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This Looks Worth Seeing

The Tree of Life director has a new film. Here’s the trailer.

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Coffin Therapy?

I’m down with this. __________ More on coffin therapy here. Carpe diem.

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Advice To Republicans After Having Been Slammed (Twice) By Hurricane Obama

Three big factors in a Republican turnaround are the following: stop hating on President Obama; wish him well in his second term; and work with him in good faith to reach compromises. Republicans didn’t do these three things in his … Continue reading

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Follow Your Heart (Maybe)

In the below video, Alan Watts makes a provocative point: do what you really want. If you fail at it, then you can money grub and settle later, or you can even starve to death. Better to live a short life going … Continue reading

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How Science is Like a Dating Website

What is science? Here’s my definition: Concerning the past and present, science seeks to match the most coherent, simple, and plausible theories to the existing evidence; with regard to the future, it attempts to match predictions to evidence. Put more … Continue reading

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Virginia Man Hangs Obama from a Tree Limb in Effigy, But Don’t Call It a Symbolic Lynching

This is at the Washington Times today: A Centreville man who hung an empty chair from a tree in his backyard with a sign reading “Nobama” attached to it denies that it was meant to represent any inference to lynching … Continue reading

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You Don’t Know What Work Is

John Churchill has a contrarian take on work: Is there no intrinsic value ─ no good in itself ─ in the work of a life that does not rise, in its own span, above the level of the mop and … Continue reading

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A Great Poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

It’s her first sonnet in Sonnets from the Portuguese : I thought once how Theocritus had sung Of the sweet years, the dear and wished-for years, Who each one in a gracious hand appears To bear a gift for mortals, … Continue reading

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What, Exactly, Is Wrong With Bestiality?

__________ The above video is amusing, but also raises an interesting question: what is it, exactly, that’s wrong with bestiality? Notice that the perpetrator isn’t getting it on with women and fantasizing about animals; instead, he’s getting it on with … Continue reading

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“Cool Braining” Should Be The New Phrase For Yawning

Or, perhaps, “empathy enhancing.” __________ I take from the above video that maybe “hot heads” should not just count to ten in an effort to not blow up at other people, but perhaps try yawning (“cool braining” or “empathy enhancing”) … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day: Bertrand Russell on What the World Needs Now

The following was spoken by Bertrand Russell in a lecture he gave on March 6, 1927. It seems in need of being said again today: “A good world needs knowledge, kindliness, and courage; it does not need a regretful hankering … Continue reading

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I Didn’t Know Andrea Bocelli is Blind

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Negotiation of the Detour: The Pervert’s Guide to the Origin of Rhetoric

Accompanied by a black and white dog, a huntress, not young, steps from a blue grove into the dawn light. It’s spring; we are outside of Athens in 508 BC. Pericles will not be born for another 13 years. The … Continue reading

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“Somewhat Religious”: Ted Turner’s Faitheism

In a recent profile of Ted Turner, now 73, in the Hollywood Reporter, his views on religion are reported in the following manner: Once virulently anti-religious, doubt rather than certainty defines his thinking now. He calls himself “a little bit … Continue reading

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Can You Have Your Lent and Capitalism Too?

This past week, have you been indulging or denying yourself? The warring sides of human existence—the selfishly sensual and the altruistic—are brutally depicted in the below painting by Pieter Bruegal titled, “The Fight Between Carnival and Lent” (1559). At left … Continue reading

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Welcome Home

_____ You are home. _____ Image source: NASA (Suomi Satellite, January 4, 2012)

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Heaven Can Wait: Cuddly Bear to the Rescue!

I actually find this charming and life affirming.

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2012: Love for President

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The Most Beautiful Sentiment I Encountered at Christmas 2011

I have to ignore the odious source (the pedophile enabling Pope Benedict XVI), but it’s quite insightful (if God exists). It comes from Benedict’s Christmas homily: Francis loved the child Jesus, because for him it was in this childish estate that … Continue reading

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The Passion of the Christopher: Hitchens’s Death Eerily Enacts That of Jesus’s

When I read the following portion of an account in the New York Times, by Ian McEwan, of Christopher Hitchens’s last days, I find myself in jaw-dropping awe: [T]his was a man in constant pain. Denied drinking or eating, he sucked on … Continue reading

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