33 Things: The Week’s Amusing & Intriguing LinksThirty Three Things — By Robin Dembroff on June 25, 2010 at 12:01 am
1. Ben Stein wonders what law gives President Obama the authority to “kick ass” and demand $20 billion from BP? “The BP behavior is reminiscent of how, immediately after assuming office, Mr. Obama, with no Congressional authority or administrative allowance, simply made a phone call to fire the head of GM. When I called the White House press office to ask under what law or regulation Mr. Obama was acting, I was told he did not need a law. If the government put a lot of money into GM, it could call the shots at GM, I was told. But under what authority, I asked. “None needed,” was the final answer.
Without any new legislation, President Obama has used returned TARP money as a political slush fund to prop up favorite industries. This is the same problem: serious executive action without legislative authority.”
2. Before the age of Wikis, editorial wisdom and oversight determined exactly which leaks would be published. Now, any fool with an agenda and total lack of foresight can leak classified information to the whole world. Case in point, Spc. Manning:
“Government officials say many of the confidential documents describe the workings of Arab governments and their leaders. Wired magazine quoted Spc. Manning as saying, ‘Hillary Clinton and several thousand diplomats around the world are going to have a heart attack when they wake up one morning and find an entire repository of classified foreign policy is available.’”
3. Biblical Armageddon to be taught alongside Global Warming in the classroom:
Christian Groups: Biblical Armageddon Must Be Taught Alongside Global Warming
4. EvangelicalOutpost friend and comedian Scott Ott’s new book “Laughing at Obama: Volume 1” is now available:
“Be among the first in your office, neighborhood, or environmentally-sensitive transit pool to read this first-draft of the history of our 44th president…an edition destined to be bronzed and placed in the atrium of the Obama Presidential Library (either in Detroit, Guantanamo Bay or Crawford, Texas).”
5. Obama controlled coast guard stops barges sucking up oil in the golf because they were uncertain whether the ships came equipped with fire extinguishers: “It’s the most frustrating thing,” the Republican governor said today in Buras, La. “Literally, yesterday morning we found out that they were halting all of these barges… These barges work. You’ve seen them work. You’ve seen them suck oil out of the water.”
6. Farmville is now coming to the iPhone. Don’t lie, we know you’re excited.
7. Misguided compassion hurts the poor.
8. A Christian definition of Technology:
“We can define technology as a distinct human cultural activity in which human beings exercise freedom and responsibility in response to God by forming and transforming the natural creation, with the aid of tools and procedures, for practical ends and purposes. (Monsma, Stephen V. (ed.) Responsible Technology, 1986, p. 19)”
10. How Pain Works
The ugly truth is that the fall still applies and the fall means that the Christian path is a cross bearing path – if you are a Christian expect that life will be harder than you initially imagined it would
Why is it, in this world of nearly instantaneous, targeted, scalable communications, that we still rely on direct mail fundraising? When does the 140-character tweet, the Facebook status update, or even the 30-second YouTube video replace a clunky, 5-page typed fundraising ask - double-spaced in 12 pt. Courier New font – and on pink stationary, no less? Does it ever?
14. The particular difficulties of a composer’s biopic.
15. If the way we raise our kids has little or no influence on how they turn out…let’s have more!
16. This American Life’s Ira Glass on the importance of being wrong for telling stories.
17. Young women’s Christian fiction is being touted as feminist.
18. This Is How Your Drink Looks Under The Microscope
19. International Relations Theory and Zombies
20. Sir Thomas More, Patron Saint of Sci-Fi Writers and Dinosaurs
21. Atheists Don’t Have No Songs
22. You’re Gonna Need A Bigger Boat: 10-ft Great White Shark bitten almost in half…by 20-ft Shark
26. Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell in corrspondence! Out loud!
27. Photomicography. Be still, my heart.
28. The London skyline is about to look a whole lot different.
29. Don’t you wish, deeply, that the Verizon logo looked like this? I do. Pretty please?
30. A poignant picture from Chris Brogan.
31. A new way to look at art.
32. Liked Slaughterhouse Five? Then you might like Kurt Vonnegut’s letter describing the experiences behind the novel.
33. Probably not the best model for salary negotiation. ‘