slowly, confusedly, and hopefully meditatively.
The News: Fox News discusses the possibility that the Syrian War fulfills a biblical prophecy about the end of times. Tim Murphy writes over at Mother Jones:
As I reported last week, popular evangelists and writers like Joel Rosenberg have spent much of the last five years talking up the possibility of a conflict that might fit the one outlined by Isaiah and Jeremiah in the Old Testament, in which Damascus is reduced to rubble. On Saturday, Rosenberg spoke about the Isaiah prophecy in Topeka, Kansas, at the invitation of Republican governor Sam Brownback. On Monday, he appeared on Fox News to elaborate on his views.
Rosenberg wasn’t ready to definitively say that an American war in Syria—which is looking less and less likely by the day—would necessarily match the description of the Old Testament. But it was definitely a possibility. “It’s impossible for us to know that yet, and I think it’s wrong for people who teach Bible prophecy to try to guess, in a sense, to try to say for certain that it’s going to happen now,” he told host Neil Cavuto. “But you have seven million Syrians are already on the run—two million have left the country; five million are internally displaced. The Jeremiah: 49 prophecy says that people will flee, but there’ll still be people in Damascus when the prophecy happens. So the bottom line is we don’t know.”
A Question: Ari Kohen, Schlesigner Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln wonders who Fox is actually appealing to. He writes on his blog:
How many people in the U.S. are actually excited about the prospect of the End Times and are therefore hoping for a military intervention in Syria because they believe we’re on the cusp of fulfiling a biblical prophecy regarding the end of the world?
Like, who is Fox News appealing to here?
Can we do a survey about that?
Christian News Wire reports that “41% of all U.S. adults, 54% of Protestants and 77% of Evangelicals believe the world is now living in the biblical end times.” The findings are from a recent poll conducted by the Barna Group, a faith and culture polling firm.
Source: Stonly Baptiste
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"Increasingly, consumers are visiting websites with tablets instead of smartphones or desktops or laptops."
~ Other “Key Insights” from the “Adobe 2013 Mobile Consumer Survey”: "While consumers strongly prefer tablets to smartphones for website visits, they still use desktops and laptops the most for website visits, even though the tablet and the desktop and laptop engagement levels are comparable. As the tablet market matures, the advantages of desktop and laptop browsing will erode, causing consumers to use tablets to visit websites more frequently. To engage customers who use tablets, companies should adopt tablet-specific strategies, instead of offering experiences identical to those of smartphones or desktops and laptops." (via thefutureofnews)
Other “Key Insights” from the “Adobe 2013 Mobile Consumer Survey”:
"While consumers strongly prefer tablets to smartphones for website visits, they still use desktops and laptops the most for website visits, even though the tablet and the desktop and laptop engagement levels are comparable. As the tablet market matures, the advantages of desktop and laptop browsing will erode, causing consumers to use tablets to visit websites more frequently. To engage customers who use tablets, companies should adopt tablet-specific strategies, instead of offering experiences identical to those of smartphones or desktops and laptops."
Find what you love and let it kill you. Let it drain from you your all. Let it cling to your back and weigh you down to eventual nothingness. Let it kill you, and let it devour your remains. For all things will kill you, both slowly and fastly, but it is better to be killed by a lover.
"Sandberg’s broken through the ultimate glass ceiling: she’s the official feminist of the boys’ club. Her advice is so good, they don’t even see it as being for women."
Lovely scientific rendition of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Stars” in this Girl Scouts PSA for engaging girls in STEM, reminiscent of the wonderful You Are Stardust – the illustrated story of the universe by a female author and illustrator.
Top with these illustrated biographies of exceptional women scientists.
Happy Fourth of July
Now do something very American: Join Restore the Fourth for an Independence Day protest.
Via the Electronic Frontier Foundation:
This Fourth of July, groups of concerned individuals will be taking to the streets in dozens of cities across the United States in support of the Fourth Amendment. According to the official website, Restore the Fourth aims to end all forms of unconstitutional surveillance of digital communications by the United States government. The campaign calls particular attention to PRISM, a recently-revealed project of the National Security Agency that allows the government broad access to the Internet traffic and other electronic communications of many users – including many Americans. The Restore the Fourth movement has an active reddit community that is working cooperatively to organize protests across the country.
There are many ways to protest unconstitutional surveillance – including signing onto the Stop Watching Us site and calling your elected officials – but physical protests can be particularly effective at demonstrating public outrage. We’re glad to see the Restore the Fourth movement organizing protests across the country against unlawful NSA spying, and we hope these protests push elected officials to respond to the American people’s growing discontent with dragnet domestic surveillance.
And now back to our regularly scheduled fireworks.
Her Girl Friday is kicking off the summer with a boozy Brooklyn mixer. Come mingle, talk shop, and put some dollars towards cheap drinks (we’re making punch, y’all!) and the Her Girl Friday petty cash drawer*.
Cloud City, 7pm-11pm
85 N 1st St
Brooklyn, NY (Bedford L stop)
For all you shy networkers:
We’ll be projecting slides throughout the night featuring projects and people looking for collaborators (or some extra exposure!). Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 8th with content for a slide! (website, twitter handle, photo, recent work, email address, 1-2 sentence description, animated .gif, etc - anything you want!).
Free entry. All genders (and professions) welcome!
*Her Girl Friday is committed to producing panels and events that are free for all, and we’ve been able to do so thanks to the generosity of the spaces who have hosted us, our amazing speakers, and a stellar crew of volunteer photographers, djs, and helpful hands. That said, costs do arise from time to time. All drink and tip proceeds from the mixer will go towards keeping our events amazing and affordable.
About Her Girl Friday:
We’re a Brooklyn-based group that produces engaging events with good vibes and concrete takeaways for (and featuring!) women in journalism and non-fiction storytelling.
As soon as I try to write about what I’ve learned, my brain begins a conversation with itself and with those hundreds/thousands of sources I’ve read. I begin to understand what my book is about and what all those primary and secondary sources mean. And of course the meaning of those sources changes as I begin to examine them in relation to each other.
As my brain filters that information, I respond."
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