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He is risen.

Income Inequality Institute Will Pay Paul Krugman $25,000 Per Month:

via The rich (like Paul Krugman) get richer (like Paul Krugman) in Paul Krugman’s America.

Over at Legal Insurrection. 

Conspiracies & Catholicism: Easter Special

A debunking– with sources– of some of the more annoying Easter myths. 

Foxfier:

Hope it happens.

Originally posted on Truth Before Dishonor:

I contributed to help make the Gosnell movie happen. You can, too. Go to http://www.gosnellmovie.com and you can help make an important movie happen. Hot Air has some important news about who is blocking the attempt to crowdfund, and two actors who have made youtube videos in support of the crowdfunding.

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… I think it’s a reach to hold that someone is making a moral statement with their selection of a mutual fund. Mutual funds typically invest in a large number of companies, they change their portfolio relatively frequently, and the selection criteria, especially in the sort of funds offered in a typical 401(k), are often fairly rote: all stocks that are on a given index, for instance: all 500 stocks which are on the S&P 500 index. I do not think that you are any more morally endorsing the companies invested in by a mutual fund by investing in it via a 401(k) than you are endorsing every person and company which your bank makes loans to when you put money into a savings account and earn interest based on the success of the bank’s loans.

via DarwinCatholic: Hobby Lobby, Hypocrisy, Ethical Investing.

Well said.

It’s one of the reasons I’m hesitant to see Captain Americ 2a. The idea that he won’t be betrayed by his government – not a rogue element, but the very thing for which is fighting – seems inconceivable these days. Someone, probably Robert Redford, will make a cynical speech and smile while he says it. The movie’s getting good reviews, and I have a difficult time believing it’s because Captain America sends the audience out with any sort of pride or patriotism.

The revelation of fallibility is no longer a revelation at all; it ought to be a given at this point in story-telling, but people still think it’s novel to retell Goldilocks from the Wolf’s point of view. I remember the first time I realized this was not only tired, but said something wrong about the people making movies: Mission Impossible, when they revealed that Jim Phelps was the bad guy. Wouldn’t it be great if the hero of all those old TV shows was shown to be corrupt? Wouldn’t it be great if he wasn’t.

via LILEKS (James) :: The Bleat 2014.

 

Or would have been. The organizers cancelled it. The day before it was scheduled to happen.

There were some worries this would happen, after Nathan mentioned he hadn’t been approached yet and vague warnings of financial troubles popped up on the Booster Event forums. To the 500 people who paid hundreds of dollars for tickets (and, in some cases, thousands of dollars for lifetime memberships, since BE does other cult-favorite cons throughout the year) this was a huge slap in the face. Outraged fans made their voices heard before the organizers came back a few days later to say they got a loan and all was, again, well.

Then they cancelled it after people around the world were already on their planes and in their cars and on their way. To say that the Browncoats were staggered would be an understatement.

As stunned and betrayed fans began to arrive the California Browncoats jumped up to meet the frantic challenge of organizing a convention during, you know, the actual convention. Fans settled in to party among themselves anyway, mutter dark things about Booster Events, and make the best of it with the newly formed Browncoat Backup Bash.

Then the stars started showing up.

via Flanvention cancelled, Flans and cast partying any damn way | CABridges.com.

Geek power– also, great example of the actors being decent (or beyond awesome) and making insanely good career choices.  I love it when things work out like that!

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