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Life according to Seventeen magazine

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From The Seventeen Magazine Project, by small-town Pennsylvania high school senior Jamie Keiles, who is living for one month according to the teen mag’s prescription of how girls her age should live. It’s a kind of brilliant analysis of how […]

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Technology in the classroom goes bust

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A friend told me once that she and her husband were considering putting their son in a particular private school, but were turned off by the principal’s focus on how much technology the school has invested in putting into the […]

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A trillion here, a trillion there…

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Now it might cost up to $1 trillion to rescue Fannie and Freddie, in what one insider calls “the mother of all bailouts.” James Poulos says: It’s one thing for a government to spend more money than we have. It’s […]

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Freaky reverse perspective video (must-see)

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Via Boing Boing, this video illustrates the principle of reverse perspective, in which objects farther away become bigger, while those closer grow smaller. Very cool, though I couldn’t get through it without getting dizzy: True Reverse Perspective from JMS on […]

Dear Britons, kindly shut up about BP

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Clive Crook is a Washington-based British journalist who is none too fond of the way President Obama has handled the oil disaster. But he is advising his countrymen to shut up their whining whinging about how mean angry Americans are […]

Orthodoxy contra Darwinism?

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A troubling development from Moscow: The Russian Orthodox Church called Wednesday for an end to the “monopoly of Darwinism” in Russian schools, saying religious explanations of creation should be taught alongside evolution. Liberals said they would fight efforts to include […]

The Tao of Wendell Berry

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THE LAW THAT MARRIES ALL THINGS 1. The cloud is free only to go with the wind. The rain is free only in falling. The water is free only in its gathering together, in its downward courses, in its rising […]

Unobtanium discovered in Afghanistan!

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I told a friend the news that the U.S. has discovered vast mineral wealth in Afghanistan. She said sarcastically, “Oh great, now we get to ‘Avatar’ those people” — by which she meant that the U.S. stands to economically colonize […]

The Cloud, the Clock & the limits of reductionism

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Andrew Sullivan, quoting the great science blogger Jonah Lehrer, who argues that “breaking things down into particles blinds scientists to the big picture.” Excerpt: Time and time again, an experimental gadget gets introduced — it doesn’t matter if it’s a […]

Paternalism and Australia’s Aborigines

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Via The Browser, here’s a morally complicated story about how the Australian government, in an attempt to restore moral order to out-of-control Aboriginal communities, stepped in and took substantial control of their lives. Excerpt: Four years ago Nanette Rogers, a […]

The magical allergy-curing hamburger

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OK, this is weird. Julie woke up this morning and had a massive allergy attack, which is different for her than it is for me. With me, I can feel some histamine-related swelling, but mostly it makes me feel really […]

Gold as safe haven: do you believe?

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The New York Times reports that scary times are turning people into goldbugs. Excerpt: And gold bugs, often dismissed as crackpots who hoard gold bars in the basement, are finally having their day. “I just think you’re in a world […]

Britons, has BP oil occluded your minds?

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I am truly amazed that so many Brits actually think American anger at BP is rooted in anti-British prejudice. But here’s the otherwise intelligent Geoffrey Wheatcroft going off like a tabloid loony in a loony tabloid: Has the worm turned […]

Sexualizing little girls: a Boomer legacy

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I read this Peggy Orenstein column from the Sunday NYT Magazine and got angry in a familiar way. She’s deploring the cultural trend of the early sexualization of girls. Here’s how her piece begins: Last month, over the course of […]

Portrait of the Geek as a Young Artist

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While my two little kids danced around the living room to the Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine” earlier this afternoon, Matthew retreated to his room, then came out with this pie chart:

What’s for dinner, summer folks?

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As you know, summer is my least favorite season. Hate me the heat. But the fresh vegetables do make it tolerable, and sometimes more than tolerable. Julie went to her garden today to work all afternoon while I slept off […]

Attack of the grass!

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Feeling constantly run down from seasonal allergies is apparently the new normal with me. I have been trying hard to avoid going to see a doctor, but I am running out of options. Today, though, I got a sharp clue […]

Maybe you shouldn’t own a house

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Joe Nocera says the American dream of home ownership is one from which we ought to wake up. Excerpt: [FDIC chair Sheila Bair] also pointed out that during the bubble, when anyone with a pulse could get a mortgage, the […]

Get Religion bait

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For the second Saturday in a row, The New York Times surprises me with unpredictable (for the Times) and engaging religion journalism. Last week Mark Oppenheimer profiled Eve Tushnet, a Catholic lesbian writer in Washington who is happily and openly […]

Yes mosque, no MAS

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Today’s NYT features a story about Staten Island residents who are hot about a plan to turn an abandoned convent there into a mosque. You may remember that I oppose plans to build a grand new mosque near Ground Zero, […]

Science, religion and Templeton: A defense

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The prominent science journalist Chris Mooney, author of (among other titles) “The Republican War on Science,” is one of the 2010 Templeton-Cambridge journalism fellows. This is the program I was on last summer. The first session is wrapping up in […]

A lost little boy gets his throat cut

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I spoke with my mother by phone this morning, as I always do, and she was shaken over the latest news: the murder of an eight-year-old boy, allegedly by a 16-year-old boy, just up the road from where they live. […]

Brits angry over anti-BP rage? Give me a break!

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So the British, including leading politicians, are steamed at American anger at BP, seeing in it anti-British prejudice. Huh? I don’t see this. They’re cheesed off that Obama has referred to “British Petroleum,” pointing out that the company changed its […]

Against the eternal mob

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I would like to offer a postscript to the post earlier this week about why Jews cannot return to Poland, as Helen Thomas suggested they ought to do. As a practical matter, obviously Israel is now the home of the […]

Taleb: ‘World, prepare for austerity’

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‘Black Swan’ author Nassim Nicholas Taleb tells CNBC that the big hangover from debt binging is upon us. Excerpt: The economic situation today is drastically worse than a couple years ago, and the euro is doomed as a concept, Nassim […]

Autism genes discovered. Cure, closer?

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From the BBC: The largest ever genetic study into autism has identified many more new genes involved in the disorder. Oxford researchers writing in the journal Nature hope now to establish whether genetic tests can help in making early diagnosis. […]

When BP spills coffee

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Great comedy sent to me by a Louisiana friend. N.B.: F-bomb dropped at the 2:34 mark:

Name my new blog

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OK, I know I’m asking for trouble, but here goes. As you may know, this blog is moving to the new Big Questions Online site that I’m editing once we launch later this summer. I need to come up with […]

The moral failure of BP & the feds

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I’m beating a dead horse here, but just look at the AP’s stunning analysis of BP’s alleged oil spill clean-up plan. Excerpt: BP PLC’s 582-page regional spill plan for the Gulf, and its 52-page, site-specific plan for the Deepwater Horizon […]

Birkenstocks, finally hip

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I guess if you wait long enough, everything will become fashionable. Twelve years after I started wearing them, Birkenstocks have become hip, or so says the NYTimes. This anecdote from their story will sound familiar to people who read my […]

Tim the Tesco Tory

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My British friend Tim Montgomerie sticks up for the UK supermarket chain Tesco. Excerpts: If I was to draw up a list of ten people who had most helped the poor in the past few decades, near the top of […]

Peak oil, Klingons and Cylons

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Great post by Sharon Astyk about how the constructed media narrative around peak-oilers and others who are preparing for what they believe will be coming hard times is slanted toward a techno-optimism that is ahistorical and, in its way, stupid […]

Wendell Berry, American Confucius

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Gotta say I’m really enjoying BU religious studies prof Stephen Prothero’s “God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World — and Why Their Differences Matter,” which I initially blogged on yesterday (read that entry, which leads […]

The power of time perspective

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Watching this animated clip is the coolest 10 minutes most of us will spend today. It’s a lively illustrated lecture about Time, how people perceive it, and how it affects behavior. At about the three-minute mark, the professor introduces research […]

Viva the Turtleman of Kentucky!

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You don’t see too many people like this on my street:I’m probably related to him, though. Hope so.H/T: The Turtleman of Munger Place.

Why Jews couldn’t ‘go home’ to Poland, Helen

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I’ve hesitated blogging on the Helen Thomas affair, mostly because I’ve been away at meetings in New York, and I didn’t have time to monitor the comboxes for anti-Semitism. My view is that her opinions are obnoxious and wrong, but […]

Should the president cuss?

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Barack Obama did, saying he’s trying to figure out “whose ass to kick” in the oil spill. Frankly, that’s fine by me. I know he’s engaging in theater, but I like this theater. And while I generally disapprove of anything […]

Against politically correct science legislation

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The NYT’s John Tierney says that Congress is trying to do a politically correct thing on science education rather than act on solid science. Here’s what he means: This proposed law, if passed by the Senate, would require the White […]

Really helpful advice

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Nicholas Kristof, who just had a close call with a tumor that turned out to be benign, on how to protect yourself from cancer: Stop smoking and avoid secondhand smoke. Slather on sunscreen and avoid tanning salons. Avoid charred meats. […]

Life on Titan? There are positive signs

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Now this is interesting: scientists report data coming from the Cassini space probe indicating that there might be some form of life on Titan, a moon of Saturn. Maggie Koerth-Baker is cautiously optimistic. Excerpt: This is the kind of research […]

Ending the Too Big To Fail threat

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Richard Fisher, a former commercial banker who is now head of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, has delivered a powerful speech denouncing the financial reform bill soon to be sent to the president’s desk as toothless. He also attacks […]

All religions are NOT the same

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I am in New York at the moment, and am going to walk across the street to a bookstore in a minute to buy Boston University religion scholar Stephen Prothero’s new book, “God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions […]

Why I’m angrier at the government than at BP

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Take a look at this long report from the NYTimes, summed up in this graf: New government and BP documents, interviews with experts and testimony by witnesses provide the clearest indication to date that a hodgepodge of oversight agencies granted […]

Cameron: UK faces ‘decades’ of austerity

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The Prime Minister today gave a deeply gloomy speech laying out what Britons now face. Excerpt: Prime Minister David Cameron said Monday that Britain’s financial situation was “even worse than we thought” and that the country would have to make […]

Tradition, liberty and the open road

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Via Andrew Sullivan, I learned of Jesse Walker’s remembrance of Dennis Hopper, which contains these fascinating sentences: A central theme of the western is the tension between the sometimes lonely freedom of the road and the sometimes suffocating security of […]

Collapsitarians get ready for the Big One

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In today’s NYT, John Leland reports on people who believe Very Bad Times are coming soon, and who are preparing. Excerpt: Mrs. Wilkerson has now read two dozen books about peak oil and related topics. For a while, she became […]

A call to sacrifice and self-denial? A fool’s errand

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Mike Sirota notes that if the president gave a speech asking Americans to cut back on our use of oil as a response to the Gulf oil environmental, cultural and economic catastrophe, he would be derided just like Jimmy Carter […]

For Louisiana, BP oil spill is rolling apocalypse

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Right now, the oil spill focus is on the junk moving through Louisiana’s marshes and estuaries, and on the gut-wrenching images of oil-soaked pelicans struggling to survive. But it’s worth thinking about how the BP oil spill is going to […]

Sad over pelicans? You ‘high-class prissy-a*s’ aesthete!

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I am so incensed by a comment left on an oil-spill thread here this morning that I wanted to highlight it in a special post. A reader who blogs under the name “polistra” has no sympathy for people who express […]

Goodbye little house in Dallas

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I would be lying if I told you that I wasn’t unfathomably relieved when the word came late today that our house in Dallas had finally and irrevocably been sold to its new owners. We’ve been paying that mortgage for […]

Why are book reviews dead or dying?

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According to John Palattella, writing in The Nation, anti-intellectualism at American newspapers has a lot to do with it. Excerpt: It’s necessary to explain these broad economic trends to understand a crucial and overlooked point–namely, that it is disingenuous for […]

Oil spill: This is Louisiana

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I, for one, would like to thank BP and U.S. government regulators for making possible the following image from coastal Louisiana: See all the photos in AP photographer Charlie Riedel’s heart-rending series. And think of Louisiana. UPDATE: You really should […]

Science & religion incompatiblists shut out?

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Science + Religion Today draws attention to a controversy at the World Science Festival, on now in NYC. There’s a panel discussion about the relationship between science and faith. On the panel: astrophysicist Paul Davies, biologist Francisco J. Ayala — […]

crunchy con your car

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Go here to buy a “crunchy con” bumper sticker. Cheap! Special deal for you!

US Gov’t: Surprise! Peak oil is here

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From Econbrowser, these remarks by Steven Kopits, a New York energy consultant: The EIA, the statistics arm of the US Department of Energy, recently released its International Energy Outlook (IEO) for 2010. This is an important document for forecasters, as […]

World’s best Gary Coleman remembrance!

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I kid you not. Watch and see for yourself. “He’s gonna be God’s right-hand man now. There’s no reason to be upset. He’s gonna be up there doin’ God’s work. … I’m telling you right now, it’s gonna be OK. […]

I done TOLD you it would come to this!

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Didn’t I? Didn’t I? Well, I almost called it here. Read all about it in Lives of the Saints. This below, though, now that’s art I can live with, podna!

Oil spill: Headed to the Atlantic?

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A computer simulation of where BP’s oil is likely to go if it gets into the loop current:From the Wired.com story: It is impossible to accurately predict precisely what will happen to the oil because it will depend on the […]

The limits of prediction and action

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I sometimes wonder why people live in either Los Angeles or San Francisco. Not that they aren’t lovely places (San Francisco much more so than L.A., but I like both), but surely the knowledge that a massive earthquake could strike […]

Tradition, faux and true

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Andrew Sullivan remarks on my two recent posts about tradition and postmodernity (first one here, second one here). Excerpt: Welcome to the modern world, Rod. The kind of unthinking cohesion of the past, sustained by elite control of the media […]

Should you stay? Should you go?

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Long, engaging post from Sharon Astyk laying out conditions under which people should abandon the idea of adapting to coming hard times in place, and should move. If you believe that oil will always be plentiful and cheap, and that […]

Global warming and the dim fate of wine

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Yes, there are far more serious things to be concerned about re: global warming than the fate of the wine industry, says Steven Kolpan — but it’s not nothing. Kolpan writes that we’re already seeing big and deleterious changes in […]

When more information makes you stupider

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Alain de Botton says we all need to take in less information, because learning more paradoxically reduces our capacity to know more. Excerpt: The obsession with current events is relentless. We are made to feel that at any point, somewhere […]

Marriage and divorce: Clintons or Gores?

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Gail Collins, snarking on the Gore dee-vorce: I think the nation as a whole is thinking that if Al and Tipper split after 40 years, no marriage is ever safe. And the fact that Hillary and Bill outlasted them means […]

Postcard from oil spill Ground Zero

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From a connected friend in New Orleans: 1. Over a week ago a petroleum-engineer-friend told me that “top kill” was doomed to failure because the engineering didn’t even work on paper – no way to deliver enough pressure through the […]

Icarus and the Black Hole

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Astrophysicist Brian Greene talks with an Atlantic correspondent about his work with composer Philip Glass on “Icarus At the Edge of Time,” a re-imagining of the Icarus myth. The work debuts this week at the World Science Festival in NYC. […]

Louisiana, oil spill is your fault too

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So says columnist James Gill in the New Orleans Times-Picayune, citing the way the state has been governed for years not with the public’s interest in mind, but with the interests of the oil companies. Excerpt: We have so much […]

Oil spill & the uneasy Evangelical conscience

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Whatever you do today, you have to read this stunning blog entry from the Southern Baptist theologian Russell D. Moore, who just returned from a visit to Biloxi, Miss., his hometown. He calls the Gulf spill the ecological Roe v. […]

Ted Haggard event pre-criticized for your convenience

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Here’s what’s going to happen today, says the AP: COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Former megachurch pastor Ted Haggard has called a news conference to announce the next step in his career. OK, stop right there. You want a sign that […]

Culture falls apart: a Ken Myers dissent

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Last week I posted something lamenting the fragmentation of our culture in postmodernity, but trying also to identify some good things about it. Excerpt: When I think about how relatively monotonous the culture of pop music was in the 1970s, […]

Hot threads you might have missed

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We had an unusual number of well-trafficked threads here over the long holiday weekend. In case you missed the more popular ones: How seminary ruins one’s faith Pastors who don’t believe in God Lady Gaga & the ‘spiritual, not religious’ […]

Black Swans and BP

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David Leonhardt says that yes, BP had a reputation for cutting safety corners, but we shouldn’t make the mistake of thinking that the rest of us are immune to falling into the same cognitive trap that the oil giant’s executives […]

Sharon Astyk’s American life at 9

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Today marks nine years since Sharon Astyk and her family moved out to their farm. Mazel tov! Here are her deeply moving thoughts on the anniversary. Excerpt: Both Eric and I, the children of divorce and mobile childhoods, have now […]

Fame kills Al & Tipper Gore marriage

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Sad news from the Gore family. Reportedly there was no infidelity involved. After 40 years of marriage, the two had begun to live separate lives. Forty years together, and now this. I remember thinking around the Monica Lewinsky scandal, that […]

Spiritual lives of children

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In our house, the usual nighttime routine involves me lying down with each of our two younger kids — Lucas is six, Nora is three — praying with them, then talking with them about what’s on their minds. In the […]

Oil spill: Summer of the Sinkhole

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So says David Brooks, in a smart observation: The plume taps into a series of deep anxieties. First, it taps into the anxiety that the people running our major institutions are just not that competent. Second, it feeds into the […]

Ah, the City of Brotherly Love

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Photographed by my wife while motoring through the streets of Philadelphia. I can only imagine what the owner of the small business fronting this sign must have gone through before he lost his cool:

Julie’s real community garden

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Julie woke up at six this morning and drove over to the community garden where she’s taken over the plot rented by friends of ours who are too busy to garden there this summer full time. She’s helping out. Besides, […]

Atheists who teach in parochial school

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Get Religion highlights a couple of stories about Catholic schools firing teachers who declared their atheism — as well as parochial school teachers who pretend to be believers to get jobs in this terrible economy. Excerpt from the GetRel clip: […]

How seminary ruins one’s faith

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This comment from a parish priest showed up in the (excellent) “Pastors who don’t believe in God” thread. I think Father makes such an important point that it deserves to be highlighted. I especially like his analogy to entering into […]

‘It’s BP’s oil': How BP captured government

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Read this report. Excerpt: The blockade to Elmer’s [Island] is now four cop cars strong. As we pull up, deputies start bawling us out; all media need to go to the Grand Isle community center, where a “BP Information Center” […]

The never-ending allergy season

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Guess what? It’s still allergy season for me. Last week things seemed to be improving, but I woke up this morning hit hard with the stuff. When I’m like that, it’s hard to get out of bed, so I kept […]

Top-kill fails — as does industry, government

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BP says its “top-kill” attempt to stanch the oil and gas hemorrhaging has failed. Now what? It’s beginning to look like we’re going to have to watch that thing befoul the Gulf at least through August, when the relief well […]

iPad + Velcro = Genius

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Erin Manning passes along something wunnerful: iPad + Velcro from Jesse Rosten on Vimeo.

Food! Summer! Farmers! Greens!

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Just back from our neighborhood farmer’s market, carrying three sacks full of kale, chard, lettuce and turnip greens. Also bought two tomatoes — it’s early for them yet, but I’m dying for some fresh tomato — and a jar of […]

Crushing burden of student loan debt

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Parents of Earth, read this New York Times column! Excerpt: Like many middle-class families, Cortney Munna and her mother began the college selection process with a grim determination. They would do whatever they could to get Cortney into the best […]

Adventures with Britain’s undeserving poor

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When I posted something earlier about the anonymous UK social worker blogger Winston Smith, several of you thought his blog sounded like a sham. Well, here’s a report in The Guardian about him and his work. Excerpt: What inspired you […]

Pastors who don’t believe in God

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Daniel C. Dennett and Linda LaScola researched five pastors — all Protestants — who no longer believe in God, but who are still in the pulpit. In interviewing these closeted non-believing pastors, Dennett and LaScola recognized that there’s a problem […]

Internet is rewiring our brains

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Nicholas Carr, in Wired: When first publicized, the findings were greeted with cheers. By keeping lots of brain cells buzzing, Google seemed to be making people smarter. But as Small was careful to point out, more brain activity is not […]

Shame on these stupid, selfish poor people

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Nicholas Kristof: There’s an ugly secret of global poverty, one rarely acknowledged by aid groups or U.N. reports. It’s a blunt truth that is politically incorrect, heartbreaking, frustrating and ubiquitous: It’s that if the poorest families spent as much money […]

Lady Gaga & the ‘spiritual, not religious’ scam

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David Mills brilliantly lays into the laziness of people who like to say that they’re “spiritual, but not religious.” Excerpt: It’s one of those easily remembered phrases that work like a “get out of jail free” card for anyone who […]

Stock market: Seems like old times

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A short, scary video by Karl Denninger:UPDATE: More cheery economic analysis from the Daily Telegraph’s Edmund Conway: Mervyn King, the Bank of England Governor, summed it up best: “Dealing with a banking crisis was difficult enough,” he said the other […]

Mexico on the Cross

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A very sad letter from a Dominican brother, used with permission: I spent my pastoral year working at our mission in Mexico, and I also work with Hispanics here in the states. As a cult, La Santa Muerte is growing […]

Ground Zero mosque imam a closet Islamist?

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So says Walid Shoebat, an Arabic speaker who says he found an Arabic-language interview in which Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf — the allegedly liberal/moderate New York imam who wants to build a giant mosque near Ground Zero to make a […]

Willie Nelson’s apocalyptic haircut

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Holy Hank Hill, this abomination of desolation must have been predicted in Revelation: Mamas, don’t let your cowboys grow up to get girlish bobs. UPDATE: Joe Carter, in the comments thread: Th at is the first time I’ve seen a […]

Santa Muerte: the religion of narcoterrorists

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I blogged earlier today about the desperate situation in Mexico, in which narcotics cartels are supplanting the state in some areas. A reader put on the comments thread a link to a fascinating Small Wars Journal article about the pseudo-religious […]

Will there ever be an American Orthodoxy?

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That’s the question I have as the Assembly of all the “canonical” Orthodox bishops of North America gets underway in New York. As I understand it — and I invite correction if I’m wrong — the Ecumenical Patriarch and the […]

Did top-kill get the real oil spill hole?

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Oil industry expert Matt Simmons makes a pretty disturbing case for why the leak BP is showing on its video could not be the real leak — which he argues from the evidence is far worse than what they’re letting […]

A mosque at Ground Zero? Insane

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New York City officials have voted to allow construction of a $100 million mosque near the site of the World Trade Center. I mean no disrespect to Muslims, but this is an unspeakably bad idea. The 9/11 hijackers brought down […]

Crazy! The Smoking Boy of Sumatra

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Er, wow:Ardi Rizal is a two-pack a day smoker — and he’s two. His dad gave him his first cigarette when he was 18 months old. No word on who gave him his first Twinkie. Unbelievable, some people.

What if there is no oil spill fix?

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The other night I took the train home from Washington. I found it frustrating that there was only one train to Philadelphia within a large-ish swath of time, and frustrating that I had to wait on a train at 30th […]

The Grasshoppers and the Ants

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FT’s Martin Wolf analyzes the international debt crisis among nations by creating a modern fable: “The Grasshoppers and the Ants”

Ask yourself: Is this economic recovery real?

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Consumer confidence and spending is up, as are new home sales. Good news, right? Clusterstock has 25 questions to put to people who think the economic recovery is real. Among them: In what universe is an economy with 39.68 million […]

Culture breaks apart; is that so bad?

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Megan McArdle says there is no such thing as mass culture anymore, and she’s right. She notes that the final episode of “Lost” drew what is today considered a large viewership — over 13 million — but that compared to […]

The tawdry Sarah Ferguson scandal

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Believe it or not, that haggard woman is Sarah Ferguson, the erstwhile Duchess of York, getting off the plane in L.A. after being hit with a Mack truck of a scandal back home in England. Did you see the video […]

Theist vs. atheist battle: tempest in teapot?

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Garret Keizer, reviewing Philip Pullman’s latest blast against Christianity, wonders if the public isn’t really largely indifferent to the back-and-forth between believers and their antagonists. Excerpt: The commonly held notion that we are in the midst of a great public […]

Tide turns in gay culture-war battle

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I’m going to turn off comments on this entry because any threads having to do with homosexuality always end up going crazy. Still, I want to note an important cultural milestone, and I mean that non-snarkily: for the first time […]

Dial 0888 888 888 for murder

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Why can’t you get that phone number for yourself? Because it’s cursed, I tell you, cursed!

That Weimar feeling

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Another bad day at the market: As investors had feared for months, the uncertainty broadened Tuesday from Greece’s fiscal troubles to those in other European countries and exacerbated concerns about the health of the global economy. “If there was a […]

Gulf of Mexico as BP’s slop bucket

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I sat in the car in the parking garage of my office this morning, listening to an LSU scientist talk about the oil spill on a radio show. He said that before this is over, we could see oil onshore […]

War between the Koreas?

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This situation is going from bad to worse, fast: Kim Jong-il has reportedly ordered a mobilization of his armed forces. China is the only nation that can stop the crazed dictator from his brinksmanship. How do you deal rationally with […]

UK children convicted of rape. What’s that mean?

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Had you heard of the UK rape conviction of two small boys? I hadn’t, until reading British commentator Frank Furedi’s denunciation of the proceedings as a sick farce that teaches a lesson about the moral degeneration of British society — […]

Top 10 economic meltdown lessons

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Sorry for yesterday’s light posting, and this morning’s. I was traveling in Washington yesterday, and had no access to the laptop. And I didn’t get home till midnight. Have mercy! Anyway, via The Browser, which you should be checking at […]

Helicopter parents meet Facebook

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What is wrong with these people?! Excerpt: Mandeep Singh Dhillon’s son, Zoraver, learned how to take pictures of himself with his father’s computer when he was four years old, and he immediately wanted to share the results with relatives online. […]

La corruption de la jeunesse

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Why you should not send your 17-year-old daughter to stay with her old Francophile Working Boy uncle: (Reste tranquille, Ruthie — the photo is staged! Still, we’re having a great time — listening to Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel, dancing, […]

Fun with Pennsylvania Soviet wine shopping

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I’m going to spare you all another rant about the idiotic system of state-run wine and spirits stores in Pennsylvania. You know the drill: the state holds a monopoly on wine and spirits sales, making all clerks in the state-run […]

The economy and revolution

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John Robb believes that the second Great Depression is already upon us, but is playing out in different ways, owing to globalization. He sees political instability rising as sovereign governments cannot provide for their own people, and/or protect them from […]

Two Russian women duped into sex slavery …

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… unless the Internet can save them! Follow that link to a Metafilter thread in which a man engages his online community in an effort to try to save two Russian women he knows from meeting a job contact in […]

Hannah in the city

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As mentioned earlier, we have our niece Hannah staying with us this week, up visiting from Louisiana. She’s my sister Ruthie’s 17-year-old daughter, and this is her first visit to Philadelphia. As I write this on Saturday morning, she and […]

New Orleans: ‘Let BP eat cake’

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A New Orleans friend sent me this photo of a cake in the pastry case at Breaux Mart on Magazine Street. He says, “Love this town!” Hell, who wouldn’t?

Is the ‘autism diet’ really ineffective?

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Yesterday I saw a story about a study showing that the “autism diet” (gluten-free, casein-free) had not demonstrated effectiveness in treating kids on the autism spectrum. I passed that along to a Philadelphia friend and reader of this blog who […]

What would you pay at pay-what-you-want?

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Heard about these pay-what-you-want restaurants? No prices, just pay what you think you should. It’s a fascinating experiment in psychology. According to the AP report about an outlet of the Panera Bread Co. restaurant operating under this model: The pilot […]

Roaring Virile Fire doused by China commies

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A dispatch from the front lines of social progress in the People’s Republic of China: In private, the professor, Ma Yaohai, 53, led a life that became intolerable to Chinese authorities: for the past six years, he was a member […]

Great Depression II? Or another lost decade?

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The stock market continues its dramatic slide today. Sounds like folks are getting spooked: Bill Gross of bond fund Pimco said that hedge funds were starting to liquidate their positions in a bid to preserve their capital – a worrying […]

Bordeaux? Dude, what’s that?

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Lots of buzz on the wine and food blogs about Eric Asimov’s Times column observing that the younger generation of wine aficionados don’t care about Bordeaux. Excerpt: But for a significant segment of the wine-drinking population in the United States, […]

In ‘Exile’ with the glorious Rolling Stones

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The other morning I got in my car for the drive to work and heard coming out of the radio the voice of Keith Richards, talking about the 40th anniversary re-release of “Exile on Main Street,” probably the greatest Stones […]

Brave new scientists create synthetic life

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Dr. Craig Venter and crew have designed the entire DNA of a cell, and caused it to live. It’s the first-ever wholly synthetic living cell. Excerpt: The researchers constructed a bacterium’s “genetic software” and transplanted it into a host cell. […]

Among the chavs, Lords of the Flies

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“Winston Smith” is an anonymous blogger and government social services employee who works with the underclass in the UK, helping people who are living in public housing. He hit the wall not long ago in an office discussion about the […]

Rolling in my Swagger Wagon

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MC Matt Fum Frisco passes along this hilarious video. Genius. Totally SFW, but if you’re a parent of small children, make sure you don’t have any coffee in your mouth, because it’s going to go all over the keyboard. I’m […]

Where is the oil spill going?

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To the left, a May 17 NASA photo of the oil slick, e-mailed by a reader (thanks Randy). I have been wondering why we haven’t seen beaches and marshes along the Gulf Coast inundated with oil. Didn’t you expect that […]

Strawberries, mud, Champagne and springtime

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This week, Julie and I have our niece Hannah staying with us. Hannah is my sister Ruthie’s 17 year old daughter. It’s a real treat for us to have her around. On Friday, I’m taking the day off, and we’re […]

So the US Coast Guard works for BP now?

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You’ve got to watch this short clip from the CBS Evening News, in which Coast Guard personnel order a film crew away from a piece of oil-soaked Louisiana coastland on orders from British Petroleum, whose contractors were on the boat […]

Mark Souder & forgiving the hypocrite

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I’m afraid I don’t follow the logic of my Beliefnet colleague Diana Butler Bass, who refuses to entertain the idea that the disgraced Republican congressman Mark Souder should be forgiven for his adultery and related shameful behavior. Excerpt: So, Rep. […]

‘Acting White:’ Stuart Buck interview (end)

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The third and final part of my interview with Stuart Buck, author of “Acting White: The Ironic Legacy of Desegregation” (Yale University Press). Part One is here, and Part Two is here. In Dallas, where you and I both once […]

American Jews less Jewish? Does it matter?

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Lots of controversy afoot over Peter Beinart’s New York Review of Books essay in which he observes that younger American Jews don’t have as much connection to Israel and to Zionism as their forebears — a situation Beinart (who is […]

What if the world’s not going to end?

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I was e-mailing with Alan Jacobs the other day about “books for the ages,” a blog entry he wrote in which he noted that certain books were influential to him at certain times in his life, because he was receptive […]

Science patriotism and scoundrels

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Philosopher Carlin Romano can’t stand the egotistical way some would-be defenders of science go about their work. Excerpt: Standing up for science excites some intellectuals the way beautiful actresses arouse Warren Beatty, or career liberals boil the blood of Glenn […]

How to deal with Somali pirates

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Anne Applebaum reports that the Russian Navy, among others, has hit upon a practical solution to the problem of captured Somali pirates. Excerpt: Theoretically, the captain was supposed to hand the detainees and the evidence over to regional police. Not […]

“Acting White”: Stuart Buck interview (Part Two)

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[Part One of this interview can be seen here.] A continuation of my interview with Stuart Buck, author of “Acting White: The Ironic Legacy of Desegregation” (Yale University Press): It is an article of faith among many well-meaning liberals that […]

In praise of Christian adulterer Mark Souder

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Rep. Mark Souder, a Republican Congressman from Indiana who is a religious conservative, has resigned his seat after admitting to having had an adulterous affair with a staffer. How religiously conservative is Mark Souder? This 2004 column by David Brooks […]

‘Acting White': Stuart Buck interview

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One of the most remarkable books I’ve read in ages is “Acting White: The Ironic Legacy of Desegregation” (Yale University Press). Its author is Stuart Buck, a Harvard-educated lawyer who is now working on his Ph.D. in education. Stuart is […]

Physicists stub the toe of God

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New results from FermiLab may explain how it was that anything at all exists. Excerpt: Physicists at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory are reporting that they have discovered a new clue that could help unravel one of the biggest mysteries […]

Niall Ferguson: The metrics of doom

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If you have some time, you really need to watch the Niarchos lecture that Harvard economic historian Niall Ferguson just delivered, on the economic crisis. If really pressed for time, start watching at about the 29 minute point, through to […]

The Current Crisis Theory of Everything

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You regular readers know that I have said here that I see a connection between the obesity crisis and the indebtedness crisis in the US — and that that connection is a moral refusal, conscious or unconscious, to live within […]

Diane Ravitch on what’s right with being wrong

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The educational reformer talks to Slate about what she now sees as her big mistakes on school reform. Whatever you think of Ravitch, who was for many years a key thought leader among conservatives, and a big backer of No […]

Michio Kaku and the Theory of Everything

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Physicist MIchio Kaku says that string theory is the closest thing we have to a Theory of Everything that “will in a sense summarize everything we know about the physical laws governing the universe we live in.” He goes on: […]

SCOTUS: State can imprison pervs indefinitely

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The Supreme Court has ruled 7-2 that the federal government has the right to imprison sex criminals even after they have completed their sentences if the government determines they continue to pose a danger to the public. Dissenters were Justices […]

While populists fiddle, Rome consolidates power

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Ross Douthat writes a very important column observing that for all the populist anxiety about the consolidation of power in the hands of governmental and financial elites and the accompanying theatrics, power is inexorably moving toward the top and the […]

Truth, history and the Toynbee Convector

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Well, like I said I’d do last week, I went to a bookstore and bought some Ray Bradbury — a collection of 100 of his short stories. My 10 year old son is halfway through it, and loves it. I […]

So much for the European dream

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Urbanist Joel Kotkin is not bullish on Europe’s future, especially southern Europe. Excerpt: In stating the case for European superiority, much has been made by boosters of Europe’s different institutional framework, tax or regulatory structure. No question these have advantages […]

Chronic fatigue and allergies

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So, I was home from church a second Sunday in a row because of these damned seasonal allergies. I spent much of yesterday, a beautiful Saturday, on the couch, exhausted. I fought off a sinus infection last week that came […]

Underwater oil avalanche and a dead zone

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With all that oil gushing out of the BP well in the Gulf, haven’t you been wondering where the oil is, and why the slick hasn’t gotten bigger, or started rolling in giant waves onto shore? I have. Well, they […]

The futility of condemning porn and violence

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Alan Jacobs gave up on a book he was reading because the author made so many porn jokes and references that Jacobs got fed up with it. He observes how many of us, when criticizing stuff like this, can’t help […]

Christian hipsterism explained

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Brett McCracken, whose book “Hipster Christianity” and the online “Are you a Christian hipster?” quiz inspired this popular post yesterday , turned up in the combox thread to that post to explain what he was up to in that book. […]

Eating with the vegan ultra-marathoner

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How on earth does a man who trains for 150-mile races do it without eating meat or dairy protein? Mark Bittman talks to Scott Jurek. Excerpt: He said he spent a great deal of time shopping, preparing and cooking food […]

Politics, community and the mattress thing

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Here’s a long, good interview from the UK’s Prospect magazine with Jon Cruddas, a Labour Party community activist, who talks about how conventional politics are failing to account for actual changes in British society. Much of this is highly specific […]

Are you a Christian hipster?

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UPDATE: Brett McCracken, author of the Christian hipster book, weighs in in the combox thread!Try this online quiz. Caveat: it’s intended for Evangelicals, so there will be questions that Catholics and Orthodox Christians can’t answer. What’s more, if you don’t […]

Cardinal Sodano should walk the plank

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Jody Bottum of First Things and I have not been on the same page in responding to the Catholic sex abuse scandal, to put it very mildly, so I have to strongly commend to you today his ringing unambiguous call […]

The Urban Hermit on conquering fat

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This comment appeared overnight on the “Fat As A Moral Issue” thread. We’d been talking about the book “The Urban Hermit,” a book by a formerly obese journalist who got down to a healthy weight by intense dieting, and who […]

Ted Haggard starts another church. Oh dear

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Disgraced megachurch preacher Ted Haggard has started a new church. Good luck to him, I guess, but what I can’t quite grasp is why clerics who have been spectacularly ruined as he was don’t just go sell life insurance, or […]

Technology: The god that failed in the Gulf

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The WaPo’s Joel Achenbach on where our worship of the false god of Technology can lead us: There have been blowouts since the dawn of the oil drilling industry, but never a blowout like this. This one is the deepest […]

Hello, Baby iPad app vs. abortion

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A great new app from Pampers. I predict a direct correlation between the spread of this app and a decline in abortion rates:

Why Ray Bradbury still matters

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I have never read Ray Bradbury, but after this Slate essay about why he still matters, I’m planning to stop off at the bookstore on the way home, buy some of his stuff, take it home to read with my […]

Dogs in space? Yes — with soy sauce

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How far we’ve come since Laika: Yang Liwei, the 44-year-old military pilot who commanded the Shenzhou Five mission in 2003, revealed the menu on-board the spacecraft in his autobiography, The Nine Levels between Heaven and Earth. “Many of my friends […]

Globalization, false gods and freedom

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I’ve been reading around in this great new book just out from Templeton Press, “New Threats to Freedom,” a compendium of essays from noted writers across the political spectrum who write about things they identify as a danger to liberty. […]

Benedict goes to Fatima. Souvenirs, anyone?

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Longtime readers will recall that I have a long and intimate history with Our Lady of Fatima. I invite you to read this post from several years back explaining the rather amazing things that happened to me out of that […]

What do we mean by ‘soul’?

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Philosopher Stephen Asma is irritated by the imprecise way students use the word “soul.” He says that science cannot prove the existence of the soul, so it’s an extremely dubious concept to use when philosophizing. But he believes he’s come […]

Lose the humanities, lose the human

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Patrick Deneen writes that the woebegone state of humanities education is not simply a legacy of the Sixties, with its Marxist fetish for oppression studies, but actually is the result of a process that began centuries ago. In short, it’s […]

Atheists are ‘vincibly ignorant’ — claim

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Joe Carter at First Things: Historically speaking, this concession to the greatest lie in the universe is a rather recent development. While there have always been people who deny the existence of a deity, it has not been a prominent […]

At home with Mac nerds

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Matthew, looking over my shoulder just now: “Hey, you’ve got a new operating system.”Me: “Yeah. My hard drive crashed on this laptop the other day. The tech guy at work installed a new one, and it had Windows 7 on […]

Misery of the fake Mars mission

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This sounds horrible: six crewmen will have to live in a small space capsule for 520 days, so scientists can observe the psychological effects of a mission to Mars. They’ll even have to eat food stored on board from Day […]

David Cameron, the Generation X world leader

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The new British prime minister is the first major world leader who comes from my generation. He is 43. I am 43. Anybody care to venture how a Gen X world leader will be different, both in style and substance, […]

No easy villains in Gulf oil spill

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Lisa Margonelli delivers the discomfiting truth that there are probably no easy villains in the Gulf oil spill disaster — and what that means for our reliance on “easy” oil. Excerpt: Where did that oil spill go? We’ve got millions […]

Whatever happened to embarrassment?

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Christine Rosen asks: What ever happened to embarrassment? Why are an increasing number of us comfortable bringing our private activities – from personal hygiene to intimate conversation – into public view? Bernstein and others place some of the blame on […]

Best parenting website ever!

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Sh*t My Kids Ruined — a website you can contribute to. Like this poor fellow whose white shirt suffered the effects of a Mustard Diaper Blowout: UPDATE: For the sake of sensitivos who have complained of distress at the sight […]

Elena Kagan, the Nowhere Woman

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David Brooks really is onto something in his column about how you can’t really say anything bad about Elena Kagan, whose achievements speak for themselves, but how it’s kind of creepy that the only thing she’s really known for is […]

Diarmuid Martin, truth-teller and prophet

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Yesterday Pope Benedict’s astonishing words of truth-telling about the sex abuse scandal were reported. And now I wish to draw your attention to an absolutely remarkable speech that Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, the Catholic primate of Ireland, has just delivered, on […]

‘Allahu akbar’? Gee, what could that possibly mean?

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One of the cartoonists who got in trouble with Muslims for drawing the Prophet was physically attacked in a classroom lecture about free speech by one or more lunatics who broke his glasses. The Associated Press filed a 14-paragraph dispatch […]

Fat as a moral issue

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This material is going to be familiar to many of you from an earlier series of blog postings here, but here’s a piece I’ve done on obesity as a moral issue. Excerpt: Anyone who wishes to exercise self-discipline has to […]

Against catastrophism, against nostalgia

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My friend John Podhoretz, indulging my taste for catastrophe porn, pointed me to this 60 Minutes bit about how the Bay Area is expecting a major earthquake real soon, and making preparations. A choice passage to stiffen a castrophist’s giblet: […]

‘We Are Nashville’ — still

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More words about Nashville’s resilience in the face of catastrophic flooding, from Patten Fuqua, who wrote that now-famous blog entry. In this new piece, he writes: The response to my piece has been amazing, humbling, shocking and overwhelming. It’s merely […]

Benedict: Sex abuse scandal is our fault

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This is fairly breathtaking stuff: The pontiff said the crisis over paedophile priests was “born from sins within the church” not outside, and called for penance. In some of his strongest comments to date, Pope Benedict said the Catholic church […]

World War IV & the end of globalization

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I mentioned in the previous post that a foreign correspondent friend had e-mailed to say, worryingly, that the extreme left was gaining credibility in Greece right now, as a result of economic turmoil. Michael Lind now has a piece up […]

Greece and the coming Eurostate

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Anne Applebaum is rattled by what’s just gone down in Greece. Excerpts: Here in front of me, I have a draft version of the Council of the European Union’s most recent “decision” on Greece. It isn’t a classified document. Bits […]

The other side of clergy sex abuse

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What happens to a priest who is falsely accused? Where does he go to get his reputation back? This story is a reminder that a mere accusation, no matter how unfounded, is enough to ruin a man’s reputation and clerical […]

Does it matter if Elena Kagan is gay?

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Honestly, I don’t have an opinion one way or another about Elena Kagan’s suitability for the Supreme Court. I really don’t like that when she ran Harvard, she banned military recruiters from campus over “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” but I […]

Here comes the European superstate

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A chilling but plausible (to my untrained eye) account of how the stricken markets are forcing the erosion of national sovereignty in Europe. Paul Mason interprets the European Central Bank and its creation of the massive bailout package over the […]

No Protestants on the Supreme Court? Wow.

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I hadn’t realized, till I read Diana Butler Bass’s lament, that if Elena Kagan, the president’s nominee for the Supreme Court, is confirmed by the Senate, there will be no Protestants on the High Court. Kagan is Jewish, as is […]

How the nation-state ends

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John Robb believes we’re witnessing not merely an economic crisis, but also a tectonic shift in human history. Excerpt: Instead, the current sovereign debt crisis is about something much more interesting: it’s another battle in a war for dominance between […]

Melissa Hill, Mother of the Year

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You’ve really got to read this amazing story about Melissa Hill of West Dallas. I wrote about her husband Trey a couple of years ago, and how he (and she) had given up a life of privilege to go live […]

Awlaki was insincere? Shocked, shocked.

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Big, long NYT front-pager today about the double life of Anwar al-Awlaki, who went (says the Times) from condemning terror to preaching jihad. Awlaki, a Yemen-based al-Qaeda fellow traveler who has inspired recent Islamic terrorists (e.g., Maj. Nidal Hasan), lived […]

Nietzsche, death of God, our political future

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Francis Fukuyama gives a favorable review to Julian Young’s new “philosophical biography” of Friedrich Nietzsche in this weekend’s NYT Book Review. This section of the review jumped out at me: Whether we acknowledge it or not, we continue to live […]

This troubling Eurozone weekend

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While I’m busy freebasing Claritin and you’re doing that thing you do on the weekend, some very, very important things are happening in Europe that will likely bear on our immediate future in the US. Today in the German state […]

Seasonal allergies: Just kill me now

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I have really enjoyed settling in to the mid-Atlantic this year, and even loved the massive snowstorms we got here in Philly. But this past week has been well and truly miserable. Last Sunday, I woke up with a headache, […]

John Robb and building resilient communities

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I haven’t looked in on military theorist John Robb’s blog in ages. I should do that more often. He’s feeling pretty gloomy about the immediate future. He lists several major economic sources of instability, and concludes: Unfortunately, all of this […]

Drug warriors kill dude’s dog

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I’ve put off watching the four-minute video documenting a Columbia, Mo., SWAT drug raid in the middle of the night on the home of a family man who had a little bit of pot, but I finally did. It’s really […]

Greece & the global sovereign debt black hole

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Der Spiegel on the stakes now unfolding in Greece and the Eurozone: The banking crisis has turned into a crisis of entire nations, and the subprime mortgage bubble into a government debt bubble. This is why precisely the same questions […]

How the BP oil spill is like Chernobyl

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Dmitri Orlov makes a case. Excerpt: The political challenges, in both cases, centered on the inability of the political establishment to acquiesce to the fact that a key source of energy (nuclear power or deep-water oil) relied on technology that […]

Shocked, shocked: Miley Cyrus skankifies self

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Well, this was as inevitable as it is depressing:Smart, somewhat cynical analysis in the Atlantic. Excerpt: 2. Weird is the new sexy. And ugly is the new pretty. Dancing around, flipping your hair, and smiling at the camera flirtatiously is […]

Attachment parenting guru: My kid’s an addict

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Sad, sad story from Katie Allison Granju, a well-known proponent of attachment parenting. Excerpt: This wasn’t the first time I’ve been concerned about what people would think if they found out. In fact, I’ve been worried about what would happen […]

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