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Home country: USA
Current location: Indianapolis, IN
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Watching a wonderful documentary about the Sudan.

While all is definitely not moonlight and roses, believe it or not, modest progress is being made through the efforts of the Church. In the remote Kareima Mountains of central Sudan, a new hospital has been opened. Schools have been opened that educate both boys and girls. Catechism is being taught. Mass is being celebrated. Wells have been dug for fresh, clean water supplies. In other words, healing work is being done as people return after all the long years of war.

But you know the best part? The hospital is mostly staffed by Africans familiar with the maladies prevalent in the region. The teachers and catechists? Also African. The priests and religious working in the area? African again. In other words, it is not "Oh, look at those wonderful white people helping those Africans." They are doing it for themselves. Very uplifting.

Ran into an "All in the Family" rerun on TV.

Ya know, even Archie would be appalled by today's teabaggers.

OMG! Anybody remember Jim Bakker?

As I was flipping channels just now, I happened to spot his name on the bottom of the screen. I probably wouldn't have even noticed if not for the way the name is spelled. He has a white beard and a baseball cap. He's pitching some kind of nutritional supplements and vitamins now. And his wikipedia entry says he still owes the IRS $6 million.

"Finance took over and more or less wrecked the place."

--Gylfi Zoega, Professor of Economics, the University of Iceland, on how the financial crisis of a few years ago played out in his country, in an interview for the movie "Inside Job"

At least the banksters there went to jail. Not here. And now, Larry Summers, who figured prominently in the film, is even being considered for Chairman of the Federal Reserve?

There was a time when, after the Depression, regulation of the financial sector meant that U.S.had 40 years without a single financial crisis. Banks were essentially local businesses, forbidden to speculate with depositors' money. Investment banks were small partnerships. Bond traders sometimes took second jobs to make ends meet. Then, in the '80's, deregulation began -- and the rest is history. But that history still doesn't include anybody going to jail.

Broke down and saw "Elysium." **No Spoilers**

I was going to wait until it showed up in Red box, but now I'm glad I didn't. I swear this must have been filmed on location in Mogadishu. I hear the RW is having shit fits over this movie; if they are not, they should be.

Older DUers: Remember this one?


Dear stinky guy sitting in front of me on the bus:

Take a shower. That is all.

I Hate When This Happens!!

I bought a hot dog from a cart a little while ago. That was mistake #1. I put mustard on it. Mistake #2.

I'll bet you can guess what happened next. That's right -- now I'm walking around with a big old mustard stain on my favorite blue polo shirt. Life sucks!

The eeriest thing just happened:

I was sitting in Burger King (I know, I know -- that was my first mistake). This is the same Burger King where, years ago when I lived here in Indy before, I spotted a guy at another table with a holstered weapon, abruptly decided that I didn't want the rest of my Whopper after all, and got the hell out. But I digress.

I was reading John Dominic Crossan's fascinating and accessible "God and Empire." I am getting toward the end, where he gets to talking about, of all things, fundie-style apocalyptic prophecy (He didn't put it that way, but you get the idea). He lays out extremely clearly just what it is these people believe. He also talks about author Paul Boyer's book "When Time Shall be No More." In it, Crossan says, Boyer talks about Hal Lindsey's "The Late Great Planet Earth." Boyer describes how Lindsey claims that after his book was published (1970, I believe) he was invited to speak at the American Air War College. Lindsey says that virtually the whole school turned out; and when he spoke at the Pentagon it was SRO and then some.

Crossan's point is that these people are fucking dangerous (my words, not his; he's a little more diplomatic). I first ran into this stuff back in my Marine Corps days, and occasionally after that. Part of why I became a Catholic is that Catholics just don't go for it. I didn't realize just how pervasive this thinking was in the military. I don't think this is really the mindset we want if we're trying to live peacefully in this world. But then, making peace does not seem to be what this country is about anymore, if it ever was.

But here is the eerie part: As I was reading, I became aware of three people sitting together in another booth. Because the place was almost empty except for me and for them, I could hear them perfectly, even with my not-so-great hearing.They were talking about -- you guessed it -- the "end times." It was almost as if they were there to illustrate Crossan's point: that this kind of magical thinking is out there, and it's dangerous.

To add to all this, before I left to go get something to eat, I was watching a program about -- wait for it -- dangerous cults like the Branch Davidians and the People's Temple.

So how was your day?

Has anybody else noticed this?

I know anecdotal evidence is not usually well received in social science circles, but I think it can be very revealing sometimes. Lately I have been noticing DUers posting about finding jobs, or at least getting interviews, sometimes after long periods of unemployment. Could it be that the economy really is starting to pick up?
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