March, 2022 archive
Lies and Lying Liars 0
(Not, mind you, that I think Washington, D. C., is some kind of paragon of purity. What place is?)
It’s Bubblicious 0
Michael in Norfolk, who happens to be a real estate lawyer, sees signs of a nascent housing bubble.
I remember during the housing bubble of the early 2000’s reading a column in the Inky by a business columnist named, I think, Alan Heavens in which he posited that one of the first signs of a bubble was persons starting to ask, “Are we in a bubble?”
“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0
If you feud on Facebook, be sure to settle your differences politely.
We are a failing society.
It’s in the Eye of the Beholder 0
PoliticalProf offers a theory as to why Donald Trump’s most loyal followers will never abandon him.
I commend it to your attention.
“But the Text Messages!” 0
No, not Hillary Clinton’s. Ginni Thomas’s.
Fiction has to be plausible. All history has to do is happen.
Dis Coarse Discourse 0
Stray Question 0
Donald Trump took an oath to “. . . preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
How’s he doing so far?
The Disinformation Superhighway, Bad Fad Dept. 0
Robert Bartholomew, writing at Psychology Today Blogs, takes a look at the role of “social” media in popularizing bad fads. A snippet (emphasis added):
Most fads are harmless, short-lived enthusiasms that center around trivial objects and ideas, like the 1950s rage of wearing Davy Crockett racoon skin hats. The 1960s brought us love beads, Troll dolls, and go-go boots, while during the ‘70s pet rocks and mood rings were in vogue. It is difficult to see the harm in these fads unless you are brandishing your pet rock as a weapon or wearing your racoon hat in the woods during hunting season. But occasionally, fads go bad and can lead to serious injury, even death. In recent years several bad fads have taken the form of online challenges.
Being part of an internet challenge by filming and uploading one’s exploits can make it seem more acceptable and strengthen the connection to one’s online peers. It can also foster a feeling that ‘everyone’s doing it so it must be OK.’ The ‘Orbeez Challenge’ is the latest in a long list of potentially dangerous internet fads. One recent social media challenge involved daring someone to swallow a spoonful of powdered cinnamon without any water. The so-called ‘Cinnamon Challenge’ has resulted in several students being hospitalized with breathing problems from the fine powder entering their lungs, causing inflammation and scarring.
Cavalcade of Crazy 0
(Note: Unrelated phone call about COVID prevention efforts in Davis County, CA, starts at the 3:41 mark.)
I’ve read the Bible through six times in two different translations. It gave me great comfort in one of the worst times of my life, now some decades ago. I can assure you that Jesus said nothing about shooting Commies–or anyone else, for that matter–in the face.
If you are looking for a readable English translation of the Bible, I recommend the Jerusalem Bible. It’s the only contemporary translation I’ve encountered that combines readability with an elegance of language that can stand with the KJV.