Monthly Archives: September 2015

Bible contradictions #01: For us, or against us?

Luke 9:50 (also Mark 9.40): Whoever is not against us is for us.

Luke 11:23 (also Matthew 12:30): Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.

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If you want to prosper, smile.

Bookmarks:
If you want to prosper, smile.Obama condemns political correctnessHidden factors in the job search“And he will fleece his flock”

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Could a Low Heart Rate Make You More Likely to Commit Crime?

At first glance, I’m skeptical. However, the facts are what the facts are.

Keri Blakinger

This week, JAMA published a study about the correlation between lower heart rate and propensity for criminality, violence, and injury. Pretty neat stuff. (As a side note, I always had an extremely law heart rate as an adolescent, so maybe there’s something to this …) Click on the image below for the full story.

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Why racism no longer matters to me

The last straw for certain things came with a Baltimore Sun front page banner headline:

Skepticism, despair as killings continue
Residents question city response; Four day death toll stands at 12.

I anticipate no response from Julia CravenJenee Desmond-HarrisTa-Nehisi CoatesStacey Patton, or Brittney Cooper.[*]

What was the last straw?

In short, it’s time for me to stop concerning myself with racism and race.

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You can’t inherit merit.

Educated elite parents are successfully raising more capable children creating a hereditary meritocracy

I don’t know who wrote this.  My Yahoo! News feed captured the above link from Next Big Future, which seems to include an attribution to the exceptionally prolific Brian Wang.  The source article at The Economist, however (link) displays no byline.  Reading the original, one gets a wholly different impression of the author’s view, than reading the excerpt.  Whereas the excerpt would appear as a paean to the elite, the original bears the subtitle, “The children of the rich and powerful are increasingly well suited to earning wealth and power themselves. That’s a problem.”  The original, unlike the excerpt, provides documentation that the gap in educational opportunities and attainments between rich and poor is, indeed, increasing.

“America’s elite is producing children who not only get ahead, but deserve to do so: they meet the standards of meritocracy better than their peers, and are thus worthy of the status they inherit.”

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