As those of you that have been reading this blog know, it's been a very changing few months for me. There are changes that have happened in ways, and into directions that have surprised me, and that I have least expected. I know that going to seminary is generally a life-changing sort of thing for people, it certainly has proved to be that for me.
I've been thinking about the issue of soldiers-for-hire, or "military contractors" or, just plain mercenaries, which is what they are, and what I will call them from now on. One of the things that has made the Iraq war unique has been the way the US has depended upon mercenaries to do a wide range of tasks in Iraq.
OK, we have a new meme running now, a list of Science Fiction books by women. Yay!
Bold the ones you read and liked, strike out the ones you didn't like, and italicize the ones you haven't read yet but want to.
After having read some blog entries, my father made a comment about how radical I was. It kinda made me think a little, about my political and social views, and whether or how they have changed over my life. It is certainly partially because of my parents that I started with a baseline understanding of social justice. And I've been an environmentalist since I read "Silent Spring" in junior high school.
Since I've posted anything on the environment, so now seems like a good time.
Three pieces of interesting and alarming news in the past week:
Scientists studying ice cores in Antartica have found that there is more Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere than at any time in the last 650,000 years. "The levels of carbon dioxide have climbed from 280 parts per million two centuries ago to 380 p.p.m. today." That is a 36% rise in just 200 years.
I've been remiss in giving out this (the People Who Are Out of Their Minds) award – I think it's been a couple of weeks. Partially, there are just so many candidates, I can't keep track. But this week, thanks, as usual, to Jesus Politics, I have a wonderful award winner – Guy Adams.