WHY DID THIS HAPPEN?
God Judging America Today? asks Ralph Drollinger. The
former UCLA basketball player (a 7'2" center from the John
Wooden era) wondered recently why God is punishing us with a lethal
virus. A biblically astute evaluation of the situation
strongly suggests that America and other countries of the world are
reaping what China has sown due to their leaders' recklessness and
lack of candor and transparency.
he mentions their leaders' recklessness and lies and
lack of foresight, I think he's referring to China's leaders, not America's.
fact, Drollinger himself is the leader of the Bible Study Group at
the White House, which meets with Trump Cabinet members every Wednesday.
has railed against environmentalists and depraved LGBTQ
citizens, arguing that they have infiltrated high positions in
our government, our educational system, our media and our
entertainment industry and are largely responsible for
God's consequential wrath on our nation.
happens for a reason, Christians insist, because God is in complete
control. As an evangelical, Drollinger is sure of every
reason. After all, he has a Master of Divinity degree from The
Master's Seminary though it's now under probation by its
accrediting institution and there he was taught that the
reason for every disaster is our sinful behavior.
imagined that even in prehistoric times, people assumed there was a
cause for everything. Random chance couldn't possibly be
involved. See this month's 100 Moons article.
SMILE, THOUGH YOUR MIND KNOWS BETTER
deepest impulses are optimistic, wrote Ellen Willis; an
attitude that seems to me as spiritually necessary and proper as
it is intellectually suspect.
my new article about The
I explained why I'm sadly unable to be optimistic about what the
world will become after I'm gone.
a radio station broadcasts nothing but silence, that's called
1970, a Chicago station began broadcasting clean air
in other words, no more of that crazy rock & roll with its
suggestive lyrics. WEXI-FM had decided to aim instead for a
grown-up audience, 24 to 50 years old.
friend was working at the station around that time, which has led me
to recall the brief period when clean air was Spreading
Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation has pledged $75 million to Syracuse
University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.
That's the largest gift in the University's history.
E. Newhouse '51 made the announcement in January at the Newhouse
School on the Syracuse campus.
there's another big occasion in upstate New York: S.U.'s 150th
birthday! Of course, the campus is looking rather empty at present.
Vice President Matt Ter Molen writes, As you have likely
heard, Syracuse University made the difficult decision to transition
students to online learning for the remainder of the spring
semester. I won't sugarcoat this: it is heartbreaking. As
alumni know best, memories made on campus and abroad are
irreplaceable and we feel for every member of our student body.
of the pandemic, half a dozen scheduled celebrations have been
postponed. And something else is missing: the 40-year-old
air-supported roof on the Carrier Dome has been removed, to be
replaced by a new roof supported by an external crown
truss (depicted below).
was on campus for the 100th birthday in 1970, although I don't
recall any particular celebrations then either. Checking my
archives for that Tuesday, the only entry noted that my landlady was
out of town, visiting her son in Florida.
the time I was a graduate student in radio and television at the
aforementioned Newhouse School. Some of the letters I wrote are
in this month's 100 Moons article.
20, 2020 WEEKCLOX
I began working in TV mobile units parked outside stadiums and
arenas, I haven't toiled in a traditional Monday-through-Friday
office for decades. As I gradually retire, I find myself
working fewer and fewer days; and because all the sports events have
recently been postponed or canceled, I currently have no work days at
all. It's hard to keep track of where I am in the midst of an
I've made a 168-hour clock and put it on my refrigerator.
of the seven days is divided into four segments dark night,
bright morning, bright afternoon, dark evening of six hours
each. The hand is pointing to 7:30 Friday morning, approximately.
my clock doesn't run automatically. It's paper,
with a hand that's actually a magnet that I move manually when I get
around to it.
I wanted to purchase an actual motor-driven device, there are
several online from the British firm DayClox. In each case, the
single hand makes one revolution per week (1 RPW).
However, none of these examples follow my color
code, nor my idea of locating Over-the-Hump Day at the top of
devices can be made more useful by the addition of a minute hand
like the example on the left from Small Big Design Ltd. But
one has to squint to read the day and hour using the larger dial,
which has 14 times as many hourly tick marks as a standard
clock. This one reads 12:38 pm Tuesday, reminding workers that
even though it's lunchtime on the second day, almost a quarter of the
week is already gone. By thinking long term and
visualizing your week, you will focus relentlessly on your
much easier-to-read clock employs a traditional look but adds a red
hand running at 1 RPW.
The one on the right indicates 4:44 pm Sunday.
course, DayClox makes several digital models with no hands at
all. They say these are supported by Alzheimer's and
Dementia communities throughout the world. I'm not
demented yet, but I do find it helpful to be reminded what day it is.
this morning 50 years ago, I began a letter with the dateline
Tuesday, March 17, 1970, 9:30 am. Then I continued
does St. Patrick's Day always come on a Tuesday? It doesn't
really, of course, but somehow when I write Tuesday, March 17,
I feel that no other day would fit in there. Saturday, March 17,
suppose that sometime in my childhood a particularly memorable March
17 happened to come on a Tuesday, so I still associate the two.
Or something like that.
days have associations, too. Groundhog Day always is a
Thursday, Valentine's Day a Friday, Columbus Day a Wednesday, and the
Fourth of July a Saturday. And, of course, Easter usually comes
on a Sunday.
rule mostly holds true half a century later, though the groundhog
did break the tradition last month and so will Columbus in October.
TO THE TUNE OF "AMAZING GRACE"
how sweet the smell,
keeps our hands germ-free!
wash your hands,
and dry them, too,
we might healthy be.
Pastor Ben Williams in the empty sanctuary of Christ United
Methodist Church at Chapel Hill, NC, leading a service via YouTube
and Facebook Live, as quoted in the New York Times.
takes about 20 seconds to sing Amazing Soap, which
happens to be the recommended minimum hand-washing time.
14, 2010 ONE
MOMENT IN TIME
home yesterday from the Patriot League championship game, where
Lehigh defeated Lafayette for the right to advance to the NCAA
tournament and be trounced by top-seeded Kansas this coming Thursday,
I stopped at a huge Cabelas store north of Reading, PA. I
am definitely not an outdoorsman, but I was curious about what was inside.
photo at the right, and the next one, come from this
the expected vast assortment of hunting and fishing gear for sale,
Cabelas offers other attractions for the tourist, including an
aquarium and several taxidermic displays.
one side room are realistic dioramas filled with dozens of stuffed
whitetail deer. Each is labeled. Many of the labels name
the hunter who shot the deer. At least one label names the
person who collected the deer, which I presume means that
he picked the road kill up off the highway.
displays feature stuffed moose, mountain goats, Arctic foxes, and
other animals in natural-looking settings.
also an African section. At the entrance are several animals
posed in a freeze frame of an exciting action sequence: a
wide-eyed group of greater kudu fleeing toward us, trying to escape a
lion attack. Like running backs making their cuts, the athletic
lions are closing in for the kill.
panicked antelope are almost close enough to touch. Thats
a step up from zoos, where we stare from a distance at bored animals
standing around. Of course, at least the zoo animals are still alive.
sports halls of fame also depict their athletes in frozen
three-dimensional shining moments? Of course, it
wouldnt do for taxidermists to stuff the athletes, but
statues could be posed to bring the action within reach.
Ive faked a photo of such a display.
havent been to a sports museum lately. Do they already
do this sort of thing? If not, why not?
ADDED MARCH 22, 2010
Wisconsin, Ray Barrington informs me that it is in fact being
done. At the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in Lambeau Field,
visitors can relive the freeze frame just before the final snap of
the famous 1967 Ice Bowl NFL championship game.
how could I have forgotten Franco Harris, who made the
Immaculate Reception for the Steelers five years
later? That moment is also available for inspection, though not
in a sports museum. Its next to the escalators at
Pittsburgh International Airport.
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11, 2010 BRIGHT
some, the concept of daylight saving time has been traced back to a
method to save on the expense of candles, proposed in a letter
written by Benjamin Franklin. This
letter, as a matter of fact. But it turns out that old Ben
wasnt completely serious.
a satirical essay worthy of Dave Barry, Franklin pretends to stumble
accidentally on the discovery that daylight begins as early as 6:00
AM. In the summer, it begins even earlier. The people of
Paris dont realize this, he says, because they stay up most of
the night burning the midnight oil. Then they go to bed and
dont rise to greet the sun until noon.
ignoring Franklins motto, early to bed, early to
rise, Parisians are losing money. If they were to replace
costly artificial light with free natural sunlight, he calculates
they could save 96,075,000 livres in just half a year.
this end, he has several suggestions. However, they dont
include daylight time. He does not propose
resetting the clocks so that noon occurs at sunrise.
to encourage people to go to bed earlier, Franklin recommends
rationing candle wax. To discourage the use of window shutters
that block out the morning sun, he recommends taxing the
shutters. Sleepyheads would be roused at dawn with church bells
and cannon fire.
the sleepyheads did not come around, and morning sunlight continued
to go to waste for
more than a hundred years. Reportedly, it was not until 1907
that setting the clocks ahead in the spring was first seriously
advocated by William Willett. That expedient is now the law.
I was in charge of local origination channels on cable TV systems,
we didnt present programs 24 hours a day. Most of the
time, TV-3 merely displayed automated screens of time, weather, and
text ads, as in these examples.
subscribers must have actually referred to these screens. On
two particular Sundays during the year, a few people would call our
office and leave messages like this: Hey, you idiots,
your clock is wrong! Of course, those Sundays were the
ones when daylight time began or ended at 2:00 AM. Because no
one was in our office then, no one had yet reset the clock.
didnt seem cost-effective to pay someone to come in on Sunday
morning for this trivial task. Finally, I hit upon a solution.
adopted a policy of changing the clock in advance, on Saturday
afternoon. I put a notice on the crawl at the bottom of the
screen: THE TIME ABOVE IS EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME, EFFECTIVE AT
2:00 AM SUNDAY.
seemed to work. For the rest of Saturday, the incorrect clock
reminded people of the impending time change. Then on Sunday,
the correct clock eliminated the complaints.
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