- “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Now there’s a meme you will rarely see on Facebook. But it’s a truth the rabbis understood and took to heart.
I’ve noticed a curious contradiction lately.
Christian believers are claiming that the Covid-19 guidelines – the quarantines, the masks, the hand washings, the lockdown on gatherings, the business closures – all amount to tyranny, a threat to Constitutional rights, and are based (at best) on mistaken data and (at worst) are part of a deep-state conspiracy to turn us all into fearful sheep.
What’s the contradiction? It all has to do with a “parapet.”
It was Tuesday, the usual day when the sons of God came together to present themselves before the Lord as his heavenly council. But because of the pandemic lockdown, everyone was social distancing and working from home, so Jesus suggested they all use Zoom, the video conferencing app, for a virtual meeting.
The Angel Gabriel messaged everybody to say he already had an account, so they could use his, and the meeting could go beyond the 40-minute limit of the free version. [Editor’s Note: Not applicable in eternity, but…]
The focus of the meeting was to be God’s faithful servant, Job.
It’s been several years since the liberal owner of this website published a sophomorish election-eve article that made fun of now-President Donald Trump. Since that shameful episode, we’ve “been shut down for repairs” here at blindfolly.org.
Now that we’re back up and running, I am able to resume my investigations, and I was surprised to find that we’re in the middle of a serious coronavirus pandemic!
[First posted in 2012, but still relevant]
Facebook announced it will “thoughtfully and slowly” begin rolling out ads that appear right inside your mind while you post on your newsfeed.
“We don’t want to be intrusive,” Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said. “And all privacy rights will be preserved. Your thoughts will stay right where they usually are, like always. We’ll just be adding some more in.”
A mind is a terrible thing to waste, Zuckerberg continued. “Most people don’t take advantage of 76 per cent of their brain’s capacity, anyway. We’ll put it to good use.”
Facebook promises the new “mind ads” will not encroach on or slow down other mental processes, nor will they hinder driving. A text-only ad feature can be chosen in Facebook’s settings area. An opt-out feature may be added in coming weeks, but may not be available in all areas.