Today’s phischbits

MyFox Atlanta | ‘Cheesus?’: Woman Finds Jesus In Bag of Cheetos

Two things I found telling from the article:
“The pastor of Kirkwood United Methodist Church does not see anything theologically special about the Cheeto, but thinks some good could come from it. Pastor David Bennett says, ‘If people can find Jesus, somehow, in each of us like she’s found in this object, that would be a wonderful thing.’
“Kelly doesn’t plan to sell the Cheeto and will keep it in a safe deposit box.”
The pastor calls it. And if I were Kelly, I’d have eaten it. Photographed it, sure. Shared the photo with my friends, posted it to Flickr, whatever. But I’d have eaten “Cheesus”. It’s just a Cheeto. And Cheetos are yummy…
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Neuromarketing » Please Your Guests by Fooling Them
The gist: more expensive wine isn’t necessarily better. Unlike, say, a real drink like scotch…
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The 10 Best Kitchen Implements For Fighting Off a Ninja
I think I’d go with the cutting board and the frying pan. Those just seem the best way to go all melee on that sneaky little ninja’s hide.
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Today’s phischbits

Billy Graham on technology, faith and suffering | Video on TED.com
“Speaking at TED in 1998, Rev. Billy Graham marvels at technology’s power to improve lives and change the world — but says the end of evil, suffering and death will come only after the world accepts Christ.” Set aside half an hour of your time and watch this.
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An Enduring Measure of Fitness: The Simple Push-Up – New York Times
“The push-up is the ultimate barometer of fitness. It tests the whole body, engaging muscle groups in the arms, chest, abdomen, hips and legs. It requires the body to be taut like a plank with toes and palms on the floor. The act of lifting and lowering one’s entire weight is taxing even for the very fit.”
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Practical tips from a long time cafe warrior
My friend Michael has some advice for those who call coffee shops their office.
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Editorial Observer – Losing Private Dwyer, War Hero – Editorial – NYTimes.com
“Pfc. Joseph Dwyer was a model of the strength and selflessness of the American soldier fighting in Iraq. But it was post-traumatic stress disorder and addiction that eventually killed him.” Please, please, please, servicemen and women: seek help if you need to. You’ve certainly earned it.
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“It is at least excellent.”

Jeff Jacoby, in “The brilliance of the Electoral College”, on the latest attempts to abolish or skirt the Electoral College:

Actually, in no more than four of the nation’s 54 presidential elections since 1789 has the electoral vote winner not been the candidate who won the popular vote

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Such concerns didn’t trouble the framers of the Constitution, who did not believe that political contests should be decided by majority rule. They rejected “pure democracy,” as James Madison explained in Federalist No. 10. They knew that with “nothing to check the inducements to sacrifice the weaker party, or an obnoxious individual,” blind majoritarianism can become as great a menace to liberty as any king or dictator. The term “tyranny of the majority” was coined for good reason.

That is why the framers went to such lengths to prevent popular majorities from too easily getting their way. They didn’t concentrate unlimited power in any single institution, or in the hands of voters.

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The Electoral College (like the Senate) was designed to preserve the role of the states in governing a nation whose name – the United States of America – reflects its fundamental federal nature. We are a nation of states, not of autonomous citizens, and those states have distinct identities and interests, which the framers were at pains to protect. Too many Americans today forget – or never learned – that the states created the central government; it wasn’t the other way around.
[Bold emphasis added. –R]
I encourage you to read the whole thing.