Jewish date: 24 ’Elul 5769.
Today’s holidays: Twenty-Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Feast of Leila Waddell.
Today’s quasi-holidays: National Grandparent’s Day, Fortune Cookie Day, Helicopter Day, Defy Superstition Day.
Worthy causes of the day: “Inspire America to End Mountaintop Removal” and “Go to Africa”.
Relevant to Divine Misconceptions:
- “Buddhist Bhutan warns felling trees a threat to happiness”: Thus it is written:
Bhutan has warned its citizens over cutting down thousands of young trees every year to make prayer flags, a threat to the tiny kingdom's lush scenery and the government's duty to bring "Gross National Happiness."Thus there is a dilemma between preserving trees and putting up prayer flags, and rather than hide from the problem the government of Bhutan is trying to find a solution which is both religiously and ecologically acceptable. (They could always ignore the problem, but reality has a stubborn habit of not conforming to the way we want things to be.) Steel flag poles have been rejected because they take the effort out of the ritual. The solution the government is trying now is bamboo, which is more easily renewable than trees.
Himalayan Buddhists put up prayer flags for good luck or to help the dead find the right path to their next life. The more flag poles put up for the departed the better, and Buddhist monks say fresh poles must be used each time.
- “Archaeologists find early menorah depiction near the Kinneret”
- “Those Children of Israel”
- See today’s weird thing below.
- “The Problem with Risk Aversion for NASA Manned Space Flight - Augustine Commission Analysis”
- “Hispanics Face Higher Cancer Risk from Breathing Household Chemicals”
- “Mice Levitated in Lab”: No, I am not making this up.
And, yes, I will have to keep posting pictures of Basement Cat until someone tells me how this equation of black cats with evil got started. Enjoy and share the weirdness.