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  • Star Garbage

    17 October, 2014

    By Mark and Logan

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  • Link: Of Gamers, Gates, and Disco Demolition: The Roots of Reactionary Rage - The Daily Beast

    "But let’s be honest: It’s usually guys doing it. Our various “culture wars” tend to boil down to one specific culture war, the one about men wanting to feel like Real Men and lashing out at the women who won’t let them. Whenever men feel like masculinity is under attack, men get dangerous. Because that’s exactly what masculinity teaches you to do, what masculinity is about. Defending yourself with disproportionate force against any loss of power? That’s what masculinity is."

    —LWR

  • Link: Greenland's Dark Ice

    "A more ominous possibility is that what we’re seeing is the start of a cascading feedback loop tied to global warming. Box mentions this summer’s mysterious Siberian holes and offshore methane bubbles as evidence that the Arctic can quickly change in unpredictable ways."

    Concerning. —LWR

  • Link: Log In - The New York Times

    Reza Aslan:

    "No religion exists in a vacuum. On the contrary, every faith is rooted in the soil in which it is planted. It is a fallacy to believe that people of faith derive their values primarily from their Scriptures. The opposite is true. People of faith insert their values into their Scriptures, reading them through the lens of their own cultural, ethnic, nationalistic and even political perspectives.

    After all, scripture is meaningless without interpretation. Scripture requires a person to confront and interpret it in order for it to have any meaning. And the very act of interpreting a scripture necessarily involves bringing to it one’s own perspectives and prejudices.”

    His recent book on Jesus is a lot of hogwash, but this is a solid piece on the complexity of religiosity, culture, and belief. —LWR

  • Pea Pod

    6 October, 2014

    By Mark and Logan

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  • Link: Pig in Australia Steals 18 Beers from Campers, Gets Drunk, Fights Cow

    "At a campground in Western Australia over the weekend, a feral pig guzzled down 18 beers that had been left out improperly secured. And just like anyone 18 beers in at a rural dive bar, the pig got big-headed and decided to start a fight with a cow, resulting in the cow chasing the pig around a car."

    Nothing more to add to this one. —LWR

  • Grandaddy

    1 October, 2014

    By Mark

    The thing I’ll remember most about my grandfather is his hug. A hug from him was a strong, powerful, enveloping thing. He was a wispy figure, but was somehow always able to lift me up when I ran in the front door. He would swoop me up with an urgency and hold me, vice-like yet gentle. When I got older, too big to lift up, the hugs were still strong as beastly jaws and soft as down. I craved those hugs, excited to visit my grandparents to hear my grandmother’s laugh and rest in my grandfather’s arms. When my grandmother’s laughs were no more, the hugs remained. Now the hugs are gone, too, but not the memory or the meaning they left. He loved me, and I loved him.

    My grandfather loved deeply and broadly, firm in the knowledge of his createdness and his role to love those around him. It’s an example I’ll take with me until my own death. Love big, hug big, and that love will define your family and relationships with the swiftness of rapids in water and with the power of booming echoes in the deepest canyons of time. Grandaddy died early Monday morning, a being of lovely stardust returned to stardust, free to be one with Grandmama in the long memory of God. Be proud of your life extraordinarily lived, Grandaddy, for Death cannot be proud now. It’s only poppy and charms, after all. Your hugs will always be stronger than those.

  • Angst

    26 September, 2014

    By Mark and Logan

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    Logan has a great love of Soren Kierkegaard. Mark, knowing this, drew a comic about it.

    Say, it just so happens that Logan’s post this week includes some thoughts by good ol’ Kierkegaard. Check it out with your eyes and your brain, and contemplate it in your mind and your heart.

  • Link: A Guy Game

    "Some days you lose despite your best efforts. Some days you win without even trying."

  • Link: What Do You Need to Go Beyond the 'Vague Lovely' As a Theological Ground?

    One of my favorite all time sermons. Listen to the psalm sung at the very beginning at the very least.

    —LWR