Shanah Tovah!

rosh-hashanah-elements-600Happy New Year to all who celebrate Rosh Hashanah, which starts Sunday evening.

Is American religion really worth $1.16 trillion?

collection-plateA new study published in the Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion says that’s the case, but this Relevant article says no. From the Relevant article:

Their $1.16 trillion estimate is a staggering amount of money—something like 7% of the United States’ GDP. It’s also, on reflection, a somewhat silly figure. How do you possibly estimate the economic value of something as gigantic and amorphous as American religion? And even if you do pin down a number, what does it tell you? That religious organizations should list themselves on Nasdaq? That the Methodists really need to step it up in FY 2017? That religious groups handle a lot of cash?

Whatever the figure, this does raise some interesting questions, yes? Such as: If we taxed religious groups, might that help the economy? Well, that’s the question it raises for me…

If the opportunity arose to go to Mars…

…would you?

Elon Musk has a plan for you. Me, I’m so not interested in this and I can’t figure out why — other than I don’t like scuba diving, either. I believe I want to stay where God put me — dry land. Earth.

And another thing…

And thanks, Helen, for the link.

I feel your pain

ck8ymgyvaaayzt8And just in case you’re not sure what that means, here’s a handy chart.

(It’s just a little service we provide here at DJ. We help you get in touch with your feels.)

Whose ad is that?

dark_moneyIf it’s a television ad, the funders of political ads are hard to trace.

Despite rules that require  posting the funders where television viewers could find them…

…Stations are accepting incomplete or inaccurate forms from the advertisers. They’re posting “disclosure” forms that sometimes don’t disclose much: Often they don’t have the information the law requires, and that is critical for the public to understand who is trying to affect an election. In some cases, disclosures are only partially complete. In other cases, advertisers aren’t cooperating but stations are running the ads anyway.

So dark money continues.

On mansplaining or being manterrupted.

3ef38e39c76f710a310a7bf19a3a1786Just read this, by Jessica Bennett and the New York Times. From the essay:

…to the rest of us, or at least the 51 percent of us who are women, Mr. Trump’s behavior was also painfully familiar, reminiscent of the types of dismissals so many of us deal with every day.

“To the men amazed Clinton hasn’t snapped: Every woman you know has learned to do this. This is our life in society,” one woman mused to her 300 Twitter followers the night of the debate. By morning, she’d been retweeted more than 7,000 times.