Earworm Wednesday: Tainted Love ~ Pomplamoose


Pomplamoose covers this Gloria Jones classic that was made famous by Soft Cell.

Enjoy.

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Balcony Closed


I am going to take in a movie or two this weekend. Reviews will follow.

Frenetic Friday


Well, well, well its Friday once again and I do believe we have a really big show for you tonight. So away we go!


Our first item of the night is this new study that has found that women are hard wired to find well meaning SEXIST men more attractive. (emphasis mine)  And why is this so?  Well according to the scientists who did the study women think that such men are more likely protect them, provide for them and commit to a relationship.  So what is considered sexist according to the study?  if they are chivalrous or think women need a man to protect them.  So think about this.  If you’ve been taught to say open the door for a lady, stand when a woman enters a room, remove your hat when speaking to a lady., in times of danger protect the women before yourself.    All this is a form of benevolent sexism.  Or manners as taught by your grandfather and grandmother, or in my case father and mother if you were fortunate to have this happen to you.  (if you were raised in the south  manners are part of the culture and this is the norm.)  But wait there is more it seems that even women who consider themselves strong feminists showed the same preferences in the study by British and US researchers.   That must really grind their gears. <source>

 

 

 

 

So have you ever seen this skit:

If you have you’ll recognize it as one of the classic Monty Python sketches.  Many is the time that I laughed myself silly over such skits.  Well according the head of comedy at the BBC, Shane Allen, Monty Python  wouldn’t get on the BBC because:

If you’re going to assemble a team now it’s not going to be six Oxbridge white blokes,” Allen said in June. “It’s going to be a diverse range of people who reflect the modern world.”

Terry Gilliam a member of the troupe and an American said in response to the claim that Monty Python was too white said:

I no longer want to be a white male, I don’t want to be blamed for everything wrong in the world: I tell the world now I’m a black lesbian. … My name is Loretta and I’m a BLT, a black lesbian in transition.”
“[Allen’s] statement made me so angry, all of us so angry,” he said. “Comedy is not assembled, it’s not like putting together a boy band where you put together one of this, one of that everyone is represented.”<source>

Now let’s go to the Pacific Northwest


Ah Seattle really you can’t find a more liberal city unless you’re on the east coast or in California.  Well seems that Seattle to protect the environment has placed a ban on plastic straws.  That means all the fast food restaurants and other restaurants have to go to either a paper of a paper/plastic composite straw.  Or you have a note from a doctor that  states you must use a plastic drinking straw.  And if you don’t have that note, well that is a $250 fine.  <source>

And last but not least this:

The blurb below says this:

No one is born white. But while there is no biological basis for a white race, whiteness is real. What’s more, whiteness as a way of being in the world has been parasitically joined to Christianity, and this is the ground of many of our problems today. It is time to redouble the efforts of the church and its institutions to muster well-informed, gospel-based initiatives to fight racialized injustice and overcome the heresy of whiteness.

Written by a world-class roster of scholars, Can “White” People Be Saved? develops language to describe the current realities of race and racism. It challenges evangelical Christianity in particular to think more critically and constructively about race, ethnicity, migration, and mission in relation to white supremacy.

Historical and contemporary perspectives from Africa and the African diaspora prompt fresh theological and missiological questions about place and identity. Native American and Latinx experiences of colonialism, migration, and hybridity inspire theologies and practices of shalom. And Asian and Asian American experiences of ethnicity and class generate transnational resources for responding to the challenge of systemic injustice. With their call for practical resistance to the Western whiteness project, the perspectives in this volume can revitalize a vision of racial justice and peace in the body of Christ.<source>

And let me remind you of this:

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.  Romans 1:16 (emphasis mine)

 

Independence Day


On the two hundred forty second anniversary of our independence from England two videos for your perusal.

First Will Witt asking about why we celebrate the fourth of July.

And now Mike Rowe with a little story about Independence Day:

Frenetic Friday


So have you ever seen the WWUTT videos? These ninty second or so videos take a variety of subjects and apply the word of God to them. Mrs. Keachfan likes them because they take deep subjects and explain them clearly. Take a look at the latest one and then go check out their youtube channel.

Speaking of culture wars.

Prager U has come out with a great new video about intersectionality.

Intersectionality is the new buzz word amongst “woke” Christians and SJWs. I didn’t know what it was and I appreciate Prager U’s contribution to my education.

What would your evolutionist friends say if you said that nine out of ten species, including humans, came into existence only 100,000 to 200,000 years ago? Well according to this article from Phys.org a new genetic test proves just that. David Thaler one of the two authors of the study said: “This conclusion is very surprising, and I fought against it as hard as I could.” This means that ninty percent of the current species is basically the same age. But not only that but another unexpected finding from the study—species have very clear genetic boundaries, and there’s nothing much in between.

“If individuals are stars, then species are galaxies,” said Thaler. “They are compact clusters in the vastness of empty sequence space.”

The absence of “in-between” species is something that also perplexed Darwin, he said.

Speaking of Robots.

So do you want to know when you are going to die? According to this article Google’s A.I. can predict your death up to 95% accuracy. As reported by IFL Science, the new ability to use AI to predict death is outlined in a study recently published in npj Digital Medicine. The study involves new Artificial Intelligence (AI) that Google’s Medical Brain team have been working on. It has been trained to predict how likely it is that patients entering a hospital will make it out alive.

Now the obvious issue is what happens when the A. I. predictions are used to determine whether or not the patient should even be treated if there is only 5 percent chance of recovery?

Here is an example of the A. I. In action:

In one instance reported in the study, a patient with late-stage breast cancer was admitted to hospital. Her lungs were filled with fluid, she was seen by several doctors and then underwent a scan. According to the hospital’s assessment, she had a 9.3 percent chance of dying during her stay, based on her vital signs such as respiratory rate, blood pressure, and pulse. Google’s AI also ran its own assessment on the same patient, assessing 175,639 data points on her record, the researchers wrote in their study. These included data points that aren’t normally considered during patient evaluations. The AI was able to access previously out of reach data, such as PDFs of notes made by doctors and nurses that indicated evidence of malignant pleural effusions (fluid build-up around the lungs) and potential risk of pressure ulcers. Looking at this data, the AI put the patient’s risk of death during her stay at 19.9 percent. She died 10 days after admission.

Again what isn’t discussed in this is whether using this data the late-stage breast cancer patient would have been denied treatment.

I think that the ultimate question is should any decision rest in intelligence that isn’t human.

And that is it for Frenetic Friday.

Theology Thursday: What is the Gospel?


So there was some MTV award that Chris Pratt received and gave an acceptance speech.

Now let me state something right now this isn’t about Chris Pratt. It’s not even about what he said or didn’t say rather it is what some people have said that Chris Pratt said.

In an article on the Federalist Rachel Stooltzfoos wrote:

Actor Chris Pratt shared a gospel message in an acceptance speech at the MTV awards Monday, interspersing a serious message about God’s love in a list of “9 Rules for Life” for the younger generation. (source)

Unfortunately, while Chris Pratt spoke about God, having a soul, praying, and grace being paid for by “somebody’s blood”, it wasn’t the Gospel.

So the question is what is the Gospel? R.C.Sproul writes regarding this question:

There is no greater message to be heard than that which we call the gospel. But as important as that is, it is often given to massive distortions or over simplifications. People think they’re preaching the gospel to you when they tell you, ‘you can have a purpose to your life’, or that ‘you can have meaning to your life’, or that ‘you can have a personal relationship with Jesus.’ All of those things are true, and they’re all important, but they don’t get to the heart of the gospel. (source)

So then what is the core essentials of the Gospel? Well I would say that the bible tells us what the core essentials of the Gospel is.

Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.~1Corinthians 15:1-4

The Gospel must contain these elements: We are sinners, rebels against a holy and just God, deserving only his wrath and justice. (Rom. 3:23, Ephesians 2:3, 2 Thess. 1:9)

Jesus lived a life of perfect righteousness, of perfect obedience to God, not for His own well being but for His people offering Himself as a perfect sacrifice to satisfy the justice and the righteousness of God. (1 Peter 2:24)

God raised Jesus to life for our justification. That we are declared righteous before God based upon what Christ did for His people. (Romans 4:25, Romans 5:16, 18)

Our salvation then comes from placing our trust in what Christ has done, not we have done. This is the Gospel that we have received, which we stand on, and are being saved by holding on to the word of God.

Movie Review: The Incredibles 2


Director: Brad Bird
Producer: John Walker, Nicole Paradis Grindle
Writer: Brad Bird
Cast: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowel, Huck Milner, and Samuel L. Jackson

Fourteen years ago Pixar introduced the movie goers to a family of superheros who couldn’t be heroes anymore.   But when faced with a challenge once again donned their costumes to fight against evil.  And there it left us hanging.  Would Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl be allowed to come out of retirement?  What about the laws against superheroes?  Not to mention did people really want the return of superheroes?

Pixar takes up the story from where it left off fourteen years ago and answers all those questions and more!  In Incredibles 2  a multimillionaire sees the Incredibles and Frozone  fighting the giant robot that was  attacking the city and is excited to see that the supers have returned.  And contacts Frozone .

The millionaire’s plan is simple using Elastigirl  generate good publicity for supers and get the law changed.  And that is exactly what happens.  Elastigirl goes out crime fighting while Mr. Incredible, Bob,  stays home and tries to be both mother and father.  And surprise, surprise he is doing a good job until they find that the baby, Jack Jack, has a plethora of super powers!  Because of the importance of what Elastigirl is doing they hide from her that Jack jack is super which causes Bob to be stressed to the point that the kids call in Frozone.  When Frozone sees what is happening he tells them that they need professional help.  So Bob takes the baby to Edna.  Edna is fascinated with the baby and takes him off Bob’s hands which allows him to get the sleep that he has missed,  Bob returns to Edna’s, (and the sequence of the baby and Edna has to be seen to believe it is great) to find that she’s designed a super suit that practically neutralizes the baby’s powers and makes him easier to handle.

At the same time something is up with the villain that Elastigirl is fighting.  Everything isn’t what it seems and Elastigirl is trying to find out who is behind the curtain pulling all the strings.

This follow-up to The Incredibles is great and excellent family fare I give it five stars.