Airborne Rabbis Blow Horns to Fight off Swine Flu

Surely they can’t be serious:

A group of rabbis and Jewish mystics have taken to the skies over Israel, praying and blowing ceremonial trumpets to ward off swine flu.

About 50 religious leaders circled over the country on Monday, chanting prayers and blowing the horns called “shofars”.

The flight’s aim was “to stop the pandemic so people will stop dying from it,” Rabbi Yitzhak Batzri was quoted as saying in Yedioth Aharanot newspaper.

(via Atheist Media Blog)

John Scalzi on the Health Care “Debate”

From Whatever:

E-mail asking me what my opinion about the current state of the health care debate is, and my response is: There’s a debate? Maybe I’m reading an archaic definition, but “debate” is not synonymous with “ignit bellowsacks at public meetings shouting stupidities to drown out discussion because doughy tearsquirter Glenn Beck told them to,” which is what appears to be going on at the moment. I’m sad for the Republicans, conservatives and others with actual, substantive objections to the current health care plan wending through Congress that a genuine debate is off the boards in favor of a strategy of uninformed tools making asses of themselves for the benefit of television cameras, but this is where that side is at right now. I will say, however, that when the whole of your health care debate strategy is to scream down any discussion at all, you’re pretty baldly acknowledging that you’ve got nothin’.

Yahoo! Answers Jeopardy

Here’s another one. For those who are new to this, I’m taking an answer from Yahoo! Answers and I need you to figure out what was the original question. Here is your clue:

I think you should tell them on Jerry Springer.

Answers must be in the form of a question. (And yes, you can probably find the real answer using the google. So don’t.)


And the correct question is:

I have to round up some prizes to give out for some of these.