A Massive Airburst and a Bubbling Brine

November 30, 2018

This surprised me a little: According to a new study, people who pray after disasters and tragic events are less likely to actually do something substantive to help. I think I hoped that as much as we know prayers don’t fix anything, that at least they put someone in a generous state of mind. I guess instead it makes people feel like they “did something,” when they have not.

Climate-deniers are working their butts off to get access to all of climatologist Michael Mann’s emails. So he’s releasing literally all of them.

Nina Burleigh at Newsweek reports on complaints about the promotion of Christianity at U.S. military bases in Muslim countries during the holidays, including a Bible-shaped cake at Thanksgiving:

The cake, baked and decorated in the shape of an open Bible, was inscribed with misspelled verses from Psalm 30:14 and Psalm 100:4-5. “Offer unto God thanksgiving and pay thy vows unto the most high” and “Let us come before it is [sic] presence with thanksgiving”; “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever and his faithfulness contenues [sic] though [sic] all generation [sic].” …

…a commander ordered a Muslim recruit and non-citizen, who had joined the military on the promise of citizenship, to don a Santa Claus costume at what he was calling the base Christmas Party.

Greek Orthodox Bishop Anthimos of Thessaloniki says NASA can’t have put a probe on Mars because Earth is literally the only planet in the universe. Which he just knows because someone told him.

Astronomer Chris Impey laments the flood of fake science on the web:

The hundred million web pages devoted to ghosts and auras were not a surprise, but I didn’t expect to find ten million on levitation and a similar number touting a flat Earth. These 100 wrong-headed concepts total a staggering 1.3 billion web pages.

Relatedly, you know what would really help this whole California-on-fire thing? Conspiracy theories on YouTube about how the fires started.

The editorial board of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes in support of mandatory vaccinations for hospital employees, saying, “Adults are free to risk their own health in service to religion or pseudoscience, but not the health of unsuspecting patients.”

Meanwhile, measles infections are up 30 percent worldwide. 110,000 died of it in 2017.

The Hopi Tribe are told by the Arizona Supreme Court that their complaint about sacred land being used by a ski resort is irrelevant because any “nuisance” they suffer is no different than what anyone else would suffer. Which…seems…wrong? I have a feeling that if Christians determined that land to be sacred, there’d be a different outcome.

Daniel Darling (amazing name) of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (uh oh) says Christians should support press freedom (oh, well, that’s good):

Christians should not only see the value of a free press but should support robust reporting, even journalism that reveals the misdeeds and sins in our own communities. Transparency doesn’t hurt the advance of the gospel.

I don’t think that press freedom should hinge on whether it hurts or hinders “the advance of the gospel” but you take a win where you can.

State Sen. Joseph Silk of OOOOOOOOklahoma will introduce a bill that would grant a fertilized human egg all the “rights, powers, privileges, justice and protections of an actual human person, meaning a woman having an abortion would be considered murder under the law.

Finally, a slim majority of Americans don’t give a crap about whether a business says “merry Chirstmas.”

Sodom, Gomorrah, and other Dead Sea cities were destroyed by God, and by God I mean a meteor. Wait, what?

Radiocarbon dating and unearthed minerals that instantly crystallized at high temperatures indicate that a massive airburst caused by a meteor that exploded in the atmosphere instantaneously destroyed civilization in a 25-kilometer-wide circular plain called Middle Ghor, said archaeologist Phillip Silvia. The event also pushed a bubbling brine of Dead Sea salts over once-fertile farm land, Silvia and his colleagues suspect.

Quote of the Day

I don’t often agree with Marco Rubio, but when I do, it’s usually about this:

To rebalance the relationship with Saudi Arabia, the U.S. should demand the immediate release of unjustly detained Saudi political prisoner [sic]—including Saudi blogger Raif Badawi and the recently detained women’s rights activists. #ExpressionNOToppression

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