friday reading list

“God helps those who help themselves.”

~ Algernon Sydney

(not the Bible or Benjamin Franklin)

Martin Luther King Jr. had Malcolm X and the Dailai Lama has Ashin Wirathu, the charismatic and militant monk.

Whether it’s convenient for President Dilma Rouseff or not, more than one million people in more than eighty cities are protesting in a Brazilian awakening.

While China proves that totalitarianism is an environmentalist’s ideal system by threatening to execute its worst polluters, the United State of Virginia attempting to tax hybrid and electric cars since their owners do not pay their “fair share” of gas taxes.

Is the depthless realm of coffee tables and and public shelving the future of books once content has moved online for good? With this future focus on the book’s binding, is the paperback a thing of the past?

Close on the heels of rising televangelism came the “prosperity gospel.” BBC4 and Andrew Brown discuss the Christian antithesis posing as the church.

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thursday reading list

A cerebral smorgasbord.

If there’s one thing the US hates more than mass-murdering, democracy hating dictators, it’s Islamists. The New York Times reports on Bashar al-Assad’s campaign to bring the US over to his side on the Syrian Civil War.

Jay-Z is planning on expanding his cool sports empire to hockey. His first step, it seems is to draft Seth Jones, an African-American and, that’s right, the hottest new prospect in the NHL.

Sometimes laws are enforced. In a major win to a long-fought battle with MTR mining, the EPA has, once again, been upheld in its authority to enforce the Clean Water Act.

With an aging America, could trailer parks be the sustainable way to house everyone in relative comfort? Lisa Margonelli of the Pacific Standard says it is, then she tells us which way the ternader came from.

Possibly the world’s most measured voice on religion, The Guardian‘s Andrew Brown discusses religion’s increased link with radical violence.

soul food: psalm 23.

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Psalm 23

A Psalm of David.
1 The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
2   He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;
3   he restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths
for his name’s sake.

4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley,*
I fear no evil;
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff—
they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
my whole life long.

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