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Stayin' Alive 10/20/2019 07:48
I've done a little bit of reading to see if people have thoughts about why a book that presents some of its key events in a few verses goes on ad nauseum about the precise details of the tabernacle. (And soon to come the priestly vestments and various ritual requirements.) Well, for one thing, the text existed; it was available. Somebody saw this thing at some point and described it. Obviously it wasn't in the historical context described here, which fictitious, but the details get projected back to this time of lawgiving. And it was important in a way that the story of Cain and Abel and other events that get much shorter shrift were not. Maintaining the tabernacle and the priestly rituals were the most essential religious duty. It is a gen.
Stayin' Alive 10/18/2019 10:02
I'm not going to link to a video sent in by a reader mostly because the comments are so stupid, but point taken. Blocking public transit as a protest against government inaction on climate change seems symbolically and tactically illogical. So when and why is civil disobedience morally justifiable? The question is inextricable from the practical utility of civil disobedience actions. Moral justification doesn't work for ineffective actions. As a youth I worked for an organization that emphasized what we called direct action tactics, which were often though not necessarily technically illegal. So there are some important definitional distinctions. "Direct action" means political action that bypasses the official mechanisms of political parti.
Stayin' Alive 10/16/2019 13:39
. He isn't new to the case -- he' been crying the alarm for decades. But now he realizes that writing, and agitating, and voting aren't working. People are taking to the streets, and in Britain they're trying to pack the jail cells. Nowhere on Earth does match the scale of the catastrophes we face. Part of the reason is the remarkably low level of public discussion and information on this crisis. Another is that the political risks of action are higher than the perceived rewards – a balance the protesters want to redress. But perhaps the most important factor is the brute power of the pollutocrats driving this disaster. As the Guardian’s shows, the big fossil fuel companies have used , intense lobbying and to overwhelm environmental protect.
Stayin' Alive 10/14/2019 08:23
If there is one holiday that definitely needs to be repurposed, it's today's annual celebration of . (Visit link for a five minute Adam Ruins Everything.) The idea of the celebration was initially promoted by Italian Americans who craved recognition in a country that had been dominated by people from northwest Europe. Italians didn't originally have full "white" status. The idea seems to have been that drawing attention to the idea that an Italian had opened the way for European settlement of the Americas would validate their presence here, or something like that. Of course this required that he be glamorized. Children were told the tale that he alone had the profound insight that the earth is spherical and that it would be possible to sale.
Stayin' Alive 10/13/2019 08:13
As I warned y'all last week, we are now in the most boring part of the Bible. We've seen God do all kinds of weird and psychopathic shit up till now -- making false promises, arbitrarily picking favorites, committing mass murder, that sort of thing -- but now he's become an obsessive architect and interior designer. It's one thing I suppose for the faithful to decide to erect an expensive, super-luxe monument to the being they worship, but for said being to drag a guy up to a mountaintop and make him write down these meticulous instructions just so he can be properly worshipped seems pretty wack. Anyway, there really isn't much more I can say about it. Obviously this is a one-off. As far as I know this is a one-off. Nobody has made an attem.
Stayin' Alive 10/11/2019 09:05
As I mentioned in my last post, I have been closely following events in Iraq since shortly after the U.S. invasion, as I first contributed to, then took ownership of the blog Today in Iraq. We have a reader who thought that changing the subject from the Residents recent abandonment of the Syrian Kurds to the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq at the end of 2011 would place the blame for the rise of Islamic State on Barack Obama. In fact the so-called that required U.S. forces to leave Iraq by the end of 2011 was signed by President George W. Bush in 2008. The Obama administration attempted to negotiate a new agreement that would allow a small contingent of military advisers to remain, but the Iraqi parliament would not agree to it. U.S. forces there.
Stayin' Alive 10/08/2019 10:44
As my 2 1/2 long time readers know, for many years I maintained a blog called Today in Iraq and Afghanistan (originally Today in Iraq). During the height of U.S. involvement in Iraq we had thousands of visitors every day, and we were listed in the blogroll at Eschaton and other prominent sites. But Americans lost interest in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and even the fight against the Islamic State didn't garner much attention. I finally stopped blogging there a few months ago when the situation in both countries had turned into stagnation and the daily routine of generally low-level violence just didn't seem worth documenting. Anyway, the result is that I know quite a lot about the situation that, rather astonishingly, has finally gotte.
Stayin' Alive 10/06/2019 07:56
In Exodus 25, God starts to get, well, extremely anal. He lays out precise instructions for building himself a home in extremely garish taste -- kind of Trumpian, actually. I must warn you that this goes on for a long time -- several more chapters. It's unbelievably tedious and there isn't really much to say about it except that this guy is a self-indulgent megalomaniac. As the Skeptic's Annotated Bible puts it, "God wastes most of the last 16 chapters of Exodus on instructions for making tables, curtains, candlesticks, snuffers, girdles, bonnets, perfumes, etc. This stuff is so important that it much of it is repeated. As a result, the last 40% of Exodus is one of the most boring sections in the Bible." True. But we are committed to readin.
Stayin' Alive 10/04/2019 13:38
There have always been widespread beliefs that do not accord with reality. As readers know I put all of religion in that category. But post-Enlightenment we've generally adopted a compromise that places religion in a separate epistemological category. Hence for example, the Catholic Church can accept the truth of the claims of physicists and biologists about the antiquity of the earth and origin of species while simultaneously embracing mystical doctrines such as Original Sin which are inconsistent with science. In the realm of non-mystical, non-religious reality, the mainstream view is, or at least has been, that can be definitively distinguished by evidence, according to agreed-upon evaluative rules. It is purportedly the job of journalis.
Stayin' Alive 10/03/2019 13:41
Needless to say, the Fourth Estate has faced some distractions of late, but there's no excuse for missing what may be the most important news of the week, Schools were forced to close in Ohio, Maryland and elsewhere. We actually had a heat wave eve later in October in 2017, where t. Temperatures in Los Angeles had never topped 100 after October 17 in records going back to 1877, but hit 103 that year on October 24. These October heat waves are less dangerous to life than events that happen in the summer, because the nights are longer and night-time temperatures do not stay as high. When the body doesn't get relief overnight, the stress can be deadly. June of this year was the hottest month on record worldwide, ever. . In the U.S., affluent p.
Stayin' Alive 09/30/2019 09:57
I'm not entirely sure why, but the corporate media has focused almost exclusively on the attempt to extort a smear of Joe and Hunter Biden and has entirely ignored an even more bizarre part of the phone conversation between the Resident and. Volodymyr Zelensky. Early in the call, the Resident asked Zelensky for information about the Internet security firm Crowdstrike and a DNC server that was purportedly hidden in Ukraine.
Stayin' Alive 09/29/2019 08:40
The events of Exodus 24 et seq clearly seem to be an alternate story, or alternate version of the story we have read so far. Moses has already been up to the mountain and been given the law, but now he has to go again and get a different set of instructions. It all seems inefficient, but as we have seen this is quite typical of the Torah -- it's a mashup of sources that frequently fail to cohere. Anyway, here goes. (This is the NIV.). Then the. Lord. said to Moses, “Come up to the. Lord. , you and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel. You are to worship at a distance,. 2 but Moses alone is to approach the. Lord. ; the others must not come near. And the people may not come up with him.”3 When Moses went and told the people al.
Stayin' Alive 09/28/2019 12:32
the single most important issue in the 2016 election was . There's more to come, I'm just a bit overwhelmed right now. BTW, if you think that you should care more about the rights and dignity of Christians than about non-Christians because you are a Christian, then you are obviously not a Christian and you haven't read the Gospels.
Stayin' Alive 09/24/2019 13:45
Here's a question that seems to stump some people. Why is the idea of a National Association for the Advancement of Colored People different from the idea of a National Association for the Advancement of White People? Give up? The NAACP was founded in 1909 by a group of people that was actually majority white, and its officers were mostly white, although the founders did include some of the most prominent African American leaders, including W.E.B. DuBois and Ida Wells. ("Colored people" was a polite term at the time for people of African descent, although of course it's quaint today.) What many people apparently don't know was that following emancipation, a reign of terror arose in the former slave states in which thousands of black people
Stayin' Alive 09/22/2019 08:18
As I have said many times, the chapter divisions were added by medieval scribes and often don't seem to make a lot of sense. Exodus 23 is obviously three different segments which may well come from entirely different original sources. It starts out ascribing moral principles which, in contrast to much of what we have seen so far, are largely consistent with what we think of as virtuous today. Then it prescribes some religious practices which include some of God's odd obsessions but whatever. Then it turns really, really ugly. (I've gone back to the New International Version for this one, it seems clearer in some places.) Here goes. “Do not spread false reports. Do not help a guilty person by being a malicious witness. 2 “Do not follow the c.
Stayin' Alive 09/20/2019 12:44
So for the second time in two years . This particular event barely made it to tropical storm status but it dumped enough water to set records. The perpetrators of this Chinese-inspired hoax predicted exactly this -- wetter storms and bigger and better floods -- along with everything else that's been happening: more and more intense heat waves; droughts; melting permafrost; disappearance of the arctic sea ice; wildfires; rising sea levels; mass extinction. Funny thing about that. Even though it's a hoax, everything the hoaxers predicted has come true and keeps getting worse. Fortunately, that millions of people are taking to the streets today to demand action. , including, . I'm not sure why it took a but that happened. I'm starting to think.
Stayin' Alive 09/18/2019 09:29
It seems to me that the politicians, pundits and people in general are largely overlooking the most important implications of the recent attack on Saudi oil processing facilities. I can't judge the credibility of recent U.S. and Saudi claims that the attack was launched from Iranian territory, but I will accept that Occam's razor supports the conclusion that the perpetrator was some faction allied with Iran, with or without the endorsement of Ayatollah Kahmenei. Let's leave that aside for the moment. Here's the geography:. Notice that if the attack was launched from Iranian territory, the devices flew over the Gulf (called the Arabian or Persian Gulf depending on which side of it you are on) over U.S. naval vessels equipped with the , which
Stayin' Alive 09/16/2019 13:27
A reader suggested I consider discussing . To summarize, it's a prospective cohort study of U.S. adolescents, that examines the association between time spent on social media and reports of behavioral problems. Contrary to the way this has frequently been reported in popular media, the outcome measure isn't diagnosable mental illness. Rather, it's self reports of so called "internalizing problems," such as social withdrawal and anxiety, and "externalizing problems" such as vandalism and bullying. The investigators find a consistent "dose-response" relationship between time spent on social media and internalizing problems, and co-morbid internalizing and externalizing problems. They don't find a consistent relationship with externalizing pro.
Stayin' Alive 09/15/2019 08:06
So God is dictating a detailed legal code to Moses. At this point in the fictitious history, it seems to be looking forward. It is more suitable to the settled people the Hebrews will become than the nomads of Genesis. We haven't been told anything about life in Goshen, but the people were not evidently self-governing. Currently, the people are camped out in the desert subsisting on manna. Moses was judging disputes, apparently based on his personal intuitions, until Jethro dropped in to suggest he delegate, at which point presumably his delegates made it up as they went along. So now we're finally getting the statutes. Where all this came from is not definitely known, but as we've mentioned many times Exodus was written down in the 6th Cen.

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