Hoplophoia (and other stuff worth reading)

Hoplophobia is far and away the most dangerous of all phobias, because of its unique nexus to political action. Because sufferers act out their fears in the political arena, it represents a significant and under-appreciated threat to the nation. Our research indicates that hoplophobia is a real, extremely dangerous, widespread, and clinically recognizable complex specific phobia that meets most but not all of the gauges the American Psychiatric Association and medical community has set out for phobias, for reasons we will examine. We will demonstrate that hoplophobia actually falls into its own category of anxiety and phobic disorders. –Red Flag News

I continue to be amazed by the number of youth and youth adults who are stressed and burnt out from the regular shaming and feelings of inadequacy if they happen to not being doing something unique and special. Today’s Millennial generation is being fed the message that if they don’t do something extraordinary in this life they are wasting their gifts and potential. The sad result is that many young adults feel ashamed if they “settle” into ordinary jobs, get married early and start families, live in small towns, or as 1 Thess 4:11 says, “aspire to live quietly, and to mind [their] affairs, and to work with [their] hands.” For too many Millennials their greatest fear in this life is being an ordinary person with a non-glamorous job, living in the suburbs, and having nothing spectacular to boast about. –Acton

Being modern and worldly, our remedy is found in medication and pharmaceutical technology rather than in salvation. This means we’re more than willing to cede our bodies to those who promise longevity at the expense of our dignity. You can see this attitude played out in our current health insurance debates: if the common good is defined solely as the diminishing or elimination of suffering, then it’s not hard to conclude that one of the government’s first duties is to provide our health care. –Intercollegiate Review

In 2011, the United States produced 1,094,300,000 tons of coal. Coal’s energy content is measured by British thermal units (BTUs). At coal’s production rate of about 19,583,000 BTU per ton, it provided over 21 quadrillion BTUs of energy to the U.S. in 2011. In contrast, solar energy provided a mere 158 trillion BTUs. In other words, solar power provided 0.07 percent of the energy that coal provided—not quite a full percentage point. That is in spite of the fact that the industry employs more people than the coal industry—which provided 87,500 jobs as of May 2012 according to the BLS. Some simple math suggests that each worker in the solar industry produces about one half of one percent as much energy as the average coal miner. If workers were paid according to BTU output, solar workers would be making less than $300 annually proportionate to coal miners. Alternatively, it would require 21.4 million people in the solar industry to do the job that 87,500 coal miners are doing at present. –Heritage

From time immemorial, some notion of form, some idea of what sort of thing the artist is making when he is making, has governed the production of art. This concept indicates to the artist not only what sort of object he should create, but also, by implication, what sort of object he must not create. An artist like Donatello sculpted with some idea in mind that guided his hand toward the depiction of a certain stance or a certain facial expression, while simultaneously guiding his hand away from piling junk in an “installment” or welding together some amorphous blob. –Public Discourse

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