“Only the company’s top decision-makers know why they did what they did, but I would bet money that this was not about markets, but about its executive leadership class getting tired of them and their spouses being stink-eyed by fellow rich and upper middle class peers at social gatherings.”
New Atheism: The Godlessness That Failed
This is quite long and I have only skimmed it, but it looks interesting.
The Church and the Scandal of Sexual Abuse, by Pope Emeritus Benedict
Just knowing there are words for sins can be helpful. There’s rash judgement, detraction, and calumny. There’s also flattery, adulation, and complaisance.
- A Roman ring with “Pilato” on it found in Israel?
- OS/2 Warp: A tribute
- Maine Governor Moving to Florida for Lower Taxes. Nice for him that he can afford to move to Florida. It seems like the people who make the rules can usually avoid their consequences.
Haven’t read these next two, just linking for convenience:
Particularly California history:
“Originally, [Mision San Francisco de Assis / Mission Dolores in San Francisco] comprised a fairly vast area, with 10,000 head of cattle, 10,000 sheep, many horses, etc., as well as workshops, farms and gardens. In a very real sense, it was San Francisco. Several thousand native Americans lived and worked there. Following Mexican independence, in 1834 the missions were ‘secularized’ meaning, in effect, that all their lands except that upon which stood the church buildings and cemeteries were seized by the Mexican government and given to private citizens. This impoverished the mission and lead to a decades long decline. By 1842, only a few Indians lived at the mission, and what remained of the building fell into serious disrepair.”
There’s an article in Wikipedia, I don’t know how accurate, about the Mexican secularization act of 1833.
The 1986 movie The Mission, with Robert DeNiro and Jeremy Irons, takes place a hundred years earlier on another continent. King Henry’s dissolution of monasteries was a couple of hundred years before that.
- Legalizing abortion certainly implies a significant degree of depravity, but so does putting the question in the first place. By the time people are invited to vote whether or not to let women have their children killed in utero, a lot has already been lost.
- “How true membership in a body differs from inclusion in a collective may be seen in the structure of a family.”
- People say nobody’s supposed to talk about Tommy Robinson, but a lot of people are.
- Why is there no lead-homicide connection in Eastern Europe?
- Patriotic prayer candles?
- In this rather long music video, mean girls mock and humiliate some creepy little geek who comes on to them. That’s not going to end well.