The Canceled-Koran-Burning Aftermath

From The Friendly Atheist:

In the wake of the Koran-Burnings-That-Didn’t-Happen, I have a question and a comment.

When is it ok to burn a book?

I used to be against book-burning in general because I saw all books as valuable in some respect… for some reason, that seems silly to me now. I don’t care if you burn your own books. I don’t care if you buy 983423 copies of a book that everyone loves or hates for the sole purpose of throwing them in a bonfire. I might care if someone bought a rare book in order to destroy it but that’s a different issue.

When I heard about Terry Jones wanting to burn Korans, I was opposed and disgusted at first. And then the more I heard the media complain about it, the less I cared.

PZ Myers is right — the problem is with “all the lunatics who are insisting that burning the Koran is a major international catastrophe.”

Believe it or not, Korans will still be around whether or not some copies get burned.

I understand the sentiment behind it was one of hatred of Islam, but so what? Ignore the man if you don’t like what he’s doing. It’s not like he’s advocating burning Muslims at the stake.

For what it’s worth, I don’t approve of what Jones wanted to do. His reasons were despicable and there was no noble purpose to what he was doing. He was elevating his holy book over a different one — it’s laughable, really, when you think the Bible and the Koran aren’t all that different in general.

Old Tom Parr

From Wikipedia:

Thomas Parr (1483 (reputedly) – 14 November 1635) was an English supercentenarian who supposedly lived for 152 years.

Parr was said to have been born in 1483 near Shrewsbury, possibly at Wollaston. He supposedly joined the army around 1500 and did not marry until he was 80 years old. He had two children, both of whom died in infancy. Parr attributed his long life to his vegetarian diet and moral temperance, although when he was about 100 years old he purportedly had an affair and fathered a child born out of wedlock. After the death of his first wife, he married a second time at the alleged age of 122.


William Harvey (1578–1657), the physician who discovered the circulation of the blood,[2] performed a post-mortem on Parr’s body.[3][4] The results were published in the book De ortu et natura sanguinis by John Betts as an attachment. According to P. Lüth the results of the autopsy suggest that Thomas Parr was probably under 70 years of age.[5]

It is possible that Parr’s records were confused with those of his grandfather.

(via Best of Wikipedia)

Seek Find, The Christian Search Engine

I tried running a few searches but it appears to have been smoted: is a unique “Christian-content-only” search engine. The major search engines such as Google, Yahoo, MSN, and Ask often produce quality results for searches related to Christian terms. However, mixed in with these search results will be results from pages attacking the Christian faith and/or presenting unbiblical views. For example, a search for “Jesus Christ” at Google will result in page 1 listings from the Mormon church, a genealogical service, and a secular history of views about Jesus. avoids these problems by only indexing websites that are Biblically-based, theologically-sound, and in agreement with our Statement of Faith. That way, you can have confidence that you will find content which will be God-honoring and spiritually encouraging. Further, the “spider” crawls every page of the websites in our index – giving you the most complete and most accurate results possible.

The Face of Facebook

From The New Yorker:

In another exchange leaked to Silicon Alley Insider, Zuckerberg explained to a friend that his control of Facebook gave him access to any information he wanted on any Harvard student:

ZUCK: yea so if you ever need info about anyone at harvard
ZUCK: just ask
ZUCK: i have over 4000 emails, pictures, addresses, sns
FRIEND: what!? how’d you manage that one?
ZUCK: people just submitted it
ZUCK: i don’t know why
ZUCK: they “trust me”
ZUCK: dumb fucks

According to two knowledgeable sources, there are more unpublished IMs that are just as embarrassing and damaging to Zuckerberg. But, in an interview, Breyer told me, “Based on everything I saw in 2006, and after having a great deal of time with Mark, my confidence in him as C.E.O. of Facebook was in no way shaken.” Breyer, who sits on Facebook’s board, added, “He is a brilliant individual who, like all of us, has made mistakes.” When I asked Zuckerberg about the IMs that have already been published online, and that I have also obtained and confirmed, he said that he “absolutely” regretted them. “If you’re going to go on to build a service that is influential and that a lot of people rely on, then you need to be mature, right?” he said. “I think I’ve grown and learned a lot.”