Something more rare than rubies... Penn Jillette provides a sterling example of intellectual integrity. He's an atheist, but he's more capable of taking people at their word and respecting the content of beliefs he does not share than Piers Morgan could ever be.
There's a few theological bobbles here and there, but that would be nitpicking. Well worth three minutes of life to watch it.
What’s most revealing about this study is that, like earlier research, it suggests that students’ preference for printed textbooks is reflects the real pedagogical advantages they experience in using the format: fewer distractions, deeper engagement, better comprehension and retention, and greater flexibility to accommodating idiosyncratic study habits.Students to e-textbooks: no thanks
Every time a mainstream reporter or pundit opens his or her yap about the church, the pope, conclave, the next pope, or pretty much anything having to do with religion, brain cells die.Save the brain cells and turn to ElectingthePope.net, thoughtfully compiled for your convenience by Catholic netizens.
How to Elect a Pope: A Guide for the Perplexed
Ideally, this exercise in “Conclave 101”will help make sense of what we’ll be seeing and hearing between now and that magic moment when white smoke rises from a small chimney above the Sistine Chapel, proclaiming to the world that a new pope has been elected.The man to follow, until the smoke is rising.
A quick course in 'Conclave 101' - John Allen
Law school applications are headed for a 30-year low, reflecting increased concern over soaring tuition, crushing student debt and diminishing prospects of lucrative employment upon graduation.One for my students as they contemplate the future.
Law Schools’ Applications Fall as Costs Rise and Jobs Are Cut - NYT
Big Ben’s Pub = happy Emily
Can I let you in on a secret? Typing two spaces after a period is totally, completely, utterly, and inarguably wrong.Truth from Sinai.
Two spaces after a period: Why you should never, ever do it. - Slate Magazine
What is this Christmas of which you speak?
Me: Who’s stupid enough to try stealing a police cruiser?
Emily: When you need a ride, man, you need a ride.
Anybody can form a perfect Norway, a nation of five million people. But there is no country on earth with our size, our racial diversity, our mix of religions that is close to bringing most of its citizens the rights and comforts of the modern age.The overall view of the column is more positive than I tend to be, but this is a wonderful line and quite true.
The Great Experiment - NY Times
Emily’s birthday flowers
The governing craftsman has to be able to know how many votes each side possesses. He has to avoid the narcissistic question: What do I want? He has to ask instead: Given this correlation of forces, what is the landscape offering me?Read the whole thing; this is the essence of governance, nearly all of the time.
David Brooks - Rules for Craftsmen
The CIA was in chaos when Tony Mendez arrived at his desk the next morning. People dashed through the halls, clutching files and papers. Desks were piling up with “flash” cables — the highest-priority messages, reserved for wartime situations.Not a caper movie, but a real movie caper.
How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans
One sometimes forgets the power of simple phrases such as “I remember…” for opening and sharing an experience.
Benedict on Vatican II: “I remember I was a young professor of theology…”
This is one of the wonderful things about a mainstream press. It can help promote civil discourse, rational thinking and an improved society (I thought this recent debate led by a New York Times religion writer was a good step in the right direction). When the paper of record becomes a particularly virulent propaganda arm for one side in the culture war, those things don’t happen — and I hope we can agree no matter which side we take on hot-button cultural issues.Paper of record or church bulletin of the left?
Rob: It’s trendy.
Bucky (the cat): Really? It’s trendy to look like the guy who got fired as the village idiot at the Renaissance fair due to hygiene issues?