Yesterday, the US Postal Service (USPS) made a strange announcement: anybody who wants to turn a quick profit at its expense will have an opportunity to do so come January. What it actually said is that on January 26 next year, it wants toÂ hike the price of a first-class stamp from $0.46 to $0.49. Stamp…
Mortal companies have quarterly earnings reports. Amazon is required to file the same paperwork as everyone else, but they barely mention earnings. Jeff Bezos cares not for the profit motive. Headline: Amazon.com Announces Second Quarter Sales Up 22% to $15.70 Billion And so they are. That’s 22 percent relative to…
something i slowly began to notice over the years is how it’s a lot harder to be a girl than it is to be a boy in aacf.
this may be difficult and unpleasant to hear, but i am talking about covert misogyny in the fellowship and in the church. and i think we do have a covertly misogynistic culture in aacf. of course, i doubt anyone here is a stereotypical woman-hating, ignorant male supremacist. we all hate that guy. i mean something more insidious here—the sneaky, subtly sexist attitudes and behaviors that we tolerate and we participate in, encouraged by both larger society and by the church, especially magnified in reformed circles.
“The transition from being at war as a day job and moving seamlessly into civilian home life is said to be incredibly jarring. Unlike soldiers in the field for whom war is the current normal, drone operators are expected to navigate between bombing suspected terrorists and picking the kids up from soccer practice over the course of an afternoon. This represents a significant context shift.
War is no longer physically located in a single space. There is no front if on one side combat pilots mingle with their civilian neighbours after hours and on the other side explosive ordinance may fall from the sky anywhere at any time, launched by nothing at which to return fire.
this is a really hard, uncomfortable, and emotional post - maybe that’s not such a bad thing. and maybe church shouldn’t be such a boys club.
adorno told us that writing poetry after auschwitz was barbaric, and i am inclined to agree. i think we ought to not rush to provide any narrative after tragedy, including “God knows best.” That is literally the most banal story you can tell. we will never have an answer for why an allegedly good God allows for evil & suffering. anyone who says they do is either a liar or a damn fool.
yeah, i realize he deleted the tweets later and offered an amazing non-apology. i am not impressed.
having bernanke as your commencement speak must be truly awesome, and he summarizes some really important stuff that everyone should read. i consider tyler cowen’s the great stagnation to be one of the most eye-opening books that i have ever read.
“As one example out of many, take the public-school code of
honour, with its ‘team spirit’ and ‘Don’t hit a man when he’s down’, and
all the rest of that familiar bunkum. Who has not laughed at it? […] But it is a bit different when you meet somebody who laughs at it from the outside; just as we spend our lives in abusing England but grow very angry when we hear a foreigner saying exactly the same things. It is only when you meet someone of a different culture from yourself that you begin to realize what your own beliefs really are.”—George Orwell