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ben ellis

  • There are some really important distictions in here that shouldn't be missed. One is the idea of a political evangelical vs a theological evangelical. If this distinction was made more often i think both political and religous conversations would go much further. Second, while this maybe "new" in a sense

    There are some really important distictions in here that shouldn't be missed. One is the idea of a political evangelical vs a theological evangelical. If this distinction was made more often i think both political and religous conversations would go much further. Second, while this maybe "new" in a sense of this particular stream of thought, Francis Schaeffer wrote about the Christians duty for creation care in "Genesis in Space and Time" in which he aregues for the historicity of Genesis 1-11 and that as a part of that historical reality believers ought to be concerned about the earth and their impact in it.

  • This is one of those conversations that i am not sure where it is going. Certainly, the public reason for removing like counts and subscriver numbers can be linked to mental health of users. That is ultimatwly a good thing, but i wonder if there isn't more to this than user mental health. Facebook and

    This is one of those conversations that i am not sure where it is going. Certainly, the public reason for removing like counts and subscriver numbers can be linked to mental health of users. That is ultimatwly a good thing, but i wonder if there isn't more to this than user mental health. Facebook and google have both been implicated in content management near scandals. Not debating the legality, just pointing out the feeling of censorship and/or manipulation. This feels like a tool to do more of the same since engagement is one of the drivers of the algorithms that drives appearance in feeds and search responses.

  • This is a great article on working from home. The short answer seems to be, 1]have a designated space that can be separated from the rest of your home life and 2] be comfortable in that space.

    I certainly appreciate the seniment, but i think its important to know that even in a non-home office setting.

  • I dont know if i agree with the sentiment that Trump folded and declared victory. I dont know that this short piece gives us a whole lot of insight one way or another. Wether or not this is a false victory depends on what Mexico promised to do and what Mexico's level of follow through will be. In the

    I dont know if i agree with the sentiment that Trump folded and declared victory. I dont know that this short piece gives us a whole lot of insight one way or another. Wether or not this is a false victory depends on what Mexico promised to do and what Mexico's level of follow through will be. In the end, we know there was a promise of terrifs and Mexico satisfied enough conditions for Trump to back down, thats all this really tells us.

  • This is both amazing and disheartening at the same time. The reality that we can't find meaningful ways to deal with the waste from consumable products is insane. I know that pollution, politics, and economics start blending together in this conversation, but we need a better plan. The fact that plastics

    This is both amazing and disheartening at the same time. The reality that we can't find meaningful ways to deal with the waste from consumable products is insane. I know that pollution, politics, and economics start blending together in this conversation, but we need a better plan. The fact that plastics have made it pretty much everywhere on the planet is problematic for long term global sustainability.

    On the plus side though....Congrats on the deepest solo dive. That is an amazing acomplishment...in all fairness i am a little jealous.👍

  • This is an interesting article, largely i see a lot of places where the millennial entitlement mentality is taking root. However, amidst their impatience is also the sense of wanting to make a difference, which is admirable, but the rwality is that "making a difference" is rarely measuted in months or

    This is an interesting article, largely i see a lot of places where the millennial entitlement mentality is taking root. However, amidst their impatience is also the sense of wanting to make a difference, which is admirable, but the rwality is that "making a difference" is rarely measuted in months or a year, but rather is measured in years and decades. Yes, there are some who have sky-rocketed to the rops of their industries, but the are the exceptions not the rule. The kind of fast paced advancement for everyone mentality will leave corporations unstable. Which, some may say corporations need to adapt, and thats true, but equally so do employees who are working in industries where time and experience actually are relevant factors.

    Full disclosure, i am not a millenial, but slow changes do frustrate me. So i am sympathetic to people who want to change quickly, but making real substantive changes takes time. If you only want to change the proverbial "window dressing" so you can put something on your resume, fine, but be aware the changes you made probably have no substance. In the long run that will show.

  • This is a really interesting concept. I love the idea of creating cities that are self sufficient and using natural resources around it for greater sustainablity. Although, somewhere in the back of my mind i struggle with not seeing the dystopian novels coming to life. Vern, Updike, Orwell, and Huxley might have a field day.

  • Ok so lets apply so common sense. Users use facebook and post things that could be a threat to facebook or its employees on facebook...seriously, what would you expect facebook to do. People are using the platform of their own volition, no one is coerced into using facebook. They post on facebook of

    Ok so lets apply so common sense. Users use facebook and post things that could be a threat to facebook or its employees on facebook...seriously, what would you expect facebook to do. People are using the platform of their own volition, no one is coerced into using facebook. They post on facebook of their own volition. Facebook has every right to search its own platform to keep its employees safe, their product safe, and report issues to law enforcement. If you dont want to get caught threatening facebook...dont post it on facebook.

  • I think the interesting note here is that yhis article positions these guys as being on oposite sides of the political line, and now potentially starting a lobbying firm together. In some ways this indicates that if the motivation is there oposing parties can work together to do something rhey feel is

    I think the interesting note here is that yhis article positions these guys as being on oposite sides of the political line, and now potentially starting a lobbying firm together. In some ways this indicates that if the motivation is there oposing parties can work together to do something rhey feel is there. Why doesnt the current sitting congress have enough motivation to work together to serve the people who elected them?