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The Economist has an excellent article entitled “The Disposable Academic: Why Doing a PhD is a Waste of Time”

Delightfully lengthy article in GQ about Mossad’s somewhat botched assassination of a Hamas leader in the city of Dubai. (HT:  Phill)

Fascinating article that makes a compelling case that the Stuxnet worm that has disrupted Iran’s nuclear program originated ironically from China (and not the U.S., Britain, or Israel).

50 cent makes $8,700,000.00 off one tweet.  As a corollary to this article, there is way more money in self-branding in the entertainment industry than there is in the entertainment industry.  I also think it is ridiculous where people will take investment advice from.

I watched Ted Haggard’s little special on TLC last weekend.  I won’t delve into analyzing the state of his soul but Carl Trueman does a pretty decent job.

When you hang your head in shame, the last thing you should be thinking about is whether the camera has caught your good side.

The Lazy Slander of the Pro-Life Cause

BBC article on the impact of the King James Bible on the English language.

No other book, or indeed any piece of culture, seems to have influenced the English language as much as the King James Bible. Its turns of phrase have permeated the everyday language of English speakers, whether or not they’ve ever opened a copy.

2010 Los Angeles County bill tab for illegal immigrants in public schools was $600,000,000.00.

Utterly appalling story of abortion doctor in Philadelphia.  There had been no inspection of the clinic since 1993.

Gosnell “induced labor, forced the live birth of viable babies in the sixth, seventh, eighth month of pregnancy and then killed those babies by cutting into the back of the neck with scissors and severing their spinal cord,” Williams said.

Patients were subjected to squalid and barbaric conditions at Gosnell’s Women’s Medical Society, where Gosnell performed dozens of abortions a day, prosecutors said. He mostly worked overnight hours after his untrained staff administered drugs to induce labor during the day, they said.

12 Things that Will Cost Less in 2011

Starbuck’s ‘trenta’ infographic

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  1. Re: The Disposable Academic — This is only slightly hyperbolic, and there’s a lot of truth in that article. From a financial or economic standpoint, a PhD isn’t worth it. Then again, from that perspective, neither is a Seminary degree.

    Aaron Massey

    January 20, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    • When I left for graduate school, in the sciences, and mostly paid for by fellowship and TA, I was told my undergraduate academic advisor to make sure I wasn’t doing it for additional financial gain, because it doesn’t close that gap. Her advice has been proven correct repeatedly in the years since.

      A PhD without TA and/or fellowship dollars, and in a field without the broad prospects of the hard sciences, would surely be even worse.

      Phil Graham

      January 23, 2011 at 12:58 pm

  2. I’m not sure how the BBC article on the KJV goes without mentioning William Tyndale in the first paragraph.

    Tyndale is responsible for 80% of the KJV. Two of the four example phrases at the top of the BBC article can be found Tyndale’s Wikipedia page.

    The expert cited in the article seems to correctly acknowledge Tyndale, at least.

    Phil Graham

    January 23, 2011 at 1:04 pm


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