Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Will the Pope's encyclical on the environment be a game changer?

Unfortunately, not likely. 

A whole bunch of people who always say we shouldn't separate church and state suddenly think that the Pope--a trained scientist, by the way--should leave politics and government to the politicians and governments...

“I hope I’m not going to get castigated for saying this by my priest back home, but I don’t get economic policy from my bishops or my cardinal or my pope,” the former Florida governor said. “I think religion ought to be about making us better as people and less about things that end up getting in the political realm.”

Because taking care of the earth and protecting our dwindling resources has nothing to do with making us better as people, and is only about politics and the economy, I guess. And Jeb would never--NEVER!--mix religion with politics. 

Monday, June 8, 2015

Everest movie Trailer


Based on Krakauer's Into Thin Air of course. Opens in September, 2015.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The most active states in America

Using data from the workout-tracking app developer MapMyFitness. The winner is California, with 87 minutes of workouts a week per user. The loser: North Dakota.  The biggest running state: Massachusetts, where the average user logs 37 minutes per week. I help the average on that one a little, though I'm slightly alarmed that MapMyFitness is tracking my workouts like that.