Jewish date: 10 ’Av 5769.
Relevant to yesterday’s holiday: “Temple Altar Construction Begins on Day of Destruction”. I had no idea the Temple Institute had started work on the main altar for the next Temple, and I am curious as to how they plan to move it.
Today’s holidays: Feast of Saint Ignatius Loyola, Forefeast of the Holy Cross.
Today’s quasi-holiday: Sysadmin Day.
Worthy causes of the day: “Stop Walmart's War on Free Speech”, “Stop the race baiting: Call on advertisers to drop sponsorship of Glenn Beck” and “Find a Lasting Solution to Medicare Doctor Payments: No More Cuts!”
Relevant to Divine Misconceptions:
- More religious intolerance (by people who do not wish to give me a day off!): “Azerbaijani Police Detain Followers Of Unregistered Sect”, “Death threats against believers in Dong Hoi, as the police arrest a Catholic”, “Vandals deface synagogue, slash vehicle tires”, “Hanoi denies attacks on priests. The diocese of Vinh publishes photos”, “Attack on a Vietnam monastery”, “Cover heads, hide the mannequins; Hamas rulers launch campaign to make Gaza more Islamic”, “Gaza judge tells female lawyers to wear headscarf”, and “Turkey: Christian Murdered On Busy Street in Istanbul”.
- Governmental thoughtlessness on religion: “Selective Service Is Sued by Quaker”, “Row over religious poster rules”.
- Introspection of one’s own religious community—the sort of exercise every religion should engage in, lest they fail to recognize their own mistakes and correct them: “When Rabbis Fail their Communities”.
- “Cashing In On Fear: The Danger of Dr. Sears”
- “Pregnant women and children first? CDC announces H1N1 vaccine recommendations”
- “Snake oil or fish oil? Americans shelling out $33.9 billion a year on alternative health treatments”
- “Burning Bush (1989)”
- “New Facebook application helps you bum a ride”
- “A bat that crawls as much as it flies shows ancient lineages”