Sunday, May 17, 2009

Beware of expanding planets


Jewish date:  23 ’Iyyar 5769.

Today’s holidays:  Day 38 of the ‘Omer, Sixth Sunday of Easter.

Today’s quasi-holidays:  World Telecommunication Day, Rural Life Sunday/Soil Stewardship Sunday.

Those of you who are getting this through the mail, please ignore the incomplete version of this post previously sent. Blogger does stupid things sometimes.

Worthy causes of the day: “Demand Governor Rendell Speak Out About Luis Ramirez’s Death”, “Appoint A Special Prosecutor For Torture Now”, “Ensure Health Coverage for All Children in America”, and “TELL THE SENATE: KEEP OBAMA'S MILITARY BUDGET CLEAN!”

Relevant to Divine Misconceptions:
  1. A step in the direction of sanity:  “Child Witch: Bishop, 4 Others Arraigned”.  “Bishop” Sunday Okon Williams, who claims to have killed 110 child witches in Nigeria in the name of exorcism, has been arrested.
  2. “COGIC car plates hit a snag”: Just great. State congresspeople have been trying for religious license plates in Tennessee.  This is despite the state attorney general rightly claiming that the idea is “probably unconstitutional”, an obvious violation of separation of church and state.  Why, why, why does anyone care to advertise their religion on a license plate, something meant to be a boring evidence of registration?
  3. “Kings to Come to DVD”:  Better title:  “Kings has been canceled”.  At least this saves me from further reviews, despite the fact that early cancellation means a lot of loose threads have been left behind which will never be tied up except maybe in fan-fiction.  But that means I may have to pick up the slack and write more about Reaper and Cupid.  Well, maybe just Cupid.  Last I heard, Reaper is endangered.
  4. “Rabbi Shmuley Rejects Pope’s Condemnation of Israel’s Fence”:  He is right.  Pope Benedict XVI forgot the context.
  5. “Judge rules family can't refuse chemo for boy”:  In summary:  The courts rule that a 13-year-old with Hodgkin’s lymphoma is not legally empowered to commit stupidity in the name of his religion.
  6. Notable weird addition to my personal library lately:  Religions of Star Trek by Ross S. Kraemer, Wiliam Cassidy, and Susan L. Schwartz.  Yes, people do write about such things.
Today’s news and commentary:
Today’s weird thing is a bizarre pseudoscientific idea which I encountered recently, the expanding Earth hypothesis, which suffers from such problems as it requires the Earth to gain mass or the gravitational constant of the Universe to change.  Enjoy and share the weirdness.

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