Articles from September, 2016

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Divorce, Sort of, Hollywood Style

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Following the break-up of HiddleSwift, it seems as though an infectious virus dissolving relationships old and new is spreading through Tinseltown:  Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber, done after 11 years and two children together, but who never officially married; Kiefer Sutherland and Julia Roberts have 'delayed' their planned nuptials, and, now, even the indomitable Brangelina have called it quits, and this with six children in tow.  Unlike many Hollywood couples, Mr. Pitt and Ms. Jolie actually were married, or at ... (Continue reading)

Divorce, Sort of, Holywood Style

Following the break-up of HiddleSwift, it seems as though an infectious virus dissolving relationships old and new is spreading through Tinseltown:  Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber, done after 11 years and two children 'together', but who never officially married; Kiefer Sutherland and Julia Roberts have 'delayed' their planned nuptials, and, now, even the indomitable Brangelina have called it quits, and this with six children in tow.  Unlike many Hollywood couples, Mr. Pitt and Ms. Jolie actually were married, or at ... (Continue reading)

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A Debacle of a Debate

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I watched a bit of the ‘debate’ last night between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, and I use that term reservedly.  A debate is meant to be a measured and regulated argument, based on reasoned principles, and not a bandying back and forth of scoring ‘points’, of braggadaccio, looking for weaknesses and straw men in the opponent, of self-congratulation, sound bites, smirks, finger pointing, figurative and otherwise, and, what was most annoying, skirting and ignoring the questions of the moderator ... (Continue reading)

The Insanity of our Brave New World

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James Christian Aggeles is a paranoid schizophrenic with various personality disorders and grandiose delusions, which came to the forefront after he donated sperm to Xytex, Corp., a 'fertility company' based in Atlanta, Georgia.  Mr. Aggeles claimed to have an I.Q. of 160 (well above Stephen Hawking's and Einstein's), with various degrees, and working on a Ph.D in 'structural neuroscience' (whatever that is).  You might think he was laughed out of the sperm bank, with a kick in the pants. But no:  ... (Continue reading)

The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to our Brains

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One of the most studied patients in neuropsychological history, from 1957 until his death in 2008, was a patient known through his life only as 'H.M.' , but after whose death in 2008, we now know as Henry Molaison. H.M. did not mind the intense scrutiny he received from all sorts of researchers, for he suffered from one of the most severe forms of anterograde amnesia ever recorded. Unlike the more common retrograde ... (Continue reading)

For the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek’s Mission: A Spiritual Reflection

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     Enterprise, what a God-haunted mission you are on. All around you there is light, star-shot and splintered in the endless skies through which you journey. And yet you cannot grasp the Light from which all else proceeds, catching only fleeting glimpses in your own souls and the countless souls of those you encounter in the seemingly endless multiverse of unknown magnitude.   In a future world, where humanity has perfected travel through space and time, when they have grown in leaps and ... (Continue reading)

Korea on the Brink: Holiness or Tragedy?

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Today is the feast of the martyrs of Korea, led by the indomitable convert priest, Father Andrew Kim Taegon, tortured and beheaded in 1846 at the tender age of 25, by the shores of the Han River.   Thousands more were likewise killed for their faith, 103 of whom were canonized by name by Pope Saint John Paul II in 1984.  Pope Francis beatified 124 others during World Youth Day in Korea in 2014. Their work and their witness were not in ... (Continue reading)

Why We Need More Bellarmines

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Before we get to Bellarmine, for those of you who would like to peruse my take on the strange saga of James Christian Agelles, and what it says about our world, please see my article this morning in Crisis on-line magazine. (n.b.:  An earlier version of this article, which has since been modified, claimed that the ex-boyfriend uploaded an explicit video of his former paramour.  That claim has not been substantiated, so should be read in that light.  I will ... (Continue reading)

HiddleSwfit No More: Why Taylor Swift May Never Get Married

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Alas, in earth-shattering news, the couple known as 'HiddleSwift' has broken up.  Yes, to you legions of fans (there have to be some out there to make its mountains of cash) of the Avengers' nemesis Loki, and of the teen-angst ballads of Taylor Swift, the photogenic young-ish couple has called it quits, barely two months after their coupledom was confirmed.  They had the most perfect romance money and fame could provide:  Jet setting to all the romantic locales in Europe ... (Continue reading)

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