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Interesting article about the folly of churches constantly falling all over themselves to court Millennials.
 

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^That is an interesting article.  I am going to send it to some I know, so that we never get to the place of over selling.
 

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Original subtitle- "In Which a Pot Remarks Upon the Ebon Hues to be Found on the Outside of a Kettle."
 

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biro said:
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Original subtitle- "In Which a Pot Remarks Upon the Ebon Hues to be Found on the Outside of a Kettle."
Oh yeah?
I agree more with him than I do Trump, but Olbermann can be just as a unhinged in his ranting.
 

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I'm guessing it's a little more in-depth than the Discovery Channel shows on the same topic?
 

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I would guess so, but I've only seen bits and pieces of that show, so I'm basing that guess more on the reputation of cable 'learning' shows in general. Having said that, I'm not sure exactly how much I trust the author yet, as he says things at times that seem like an exaggeration. For example he speaks of an 'unmanaged' forest in Eastern Europe, basically the last of its kind he says, comparing it very unfavorably to the 'managed' forests throughout the rest of Europe, and he says that "all Europe once looked like this" unmanaged forest. Thing is, I've walked through 'unmanaged' forests all my life and none of them look at all like what he described with the super-amazing-unmanaged forest looking/being like. I don't doubt that there were many more forests like he describes, but I do question the claim that pretty much every forest on the entire continent was like this super-amazing one. It just smacks of 'things were better before HUMANS screwed everything up!!!" environmental romanticism; there's enough human destruction in the realm of fact, doesn't seem like exaggerations are necessary.
 

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Asteriktos said:
I would guess so, but I've only seen bits and pieces of that show, so I'm basing that guess more on the reputation of cable 'learning' shows in general. Having said that, I'm not sure exactly how much I trust the author yet, as he says things at times that seem like an exaggeration. For example he speaks of an 'unmanaged' forest in Eastern Europe, basically the last of its kind he says, comparing it very unfavorably to the 'managed' forests throughout the rest of Europe, and he says that "all Europe once looked like this" unmanaged forest. Thing is, I've walked through 'unmanaged' forests all my life and none of them look at all like what he described with the super-amazing-unmanaged forest looking/being like. I don't doubt that there were many more forests like he describes, but I do question the claim that pretty much every forest on the entire continent was like this super-amazing one. It just smacks of 'things were better before HUMANS screwed everything up!!!" environmental romanticism; there's enough human destruction in the realm of fact, doesn't seem like exaggerations are necessary.
Makes sense.
 

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The Road, by Cormac McCarthy

This? This is the book almost everyone praises to the heavens? What am I missing?
 

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The Road, by Cormac McCarthy

This? This is the book almost everyone praises to the heavens? What am I missing?
I dunno. I've got a copy but I still need to read it.
 

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https://www.amazon.com/Desert-Fathers-Sayings-Christian-Classics/dp/0140447318

About 60.pages through.
Some very good teachings from early.monastics and i got it for like $1.50 free s/h on ebay.....
 

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Modern Greece : What Everyone Needs to Know / Stathis N. Kalyvas
 

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Started reading A. E. van Vogt's Voyage of the Space Beagle. Three chapters in and I can already see the ways in which it influenced Alien, but it's also got so much that's totally unique to it. I love the Coeurl as a character and as a creature design, too.
 

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Over our time away, young one and I read plenty of Rogue One backstories.



By myself, I've started on some more M:tA fiction.

 

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Why do the Whills need guardians? I thought they were supposed to be nigh-omnipotent.
 

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Volnutt said:
Why do the Whills need guardians? I thought they were supposed to be nigh-omnipotent.
The Whills themselves might or might not need guardians, but their Disciples likely do.
 

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Arachne said:
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Why do the Whills need guardians? I thought they were supposed to be nigh-omnipotent.
The Whills themselves might or might not need guardians, but their Disciples likely do.
Ah.
 

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I'm not sure why the $85 Oxford University Press book The Human Condition in Hilary of Poitiers: The Will and Original Sin between Origen and Augustine, is being sold on the Target and Kmart websites... but I certainly don't disapprove ??? ;D
 

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God in Search of Man: A Philosophy of Judaism, by Abraham Joshua Heschel


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My wariness with this subsided. Also, a lot of it is about the environment and animals in general, not just in apocalypse-like scenarios, since 'the world without us' could just as easily be about situations in which humans never existed to begin with, or didn't spread across the world and massively increase in population.
 

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Ah, interesting. I might pick that up if only to help me craft alien ecosystems for fiction, then!
 

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Asteriktos said:
I'm not sure why the $85 Oxford University Press book The Human Condition in Hilary of Poitiers: The Will and Original Sin between Origen and Augustine, is being sold on the Target and Kmart websites... but I certainly don't disapprove ??? ;D
Kmart could do an annoying popup: "Attention Kmart shoppers, there's a Blue Light Special in the Patristics Department!" ;D
 

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A lot of things. Includes Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman, and The Once and Future King by T.S. Eliot.
 

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This new Tiger Woods biography. He's an even bigger jerk than I realized, and yet learning about his upbringing sheds a lot of light on why. Makes me feel sorry for him in many ways. Both of his parents were real pieces of work. But still, some of the ways Tiger treated other people are simply inexcusable. He's basically always been a narcissistic, self-absorbed, spoiled brat. A very interesting read.

Selam
 

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I'm reading the book of Job again. I was pretty sure that I had read it twice, but it has a different ending that I remembered.
 

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How baby bats develop their dialects

https://www.nature.com/news/how-baby-bats-develop-their-dialects-1.22926
 

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Mexico has not yet paid me for this, though it was only $3 at Ollie's so it's not a big deal.
 

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Life of St. Columba by Adomnán. As it's the Penguin Classics edition, I'm currently slogging my way through Richard Sharpe's 70-page introduction where he casts doubt on the historicity of the work and relegates it mostly to Christian and cultural "myth". Still, I'm not well-versed on the state of Scotland or the Celtic church of the time, so I've decided not to skip it.
 

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Currently a huge manual with everything a Regional Labour Court technician should know: Portuguese, court ethics, disabled rights, administrative and labour law. It's a nice read, I'll enjoy studying to become a technician even if I don't make it.

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Life of St. Columba by Adomnán. As it's the Penguin Classics edition, I'm currently slogging my way through Richard Sharpe's 70-page introduction where he casts doubt on the historicity of the work and relegates it mostly to Christian and cultural "myth". Still, I'm not well-versed on the state of Scotland or the Celtic church of the time, so I've decided not to skip it.
Some folks try to apply an irrationally exaggerated rigour to study times for which sources are scarce, therefore doubting the few sources left, specially when such sources are religious.
 

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About 1/3 through right now. Really engrossing. One thing making this battle interesting is the number of firsthand accounts, both by Chinese and Japanese military personnel and the wide array of foreign civilian observers- German, British, American, Russian, etc.- because both sides made a point of leaving the foreign concessions alone.
 

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The windover bog bodies:

http://www.ancient-origins.net/history-ancient-traditions/windover-bog-bodies-among-greatest-archeological-discoveries-ever-021007
 

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Father Arseny: A Cloud of Witnesses
https://www.amazon.com/Father-Arseny-Witnesses-Vera-Bouteneff/dp/0881412325/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1525382555&sr=1-2&keywords=father+arseny
 
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