January 3, 2013

Random Links (1/3)

Chinese Worker Scrawls Plea For Help in a Product He Made
"An Oregon woman was surprised to find a handwritten letter stuck in some Halloween decorations she bought at Kmart. The note purported to be from a Chinese worker in a labor camp…"

Dying Regrets and New Year Reflections
"Earlier this year, The Guardian reported about Bonnie Ware, a palliative nurse, who had spent 12 years documenting the last words and dying regrets of those under her care (which eventually resulted in a book). Ware said that people at the end of their lives have “phenomenal clarity of vision,” and therefore we should consider what we might learn from their wisdom. Ware listed the top 5 regrets (most commonly mentioned) of those on their deathbed."

Maybe the US isn't as Violent as we think?
Surprising results when violent crime statistics are compared between nations.

Let's Give Up On the Constitution
A stunning editorial from no less than a University professor of constitutional law. If my children ever decide to study law, I think I will steer them away from Georgetown. "As the nation teeters at the edge of fiscal chaos, observers are reaching the conclusion that the American system of government is broken. But almost no one blames the culprit: our insistence on obedience to the Constitution, with all its archaic, idiosyncratic and downright evil provisions." A response and critique found here: Let's Give Up On Professor Lewis Michael Seidman

Les Miserables and the Surprising Gospel of Grace
"Jean Valjean, the fugitive on the run, was nevertheless the one who knew the meaning of freedom; and even more so after he came out of hiding and gave himself up to Javert. He had discovered grace: the principle that doing good and being good are gifts from God, given to those who know they do not deserve them. He was simultaneously softened and strengthened by grace: strengthened to do what was right, with great courage and self-sacrifice; and softened to do it beautifully and well. In their final dramatic encounter Javert is forced to recognize that Valjean's virtue is truer and nobler than his own. The realization kills him. Law was kept in bondage until the very end. Grace prevailed. This is the way of the Gospel; it is the way of Christ."

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