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  • The Piano Stairway: Inspiring People to Change Their Behavior through FUN (tip to Joel)

  • When Loud Wins: Will Your Tax Dollars Pay For Prayer?
    Today the LA Times described a bizarre and troublesome healthcare reform bill provision that would require Medicare to pay for Christian Science Prayer as a medical treatment:

    …a little-noticed provision in the healthcare overhaul bill would require insurers to consider covering Christian Science prayer treatments as medical expenses.

    The provision was inserted by Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) with the support of Democratic Sens. John F. Kerry and the late Edward M. Kennedy, both of Massachusetts, home to the headquarters of the Church of Christ, Scientist.

    The measure would put Christian Science prayer treatments — which substitute for or supplement medical treatments — on the same footing as clinical medicine. While not mentioning the church by name, it would prohibit discrimination against “religious and spiritual healthcare.”

  • R. Crumb Illustrates the Bible (tip to Patrick)
    Underground comic legend R. Crumb has put the entire text of the best known book of the Bible into a graphic work. In The Book of Genesis Illustrated, he depicts it all, from the creation of the world to the death of Joseph.

    Crumb spoke with host Neal Conan about the challenges of adapting the 50 chapters of Genesis in panels and drawings. Crumb found his way into all of the sex and violence of the story, and The Book of Genesis Illustrated features a warning on the cover, recommending adult supervision for minors.

  • Climate change belief given same legal status as religion
    An executive has won the right to sue his employer on the basis that he was unfairly dismissed for his green views after a judge ruled that environmentalism had the same weight in law as religious and philosophical beliefs.

  • Movie Narrative Chart


    tip to Patrick

  • Clerk arrested after allegedly placing camera in bathroom of Calif. Christian bookstore

    tip to Brad

  • Deep Rift in Chicago

    What the Fuck? Really, they call themselves humanists. They call themselves ethical. I would like to hear an explanation, I can't even imagine one, but I'd like to hear it. Surprise me Society of Chicago, demonstrate that you deserve your name.

    The Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago has done an incredibly stupid thing. They invited Sunsara Taylor to give a talk on "Morality Without God"…and then disinvited her. The reasons weren't clear, other than that some people in the society disliked her politics — she's a communist — and the group caved and cancelled her speaking engagement a short two weeks before it was to happen.

    Basically, the ethical society was unethical. You just don't do that. But then they made it worse.



see, i sent you a link about the new r. crumb "genesis" comic weeks ago. do you even get my emails?

i'm dying to see this thing, been a fan of r. crumb for 35 years.

It's a great interview on NPR.

I was home sick on Monday and listened to it. Crumb reacts to callers with this really honest fascination.

One woman that seemed by her tone to be religious and concerned that he was mocking religion was quickly cooled off with the interest he took in her perspective.

He is just a facinating individual to listen to.

Late last week I actually gave money to MPR after listenting to a recorded interview with Dawkins. Again a rather accusatory caller (from Eden Prairie MN) called in and Richard took it in stride, didn't get defensive and gavea a disarming and charming answer.

Its the kind of dialog that so much of our media is missing. It's also just so fascinating to watch these international characters react to some random joe.

thanks for the report. i never heard him speak. there was even a movie about his life and i never saw that either. but i like your description of how his guilless interest and curiosity, even about people who otherwise might be hostile to him was disarming. i'll have to try that. :)

Now that you mention it I do remember you sending me something about it eons ago. As you have noted before I'm a lazy bastard and when you told me about it I was in a particularly lazy phase. Besides we wouldn't want the Jews to get credit for everything, would we? :)

i never called you a lazy bastard. you at least maintain your own blog. something which the more i look at it, the more it seems like too much effort. i'm the lazy bastard.

glad to hear you're getting the emails, tho. how am i supposed to know? you never post anything i send you. :(

i don't think the jews should get credit for "everything". just the most interesting stuff.

with the exception of people like r. crumb, a non-jew who married 2 jewish women and is totally obsessed with jews. :) hence, his new book.

I'm currently reading avery funny book. The title is Foreskin's Lament A Memoir it is by Shalom Auslander it begins:

When I was a child, my parents and teachers told me about a man who was very strong. They told me he could destroy the whole world. They told me he could lift mountains. They told me he could part the sea. It was important to keep the man happy. When we obeyed what the man had commanded, the man liked us. He liked us so much that he killed anyone who didn’t like us. But when we didn’t obey what he had commanded, he didn’t like us. He hated us. Some days he hated us so much, he killed us; other days, he let other people kill us. We call these days “holidays.”

heard about it, read some exerpts, would love to read it. the guy is funny and writes well, and seems like a good observer.

if i'm not mistaken, much of the book is about his time in a weird little place called monsey, n.y.- a town i have fairly extensive experience with. think "witches of eastwick", jewish-style, divided into tight little sects. brrrrr.

btw, did you just pull that excerpt off your kindle? is that something that can be done? that would be really cool.

Indeed I did. It is one of the things I most like about the Kindle. As I read I mark paragraphs or sentences I particularly like and it stores them in a "MyClippings File" on the Kindle. You can access them with a USB connection to your Kindle.

Cool. Makes me think a kindle might be worth the dough.

It's really nice if you have a book of essays and you can't find the text of one online. You can easily select the whole thing and then extract it from your My Clippings file. If you do buy one you can always use the Amazon link there on the sidebar and get me some credit.

just curious: how many versions of the bible are available for kindle download?

wow, that's a lot, and i therefore find it astounding that the ONLY one i would recommend for those who don't read hebrew is NOT on the list (though it's available in dead tree form on amazon)- the living torah, translation by aryeh kaplan.

That's right, a weird little place called Monsey New York, brrrr indeed.

The Crumb is pretty interesting. Since I don't have mega-commutes anymore, I miss alot of daytime talk radio. Thank for posting.

Anyone familiar with The Brick Testament?

I am excited that I can now wear my nature worship on my sleeve! I won't be getting fired for it, though.

Piano stairway is cool, too. I almost sent you a different link on that Norm. It could be a part of every music building, but then there's be the problem of keeping people off of it.

I stumbled on this a while back (or maybe Norm linked to it). I love the warnings - especially the N - for Lego nudity.

Not only the Lego settings, but the photography is very well done too, there are tricks to photographing miniatures.

Re: Piano Stairs. Interesting result, but I wonder if it would last after the novelty wore off.


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