Monday, March 8, 2010

Sick day

Sorry for not blogging today; I've got a mild cold, which is no big deal, but somehow with all the stuffiness and general yuckiness I can't seem to wrap my brain around anything in the way of newsworthy stories or intelligent conversation.

So I'm going to ask a couple of questions, instead, and if you feel inclined to discuss any of these issues feel free to do so!

1. Early reports of this horrible act of violence by Muslims against Christians downplayed the religious angle and referred to the conflict as "ethnic" rather than religious. Was this journalistic carelessness, evidence of a wider anti-Christian media agenda, or something else entirely?

2. Time is now covering the Maciel-abused-own-illicit-children story. Though there don't appear to be any new revelations, the ugliness of the whole is apparent in the brief article. Do you think a) the Legion and all its affiliates should be disbanded and shut down; b) the Legion should be re-formulated but allowed to continue and grow, or c) the Legion should be left mostly alone, with perhaps the quiet removal of a few higher-ups?

3. Should we tax soda and pizza to reduce obesity? Or is this going to reduce obesity as much as cigarette taxes reduce smoking?

4. The Oscars. Didn't watch them, haven't (yet) seen any of the movies nominated, might see "Up" on DVD when I can get it. Of the other films nominated, which would you recommend, and why? Also--if you do care about the Oscars, which one last night was the worst call?

Should be back to normal (whatever that is) by tomorrow. Till then!


LarryD said...

See "Up", Erin. It's very good.

As for the others - didn't see any of them.

Hope you feel better soon!

Blake said...

What differences are most salient to Nigerians inside Nigeria, ethnic differences or religious differences?

What differences are most salient to Westerners outside Nigeria looking in, particularly after 9/11, ethnic differences or religious differences?

If one faction involved wore striped shirts with plaid pants and one set wore light blue Oxford shirts with khaki pants, would a fashionista see the problem inside Nigeria as one of religion, ethnicity, or the tragically competing colors of the shirts and pants?

Anonymous said...

Saw Avatar in 3D with teen-age son. None of the others. Don't watch many movies. Therefore, any movie I do watch makes an impression. It was hard to follow the storyline of Avatar; several interesting situations, but hard to keep track of what 'state' the main character was in at different stages, and difficult to retell the story back to family members that didn't watch the movie. At the end, too, it was a little far-fetched...seemed to be going 'out on a limb' a little on occasion, but some difficulty in resolving incongruities (as if some important explaining scenes might have been left on the cutting room floor).

It was a good film to discuss with teen to see if we could figure out the story, and offer opinions of the improbabilities presented, because the film itself was action-oriented absorbing one's attentions.

Anonymous said...

Up! and Ponyo are good. I think your daughter may like Ponyo. Ours did. One plus for that movie is that the parents are actually married and still together. A funny scene, to me, is where the parents argue via a light (morse code?). Not sure if Ponyo was nominated, just wanted to add that.

Hope you feel better.

Dawn Farias said...

We really like UP around here, too.

Clare Krishan said...

I think the Bishops should finish their apostolic visits and then report to the Vatican. The social aspects of the money trails need to be dealt with ala Canon Law by each ordinary - the Spanish children by Spanish diocesan courts, the Mexican offspring likewise. After we see how the higher-ups conduct themselves with their "personal prelature" peers I'm sure the Holy See will formulate a pastoral solution: if they submit in docility to the age-old ecclesial jurisprudence designed to preserve fraternity, then there is hope that perhaps a "reformed" institution may purge itself of the filth, but if not... then the breach will be their's to make in a sort of " give 'em enough rope" kinda way, no? The very real problem for the Vatican is of course to avoid any zealots taking their flocks in a RadTrad direction, into schism, which could happen depending on how local ordinaries handle the re-integration within the dioceses (see the feather-ruffling in the UK with some looseygoosey RC bishops not embracing their fuddyduddy Anglican brethren) and what kind of collegiality is extended to those with their hands on their apostolates' purse strings (the Rolodex's of the lucrative lay RCers)

Siarlys Jenkins said...

Conflicts in Nigeria follow ethnic AND religious AND economic patterns. They did before the British arrived, and they still do. Trying to say it was one thing and not the rest is foolish, whether one prefers to call it religious and ignore the ethnic dimension, or call it religious and ignore the ethnic dimension, or call it a fight between agriculturalists and pastoralists and ignore both religion and ethnicity, not to mention language.

Soda tax? You can tax my soda when you pry it from my cold dead hands. I'm not obese, and my limited budget relies on grabbing soda when its available at a very good sale price.

There's an earlier one on soda, search for "soda" or "Pigovian tax."

Rebecca said...

Oh, see Up! It was so good. I'm not at all into the kid movies they put out these days but Up was exceptional. Be prepared with some tissues, though.

The idea of a tax on certain foods to prevent obesity is absurd on a few levels. First, it is absurd that a government which subsidizes sugar, the reason why most people are obese, would tax pizza. Second, the taxing seems to assume that it is foods of high caloric density which causes obesity, which has been and is being challenged by many intelligent people. Thirdly, it is a babysitting move on the part of the government, and the more governments have to babysit their citizens with laws and threats, the less grown-up the citizens will act. Moreover, trying to curb obesity by imposing such penalties would be like trying to apply a band-aid to a severed artery.

If the government wants to encourage good eating habits, they should look into what Alice Waters has done here in CA; having school gardens planted and tended by the kids, encourage the schools to get rid of the crappy over-processed lunches and instead serve fresh, real food, and they should stop subsidizing sugar which is a slow poison in the quantities in which it is consumed here. They should also stop serving school children such lies as the "food pyramid" which encourages people to eat what--twelve servings of grain each day?