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Fleecing the Flock 07 Oct 2008

Posted by Jessa in Money, Religion.
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Time magazine has an interesting take on the “prosperity gospel” and how it may have lured its adherents into becoming victims of the current foreclosure crisis.

Has the so-called Prosperity gospel turned its followers into some of the most willing participants — and hence, victims — of the current financial crisis? That’s what a scholar of the fast-growing brand of Pentecostal Christianity believes. While researching a book on black televangelism, says Jonathan Walton, a religion professor at the University of California at Riverside, he realized that Prosperity’s central promise — that God will “make a way” for poor people to enjoy the better things in life — had developed an additional, dangerous expression during the subprime-lending boom. Walton says that this encouraged congregants who got dicey mortgages to believe “God caused the bank to ignore my credit score and blessed me with my first house.” The results, he says, “were disastrous, because they pretty much turned parishioners into prey for greedy brokers.”

The hypothesis is certainly worthy of further investigation.  If you believe that an opportunity that seems too good to be true is the result of divine providence rather than unsavory banking policy, it’s easy to fall into the foreclosure trap.

Who Won the VP Debate? 02 Oct 2008

Posted by Jessa in Politics.
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I didn’t watch it, but I’m pretty sure that the following are true:  Obama/Biden supporters think Biden won.  McCain/Palin supporters thought Palin won.

In reality, nobody really “wins” debates – they’re just 90-minute talking-point-flinging festivals, more fanfare than substance.

I’m also going to venture a guess that the people who drew the words “change”, “reform” or “maverick” in the debate drinking game are now on the verge of alcohol poisoning.

Why I Won’t Watch the VP Debate 02 Oct 2008

Posted by Jessa in Politics.
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Even though I am a political junkie, I just can’t bring myself to do it.  I’ve had enough of Sarah Palin to last several lifetimes.

Why?  Because she’s a walking example of the Dunning-Kruger effect.  It’s not just that she does she not seem to know much about the things a VP should know.  It’s that, after she rambles through an incoherent non-answer that leaves even Katie Couric shaking her head, she sits back looking so pleased with herself.  There’s self-confidence, and then there’s complete delusion.

I’m sure she’ll get through tonight.  After all, the bar has now been set so low that if she manages not to throw up or pass out, it will be deemed a success.

Meanwhile, I will be in a much happier place, watching my DVDs of season two of Torchwood.