Apr 17

Random question

Has there been any explanation given why the New Testament needed four gospels? Nevermind the contradictions, why was it deemed necessary to tell Jesus’ life four different times instead of in one text?

My guess is it was a political move, different factions rallying to have their version included else they’d branch off to do their own thing.

Apr 16

secotm:

Regardless of how they phrase it Republicans just want to deny women health care and beat immigrants like pinatas, and the Democrats’ election strategy should include calling out such bullshit.
A good cartoon.

Realized at work today: beating people like a pinata is probably the closest Republicans can come to Hispanic outreach.

secotm:

Regardless of how they phrase it Republicans just want to deny women health care and beat immigrants like pinatas, and the Democrats’ election strategy should include calling out such bullshit.

A good cartoon.

Realized at work today: beating people like a pinata is probably the closest Republicans can come to Hispanic outreach.

Regardless of how they phrase it Republicans just want to deny women health care and beat immigrants like pinatas, and the Democrats’ election strategy should include calling out such bullshit.
A good cartoon.

Regardless of how they phrase it Republicans just want to deny women health care and beat immigrants like pinatas, and the Democrats’ election strategy should include calling out such bullshit.

A good cartoon.

Apr 14

When I saw Noah last week there was a trailer for the Heaven is For Real movie. A significant part of it was the child telling people “I saw so-and-so in heaven and they were happy.”

Has there ever been an occurrence where someone had an out-of-body experience, seeing themselves in heaven, and when they “came back” someone asked them “Did you see my father/grandmother/sister?” and the person responded “No. They must be in hell.”?

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And I just need to throw this out there: the entire premise of Heaven is For Real hinges on the idea that children

a) have no imagination and can’t conceive of things that don’t exist

b) can’t learn things their parents aren’t aware they know

and c) can’t be led to give answers people want to hear, or what the child thinks the person wants to hear.

Has there ever been a story that demanded a greater suspension of disbelief? I can accept vampire movies because while vampires don’t exist a vampire story will have internal consistency and so long as you can accept the base premise ‘vampires exist in the world of this story’ things still make sense.

But this? The idea that a child is incapable of lying or making shit up or misremembering something is so much harder to accept than vampires.

I didn’t have a dog in the Suey Park/Cancel Colbert fight, but I think the reaction to it (from all sides) and Park’s nonsensical Salon interview highlights how activism in the internet age needs to get past the idea that drawing attention to an issue is the only thing that matters. Lots of Tumblr slacktivists like to complain about people from their side being criticized for tone or ‘not getting’ jokes, thinking that conversations about racism, sexism, etc. should be about racism, sexism, etc. instead of whether Colbert’s joke or Penny Arcade’s dickwolves matter as individual entities.

The problem is that by giving any opening to claims of ‘not getting the joke’ or other dismissals they are allowing the conversation to be redirected from what they want to talk about. And it’s happened so many times, so often now, that no one has the right to claim surprise when the entire cottage industry of people opposed to whoever they view to be “social justice warriors” (a term they use pejoratively) seizes upon an opening to play down or outright deny that something is racist, sexist, etc. in the first place.

In other words, Park’s going after a comedian for a joke she didn’t like was so predictably met with “Don’t you get the joke?” that the outrage against the anti-SJW crowd is laughably naive.

Is it possible to start any conversation about racism, sexism, etc. without someone (intentionally or otherwise) misunderstanding what you’ve said? No. But being aware of how easily conversations can be veered down an unintended path should become… I can’t say ‘mandatory,’ but it’s something anyone who wants to post about social issues on Tumblr or elsewhere should keep in mind.

How you present your case matters, not just what your case is. 

Makes just as much sense as a stereotypical New Yorker cartoon.

Makes just as much sense as a stereotypical New Yorker cartoon.

(Source: shittynewyorkercartooncaptions)

Apr 13

[video]

Corporate welfare and the military-industrial complex (represented as the two rats here) are a giant waste of tax dollars.
A good cartoon.

Corporate welfare and the military-industrial complex (represented as the two rats here) are a giant waste of tax dollars.

A good cartoon.

Yes, William. The loss of the “Stephen Colbert: Uber-Conservative” character so the real Colbert can host the second-highest rated example of a rather passe format (the late night talk show) is a slam against Rush Limbaugh personally.
This is one of the things that irks me about Day; I agree with him on various issues, but his arguments and rhetoric are downright childish. “Republicans are wingnutty meanies, nanny-nanny-boo-boo!” I’d almost rather he be like the Jeff Stahlers of the world, so bland and apolitical.
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On a related note, let me throw this out there: does anyone care about Colbert replacing Letterman and what it means for late night? Not in a ‘you’re a fan of Colbert and you’re just following him to a new venue’ way, but does anyone care about the talk show format and you expect Colbert will usher in some new age for the genre?
I mean, I love Conan O’Brien as an entertainer, but if I had a TV I wouldn’t be watching his show. I subscribe to his YouTube channel and enjoy the comedy bits, but I always skip over the interviews because really, they’re just five minutes of a celebrity pimping their new movie or TV show, telling an amusing anecdote, and then introducing a clip. The format is so 20th century, geared for when celebrities were held back from the public and treated like demigods. But today, when everyone’s on Twitter or other social media there’s no thrill in seeing a movie star on TV.
But I wonder if the format is so institutionalized it’ll continue for another couple decades before it’s finally put down.

Yes, William. The loss of the “Stephen Colbert: Uber-Conservative” character so the real Colbert can host the second-highest rated example of a rather passe format (the late night talk show) is a slam against Rush Limbaugh personally.

This is one of the things that irks me about Day; I agree with him on various issues, but his arguments and rhetoric are downright childish. “Republicans are wingnutty meanies, nanny-nanny-boo-boo!” I’d almost rather he be like the Jeff Stahlers of the world, so bland and apolitical.

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On a related note, let me throw this out there: does anyone care about Colbert replacing Letterman and what it means for late night? Not in a ‘you’re a fan of Colbert and you’re just following him to a new venue’ way, but does anyone care about the talk show format and you expect Colbert will usher in some new age for the genre?

I mean, I love Conan O’Brien as an entertainer, but if I had a TV I wouldn’t be watching his show. I subscribe to his YouTube channel and enjoy the comedy bits, but I always skip over the interviews because really, they’re just five minutes of a celebrity pimping their new movie or TV show, telling an amusing anecdote, and then introducing a clip. The format is so 20th century, geared for when celebrities were held back from the public and treated like demigods. But today, when everyone’s on Twitter or other social media there’s no thrill in seeing a movie star on TV.

But I wonder if the format is so institutionalized it’ll continue for another couple decades before it’s finally put down.

Apr 11

Mental health is a knife that’s going to kill America.
Good job fumbling such a simple idea, Milt.

Mental health is a knife that’s going to kill America.

Good job fumbling such a simple idea, Milt.