I think the Bible is…
Ashley Ann Eubanks · Answered Just another interesting bookThere are some good morals to be gleaned from parts of the book, but those morals can also come from other sources. I suppose the book just has a bad rap, as it were, considering all of the violence and bigotry it has inspired in the worst of humankind over the years. I have met some very honorable Christians that do t…he religion an excellent service in terms of showing what being a Christian could and should be, but I’ve far too often met the other kind of Christian that takes excerpts and soundbites from the Bible literally and does much harm to the reputation of their religion and the book that is supposed to inspire morality in its believers. *end soapbox*
I just responded to a facebook question put out by the facebook page “The Bible” that is possibly going to get me into an argument but hopefully just inspires intelligent discourse. If you have a facebook account, feel free to read the question and the responses and vote on the polls. It’s okay to disagree with me. I welcome intellectual debate on this and any subject.
Dear Mr. President,
In February, you made a powerful statement about the law.
We ask you now for your leadership on ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage — an exclusion that harms millions of Americans each day. Whether to end discrimination in marriage is a question America has faced before, and faces again today.
With so many Americans talking it through in heartfelt conversations, it is a question that calls for clarity from the president.
Mr. President, the time to end exclusion from marriage is now. We ask you to complete your journey and join us, and the majority of Americans, who support the freedom to marry.
I don’t have much faith in online petitions, but I did sign this one. They ask for email, name, zip code, and to connect to Twitter and Facebook, so I think they do more to prove that you are who you say you are than those petitions that just ask you to type a name into a box or email forward.
This is a cause I care about. All parties consenting, everyone should be able to marry whoever they so desire.
A girl got in trouble for wearing a shirt to school that read “SOME KIDS R GAY. THAT’S OK. FKH8.COM”
Her parents are changing schools.
I have asked the people of FKH8.com if they have their clothing in infant and toddler sizes. I seriously want these shirts in my children’s wardrobes! Lets see what school officials think if all of us who embrace love and FKH8 show up at educational institutes from day cares through graduate level universities with our cause proudly displayed in bright colors.
The Accidental Intactivist « The Mommypotamus
What do you think? Should parents be allowed to circumcise their sons? Or should they refrain from doing anything, even for religious reasons, until the individual is old enough to consent?
I think that parents should be allowed to circumcise their sons.
You are right to want all of the information to be presented upfront and available to parents before making the decision. Your post does not reflect the point of view of parents like several friends of mine who had to get their sons circumcised in an emergency after medical complications arose. I know that they are the outliers in what is normal for an intact penis, but there are dangers on both sides of the decision.
I do appreciate the insight on what can go horribly wrong when an incompetent doctor performs the procedure.
I do not currently have any sons. My husband is circumcised, but doesn’t want the procedure for our future sons. I am still pro letting parents decide and still in favor of it for our future sons, but we will have to discuss this further if we really ever do have sons.
In your post, you mentioned piercing a child without permission.
Parents do this all the time to babies’ ears. Oddly enough, that’s one body modification that I am against for my children. I say “oddly enough” because I’m sure that seems odd for me to be in favor of circumcising a future son but against piercing my children’s ears without their consent. My husband and I are pierced and tattooed but want our children to request piercings before we got them and want them to wait til 18 to get tats if they want them.
There are lots of other means of body modification that I have mulled over and blogged about before as to what decision I might make for a hypothetical future child, including separating a conjoined twin and removing a parasitical twin/extra body part, both of which have pros and cons either way.
While getting a hair cut doesn’t hurt at all, it’s also a form of body modification done all the time without the child’s consent.
Then you can get into the discussion of other cosmetic alterations forced or cajoled onto children, such as what pageant moms do all the time for glitz and glam pageants.
What it all comes down to is a parent’s right to choose what is best for their child based on the knowledge and information they have on hand. Parents can and should do research before making any decision regarding their children, but it is not up to other people to guilt and shame the parents into making or not making certain decisions. There is no need for “mommy wars.”
“I think it’s scammy … dirty. I don’t want to ask for it. I feel funny asking for freebies.” These are just some of the comments I hear thrown around in the blogging world when it comes to making money.
I recently stayed in a hostel in Sydney free. It wasn’t really free, because in return for that I tweeted about the hostel the whole time I was there. I wrote a really great review of the place. I also wrote a couple of other spin-off articles on my site that linked to that piece. I promoted it through my social sites.
I had at least six people say to me that they would definitely stay in this hostel when they come to Sydney. That was on the day it was published, and from those who spoke. But let’s keep it at six and say that for one night’s stay in the dorm room where it costs $40, the hostel would earn $240. It cost them $140 to give us a private room for the night. We made them money.
Entrepreneurs think like this. They believe they can offer value and know they deserve to be rewarded for it. Because of this, they are not afraid to ask for the money and they don’t believe it’s dirty when they get it. They approach all transactions from a win-win perspective and there’s nothing bad about this.
On a similar level, I hear many bloggers say they feel they are selling out on their readers by selling advertising. Really? If your readers expect you to spend countless hours every day writing valuable content that informs and entertains, without receiving any compensation for it, then you need to get new readers.
Do you think they feel the same way when they pick up a magazine, a newspaper, or turn on the TV? Why do people think that when you enter the blogging world, suddenly you should start writing and work for nothing? If you have a job mentality then you may not get past these uncomfortable feelings of “selling out.”
You are doing this for the passion—yes! But you are also doing this for the income you originally craved so you could start living your life by your desires.
Think like an entrepreneur: “There is nothing wrong with making money. Making money enables me to move forward and grow, so I can in turn provide more value.”
If this article has struck a raw nerve with you, then ask yourself, “Could this perhaps be a sign that I have not yet crossed over?” Well … have you crossed over?
They’ve hit the proverbial nail on its proverbial head.
Here’s the comment I made on their post:
“Thanks for the great post! As my husband struggles to start his own business locally (R And D Anime Connection, Fort Smith, AR) and I struggle to turn the blog I’ve been keeping since 2005 into a multi-platform-hosted, syndicated, social-networked blog that grows in readership and leads to eventual income, I am taking advice where I can get it. I tried the affiliate approach on my Blogger site, but it’s a few cents here and there. I was told by one blogger that readers can get annoyed by the affiliate links, so I haven’t tried to add them to the other versions of my blog. I’ve got the networking part of your approach down pat, but I’m not sure where to go from there. How do I turn hobby into income and how long do you think it takes?”
I have not switched into the entrepreneurial mode. I argue with my husband that blogging and social networking does have value, but I can’t adequately express what that value is. I list myself as a freelance writer and blogger on my Twitter profile, but I’m not out there asking for financial compensation or even “free” gifts for mentioning, discussing, or alluding to various products and businesses. I feel guilty asking my friends for compensation when I offer to blog about their businesses. So far other than an article on one freelancing site that paid me a tiny amount of money, the few articles a wrote/worked on for a local mag, and the pennies I’ve earned through affiliate services, I have yet to really make a living out of being a writer.
Is it all my fault?
I get private-email-replies to several blog posts from relatives who think it very much is and encourage me to go out there and market my writing.
I am marketing myself, to a point. But is it enough and where do I go from here?
Identifying Fish Through Facebook
Last month, a team of ichthyologists sponsored by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History performed the first survey of the fish diversity in the Cuyuni River of Guyana. Upon their return, they needed to identify the more than 5,000 specimens they had collected in less than a week’s time in order to obtain an export permit. Faced with insufficient time and inadequate library resources to tackle the problem on their own, they instead posted a catalog of specimen images to Facebook and turned to their network of colleagues for help.
Image right: A fish identified as Hypostomus taphorni, from the Guyana expedition.
In less than 24 hours, this approach identified approximately 90 percent of the posted specimens to at least the level of genus, revealed the presence of at least two likely undescribed species, indicated two new records for Guyana and generated several loan requests. The majority of people commenting held a Ph.D. in ichthyology or a related field, and hailed from a great diversity of countries including the United States, Canada, France, Switzerland, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Guyana and Brazil.
Another awesome example of the power of social networking and the smallness of our world. *Cue “small world” song now*
This reminds me of the other article about the little boy who was diagnosed after his concerned father posted pictures to facebook.
On a more personal level, facebook has helped me to reconnect with long lost friends and relatives. It has also helped me in times of need, as I’ve posted status updates about wanting to find work to earn quick cash or about needing groceries but not having money at that moment or about needing a ride somewhere and facebook friends have chipped in to help me out.
In the age of the internet, the whole world is one big neighborhood. It’s too bad most of the neighbors are fighting…
Okay, so the only comment I can make on this is:
Which is far less than 22 Words. 😛
NEW YORK—The American print, broadcast, and online news media inexplicably continued reporting Wednesday on topics ranging from the budget debate in Washington to the recent tumult in Syria as if Saturday’s escape of a 20-inch Egyptian cobra from the Bronx Zoo—a snake whose venom destroys its prey’s nervous system and can kill a human being in 15 minutes—isn’t the only thing worth paying attention to right now. “The safety of nuclear power continues to be a hot-button topic,” said one reporter in a newscast that, bizarrely, wasn’t devoted entirely to a deadly snake that has no regard for human life and could be anywhere, coiled up in someone’s basement, hiding in a pillowcase, or at this very moment looming right behind an individual reading a news article, its neck-hood fully extended and its lethal fangs poised to strike into the back of one’s head. “And in sports news, [something else unrelated to the only two topics that could possibly be of any interest to anyone, namely, (a) what is being done to catch the snake and (b) how does one actively hide from it].” As of press time, Brian Williams should stop interviewing President Obama about Libya for Christ’s sake and ask him why, with a snake on the loose that can release a neurotoxin causing severe flaccid paralysis, the government isn’t setting up antivenom distribution centers across the country.
Oh, Onion, I love you! Another awesome article. What IS being done about that deadly snake? What??? Wait, I think I hear something slithery behind my he–
Welcome to McDonald’s. In what form would you like your free rape?
Sam’s Club helps you save on the quality ingredients you need — from everyone’s favorit brands of chips and salsa to tender meats and fresh vegetables.
Apparently Sam’s Club now offers recipe menus with custom shopping lists. I might have to try this out to help streamline and organize my family’s mealtimes. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve ended up serving something subpar because I rushed at the last minute or–worse–I’ve burned the meal altogether and had to toss it. It’s pretty bad when you cook something the dog won’t eat…
A bipartisan pro-Obama T-shirt
“Go, rock Obama.”
“Go rock Obama.”
I agree with the person’s message that there should be bipartisan support for our president, and this child is just adorable! I don’t have the money to spend $15 on a T-Shirt right now, though. I love one commentator’s suggestion that the shirt come with a Velcro comma so naysayers can put it wherever they like. If you say the phrase “go rock Obama” enough times, no matter where you place the comma, it sounds like you’re telling him to put on the best rock concert he can, which would be totally awesome to see but might decrease his standing with the anti-rock crowd. 🙂
Starbucks Is 40
The Seattle-based coffee chain Starbucks celebrated its 40th anniversary in March.
Here are some of the events that have shaped the company over the years:
- 1972: Homeless man “Dancing” Danson becomes the first person to take a bath in a Starbucks bathroom
- 1976: Starbucks begins selling coffee after five years of only selling a fermented moss-based cider
- 1987: The company’s fat, naked double-tailed fish-lady logo is simplified to entice consumers
- 1990: A rogue barista starts drizzling cute girls’ drinks with caramel, which he secretly dispenses through an improvised bladder hidden within his pocket
- 1997: Invention of the coffee cup
- 2002: Responding to complaints that its coffee tastes bitter and burned, Starbucks releases Metal Machine Roast, the chain’s most perversely unpalatable brew to date
- 2007: Following the success of its music and book sales, Starbucks begins offering life insurance, tax preparation, and living wills
- 2008: Iced coffee provided to set of Leatherheads
I know this is my third ONN post today, but I just really love these guys. 😛 Plus, this combines ONN with another love of mine, Starbucks (although, admittedly, I cheat on Starbucks all the time with Sweet Bay and McDonald’s because ice coffee and frappes are pretty much the same to me everywhere–all delicious, overpriced, dripping with calories, and totally worth it).
In the end, key leaders from both parties and both chambers met to hammer out a compromise package, leading to the passing of the six bills that Beebe has now signed into law. The House’s capital gains tax cut, which was the only one to meet vehement opposition from the governor, was dropped. Baker had to lower his proposed expansion of the threshold for sales tax on used cars, originally $5,000, to $4,000. A back-to-school tax holiday, which had also passed the House only to be rejected in Senate committee, was added to the package. And so was a bill providing geotourism tax incentives for the Delta.
The six tax cuts will cost the state an anticipated $35 million in revenue. Some of that revenue will be made up by removing the cost-of-living salary increase for state employees that was originally part of Beebe’s budget. In the end, all three sides — the House, the Senate, and the governor — had to make concessions, but the resulting tax cut package is a remarkable feat in an era where most states are cutting services.
I’m glad that they’re not cutting services.
Which state employees are effected by not getting the cost of living increase? The people on the bottom rung, or those at the top?
Family-Friendly April Fools’ Day Pranks
For some reason I get free issues of their magazine in my mailbox every month though I’ve never directly subscribed. I did directly subscribe to them on facebook. I do not feel the need to create a membership to their website, as I only go there when they show up in my facebook newsfeed and the article seems interesting (as happened today).
Blogger vs. WordPress
I actually use several different CMSs (thanks for teaching me that acronym BTW). I started off on Blogger and used it happily since 2005, but this year, in January, I discovered Posterous. It is a CMS that enables instant cross-posting to any of the others you use. I signed up for various other platforms and started using Posterous as my main one with the auto-posting option. The drawback is, I have to occasionally go onto the other platforms to edit things that didn’t sync well (such as my images on blogger being gigantic!).
But since I’ve started blogging this way, I’ve gotten more followers (not just traffic) because for some reason many of those that prefer one platform for their own blogs seem to also prefer only reading blogs hosted on that same platform. I’ve had more interest in my blog since January 2011 than I really ever had in the five prior years. I’ve also blogged a great deal more because I have a toolbar button for blogging now, which makes it easier for me to share things I want to rather than fussing with hyperlinks and block quotes and such.
I really enjoyed this post and look forward to future insights.
Now to your main question about writing 🙂 —
I love to write. I love to read. They go hand in hand.
Since I stay home with my two daughters and attend college (working on my MA in English this year), I am busy with family and education, but I do still find some time to read. I browse my social networking sites and like to blog about discussions I’ve had and articles I’ve read, always with my own 200 cents thrown in. 🙂 My blog is egocentric. I blog about the politics and current events and such, but also about my children, my husband, college, books I’ve read, local business…really pretty much any randomness, so long as I can relate it back to my favorite subject: me. 😛
The excerpt is my comment to the discussion on willwork4followers.danoah.com about which blogging platform is best to use and what blogging is really about: writing. You should really read the article. Maybe it will inspire you to write or to start your own blog. If you already have a blog and I’m not already following you, feel free to link me to it. I might blog about your blog, as long as I can blog about myself in the process.
I forgot to discuss SEO in my response to the blog post. I never knew what the term was until just recently. Now I know that I don’t necessarily care about search engine optimization to the point of making an honest effort at plugging key terms into my blog posts regularly. However, my mother Googled terms relating to Freya’s health issues and found my blogs, and I’ve recently also found my blog in the top Google links when searching for something else. So, accidentally, I have SEOed my blog. But I’m not going to go around posting key terms into every sentence so that key terms are always there and every paragraph is densely populated with key terms and my readers are beat over the head with key terms.
Existential.com offers an exciting opportunity for philosophy writers to display their work. Anyone can submit a story: Religious, Atheist, Agnostic…and everything in between.
Submit an original 400 to 1500 word Story or Essay to Existential.com: Get paid $50.
Stories must be about one of these themes:
- Fear of the Unknown: No one knows what the future holds. Explain a time where you persevered in spite of your fear of the unknown. Fear of the Unknown is a very broad term. It can be big questions like what happens after existence or dealing with basic day to day realities and not knowing what is lurking behind the corner.
Fear Under Control: A time when fear controlled you and what you did to overcome it. A piece that gets to the essence of what fear does to you or a character you created. Existence, Consciousness, Reality: Essays or Stories that offer thought provoking theories about existence, consciousness or reality. Questions you might ask yourself after seeing movies like: Avatar, Memento, Contact, The Matrix, Being John Malcovich, Vanilla Sky, The Truman Show, Inception etc. Consider anything that deals with time and space constructs. Write a story about motivation. What motivates people and what provides us with meaning? *NEW* Fear of Rejection. Share your story about how you overcame your fear of rejection. Personal or professional.
- Please keep your piece 400 to 1500 words in length. The maximum story word length has been increased from 1100 to 1500 words.
Fiction or nonfiction is acceptable. Overall tone of the piece should be uplifting and thought-provoking. To be considered you must send a complete spelling/grammar checked final draft of your work to firstname.lastname@example.org . Outlines, rough drafts or other incomplete essays/stories are deleted and not considered for publication. You will probably only get a reply if your piece is chosen. You may submit multiple stories, although any one author will not be published more than once a month. You will be paid $50 by PayPal for full exclusive rights to your piece if your story is published on existential.com. If your piece is published on existential.com you may not publish it anywhere else. By submitting a piece to existential.com you are declaring yourself the sole author of the work you are submitting. Your work must be original and never published before in print or web.
7. If your piece is chosen you may include a one sentence bio with a link to your site. Alternatively, you can remain anonymous or just state your name without linking to another site. Please include your bio at the end of your writing if you want to include one.Thank you for writing or considering to write for existential.com.
I think I might try to flesh out some essays to submit to this site. If I’m really serious about marketing my writing, I need to find any and all opportunities to do so. I need to stop whining about missing muses and time crunches and just do the darn thing.
Oh, and I am absolutely encouraging all of you to write and submit to this or any other site that wants submissions.
Composition is a discipline; it forces us to think.
If you want to ‘get in touch with your feelings,’ fine — talk to yourself; we all do.
But, if you want to communicate with another thinking human being, get in touch with your thoughts.
Put them in order; give them a purpose; use them to persuade, to instruct, to discover, to seduce.
The secret way to do this is to write it down and then cut out the confusing parts.
~ William Safire
Me? Pontificate? I’ve never… 😛
This quote and the wonderful blog post below it reminds me of the semester I took Editing for Usage, Style, and Clarity as an undergrad student.
My professor was able to cut down one of my particularly verbose paragraphs to one single sentence. One sentence. That’s it!
Am I able to do this to my own writing. I should be. But it is difficult.
I s̶u̶p̶p̶o̶s̶e̶ ̶I̶ could g̶e̶t̶ practice by going through m̶y̶ old posts and adding strike-through to unnecessary words o̶r̶ ̶p̶h̶r̶a̶s̶e̶s̶. That a̶c̶t̶u̶a̶l̶l̶y̶ could be q̶u̶i̶t̶e̶ fun.
Jackie Chan is Alive and Well
Action star Jackie Chan is the latest celebrity to fall victim to an online hoax reporting his death. ‘RIP Jackie Chan’ became a hot trending topic on Twitter, with some on social media sites going so far as to report the cause of death was a heart attack. Like Johnny Depp, Lindsay Lohan, and Russell Crowe before him, Chan had the opportunity to view the twittersphere mourn his passing while he was very much alive.
In order to reassure his fans, a message was posted on Chan’s Facebook page announcing his status among the living:
We all SHOULD know better than to believe everything we hear, see, or read on the internet or otherwise. Always do your research people. I love Jackie Chan’s PR team’s response to the silly trend, though. How do these RIP trends start? Can I RIP myself on Twitter? Would anybody buy it? Would anybody care? Who will be RIP trended on April 1?
Girl Seeks Brainless Boyfriend
Lions and Lops Bunny Breeding Business
This is from the facebook page for my friend Megan’s rabbit business.
She and her daughter have a few adult rabbits which they breed. The babies are for sale. Currently, two litters are gestating. 🙂
I want one of these adorable bunnehs, but as I told her, they’d just end up becoming a Midnight snack. By that I mean, my adorable little guard kitteh Midnight would pounce and eat the little floppy eared creatures. I may be judging him incorrectly, though; maybe he loves bunnehs and it’s just dogs that he wants to eat…
Anyway, if you’re in the market for an adorable pet bunny that you can love and care for, check out the page and contact them for more information. However, if you’re in the market for edible bunnies, she wants you to know the bunnies not for sale. You’re welcome to check out the “fresh whole rabbit” threads on Amazon.com though…