Weekend Reading: April 8, 2017

Welcome to the weekend!  Here’s what I read, watched, and listened to this week that you might find informative or enjoyable.

It’s Masters week at Augusta, and Jason Gay at the Wall Street Journal has a very tongue-in-cheek article you might enjoy, highlighting 15 “well-kept secrets of the Masters.” They also have a neat story called, ‘Green Jacket Winners Include Every Masters Champion and This 55-Year-Old Attorney’

Additionally, the editor in chief over at Convivium (which is a Canadian think-tank/magazine/ministry) Father Raymond J. De Souza wrote ‘Tiger’s Twisting Moral Tale’.  It’s not every day you see a theologian or pastor/father write this kind of piece, which is part of what makes it unique.

On a more serious note, the U.S. Senate approved Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court. In an historic move, Republican leadership decided to make the long-discussed rules change that allowed a confirmation based on a simple majority vote.  From everything I can tell, Gorsuch is going to be a fantastic judge, so hopefully this was the right thing to do. Certainly there was no reason (other than politics) for Democrats to block his nomination.

Flashback from Joe Carter: 9 Things You Should Know About Neil Gorsuch and Supreme Court Confirmations

The other big story of the week is that American ships launched 59 Tomahawk missiles into Syria, effectively knocking out the airbase used just days prior by President Bashir al-Assad to gas his own people.  This was not the first time Assad had gassed his own people, it was simply the first time it happened under the watch of President Trump.  Here’s a link to Al Mohler’s briefing about this, the Gorsuch vote, and a highly interesting remembrance of the anniversary of U.S. entrance into WWI. 

Writing for WSJ, Yaroslav Trofimov does a good job of dissecting how this strike on Syria differs contextually from what President Obama was facing during his reign…errrr….presidency.

I read/examined a sobering photo-essay this week about the starvation going on in the Horn of Africa that you might want to take a moment and see.

TECH: over at Gizmodo they’re looking at the effects of the new law President Trump signed allowing ISP’s to sell browsing history: Want to Stop Your Internet Provider From Selling Your Browsing Data? It Ain’t Easy

Crazy Story….Over at the New Yorker: DOOMSDAY PREP FOR THE SUPER-RICH.  I didn’t get to read the whole thing, but its the second such story that I’ve seen about this topic in as many weeks – here’t the one I saw a week ago. (h/t Ben F.)

Interesting: The Surprising Role of Guardian Angels

More Tech: This Video Made $4,215 at Auction. How Ads Work on YouTube.

What is stirring out there on the interwebs: Top Obama Adviser Sought Names of Trump Associates in Intel

Hilarious: Comedian Ed Wiley standup ‘If Trump were on staff at your church…‘ (h/t Alex W.)

For those watching the evolution of the Amazon business model: ‘I Went to Amazon’s Physical Bookstore And…’

Best books I read this week: Sherpherding a Child’s Heart (Tedd Tripp) and Inventing Russia (Arkady Ostrovsky)

Worst book I read this week: Truman (David McCullough) – I will probably write more about this at a later date.  It’s not entirely the writing or the author, I like David M.  It’s that 250 pages in I absolutely have zero respect for his subject.

I know that’s short, right?  But that’s what I have!  I hope you enjoy the weekend!

PJW

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