Because, apparently, they need a definition for it.
“Like, you wanted a definition?”
“Like, you wanted a definition?”
One good thing about growing up sheltered and fundamentalist: Having felt so many times like an outsider in college and in jobs, I don’t feel entitled to be surrounded by like-minded people. As a “conscientious objector in the culture war” (Greg Wolfe’s phrase), and as a third-party voter, I don’t feel like I have the special privilege of using coercion and prestige to try to get others either to buckle under my point of view or to leave my country, company, church, community, etc.
Better yet, I’ve had the privilege of finding out that some people who radically disagree with me are actually wonderful, interesting, worthwhile human beings.
Notice how self-identified political conservatives shout-down one of their own when he says something crazy, demeaning, and derogatory.
Originally posted on Twitchy:
If there is even one more act of Muslim terrorism, it is then time for Americans to start slaughtering Muslims in the streets, all of them.—
Patrick Dollard (@PatDollard) April 02, 2014
Absolutely ignorant and unacceptable.
The disgust was a bipartisan affair:
@PatDollard you have some serious issues. This tweet needs to be deleted.—
Becky Norton (@beckyanorton)
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A few years ago, didn’t CNN have a similar problem with its Cuban bureau? Didn’t the bureau withhold some information because it was afraid of being kicked out of the country? Yet didn’t that withheld information relate directly to controversies about the way Cuba’s policies and practices were assessed?
Originally posted on Reliable Sources:
Richardson, a longtime editor at Bloomberg News, recently resigned over what he called the “mishandling” of an investigative story about hidden financial ties between the families of Chinese officials and a wealthy businessman. A spokesman for Bloomberg declined to comment on the story or on Richardson’s resignation.
“I’m not religious. I don’t know if there’s a God. That’s all I can say honesty is, I don’t know. Some people think that they know that there isn’t. That’s a weird thing to think you can know. ‘Yeah, there’s no God.’ Are you sure? ‘Yeah, no, there’s no God.’ How do you know? ‘Because I didn’t see him.’ There’s a vast universe. You can see for about a hundred yards when there’s not a building in the way. How could you possibly — did you look in everywhere? Did you look in the downstairs bathroom? ‘Nah, I haven’t seen him yet.’ I haven’t seen 12 Years A Slave yet. It doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.” (To the best of my DVR transcription skills.)
And a bit earlier in his opening act, this:
“I don’t think women are better than men, but I do think men are worse than women.”
Take a look at this New York Times article on Saturday Night Live: “The God of ‘SNL’ will see you now.”
I wonder: Could it be that sometimes, when a minister or a guru presents a “spiritual” explanation of what is happening in another person’s life, it is a kind of “gaslighting.”
Originally posted on aloftyexistence:
Out of all forms of emotional warfare, gaslighting is one of the most intriguing. It is subtle, cunning, and extremely malevolent, but can indicate insecurity on the part of the gaslighter — since they believe they can not counter the other person’s claims, they simply deny that they exist. Gaslighters can seem harmless, if not helpful and well-informed. Through apparent innocence, charm, and/or insistence, they can convince not only the other person, but those who are aware of or observing…
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(My reaction was, “Why stop now?”)
Originally posted on Twitchy:
For the record, I will not be showing images of grieving family members as they exit today's briefing. I believe it is too intrusive.—
Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) March 24, 2014
Viewers seem to appreciate the thought.
@andersoncooper Thanks! Respects!!—
Sharnarthee शरनाथीॅ (@Sharnarthee)
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“In the end, as theologians like to say, Jesus is not so much a problem to be solved as a mystery to be pondered,” writes Rev. James Martin. That reminds me of a Gabriel Marcel quote. (Also interesting in this short piece: The literary evidence of Jesus growing in wisdom, in a natural, normal sense, rather than just knowing all from the beginning.)
Originally posted on CNN Belief Blog:
(CNN) — With Easter approaching, and the movie “Son of God” playing in wide release, you’re going to hear a lot about Jesus these days.
You may hear revelations from new books that purport to tell the “real story” about Jesus, opinions from friends who have discovered a “secret” on the Web about the son of God, and airtight arguments from co-workers who can prove he never existed.
Beware of most of these revelations; many are based on pure speculation and wishful thinking. Much of what we know about Jesus has been known for the last 2,000 years.
Still, even for devout Christian there are surprises to be found hidden within the Gospels, and thanks to advances in historical research and archaeological discoveries, more is known about his life and times.
With that in mind, here are five things you…
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Originally posted on H . A:
Series note: “When Homeschoolers Turn Violent” is a joint research project by Homeschoolers Anonymous and Homeschooling’s Invisible Children. Please see the Introduction for detailed information about the purpose and scope of the project.
Trigger warning: If you experience triggers from descriptions of physical and sexual violence, please know that the details in many of the cases are disturbing and graphic.
“It was an intentional murder, I intended to shoot them, and I did.” So said David Ludwig, an 18-year-old teenager from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania after murdering the parents of his girlfriend.
Both David and his 14-year-old girlfriend, Kara Beth Borden, were Christian homeschoolers. The two teenagers attended church, went to youth group, and were homeschooled in Christian families. Their families were “active in a local home-schooling support network” and originally met…
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“Fair use” and “transformative use” rulings have shortened the reach of copyright law. As critical as this is to our contemporary technological advances, it still does not address the less-legal, more-ethical zones of plagiarism.
Originally posted on Gigaom:
“Google’s use of the copyrighted works is highly transformative,” wrote Chin in a signature passage of a ruling that used the word “transformative” more than a dozen times.
In an era where digital technology is making images ever easier to manipulate, this transformative trend is likely to continue. But not everyone is happy about it. Some artists worry that the idea is making nearly any use a “fair use,” while lawyers wonder if the notion of “transforming” is too simplistic in the first place.
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Sure, we all agree we have a problem. We just don’t all agree we have a solution.
(drawn from Thomas Sowell’s ideas)
Everyone’s a hypocrite because everyone slips on the greased path to the mountaintop of his own ideals. The greater each ideal, the greater each slip.
You might enjoy this Google+ community. Take a look:
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