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Every few years, a new group of explorers ‘discover’ a fabulous archaeological site in the Honduran rain forest. It is lauded in the press as a huge discovery, perhaps the mythical lost city in the Honduran rain forest, maybe even a lost civilization.
The problem is that it isn’t a lost civilization, or even a mythical lost city. I know, because I’ve been studying that area for years. Other archaeologists worked there before me. People live nearby and travel through there all the time.
So there is always a lot of hype and sensationalism, and most scholars are disgusted. They write letters complaining about it all. The original team looks silly, like children playing out a movie fantasy. The scholars who complained look humorless, and maybe jealous that they didn’t get to play jungle explorer. And if that’s all it was, it wouldn’t matter much, perhaps. Nobody else would care.
But this kind of careless sensationalism has…
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Trevor Noah is in for a real surprise when he finds out America is as racist as RSA… But we don’t have load shedding, so the show will air.
When Comedy Central confirmed on Monday that Trevor Noah would be replacing The Daily Show host Jon Stewart, there was widespread support — myself included. Only a few hours later, some distasteful tweets came to light, revealing that the South African comedian made some not-too-cool jokes about women, Israel, and Asians.
So she gets fat? RT @missdanibagel: When a woman is loved correctly, she becomes 10 times the woman she was before
— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) July 18, 2014
South Africans know how to recycle like israel knows how to be peaceful.
— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) June 2, 2010
As someone who remains hyper-conscious about racial matters, I (surprisingly) wasn’t offended. My Blackness wasn’t the subject of his humor, and I recognize in that fact lies my partiality. But still, I wasn’t perturbed. And fortunately, I’m not alone, with many voicing their support of the comedian and his placement…
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Political correctness is not a new phenomenon. The fact is that many dangerous questions are currently walled off by the baby boomers who dominate our universities (and large sectors of the media). Today’s culture war likes to scapegoat young people for the rise of the illiberal Left, but the responsibility really lies with the generation who came before us.
Each one of us has the ability to generate a hypothesis. A hypothesis simply comes from asking a question about the world and then using our imaginations to answer it. Almost every advance in human history first came from a person willing to look at the world, or the status quo, from a different angle. But if questions and hypotheses are going to have any impact they must be articulated. Questions have to come out of our minds and into the world around us.
The problem with P.C. is that it…
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Our kids are in CRISIS.
I work with teenagers in an affluent suburban area.
They don’t comprehend what they read. They use calculators to multiply 10 x 10. The average high school junior has no clue what the word “diligent” means.
They write essays resembling those of a 5th grader. About how Albert Einstein discovered electricity.
In tests administered in reading, science and math to 15 year-olds globally, we are behind TWENTY NINE countries in math. And our kids’ performance in reading and science is not much better. And yet, American investment in education is unrivaled, globally.
Are you scared yet?
We lead the world in the consumption of illegal recreational drugs. And one of the chief sales outlets?
Our teenage suicide rate is the highest in the world.
EVERY DAY there are over 5,400 suicide attempts by kids in grades 7 – 12.
NOW are you scared?
The two places teenagers…
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I am not Charlie, simply because I find the filth they publish despicable, just as I find society’s vocal hatred for my Savior, in my face and all over the media, difficult to deal with. People think it is just fine to ridicule God and his messengers in this post-modern Western culture, and this action by these terrorists shows the level of animosity between people of faith and secular culture. I am not a Muslim, so frankly I cannot understand the nuances of publishing caricatures of Muhammed, in large part because I see this sort of thing so often with Jesus that I am quite used to it. Obviously, Muslims in most of the rest of the world are not.
One would think that atheists would feel strong enough in their conviction of the nonexistence of God, that they would refrain from profanity when it comes to the sacred, but it is quite the opposite actually. This underlines the truth of the situation, that they are rejecting a very real God, and thus frightened, insecure, and outraged at the lack of a needed and necessary relationship with the Divine.
So print your caricatures of religious Deities and Prophets all you want, slander and ridicule the righteous, and believe in your false God’s of science and evolution Judgment will happen to you whether you want it to or not.
To paraphrase :
And this is the nature of things, causality. Cause, and effect. We are forever slaves to it. Our only hope, and peace, is Why? Why separates us, from them. You from me. Why is the only real source of power, without it you are powerless, and here comes ‘Charlie Hebdo’ , without Why, without Power.
There is no “but” about what happened at Charlie Hebdo yesterday. Some people published some cartoons, and some other people killed them for it. Words and pictures can be beautiful or vile, pleasing or enraging, inspiring or offensive; but they exist on a different plane from physical violence, whether you want to call that plane spirit or imagination or culture, and to meet them with violence is an offense against the spirit and imagination and culture that distinguish humans. Nothing mitigates this monstrosity. There will be time to analyze why the killers did it, time to parse their backgrounds, their ideologies, their beliefs, time for sociologists and psychologists to add to understanding. There will be explanations, and the explanations will be important, but explanations aren’t the same as excuses. Words don’t kill, they must not be met by killing, and they will not make the killers’ culpability go away.
To abhor what was done to the victims, though, is not…
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I would be very wary, if I were the only female passenger on this ship. I hope everything works out for her, this promises to be a very enlightening blog. The section on worker’s rights is what I have often feared is the case on these ships. When you think that these workers are the lifeblood of our modern consumer culture, it really is a shame they are not treated according to the benefit they bring. I also wonder what the drug culture is like among this subsection of the human population… I hazard a guess that opiates are typically the drug of choice, being so isolated from relationships with the opposite sex, but I digress. Again, this promises to be a great read.
The following post is the first in a series of oceanic dispatches from Disorder member Charmaine Chua. She is currently on a 36-day journey on board a 100,000 ton Evergreen container ship starting in Los Angeles, going across the Pacific Ocean and ending in Taipei. Follow her ethnographic adventures with the tag ‘Slow Boat to China’.
“In civilizations without boats, dreams dry up, espionage takes the place of adventure, and the police take the place of pirates.”
There is uncanny beauty in the monstrous. This, at least, is the feeling that seizes me as I stand under the colossal Ever Cthulhu berthed in the Port of Los Angeles. The ship’s hull alone rises eight stories into the air; even from a distance, I am unable to capture its full length or height within a single camera frame. In describing the…
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I find Kindle Unlimited to be a worthwhile investment. It is inexpensive at $10.00 a month, and while the selection is a little odd, it is not that bad. One nice feature is the inclusion of Amazon published books, though the author can opt out. Apparently, successful authors are seeing a reduced income from the subscription model, while less successful authors are seeing an increase. I have an article from the New York Times which goes into detail on this subject.
Happy New Year’s!
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