A lot is being made of the symbolism attached to Rick Warren, in giving the Invocation at Barack Obama’s inauguration. Much less has been said about the symbolic importance of Joseph Lowery giving the Benediction. Read below the fold...
Shorter science: non-conformists are fucked.
"Our results also show that social conformity is based on mechanisms that comply with reinforcement learning and is reinforced by the neural error-monitoring activity which signals what is probably the most fundamental social mistake—that of being too different from others."
Maybe the housing market is nearing the bottom:
Detroit real estate agent Ian Mason has sold homes for $1.
When I asked him to check the listings for other properties at that price, he found four more.
He then took me to a white, clapboard-sided house that his company, Bearing Group Real Estate Brokerage, has listed.
"If you want this house, you can have it," he said. "I'll just give it to you."
"I'm not allowed to accept anything of value from a source," I told him.Read below the fold...
Featured on the cover of today's Boston Globe is an article titled, "Effort to surmount polarizing debates backfires on pastor." It begins:
Rick Warren arrives in Washington this week in the midst of the culture war he has spent years trying to transcend.
So, what are you going to name your pony?
Will it be...
* "FDR" or "Hoover"?
* "Truth and Reconciliation" or "Conciliation"?
* "Single-Payer" or "Uniquely American"?
* "Green" or "Gasoline"?
* "Peace" or "War"? Read below the fold...
In presenting his national health care plan, “A Call to Action — Health Reform 2009,” Sen. Max Baucus said, “My door is open and I seek partners with ‘can-do’ spirits and open minds.” Earlier though, in the health care forums he held around Montana, Baucus stated very strongly that a single-payer health care plan “is off the table.”
Believing that the Senator’s “door is open,” I maintain that a single-payer system must be on the table because it can help save our present and future economic well being as a state and nation. ...Read below the fold...
Pelosi and Obama appear to be on the same page when it comes to entitlements such as Social Security and Medicare. Obama announced last week that he would convene a "fiscal responsibility summit" in February to focus on long-term problems with the economy and the skyrocketing costs of benefit programs such as Social Security and Medicare.Read below the fold...
Prayer for the President Elect, Given Earlier Today
By The Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson, Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire
Opening Inaugural Event
Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC
January 18, 2009
Welcome to Washington! The fun is about to begin, but first, please join me in pausing for a moment, to ask God’s blessing upon our nation and our next president.
O God of our many understandings, we pray that you will…
Bless us with tears – for a world in which over a billion people exist on less than a dollar a day, where young women from many lands are beaten and raped for wanting an education, and thousands die daily from malnutrition, malaria, and AIDS.Read below the fold...
NOTE I see that my call for the imposition of sharia law on bankers -- or, more precisely, on the right or signatory hands of bankers -- didn't go nearly far enough! Read below the fold...
Catholics who claim they have seen the Virgin Mary will be forced to remain silent about the apparitions until a team of psychologists, theologians, priests and exorcists have fully investigated their claims under new Vatican guidelines aimed at stamping out false claims of miracles....Read below the fold...