A rhetorical figure in which incongruous or contradictory terms are combined, as in "a deafening silence" and "a mournful optimist."

Non-Ecclesial Christianity and Secular Catholics

Submitted by frlarry on Thu, 02/10/2011 - 15:50

Let's prescind, for the moment, from the recognition that the phrase "non-ecclesial Christianity" is an oxymoron, and consider the demographics and beliefs of those who describe themselves as Christian, but without belonging to any given ecclesial community (much less belong to an actual church). To consider this, I will appeal to a study by a Protestant polling organization known as the Barna Group. See "Christianity Is No Longer Americans’ Default Faith."

The Social Security Trust Fund

Submitted by frlarry on Sun, 07/19/2009 - 20:17
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I'm sure this is no surprise to anyone. The Social Security Trust Fund (a legacy of the creation of the Social Security Administration, originally the Social Security Board) began operation on January 1, 1940 (see SSA History/1940s) as the Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance Trust Fund. The fund began paying benefits at the end of that month. At that time, it amounted to a welfare program.

Benign Comity

Submitted by frlarry on Tue, 01/13/2009 - 08:55
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It's worth reviewing, for a moment, the meaning of these words which seem to characterize our President Elect's efforts at inclusion, particularly in his upcoming inaugural festivities but also in his pre-Presidential legislative maneuvering regarding the economy, so well.

Another really bad idea, scientificizing religion or religionizing science

Submitted by frlarry on Tue, 01/29/2008 - 13:17
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I speak, of course, of Scientology, the last refuge of middle aged celebrities. The aim of Scientology is rehabilitation, the poor substitute for spiritual redemption that is available to those who don't believe in God. Being a cross between a flying saucer cult and pure new age gives this belief system a rich set of traditions upon which to draw for inspiration.

Vaginal washing 'raises HIV risk'

Submitted by frlarry on Sat, 01/14/2006 - 14:32
As this BBC report indicates, both the common people and their self-proclaimed guardians have pretty dumb ideas about "safe sex": "Vaginal washing 'raises HIV risk'."   And I quote:
However, the only way to protect against infections from HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases is to practise safe sex by using condoms.

"Be very afraid..." not!

Submitted by frlarry on Sat, 12/10/2005 - 16:04
A posting on LinuxQuestions points to "Series A" funding (startup research) for enterprise level software used in developing "business intelligence." The poster, a "dcparris", says he(she) is "scared!" Not to worry. The comparison with military intelligence is undoubtedly apt: "Open-source business intelligence firm gets funding," but this is about businesses getting "intel" on each other. Enterprise-level market research tools should be of much greater concern.