Happiness is not an ideal of reason, but of imagination.

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Imagination — more on imagination.

Originally posted on Don Charisma:

«Happiness is not an ideal of reason, but of imagination.»

– Immanuel Kant

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Satellite images prove Russia fired rockets into Ukraine after MH17 crash, U.S. says

Originally posted on National Post | News:

Stepping up pressure on Moscow, the U.S. on Sunday released satellite images it says show that rockets have been fired from Russia into neighbouring eastern Ukraine and that heavy artillery for separatists have crossed the border.

The images, which came from the U.S. Director of National Intelligence and could not be independently verified by The Associated Press, show blast marks where rockets were launched and craters where they landed. Officials said the images show heavy weapons fired between July 21 and July 26 – after the July 17 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

The four-page memo is part of the Obama administration’s push to hold Russia accountable for its activities in neighbouring Ukraine, and the release could help to persuade the United States’ European allies to apply harsher sanctions on Russia.

The timing of the memo also could be aimed at dissuading Russia from further military posturing. The Pentagon…

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Trench Theology

Colin Foote Burch:

Jonathan Ebel on World War One, a.k.a. The Great War: “The culture of pre-war America gave America images, ideas, and beliefs perfectly tailored to war.”
Philip Jenkins on WWI: “If you do not understand the messianic and apocalyptic imagery used by all sides, and how wide-ranging those images were among all classes, all groups, all nations, you cannot hope to understand the war.”

Originally posted on The Dish:

Kimberly Winston takes note of a growing movement to examine the Great War through the lens of religious history:

“You can’t understand the war fully without investigating the religious dimensions of the war,” said Jonathan Ebel, an associate professor of religion at the University of dish_wwicross Illinois whose Faith in the Fight: The American Soldier in the Great War has just been issued in paperback. … Ebel draws a line from the “masculine Christianity” of the early 20th century (evangelist Billy Sunday‘s enormously popular revivals often included military recruiting tents) to the way combatants and support workers thought of the war. Soldiers scribbled lines of Scripture on their gas masks, marked their calendars with a cross for each day they survived combat, and opened the pages of the Stars and Stripes military newspaper to read poems comparing them to the heroes of the Old Testament. “The culture of pre-war America gave America images, ideas…

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Artist paints Totoro, classic Japanese artwork, and more, all on pregnant women’s stomachs

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And now for something completely different —

Originally posted on RocketNews24:

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In Japan, there’s a long, proud tradition of drunken men drawing faces on their bellies, then contorting in order to make them appear to talk or sing. Wait, did we say proud? We mean embarrassing.

This doesn’t mean all abdominal art is automatically silly and repulsive however, as one artist is helping enhance the radiance of pregnancy by painting beautiful works of art on the stomachs of mothers-to-be.

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WORLD | Teen Mania suspends major part of ministry | J.C. Derrick | July 18, 2014

Regular readers of this blog — and those who watched the documentary “Mind Over Mania” on MSNBC in 2011 — might be interested in the following article:

WORLD | Teen Mania suspends major part of ministry | J.C. Derrick | July 18, 2014.

My previous posts about Teen Mania and its Honor Academy are available here.

Navigating the Justice System, Part One: Alone at 9 Years Old

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MORE BIBLICAL LIVING! Well-intentioned Bible believers and Bible preachers think these accounts are just aberrations. Scroll through the entire site and find out what Bible-reading, Bible-believing adults have done to children — and to how many.

Originally posted on H . A:

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HA note: The following is reprinted with permission from Sarah Henderson’s blog Feminist in Spite of Them. It was originally published on her blog on January 18, 2014.

Trigger warning: discussion of child maltreatment and its consequences.

If this is the first Feminist in Spite of Them post you have read, please consider reading this either before or after.

When I was about 9, my parents were investigated by Children’s Aid. Social workers came out to talk to us. They met with us and found out that my parents spanked as punishment — which made sense since my parents had posted “The 21 Rules of This House” next to the dining room table. They came back a few times and spoke to each of us children. My parents homeschooled and they questioned whether we were getting an adequate education and whether abuse would be identified easily enough without regular contact with…

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‘Christ the Lord’ Movie Arriving for Easter 2016 in U.S.

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Based on the Anne Rice novel, “Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt.”
(More on the film in this previous Variety article: http://variety.com/2013/film/news/christ-the-lord-gets-u-s-distribution-1200500470/ )

Originally posted on Variety:

Focus Features has set an Easter 2016 release for “Christ the Lord,” which goes into production in September in Italy.

The project, which has been in development since 2011, will open on March 23, 2016.

Ocean Blue Entertainment, CJ Entertainment, Echo Lake and Ingenious Media are financing.

Cyrus Nowrasteh, who directed and wrote “The Stoning of Soraya M.,” is directing the project from a script that he wrote with his spouse Betsy Nowrasteh. The story follows young Jesus as he comes to discover his real identity and the truth surrounding his birth.

Enzo Sisti is executive producing and Francesco Frigeri, who worked with Sisti on “Passion of the Christ,” is the production designer. The movie will be shot at Cinecitta Studios in Rome and on location in Matera, Italy.

FilmDistrict, which was absorbed into Focus last fall, acquired the U.S. rights to “Christ the Lord” in June, 2013, with plans…

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Watch Jake Gyllenhall in the Nightcrawler Trailer

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If the Jake Gyllenhall character in this Nightcrawler trailer is any indication, the film might just be a morality tale about ambition overtaking decency.

Originally posted on TIME:

An extremely-thin, bug-eyed Jake Gyllenhall leaves a creepy impression in the premiere of the Nightcrawler trailer. The 33-year-old actor lost 20 pounds for the role.

Gyllenhall plays a TV crime reporter who is the first on the scene of car crashes and murders to catch footage for the news. It’s not long before Gyllenhall takes things too far and is slamming his hands against a mirror and crying out. “My motto is, if you want to win the lottery, you have to make the money to buy the ticket,” Gyllenhall’s character Lou Bloom says in the trailer.


The movie is set to hit theaters on Oct. 17.

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Video: ‘How Art Is Crucial To Understanding The Human Mind’

Or, read the interview with Antonio Damasio, M.D., professor of neuroscience and the director of the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California.

Send a birthday card to a 5-year-old with an inoperable brain tumor

Danny’s birthday is Friday (July 25).

Send Danny Nickerson a birthday card. (Published on theCHIVE blog.)

Send Danny Nickerson a birthday card. (Published on theCHIVE blog.)

Read more about Danny.

When Fatal Arrests Are Caught on Camera

Originally posted on TIME:

After Eric Garner was killed on Staten Island while being arrested July 22, the footage of the incident quickly turned into a national debate over the use of force by police.

From Rodney King in the early 1990’s to Oscar Grant in 2009, examples of excessive force by officers caught on tape may have fallen by the wayside, were it not for their being captured on video.

The world of iPhones and Twitter have furthered the exposure of such incidents, which often call police behavior into question.

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Meditations with C. S. Lewis: Trusting the Images

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More on concreteness, abstraction, and language, this time in terms of theology, imagery, and mythology.

Originally posted on While We're Paused!:

When the purport of the images — what they say to our fear and hope and will and affections — seems to conflict with the theological abstractions, trust the purport of the images every time.[1]

C. S. Lewis’s friend Owen Barfield once wrote of him that “what he thought about everything was secretly present in what he said about anything.”  In the Lewis quote above, from Letters to Malcolm, we have a fine example of what Lewis thought about something that was at least secretly present, and often overtly present, in what he said about anything.

Lewis’s preference for images over abstractions, his deep satisfaction in image-rich language and distaste for image-deficient language, was something he described often in his writings.  For example, in Studies in Words Lewis discussed the word bitch at some length, noting that in his time bitch was already well along the journey from…

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GOD: Concrete or Abstract?

Colin Foote Burch:

Here’s a good explication of C.S. Lewis’s understanding of God as Being and Personality and Reality, with reference to language in the senses of concreteness and abstraction:

Originally posted on While We're Paused!:

The "Trinity Knot": Three in One

The “Trinity Knot”: Three in One

C. S. Lewis wants to combat the modern tendency to associate transcendent being with abstraction so badly that he boldly calls God “concrete.” If God is a spirit, this word cannot be meant literally in its normal meaning of tangible. But Lewis wants us to think of God as something more solid than physical reality, as something at the opposite pole from nebulous. He conveys this idea effectively in his portrait of heaven in The Great Divorce, where the grass pierces the feet of the spirits from the gray town. So if we take “concrete” metaphorically, it is one of Lewis’s more brilliant descriptions of God as the One who is ultimately real. There is nothing nebulous about Him; He has a definite what-ness. “He is ‘absolute being’—or rather the Absolute Being—in the sense that He alone exists in His own right. But there…

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Florida town ‘shocked’ after FBI investigation reveals Fruitland Park police officers joined Ku Klux Klan

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…“it’s exceedingly unusual these days to find a police officer who is secretly a Klansman,” said Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Centre, which monitors hate groups. OK, BUT CONSIDERING THIS ARTICLE, HOW CAN WE KNOW FOR SURE?

Originally posted on National Post | News:

Ann Hunnewell and her central Florida police officer husband knelt in the living room of a fellow officer’s home, with pillow cases as makeshift hoods over their heads. A few words were spoken and they, along with a half-dozen others, were initiated into the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan, she says.

Last week, that five-year-old initiation ceremony stunned residents of the small town of Fruitland Park, who found out an investigative report linked two city officers with the secret hate society that once was violently active in the area. Ann Hunnewell’s ex-husband, George Hunnewell, was fired, and deputy chief David Borst resigned from the 13-member Fruitland Park Police Department. Borst has denied being a member.

James Elkins, a third officer who Ann Hunnewell says recruited her and her husband, resigned in 2010 after his Klan ties became public.

AP Photo/John Raoux

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The violence against blacks that permeated the…

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Yep, your position as an entitled consumer trumps your position as a Christian who is told to love enemies. Your position as an American trumps your duty to “the least of these,” especially those at the border. Cover the cross with a flag, so no one can see the cross.