Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 97

On the Big Picture of Life
The images of a ravaged Joplin, Missouri are horrifying. Given the rash of recent disasters in this country alone (let alone the earthquake in Japan and other world events), please consider donating to a disaster relief fund of your choice.

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On Politics
I have a difficult time accepting Majority leader Eric Cantor (R-Va) using assistance for Jopin to get more tax cuts.  “if there is support for a supplemental, it would be accompanied by support for having pay-fors to that supplemental.” “if there is support for a supplemental, it would be accompanied by support for having pay-fors to that supplemental.”

Run Sarah Run – Long live the nincompoop!

Good reads

On the Rapture

  • Harold Camping insulted and embarrassed Christians.
  • Harold Camping has an engineering background. What if Boeing engineers miscalculate? What if nuclear engineers miscalculate?
  • I appreciate the following take from Bill Tammeus.

I don’t get it. Now Harold Camping, latest of the never-ever-ever-right date-setters, has changed  his end-of-the-world prediction from May 21 to Oct. 21. Why didn’t he pick Oct. 23? After all, that’s the date in 4004 BCE on which the world was created (at 9 a.m. Greenwich time), according to Archbishop James Ussher. What’s Camping got against symmetry? Just to cover his behind, however, Camping did say  that Judgment Day really did happen last Saturday, only in a spiritual — not a physical — sense. Yes, and I emptied the kitchen wastebasket in a spiritual — not a physical — sense, which is why it still appears to be full.

On Shorts of all Sorts
From today forward, if we Cincinnatians get average rainfall the rest of the year, we’ll end the year about 30 inches above our yearly average. Well, that could also mean here comes an abnormal dry spell to even.

Congratulations Oprah! To me, her most important decision was (many years ago) deciding that she didn’t need to follow the path of the crazy shows as Jerry Springer.

Here’s a wonderful, two-paragraph story that is worth your time. Thanks Moe.

Earlier this week I found this beautiful video from the Astronomy Photographer of the Year. Simply awesome, many thanks Tom, and I encourage readers to take a few minutes to enjoy.