Jewish date: 11 Tammuz 5769.
Today’s quasi-holiday: Stay Out Of The Sun Day.
Worthy causes of the day: “YOUNG ISRAEL MOVEMENT LAUNCHES INDEPENDENCE DAY PRAYER CAMPAIGN FOR CAPTURED AMERICAN SOLDIER” (demanding actions from our politicians might also be a good idea), “Stop Toxin-Laden Wastewater Dump in Our Streams!”, and “TELL YOUR SENATORS: IT'S TIME TO INVEST IN AGRICULTURE”.
Relevant to Divine Misconceptions:
- “The Paradox of Evangelicals”: Rav Boteach notes a discrepancy in evangelical thinking on redemption, i.e., trying to hold by a later Christian view of salvation only through grace yet also an older Jewish view of salvation through one’s own actions and taking responsibility for them. This clash is being played out in the Mark Sanford (governor of South Carolina) scandal, with the governor trying to take responsibility for his mistakes (to be polite about it), and his wife Jenny being a lot more forgiving than Mark arguably deserves.
- More religious intolerance: “Somalia: Islamists Behead Two Sons Of Christian Leader” (yikes!).
- Obvious inconsistency: “CoE school pupil banned from wearing crucifix while Sikh pupils allowed to wear bangles”: I frankly find the notion that there are “health and safety fears” from a student wearing a cross on a necklace a bit difficult, especially when the cross is worn so as to be under one’s top, making it difficult to catch upon anything. Some statistics on cross-related injuries would be appreciated.
- “When Bernie Burned Us”
- “News Coverage This Week”:
- “Some Species Rebound, But More Become Endangered”
- “No to SQL? Anti-database movement gains steam”: I never needed to use SQL, and I find spreadsheets just fine for storing a lot of data.
- “Higher temperatures may be shrinking Scottish sheep”
- “Scientists Flesh Out Fossilized Tissues from Mummified Dinosaur”
- “Presidential Poker (1977)”
- “Ant colony crosses continents”
Enjoy, share the weirdness, and Shabbath shalom.