Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Mass Exodus

From time to time I turn to the Bible for comfort and religious guidance. I mostly stick to the parts quoting Jesus as he seemed to be compassionate and level-headed. Jesus was a "cause guy" and I dig that about Him. But then I get to the parts of the Bible that they somehow never covered in Sunday school and I have the shit scared out of me. Take this little, chicken noodle soup for the soul, passage for example:

20 “When a man strikes his slave, male or female, with a rod and the slave dies under his hand, he shall be avenged. 21 But if the slave survives a day or two, he is not to be avenged, for the slave is his money".
--Exodus 21:20-21

Got it. I'm glad we have the whole legality thing cleared up when it pertains to beating another human being with a club. But what's even scarier is how "Christians" will try to put a positive spin on the whole passage like this joker-->Link. Oh, I get it noowww. They weren't really slaves, per se, but willing employees. I like how these "defenders" debate the semantics of slavery and completely ignore the fact that the Bible is condoning physical abuse. Still need a little more guidance concerning your responsibilities in the slave trade? Read on...

"When a man sells his daughter as a slave, she will not be freed at the end of six years as the men are. If she does not please the man who bought her, he may allow her to be bought back again. But he is not allowed to sell her to foreigners, since he is the one who broke the contract with her. And if the slave girl's owner arranges for her to marry his son, he may no longer treat her as a slave girl, but he must treat her as his daughter. If he himself marries her and then takes another wife, he may not reduce her food or clothing or fail to sleep with her as his wife. If he fails in any of these three ways, she may leave as a free woman without making any payment". (Exodus 21:7-11 NLT)

Wow! Polygamy too? This is definitely the band wagon that I want to jump on. Not.
No wonder they called this part of the Bible "Exodus"...

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Same Planet, Different Worlds

"Live simply so that other's may simply live." -Ghandi

Note: The second photo was taken by South African photographer Kevin Carter during the famine in the Sudan. This heartbreaking photo of a collapsed girl on the way to a relief station is entitled "Wanting a meal" and won him a Pulitzer Prize. Three months after receiving the award Mr. Carter committed suicide. He was 33.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Engineer Gets 110 MPG Out Of '87 Mustang

I normally won't comment on anything related to the state of Ohio but this is the exception. Click this LINK to hear about an important invention that will probably be sabotaged by an oil-company spy.
So a guy(Doug Pelmear)in his garage can figure out something like this but highly paid engineers at automotive and energy companies can't? I wonder how many inventions/modifications have been shelved as it just might cut into oil profits. I thought this quote was interesting:
"I'm an optimist, and I think people need to know there is hope out there," Pelmear told the Toledo Blade. "That's why I decided to enter the X Prize race. I could have sold this [technology] off, but then people might not have seen it."