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January 18, 2008
Reviving an ancient practice
, churches are exposing sinners and shunning those who won't repent. Unfortunately, some of the worshipers are expelled not because of willful or unrepentant sins, but for criticizing the pastor on matters of church polity
. "A lot of times, flocks aren't willing to submit or be obedient to God. If somebody is not willing to be helped, they forfeit their membership."
posted by mrducts at 5:19 PM PST - 130 comments
WTF, LA hospitals?
"Gabino Olvera, 42, sued the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center for negligence and elder abuse after it discharged him in February 2007, took him across town in a van and left him in a soiled hospital gown without a wheelchair in the heart of the city's homeless area."
posted by Kirth Gerson at 3:58 PM PST - 89 comments
Comics writer Warren Ellis invited indie comics creators to introduce their work (warning: image intensive page)
in his new forum, Whitechapel
. With posts from 100+ writers/artists creating everything from free webcomics to traditional books, it's a great source for new reading material.
posted by nerdcore at 1:37 PM PST - 6 comments
After 60 years of separation due to her family being marked as an enemy of the people, and sent off to internal exile
a couple who spent only three days together after their marriage have reunited
, in an amazing stroke of luck. [more inside]
posted by korej at 7:51 AM PST - 39 comments
It could have been the greatest disaster in US history. On January 18, 1978, 30 years ago today, the 1400 ton 2 1/2 acre roof of the Hartford Civic Center
, covered by a blanket of snow and ice, suddenly and completely collapsed
, damaging almost all of the seats underneath. Just four hours earlier there was a basketball game packed with 5000 fans. Had it collapsed then, many, if not most, of the fans and players could have died. [more inside]
posted by eye of newt at 7:43 AM PST - 37 comments
allows people to undertake commitment bonds: promises that they will do something (lose weight, quit smoking, etc.) or else forfeit a pre-determined amount of money to a charity. Either the honor system or a referee can be used to decide if the goal is met. The idea is related to Nobel prize-winner Thomas Schelling's concept of strategic precommitment
. More here
, and here
posted by shivohum at 7:05 AM PST - 17 comments