In response to his charitable campaign, Beck’s listeners evidently flooded him with threats made against his life and work… So much for the Christian mission of mercy and tenderness. For Beck’s enraged audience, any act of kindness, no matter how small — the immigrants would have eaten whether or not Beck served the food, and ‘millions of dollars’ were never on offer — was too great a risk.
When Glenn Beck announced he would deliver food and toys to immigrant children, the attacks were blistering — and profoundly unchristian(via theweekmagazine)
This is amazing in its awfulness.
When it comes to Wikipedia, the Russian government’s computers are busy bees. Over the past ten years, IP addresses belonging to various Russian state agencies are responsible for almost 7,000 anonymous edits to articles on Wikipedia’s Russian-language website.
It’s entirely plausible that these revisions are the work of state employees acting on their own, out of genuine interest in “setting the record straight.”
Ah, 21st Century, information wars.
I have a guest blog post up at the Houston Chronicle's TexasSparkle blog this morning. Of course, you can also read it right here:
Over the past few weeks, extremism and violence once again escalated and finally exploded in Israel and the Gaza Strip. Space for a moderate position on the decades-old conflict shrinks at times like this, especially on the internet where partisans of each side can lash out at one another and at anyone else who doesn’t agree wholeheartedly with the purity of their side’s cause. As someone who teaches a course on Israeli politics and the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, I try to adopt what I consider a balanced position and, as a result, I tend to draw a fair amount of anger from everyone. In the past few days alone, I’ve been called a bigot and Nazi by extremist supporters of the Palestinians, and a self-hating Jew and Nazi by extremist supporters of the Israelis. I tend to view their ire as evidence that my position is a relatively balanced one.
I think I agree with everything above.
Image posted on President Nicolas Maduro’s official twitter account @NicolasMaduro, on March 5, 2014
Hugo Perez Hernáiz and David Smilde
During a difficult year in which the future of Chavismo has become increasingly uncertain, the Maduro government has continued to construct a civil religion around the figure of Hugo Chávez through a continual flow of ritual events.
These ceremonies construct a narrative in which XIX Century independence struggle against imperial Spain is constantly linked to the life of Chávez and his personal struggle against new forms of imperialism. Indeed the life and death of Chávez himself is narrated as the reenactment of the life of Venezuela’s independence hero Simón Bolívar. President Maduro emphasized this connection in his speech on July 5, Venezuela’s Independence Day.
We are here today to make effective the message of independence that was enacted 200 years ago in this land of Venezuela, a great battle of ideas, a battle by those who were willing to open a historical time to the new man and women that live in this fatherland. We are aware today more than ever that this is a legacy left to us by Comandante Chávez. Today…we can say that thanks to Simón Bolívar, thanks to the men and women of our time, at 16 months of the physical passing of our Comandante Hugo Chávez, we have to infinitely thank our Comandante for giving us dignity.
Looking back at the first half of 2014 we can trace the multiple ceremonial events that are being used to construct a new civil religion.