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  • Unholy: Why White Evangelicals Worship at the Altar of Donald Trump (Looney Left Reading List Alert)

    06/04/2020 10:01:41 PM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 21 replies
    Amazon ^ | 5/26/2020 | Sarah Posner
    Why did so many evangelicals turn out to vote for Donald Trump, a serial philanderer with questionable conservative credentials who seems to defy Christian values with his every utterance? To a reporter like Sarah Posner, who has been covering the religious right for decades, the answer turns out to be far more intuitive than one might think. In this taut inquiry, Posner digs deep into the radical history of the religious right to reveal how issues of race and xenophobia have always been at the movement’s core, and how religion often cloaked anxieties about perceived threats to a white, Christian...
  • Why We Must Teach Western Civ

    06/04/2020 9:21:22 AM PDT · by spankalib · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | April 30, 2020 | Andrew Roberts
    On Tuesday, December 3, 1940, Winston Churchill read a memorandum by the military strategist Basil Liddell Hart that advocated making peace with Nazi Germany. It argued, in a summary written by Churchill’s private secretary, Jock Colville, that otherwise Britain would soon see “Western Europe racked by warfare and economic hardship; the legacy of centuries, in art and culture, swept away; the health of the nation dangerously impaired by malnutrition, nervous strains and epidemics; Russia . . . profiting from our exhaustion.” Colville admitted it was “a terrible glimpse of the future,” but nonetheless courageously concluded that “we should be wrong...
  • New York Times staffers revolt over publication of Tom Cotton op-ed

    06/04/2020 9:13:13 AM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies
    CNNCNN Business ^ | 6/04/20 | Oliver Darcy
    New York (CNN Business) Staffers at The New York Times expressed dismay Wednesday over the newspaper's decision to publish an op-ed written by Republican Sen. Tom Cotton that called for the U.S. military to be deployed in cities across the country to help restore order. The op-ed was published in The Times opinion section, but staffers from both opinion and the newsroom - which operate separate from one another - publicly dissented. A parade of Times journalists tweeted a screen shot showing the headline of Cotton's piece, "Send In the Troops," with the accompanying words: "Running this puts Black @NYTimes...
  • Nancy Pelosi lifts Bible and quotes scripture while urging Trump to 'heal' the country

    06/02/2020 3:52:17 PM PDT · by Libloather · 73 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6/02/20 | Madison Dibble
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi held up a Bible and quoted scripture to chide President Trump one day after he held up a Bible for a photo opportunity at St. John's Episcopal Church during the protests in Washington, D.C. At the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, Pelosi took a shot at the commander in chief as she joined other members of Congress in a ceremony recognizing the House bill to defend the human rights of Uighurs. "Last night, when I saw the president hold up a Bible, I was thinking of so many things in the Bible that would have been appropriate...
  • Writer Emma Kennedy: 2nd wave in July and mass of deaths in August

    05/31/2020 9:14:18 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 44 replies
    Twitter ^ | May 31, 2020 | Emma Kennedy
    I’ve been told by a) someone who works in ICU they’ve been told for 2nd wave in July and b) someone who works for funeral director they’ve been told to prepare for mass of deaths in August I’m taking responsibility for my own safety and ignoring govt. I’m staying home.
  • So You've Been Publicly Shamed, a Book Review

    05/28/2020 12:03:23 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 13 replies
    Hubpages ^ | January 8, 2018 | Tamara Wilhite
    Jon Ronson’s book “So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed” came out in 2015. It may be the first in depth series of interviews on people who have had their reputations and lives ruined by the return of public shaming through the internet, social media and Twitter.
  • ‘A Confederacy of Dunces’ at 40: A book that can change your life:

    05/28/2020 8:06:08 AM PDT · by billorites · 52 replies
    The Critic ^ | May 26, 2020 | Alexander Larman
    ‘When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him’ – Jonathan SwiftMany years ago, I undertook an internship at the New Statesman on the books desk. I would like to say that I found myself exposed to many brilliant authors and titles that I would not otherwise have encountered, but unfortunately I did not. However, one sublime thing did come out of my brief stint in the Statesman’s confines. The literary editor one day handed me a copy of a book with a peculiar title – A Confederacy of...
  • Dostoevsky and Natural Science

    05/26/2020 3:45:52 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 12 replies
    Dostoevsky Studies ^ | May 2020 | Michael R. Katz
    The nineteenth century has often been characterized as an "age of revolution." Indeed, it was an age brimming over with revolutionary ideas of all sorts, as well as with political and social movements seeking to implement those ideas. The cast of revolutionary characters includes Marx and Engels, Darwin, Comte, and Freud; among major events -the French Revolutions, to name but a few. The nineteenth century was also an age of scientific revolution -- not The Scientific Revolution, a designation traditionally reserved for the period of radical and innovative discoveries which occurred in the interval between Copernicus and Newton -- even...
  • Francis Bacon’s 400-year-old list of scientific foibles holds lessons for modern scientists

    05/24/2020 8:51:35 PM PDT · by Borges · 16 replies
    ScienceMag ^ | 3/17/2020 | Kevin P. Weinfurt
    In the early 17th century, the English philosopher and statesman Francis Bacon envisioned a bold, multiphase program to accumulate knowledge of the natural world. A critical part of this plan was Novum Organum, which celebrates its 400th anniversary this year. In this work, Bacon attempted to undo the centuries-old dominance of Aristotelian forms of inquiry, encouraging readers to instead apply inductive reasoning to carefully curated observations of the natural world. “Book One” of Novum Organum addressed why so little progress had thus far been made in understanding nature. Here, Bacon cautioned against “idols and false notions” that can interfere with...
  • Why Should Christians Read The Pagan Classics? Reason 10: LITERATURE

    05/21/2020 2:10:53 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 10 replies
    Memoria Press ^ | July 2014 | Cheryl Lowe
    Reason #10: LITERATURE What is literature, and what is it for anyway? Have you ever wondered that? It’s not practical like science and math, so what is its purpose? Why do we include literature in our curriculum, how do we choose it, and what do we hope to achieve by reading literature? These are some of the questions that puzzled me most in my own education. The ancients thought about all of these questions too. Plato brings up the question of poetry, by which the ancients meant literature, and he famously bans the poets from his ideal Republic. Because, he...
  • Why Should Christians Read the Pagan Classics? Reason 9: THE HUMAN CONDITION

    05/20/2020 2:45:45 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 5 replies
    Memoria Press ^ | Summer 2014 | Cheryl Lowe
    Reason #9: HUMAN CONDITION When it comes to the human condition, we may think that Scripture is all we need. After all, Scripture does show us our true human condition in a way that the Greeks did not and could not: our relationship to God, that we are sinners, that we are a fallen race in need of redemption, that sin separates us from God, that God loves us and offers us grace and salvation. This is the good news that has been revealed by God in Scripture and in the person of Jesus Christ and nowhere else. Indeed, the...
  • One Man Knew [A book review in True West Magazine]

    05/19/2020 12:57:34 PM PDT · by righttackle44 · 7 replies
    True West Magazine Newsletter ^ | June 2020 | Bob Boze Bell
    According to an excellent book, The Great Influenza by John M. Barry, the deadliest plague in history—1918-1919—started in Haskell County, Kansas, and one man, Dr. Loring Miner, knew firsthand about it, because many of his patients were dying, but no one would listen. He issued a warning, published in Public Health Reports to alert health officials to this new outbreak and it is the first reference to the outbreak on public record.
  • Why Christians Should Read The Pagan Classics Reason 8: PHILOSOPHY

    05/18/2020 2:29:43 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 8 replies
    Memoria Press ^ | Mar 2014 | Cheryl Lowe
    REASON #8: PHILOSOPHY PHILOSOPHY IS A DEEP SUBJECT THAT CAN BE QUITE INTIMIDATING. MODERN PHILOSOPHY IS SO ESOTERIC THAT FEW CAN UNDERSTAND OR RELATE TO IT, BUT CLASSICAL PHILOSOPHY IS DIFFERENT. As with so many things, if you go back to the beginning and learn first principles, you can develop a deep and satisfying understanding of a subject that is baffling in its modern form. While philosophy may seem abstract and unrelated to the real world, quite the opposite is true. In fact, we are all philosophers; we all have a view of reality, a worldview, as we say today....
  • Why Christians Should Read the Pagan Classics Reason 6: GOVERNMENT

    05/14/2020 2:06:08 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 3 replies
    Memoria Press ^ | Aug 2013 | Cheryl Lowe
    American government and political science will come alive when you read the Greeks and Romans, the same way that words come alive when you study Latin and Greek. There were many influences on the Founding Fathers, and certainly the modern philosophers—Locke and Hume—were important along with the tradition of English liberty. But separation of powers, mixed government, and checks and balances are the principles that first come to my mind when I think of the genius of the American political system; and where did these concepts come from? Plato in the Republic describes five types of government and says they...
  • Review: Lou Gehrig's generosity of spirit shines in new book

    05/12/2020 9:37:28 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    The Post Star ^ | 5/12 | Jeff Rowe
    ou Gehrig: The Lost Memoir,” Alan D. Gaff (Simon & Schuster) In the pre-television and internet era, it’s hard to imagine the wattage a star player such as Lou Gehrig created or the emotion generated by his famous 1939 farewell speech at Yankee Stadium. Decades later, as the Baltimore Orioles’ Cal Ripken closed in on the consecutive games record Gehrig had held since Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis took him out of the lineup, the ghost of Gehrig visited that 1995 season, reminding us again of the man of uncommon decency and grace and a body built to drive baseballs out of...
  • The Gods of the Copybook Headings, by Rudyard Kipling

    05/12/2020 4:48:21 AM PDT · by SharpenedEdge · 9 replies
    26 Oct 1919 | Rudyard Kipling
    The Gods of the Copybook Headings AS I PASS through my incarnations in every age and race, I make my proper prostrations to the Gods of the Market Place. Peering through reverent fingers I watch them flourish and fall, And the Gods of the Copybook Headings, I notice, outlast them all. We were living in trees when they met us. They showed us each in turn That Water would certainly wet us, as Fire would certainly burn: But we found them lacking in Uplift, Vision and Breadth of Mind, So we left them to teach the Gorillas while we followed...
  • Why Should Christians Read the Pagan Classics? – Reason 4: EDUCATION

    05/11/2020 2:04:05 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 7 replies
    Memoria Press ^ | Summer 2012 | Cheryl Lowe
    REASON 4: EDUCATION A classical education focuses on the study of the classical languages, Latin and Greek, and on the study of the classical civilization of Greece and Rome. But why is the word classical reserved only for the languages of the Greeks and Romans and only for their civilization? What really is so special about the Greeks and Romans and why should Christians study them? After all they were not Christians, they were pagans. Some have objected to the word pagan and misunderstood its meaning. Pagan is a word Christians coined in the later Roman Empire to refer to...
  • Black Slave Poetess: Phillis Wheatley’s use of Classical form & content in Revolutionary America

    05/10/2020 3:08:35 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 3 replies
    Philogia ^ | Sydney Vaile
    “Should you, my lord, while you peruse my song, Wonder from whence my love of Freedom sprung, Whence flow these wishes for the common good, By feeling hearts alone best understood, I, young in life, by seeming cruel fate Was snatch’d from Afric’s fancy’d happy seat . . . . Such, such my case. And can I then but pray Others may never feel tyrannic sway?” -To the Right Honourable William, Earl of Dartmouth By Phillis Wheatley Phillis Wheatley, an eighteenth century poet born in West Africa, arrived on American soil in 1761 around the age of eight. Captured for...
  • Why Christians Should Read the Pagan Classics: Introduction

    05/05/2020 1:27:02 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 31 replies
    Memoria Press ^ | June 2012 | Cheryl Lowe
    The power of the word classic cannot be underestimated, communicating as it does the idea of excellence, truth, order, discipline, and beauty. The word “classic” brings to mind something that has withstood the test of time, and by virtue of this fact, participates in some way in the timeless and the eternal. And what is the only thing we know of with these attributes but God and His Eternal Word? When looked at this way, every Christian should want a classical education for their children: It has everything we instinctively want. But when we examine this word “classic,” we find...
  • As states push ahead with reopening, CDC warns coronavirus cases and deaths are set to soar

    05/04/2020 6:02:06 PM PDT · by dennisw · 78 replies
    yahoo news ^ | May 4, 2020 | David KnowlesEditor,Yahoo News•
    As nearly half of U.S. states begin to ease restrictions that were put in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is quietly projecting a stark rise in the number of new cases of the virus and deaths from it over the next month. Modeling from the CDC, incorporated into a chart prepared by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and circulated within the administration, was obtained by the New York Times. It projects 200,000 new daily cases of the coronavirus by the end of May and 3,000 daily deaths in the U.S....