Sound advice

As usual, the wisdom of the Bible trumps that of the world:

Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.
– 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12

For me, one of the most convincing aspects of the Bible is the way that its recommendations are fundamentally, even scientifically, more sound with regards to how one should live one’s life on a daily basis than the advice produced by legions of scientists, psychologists, and life coaches operating with the benefit of an additional 2,000 years of experience.

This verse just happened to catch my attention following the recent discussion of the Forbes article on the college scam.

At the Black Gate

One thing I’ve never understood about those who stand by the Woman Warrior trope is their insistence that the complete absence of the type throughout the course of human history is the result of the same cultural prejudice happening to appear in every historical culture, however disparate. I’ll consider taking the matter seriously when the related cultural distinction between male and female sports is finally eliminated.

Anyhow, one thing I rather like about Black Gate is that it’s one of the few places where more or less controversial subjects can be discussed in a perfectly civilized manner.

I love it when a plan comes together

Note to self: when attempting to improve public image, try to refrain from beheading anyone:

New York man Muzzammil Hassan founded pro-Islam station Bridges TV five years ago to combat the negative public image of Muslims. He is currently under arrest for beheading his wife.

On the other hand, orkish shrieking about being mad headchoppaz does appear to be working rather effectively in the United Kingdom. And, of course, I imagine the divorce rate would drop precipitously were American men to begin following Mr. Hassan’s forthright example upon being served with divorce papers.