June 13 - June 17, 2002
Monday 17th June, 2002
Martin Roth posts:
St Barnabas Anglican church in Sydney is desperate – it
needs an atheist. And not just any old non-believer, either. The church
needs someone able to debate visiting American Christian academic
William Lane Craig in August, at the Sydney Town Hall. Wheezy old
Phillip Adams is unavailable that night, so the church has resorted to
placing an advertising billboard outside its premises, hoping to attract the
right person. Any reader of this blog able to help should
Priest Abuse Scandal, Australia
The Crikey whistle-blowing website
reports that the Catholic Church is paying a PR company $20,000 a month
to manage news coverage of the latest priest abuse uproar. That compares to
the one-off $50,000 payment the Melbourne archdiocese had been offering each
of the priests’ many victims. Crikey also carries excerpts from – and links
to – the stream of recent stories which add up to “a public relations
disaster for the Catholic hierarchy”.
-posted 7:25pm, by
Bene Diction posts:
I’ve been following
Junk Yard Blog's progress in The
Truth Laid Bear map of the Blogosphere. Guess who I found! Congrats
Martin. Other blogs I found eking their way into the ecosystem are
Cut On the Bias,
Midwest Conservative Journal,
Turkey Blog and the wild and crazy
Heal Your Church Website.
Shark Blog posts a
letter to Palestine from a New Zealander.
He Lives says the USS Clueless is regarding set theory.
Mark Byron has a
tribute to his dad.
Redwood Dragon has a great post on
Sgt. Strykers encounter with the Sims. Read
the Sims post first, then enjoy Redwood Dragon.
A Diocese in British Columbia has voted to allow the
blessing of same sex unions.
The World Health Organization, Pakistan Health Officials
and the US National Institute of Health say the ‘smallpox’ scare noted last
week is the
chicken pox. Link via
Instapundit. Here is a
story of the confusion in the bio-war in the former Soviet Union.
I Got Conned
On Friday I ran a piece about viruses crossing over into
JPEG’s. It turns out it’s an improbability according to the folks at
McAfee and Symantec (and all
the other AV vendors out there) are waging a PR war to "discover" ever more
news-worthy viruses to defend against. To get maximum coverage, your new
virus needs to do something unique or different -- make your computer turn
green, or infect something previously uninfectable, or whatever it might be.
Don’t these companies know this kind of advertising is
going to be spotted and refuted? Link via
A Slippery Slope
On Friday I linked to an Internet story about the domain
name for the country of South Africa. This
trial in Zimbabwe could have extra-territorial implications. Meanwhile,
The Weather Channel and US news sites got hacked with a
DOS attack this past week.
Orangutan Buddhist Funeral
Mike, the star attraction at Thailand’s Sa Kaew Zoo was
buried with full Buddhist honours yesterday. At first I thought this
strange, and then remembered police dogs in North America have funerals.
-posted 10:05am, by Bene Diction
Saturday 15th June, 2002
Martin Roth posts:
Lover, Lover, Warm to My Soul
Most of my book,
Living Water to Light the Journey, is
now online. To tempt visitors to this website to dip into it now and again,
I plan occasionally to place short excerpts here on the daily weblog.
One of my goals with the book was to show how our society has
changed quite dramatically in just a few decades. As illustrations, I cited
examples from popular culture.
For instance, there was a time when the advice columns of
women's magazines were a small but important element of support for women
Not any more.
Chapter 5 I looked at Agony Aunts - the
ladies (and sometimes men using a woman's name) who answer readers' letters
about life's problems.
I spent a couple of days in the library reading magazine
archives, in order to find advice of the past that I could compare with that
of the present.
The change was startling, and is evident in the following two
letters, taken from my book. The first is from Woman's Day magazine
in 1955; the second from New Life magazine in 1998.
I can’t help feeling jealous of my
husband’s admiration for a young woman who lives near to us. She is married
and doesn’t appear to think twice about him, but I know he thinks she is
lovely and he flares into a temper every time I tax him about talking to
her. How can I manage him better?
* Learn to manage your own jealousy first.
It could poison your relations with your husband, and his tempers are a sign
that he resents your possessiveness. Many men admire good-looking young
women, but if their wives are wise, they accept this as part of the
masculine attitude, and at least pretend that it doesn’t matter a scrap.
Usually it doesn’t matter.
“Mary Friend” column,
Woman’s Day, 3 January 1955
Can you help me stop being so jealous when
my husband gives young women adoring glances?
* On the first night of a new moon, fill a
white china cup with mineral water. Add a few drops of orange essence and
one drop of musk oil and mix with a silver teaspoon. Wash your husband’s
underwear and socks and put the cup of magic mixture into the washing
machine as you repeat these words: “Lover, lover warm to my soul and feel my
sensitive heart.” Each time you feel a pang of jealousy, light a pink candle
and repeat the incantation.
“Cast a Spell” column, New Idea,
17 January 1998
-posted 11:00am, by Martin Roth
Bene Diction posts:
Shooting the Messenger
This decision is not going to win the Catholic Bishops any brownie
points with the public. Stupid, stupid, stupid.
The Final Moments
Christianity Today looks at what really happened during the Burnham
The New Persecuted
BreakPoint on the Burnhams and martyrs.
A Weekend Read
Frederica Mathewes-Green has a web
site. Link via
South Africa Censorship
We take Internet access for granted. South African’s
can’t, after their government moves to
take over the countries Internet domain registration.
I Hate Spam!
An Australian is getting all kinds of support after a
direct mailing company objected to his objections.
Hidden in this story is an even bigger problem for a Christian group.
Adding to the legal melee are
reports that a Christian education center said T3 Direct was using its IP
address without permission. Steve Crockett, the information technology
manager of the Swan Christian Education Center, told local papers that T3's
decision to pursue legal action over an IP it did not even own was
A 17-year-old Austrian
hacker has romped his way through the Pentagon computers.
FBI agents are on their way to have a serious chat with
the young man.
Viruses, Worms and Trojans, Oh My
There is a new type of computer
virus that has the potential to affect shared photos.
What we are Doing When We Blog
Awhile back, I posted that the O’Reilly Network was
coming out with a book on blogging. Here is an
article by the author that every journalist wanting to know what a web
log is should read. Link via
Another Weekend Read
This is the funniest police log ever.
Mere Madness has an excellent post on the death of Deborah Yap. This
talented young blogger from the Philippines is on my list of must-reads, and
should be on yours as well.
weblog has more on the Burnhams and lots of other issues.
In Between Naps Amy Wellborn has clear, sane updates from the Bishops
Relapsed Catholic keeps pace.
In A Mirror Dimly has a four-part series this week on marriage.
Christian Conscience ‘won’
a debate with someone on a ‘board’ recently. To his horror he discovered
what was going on in real life with his ‘opponent’. A heartbreaking and
timely warning to us all.
Instapundit takes down
Midwestern Conservative Journal! Not to worry.
A nod from the prof yesterday sent so many readers to
Johnson’s site the bandwidth was exceeded. Quick as ever, MCJ moved posts,
links and rants over to Blogspot. Update your
link. And, if you can, why not help our favorite underpaid librarian out
with a financial donation.
Thanks to the tireless googlebot doing its thing, I
was the site of the week at
Creative Slips. Thank you!
TheConnexion.net enjoyed Martin’s Tuesday post, "Trust
Me. I’m an Expert". He
has his own definition of ‘expert’ for Mr. Roth.
Traipsing through MartinRothOnline.com’s
blogroll this week, I looked for posts exploring what blogging is all about.
Stranger in a Strange Land tries to explain it to her mom. Mere Madness
BloggedyBlog looks at blogging modesty.
AKMA’s Random Thoughts tackles the morality of pseudonym blogging.
Aarondot gives advice on how to stay modest.
Minute Particulars wonders with literary references.
Several months ago I discovered this sanity test on
Tim Blair and lost the link.
Here it is. In the interest of fair disclosure, I am insane!
-posted 8:55am, by Bene Diction
Friday 14th June, 2002
Bene Diction posts:
It’s a busy day in the blogosphere. Let’s get to it.
Mark Byron responds to a
Brothers Judd about post David Brooks article on America’s wealth.
Megan McArdle at
Live From the WTC has the clearest explanation of Japan’s economic
problems and deflation I have ever seen. Even I understood it.
Joshua Claybourn gets a mention in
EslerFried answers my question about why Christians don’t agree on a
response to Islam.
JunkYard Blog has his longest post ever! Preston wraps up his look at
whether Jose Padilla is Oklahoma’s John Doe #2.
The Captain of the USS Clueless has buckled his seatbelt.
Sunny Days in Heaven rebuts den Bestes
post on set theory. I wouldn’t know what Russell’s Paradox was if I
tripped over it, and I don’t pretend to fully understand this discussion.
What I do see is math, faith and emotions colliding. And
Perpetual Ephermera’s Louder Fenn takes the Captain on over his post on
euthanasia. Follow the
USS Clueless links for the train of the discussion.
Relapsed Catholic is following the Bishops and the blogging about the
Bishop’s conference as only she can.
I have a confession to make. I personally don’t like
reading personal journal blogs. I find most of
them quite egocentric. There are exceptions. Reading this post at
diary-x.com makes me want to jump to this diarist’s defense. This
blogger’s defense is gracious. I’ve already ranted about isolationism in our
walk with God.
He Lives puts praise and flattery in their place. Ar arr arrr!
I have really been enjoying posts lately on how bloggers
see themselves and their efforts evolving.
Spudlets weighs in.
The US and Canada are currently fighting seasonal wild
fires and flooding. We have the resources to minimize death and property
damage. China does not.
In Shaanxi, the hardest hit
region, 152 people were confirmed dead, 266 reported missing and over
110,000 needing emergency aid as of Wednesday afternoon, Zhang Xiaoming, an
official at the Civil Affairs Ministry, told AFP.
Some 489 millimeters (19.5
inches) of rain which fell on mountainous regions in the southern parts of
the province between June 8 and June 10 has wreaked havoc on farmland while
triggering mud and landslides that have covered roads and railways.
"Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji
and civil affairs officials have directed rescue operations and pledged
eight million yuan (one million dollars) in rescue funds to the province,"
More than 300 towns and
villages were affected in Shaanxi and 83,000 homes were damaged by the
flooding, caused by the heavy rain which fell along the Hanjiang river.
Land and mud slides were
hampering rescue operations under cloudy skies Wednesday as some 526
kilometers (315 miles) of provincial roadways were blocked and 13 bridges
What are the Odds?
Gambling is an ugly pastime. It’s getting even
A Big Grudge
Police think a 71-year-old man who shot four monks and
then himself at an abbey in Missouri this week, was upset about his divorce
and subsequent annulment
43 years ago.
Ephesians 4:26 is worth pondering here.
An Ottawa teen who got
sucked into a sewer has been dubbed ‘Sewer Boy’ by Reuters. Sewer Boy?
Sewer Boy? The teen is fine. As for the Reuters writers….
Weddings are a
mountaintop experience. Uh, sometimes.
Killing the Sims
Sgt. Stryker, aka Paul, has written the funniest piece on
a Sims game I have ever read. Go there
-posted 9:00am, by Bene Diction
Thursday 13th June, 2002
Bene Diction posts:
Holy Weblog links up to a quiz. Which of the
seven deadlies is your Waterloo? I’ll disclose
too. Sloth. Ouch.
Here is a chart explaining the seven, with the corresponding virtues.
Little Green Footballs links to an article highlighting the amazing work
that MEMRI is doing.
JunkYard Blog is going to try to tie in the threads from his coup
yesterday. Stay tuned.
He Lives posts on forgiveness.
Mark Byron looks at his ego, blogging, and stardom. I think it is nice
to be linked and receive kudos from our fellow bloggers; however this ‘star’
thing is a uniquely American obsession.
Joyful Christian is wrestling with vanity too.
Josh Claybourn is young and has a ‘gee-whiz,’ ‘swell,’ tone to his
praise. I’d like to see some Christian bloggers tackle praise versus
Take Care of Your Own
Speakers at the Southern Baptist Conventions annual
warned delegates against passing judgment on Catholic priests.
"We shouldn't enjoy this
Catholic mess too much," the Rev. Bobby Welch, pastor of First Baptist
Church of Daytona Beach, Fla., said Sunday during a service sponsored in St.
Louis by the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists. "We're waiting on
the other shoe to drop, and when it does, don't be surprised if there is
more and more within our ranks."
Cal Thomas on the Burnham’s choice.
This is an interesting StatsCan release on Internet usage in Canada.
Around a quarter of a million households have stopped going on line. Over 15
million Canadians homes are hooked up
according to Ipsos Reid. We certainly enjoy e-mailing.
N.Z. Bear, who made the map of the blogosphere, is
bearish on blogging.
It Burns, It Burns
Meryl Yourish, who knows about these sorts of things, writes about the
reverse black/white web pages that hurt your eyes.
The Old Man
June 16th is Father’s Day. The World Wildlife
Fund has a
salute to animal dads.
-posted 11:40am, by Bene Diction