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  1. I find it interesting that even though I am a member of a church with a theologically-conservative perspective on the scriptures, our church seems to be what Rachel Evans is looking for. We affirm women in vocational an non-vocational ministry (ordained ministers, teachers, deacons, leaders, etc.), we deal with the hard questions in Sunday School and bible studies - I've actually been able to point out that King David was a user of women in a Bible study series I did where it seemed every week David was finding a new wife or concubine for his use without people getting bent out of shape abo
  2. I’m not sure it is so much about the Holocaust entire, but the damage of the Holocaust in human terms, particularly in the lives of those who were transformed by it. I think Kubrick was wrong about this since I don’t think it was really about the Holocaust - it was about surviving the Holocaust. I haven’t seen the film in years, but I remember the scene. The issue for the characters in the movie was the question of whether they were going to live or die horribly. They simply didn’t know. They didn’t know from day to day, hour to hour, moment to moment whether they would live or die
  3. Now you've done it. Instead of going to bed early, I'm rewatching 500 Days of Summer!
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    From the Natural Gas Subcommittee of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board: On May 5, 2011, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu charged the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB) Natural Gas Subcommittee to make recommendations to improve the safety and environmental performance of natural gas hydraulic fracturing from shale formations. President Obama directed Secretary Chu to form the Natural Gas Subcommittee as part of the President’s "Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future" - a comprehensive plan to reduce America's oil dependence, save consumers money, and make our country the leader
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    Yes. He misrepresented what's going on around here. He was talking about benzene emissions at the well sites and showed a thermal video of gases escaping from a well unit. He made it seem as if the gases were benzene, but the gases are mostly warm air. There are indeed trace amounts of benzene released from well sites, but you probably get more benzene exposure at/near a gas station than you do at a well site. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) monitors and investigates gases released at drilling wells and they have determine levels are within acceptable parameters. Again,
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    From the Wall Street Journal: Texas Cites EPA Error in Testing of Wells AUSTIN, Texas—In an ongoing bout between Texas and the Environmental Protection Agency over the safety of gas drilling, the Lone Star State claimed a victory Tuesday and took the opportunity to criticize the federal agency. Texas regulators said that extensive testing showed that flammable water wells west of Fort Worth were not contaminated by nearby gas drilling, as the EPA maintained. Instead, they said, evidence shows that the gas in a shallow water aquifer was migrating up from a rock formation directly under
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    FULL DISCLOSURE: - I work for an engineering and environmental services firm in Fort Worth that serves a major gas driller. - I directly serve both the Energy and Environmental Groups that work with drilling issues in the Barnett Shale and Eagle Ford Shale plays, although it is actually a rather small part of our business. - My firm also is heavily involved in water resources/conservation/treatment which is a big deal in the fracking controversy. I am regularly involved in discussions regarding these issues with experts. - I have lived in Fort Worth for 21 years and I have closely
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    Do a bit of research on Gasland and you'll find that the director has made a propaganda film that doesn't worry too much about facts. It doesn't accurately quote the laws, nor deal with any evidence that doesn't support it's premise. I know a fair amount about fracking and the natural gas boom because I literally live on top of the Barnett Shale here in Fort Worth and I deal with the gas drilling companies on a regular basis, both professionally and personally. There have been some problems with a few wells, mostly salt-water disposal wells not the actually fracking of the formations, b
  9. ‘Spider-Man’ Takes Off, With Some Bumps By PATRICK HEALY Published: November 28, 2010 All $65 million of the new Broadway musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” took flight on Sunday night at its first preview performance, but not without bumps. The show stopped five times, mostly to fix technical problems, and Act I ended prematurely, with Spider-Man stuck dangling 10 feet above audience members, while Act II was marred by a nasty catcall during one of the midperformance pauses. Rarely is the very first public run-through of a new musical perfect, and indeed, the creators of this “Sp
  10. Sara and I were at a Styx/Boston oldies show a couple of years ago (actually quite good) and there was a stoned/drunk guy in front of us who kept screaming at the top of his lungs (even during the quiet ballads). Finally security removed him from our section in the cheap seats (yay!) and moved him to seats right up front where he suddenly calmed down (what?).
  11. What gets me with the latest round of video-capable cellphones is that now some concert-goers seem to think they are there to document the performance for all posterity. At the last show Sara and I most recently attended (current Barenaked Ladies tour), there were people filling the aisles holding their phones over their heads during hit songs to shoot video. As a result, the good seats at the front of the section I purchased since Sara often has trouble seeing over people at concerts (she's 4'11" or 150 cm), were nearly useless since neither one of us (I'm 6'05" or 196 cm) could actually see
  12. She's too conventionally pretty to do it, IMO. They would really have to do a lot of "Monster"-type work on her appearance to get Joplins's plain and acne-scarred look. Unless she's planning to permanently hoarsen her voice, I don't think it's going to be believable. But frankly, I'm more worried about whether or not she can pull off the Southeast Texas accent. I'm afraid she's just going to do a vague "movie Southern" accent, or worse, a J.R. Ewing accent. (Larry Hagman is from the DFW area of Texas, but the producers of Dallas didn't like his real Texas accent, so they had him do a
  13. Sara and I just watched this tonight. We loved it. Well they did establish a very strong connection between Summer and Elaine Robinson, even showing a clip of the closing bus scene from The Graduate. Summer cried at The Graduate's ending (a strange reaction in my book). There were also a couple of other Graduate parallels throughout the movie, one of them transposing the two leads meeting on a bus in Berkeley (The Graduate) to the two leads meeting on an Amtrak train.
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