Gerry Canavan

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Wednesday Morning Links

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* “Professor Furedi, how do you get around learning outcomes?” a young lecturer asks me in a breakout session. I have just spent 10 minutes explaining the corrosive influence of learning outcomes on education to my audience at the recent Think Festival in The Hague. Nevertheless, I am caught off guard by my blunt questioner. That is probably why my reply is a bit more candid than I had intended it to be. “I just make them up and ignore them,” I say.

The good folks on the most-excellent BBC Radio/Open University statistical literacy programme More or Less decided to answer a year-old Reddit argument about how many Lego bricks can be vertically stacked before the bottom one collapses.

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Chris Hayes: ‘The Time For Choosing Sides On Climate Change Is Now.’ To Stop Climate Change, Students Aim at College Portfolios.

* American Kafka: A former death row inmate with intellectual disabilities has languished in the Texas prison system for over 30 years despite having no valid criminal conviction.

The Sublime Sci-Fi Buildings That Communism Built.

* Teaser trailer for Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color.

* Dan Harmon vs. television.

49% of GOP voters nationally say they think that ACORN stole the election for President Obama. We found that 52% of Republicans thought that ACORN stole the 2008 election for Obama, so this is a modest decline, but perhaps smaller than might have been expected given that ACORN doesn’t exist anymore.

* And Bill O’Reilly explains how Christianity is not a religion. The War on Christmas is confusing, y’all.

I Gave This To You, M*therf*cker, Are You Crazy?

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A quick NSFW bit on religion and anti-environmentalism from Louis C.K.’s new online special Live at the Beacon Theater. The show is just $5; I recommend you buy the whole thing.

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December 13, 2011 at 7:45 pm

The Whole Point of the Old Testament Is That I’m a Sh*tty Administrator

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January 28, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Thurs. 3

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* Bart Stupak’s reign of terror may finally be over.

* “Christians urged to boycott Glenn Beck.”

* “Someone should not be able to walk into a restaurant and order a plate of an endangered species”: Whale sushi illegally sold in California. Like Tim I’m disappointed to find out this was only a misdemeanor.

* The good guys are losing the messaging war on climate climate. More on these unfortunate poll results from Peter Daou, Kevin Drum, Amanda Marcotte, and Aaron Wiener.

* And Star Wars, by the Coen Brothers.

‘Social Justice’ Is Just a Code Word for Utah-Style Communofascism

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“I’m begging you, your right to religion and freedom to exercise religion and read all of the passages of the Bible as you want to read them and as your church wants to preach them . . . are going to come under the ropes in the next year. If it lasts that long it will be the next year. I beg you, look for the words ‘social justice’ or ‘economic justice’ on your church Web site. If you find it, run as fast as you can. Social justice and economic justice, they are code words. Now, am I advising people to leave their church? Yes!”

Via Tim, who worries the nation may be falling into a kind of crypto-mania,* I see Glenn Beck has broken out his decoder ring to discover that “social justice” is a secret code word for Communofascism. First Thoughts writes that this can be understood as specifically anti-Catholic, but it seems to me it actually cuts against nearly every variety of Christianity (and essentially all religion) outside a very narrow strain of prosperity theology. Does Beck really think that his church, The Church of Latter-Day Saints, rejects any notion of “social justice”? Among other things, every female member of the church above the age of 18 is a member of the Relief Society, whose motto—taken from the Books of Corinthians and Moroni—is “Charity never faileth…”

UPDATE: I suppose we shouldn’t overlook the possibility that Beck’s commitment to his religion may be less than heartfelt.

When Stossel asked Beck why he decided to become a Mormon, Beck replied:

“I apologize, but guys will understand this. My wife is, like, hot, and she wouldn’t have sex with me until we got married. And she wouldn’t marry me unless we had a religion.”

Beck’s wife, Tania, confirmed it to Stossel: “He’s not joking.”

In fairness in the video clip at the link he is much less flip.