Friday, September 19, 2014

On The Mortal Dangers of Chinese Food

One of the unrecognized and most deadly evil of modern life’s facets is Chinese food. Most people are wholly unaware of the critical nature of the Chinese food question, and blithely continue to participate in this wicked and dangerous activity: eating Chinese food. Of course, to speak against such a hallowed institution as Chinese food is to be regarded as a fanatic, or even as sacrilegious, but we must be true to the faith!

Read the whole article here.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Bill Maher On What Makes Islam Different From Other "Faiths"

Two Rugby-Loving Dudes Take Gay Marriage To Its Logical Conclusion

Picture from The Daily Caller.

Yep. Two self-identified "heterosexual" guys from Otago on New Zealand's South Island got married so they could go on an all-expenses-paid trip to next year's Rugby World Cup in London.

I was going to call this post "Two Rugby-Loving Dudes Make A Mockery of the Mockery That Is Gay Marriage", but I decided to wait until after you'd clicked to piss you off.

Look at these guys' sweet beards, by the way. Otago is the same place I wrote about last year, where professional rugby players grew out epic beards regardless of whether their women wanted them to or not.

A little kiwi context for you. Rugby is the national sport of New Zealand. It is the nation's all-consuming passion. There are only two countries in the world where rugby is the most popular sport (Wales being the other), and for the kiwis it's not even close. Those people love their rugby, and they especially love their national team, the All-Blacks.

So a radio station holds a contest, offering a trip for two to the Rugby World Cup, where the All-Blacks will be favorites to win it all. And dudes participate in the contest, because they love rugby and they love each other!

There's A Company Making Good Suits Sold For $160

Combatant Gentlemen controls their entire supply chain, and are transparent about their costs. According to this article at Men's Journal it costs them around $30 to make a suit pre-shipping. They sell them for $160.

Here's their website: Combatant Gentlemen, The World's First Sheep-to-Closet Company. Not a bad tagline.

As for Joffre The Giant, he is once again out of luck. I mean, he can't even go thrifting! But he ain't mad. He understands the world isn't made for him. He's 6'9", 320. So somebody else order one and let me know if this is as awesome as it seems.

Christians Should Think Hard About The Difference Between Work & A Job

Calm down, everyone. This is not the time to quote Fight Club. It wasn't even that good of a movie. As far as I know. I stopped watching it halfway through. And yes, I know about the end. Because it was obvious. But enough about me and how clever I am, and about how much I am bored by your favorite movie.

Let's talk about how you're still the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world.

Also, let's talk about how a job and work are not the same thing. Adam did not have a "job" in the world's Garden. He had work to do. Giving names to all the animals and whatnot, more work than one man could do, really, but not a job. Work.

The word "job" used to refer to temporary work you might have. For example, you might help someone out during harvest to get some extra pay; that would be a job, and then you'd go back to your life and your work. That older use of job is why the britishism "a job of work" exists. A job of work is essentially a project.

It may be that you have a job, and that it's a good thing. But it is not a command of the Lord to have a job. Nor is it a sin to be without a job, as many seem to think, or at least act.

Now it is certainly a sin to not work. Let us quote from 2 Thessalonians 3.
Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us, because we were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone's bread without paying for it, but with toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you. It was not because we do not have that right, but to give you in ourselves an example to imitate. For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.  
As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good.
We must all work. All of us. That is simply how it is. But why? Is it to be contributing members of society as judged by the state? Is it so that this country can produce more widgets than China does? Is it so that our society's appetite for fast food be satisfied? Are these the reasons we work? No. Rather, we do not grow weary in doing good.

With that in mind, and confessing to you that all the preceding has merely been an introduction to a link, I introduce to you an article to make you think about the place and value of work: The Proto-Post Scarcity Economy. Actually, that's not really what it's called. It's called The Economics of Star Trek: The Proto-Post Scarcity Economy. Yes, Star Trek.
...“everyone in a job” isn’t the same as a full economy, and we start to look for models beyond capitalism that aren’t all communist hoo-ha. I sort of love that Star Trek forces us to think about a society that has no money but still operates with individual freedom and without central planning. 
What, then, of labor? In today’s terms, a ‘healthy’ economy now is one at or near full employment. A healthy economy now is one where everyone has a job. But in our mental exercise, those jobs are actually unrelated to a healthy economy, at least from strict economic terms. Everyone’s fed and housed and tons of people simply don’t need to work. Right now, we have them working making shit we don’t need. Is that any better than them not working? 
I give you we’re in some fringe areas of economics here, but I have always wondered: is there any economic proof that we need full employment to reach full satisfaction of needs? To my knowledge, there isn’t. There’s a body of economics that goes into standards of living, and the increased standard of living. And here we get to our shitty world of unabated consumerism,
I encourage you to read the article. I believe it might be able to help Christians with a perspective that is not married to capitalism, as so many of us are. The work-economy of the Church, of the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth, ought to be Christian, not capitalist, above all else. Is work all about having a job? Perhaps it ought not to be.

For the record, I'm not telling you the world ought to be aiming for this one guy's idea of what the economics of Star Trek are. I'm simply suggesting that we reevaluate how we see work.

After all, in Eternity we will have work, but we will none of us have jobs. And if I decide to spend an endless decade on writing a sonnet or silently exploring the ice cave of Io, you will surely not look at me with contempt and say "get a job".

Surely not.

Monday, September 15, 2014

What To Do With Moral Dilemmas

False moral dilemmas just kill me. No, seriously, just kill me. Kill me and save your mom. We all know that's what you'd do if we were stuck on a desert island with me and your mother and you had to kill one of us so that the other two could live. Wait! No, you can't kill yourself. Now, what would you do?!

Wait...did I not tell you that your mom is a born-again-for-real Christian in this scenario and I'm not?

Yeah. How do you like them apples. Watch the video to see what I would do.

By the way, as you watch bear two things in mind: 1. my usual audience watches me talk and smoke a pipe at the same time, 2. there are women in South Korea who make a living eating on camera for guys to watch all day. So eating eight pieces of fried chicken while ranting isn't so weird. Right?


Friday, September 12, 2014

Why It's Good To Attack ISIS & Why We Suck Anyway

For mah YouTubers out there, five-and-a-half-minute video.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Survey of Religious Beliefs In Bodily Resurrection, U.S.A.

Great post by Mark Regnerus at First Things on Christian belief in a bodily resurrection amongst Americans. Head on over and read it. But if you do not, just take some time to look at this graphic he presented. Note two very interesting facts. First, Mormons have the strongest belief in a resurrection by far, and the kind of Christians that scare everybody (evangelicals, fundies, pentecostals) are next. Even so, 75% belief among regular attenders is a scandalously low, albeit unsurprsing, number. Second, liberal Protestants have a much higher rate of belief in resurrection than liberal Catholics, which tells us that liberal Protestants are less nominal than some conservatives might think..


Proof Women Don't Understand Men

Are men simply women with adorably idiosyncratic tastes for beer and meat? Or are they men?

Consider this the proof that men are as inscrutable to women as women are famously inscrutable to men.

Behold this image from a post on a "beer mug" chocolate cake (recipe here). All well and good, I suppose. I mean, the ladies do enjoy a novelty cupcake every now and then. I'm not a fan of cake, or of chocolate, as my wife can attest.

The proof that women don't understand men? The Pinterest post I found this at. She said "the guys at work would love this." Oh, woman. The guys at work would not love this. Not anymore than they might enjoy any other fondant-coated cake. In fact, probably less. After all, it looks a little like beer, but it's not beer!!! 

Come on now. Men heart beer. Men do not heart cupcakes. Making this specifically for men would simply serve to mock and provoke. Maybe just bring the guys from work some sausage biscuits from Hardee's. Much more likely to do the trick.


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