bloodied head and a few items of clothing, including trousers and a shoe.

“Indications found at the scene suggested that a pride of lions had devoured the remains leaving only a human skull and a pair of pants. Skukuza police were notified immediately and are currently busy with further investigations into the incident,” the park said in a statement.

You reap what you sow.

#ICYMI – Expertise Matters

Read this.

The attack on expertise was given its most visceral form by British politician Michael Gove during the Brexit campaign last year when he famously claimed, “people in this country have had enough of experts.” The same kinds of issues, however, are also at stake here in the U.S. in our discussions about “alternative facts,” “fake news” and “denial” of various kinds. That issue can be put as a simple question: When does one opinion count more than another?

By definition, an expert is someone whose learning and experience lets them understand a subject deeper than you or I do (assuming we’re not an expert in that subject, too). The weird thing about having to write this essay at all is this: Who would have a problem with that? Doesn’t everyone want their brain surgery done by an expert surgeon rather than the guy who fixes their brakes? On the other hand, doesn’t everyone want their brakes fixed by an expert auto mechanic rather than a brain surgeon who has never fixed a flat?

Every day, all of us entrust our lives to experts from airline pilots to pharmacists. Yet, somehow, we’ve come to a point where people can put their ignorance on a subject of national importance on display for all to see — and then call it a virtue.

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