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William Felsen
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This is a darn useful article.  The Jewish part is on point.  I'd love to see additional religions included.
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Thanks, William. It looks useful. What are you up to? What's the baby up
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I am listening to a biography of C.S. Lewis as a book on tape.  It has reached the time in his life when he was giving the radio lectures which would become Mere Christianity.  That made reference to natural law.

Some months ago, I went to a lecture on the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Healthcare Organizations.  The presenter started off by talking about Catholic ethics originating in natural law.  At the time, I meant to look into it, but didn't have time.  

My brief beginning of looking into this led me to a discussion of deontology.  When I was a college senior, I took a course in logic from a professor I liked who encouraged experimentation.  Towards the end of the course, he gave worksheets to experiment with to explore the question of which of the rules of logic we had learned would work in a deontic ethical argument (Would modus ponens work on "If the baby is sleeping, be quiet"?)  There wasn't enough time to explore that as fully as I wanted to.  Every so often, I pull out some scrap paper and try to figure out what I can on this front.  I don't know that I ever get very far, or save the work so that the next time I want to play with it, I am that much further along.  I should work this out with someone and see where it leads.  Recreational logic of ethics, anyone? 
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As usual with XKCD, read the hover text too.

This is a bit more serious than the comic usually is.
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“Our professor has a policy that if your phone rings in class, you must answer it on speakerphone."
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I've been using this for about a year now.  Instead of a blank page when you make a new tab, it gives you some ads and donates the ad revenue to a charity.  It hasn't slowed down my web use at all and as such seems a free ad easy way to generate money for some good causes.
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Seeking Paul Davis or one who can contact him.  It is in regard to his Mudthaw reservation.

PS Feast space is currently still available at Mudthaw/Settmour Swamp's Baronial Investiture on March 23rd.  If you want to attend, please send your info and a check by mail.
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The place isn't kosher so I can't eat there, but I can send god vibes and business their way.
 
The Best PR Isn't PR At All

This is an example of the best kind of public relations: Mellow Mushroom Pizza did something really nice just because it was a really nice thing to do, and didn't publicize it. The recipient, a soldier deployed in Afghanistan, posted about it on social media and it has gone viral because it's such a fantastic story.

More companies should learn from this example. Customers notice when a business goes out of its way to be good to them, and in today's connected world it's really easy for them to tell their friends about it.

In a related note, after reading this story about a pizza company I'd never heard of I went to www.mellowmushroom.com and discovered that they have a location right here in Austin and I'm planning on having some for dinner tonight. (They even have their own gluten-free crust so my wife can have some, too.) Unless, of course, they're so busy from the publicity that they run out of crust.
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There is a Mellow Mushroom franchise near me.  Kind of makes me want to try their pizza out, as much as I have been avoiding pizza outside of New York.
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Interesting things to think about:
-Government monitoring vs corporate monitoring
-Is opting out really a choice?  What are the costs of opting out?
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Interesting to note how the nearly infinitely modifiable meal is good for some and bad for others.
In Panera Bread CEO Ron Shaich's vision of the future, every restaurant could have "a different menu for every person." Shaich's chain and others are bringing his vision closer to reality, making it easier for diners to order exactly to...
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Please daven (pray) for Avigayel Bas Rivka Batya, she was born 7 weeks early and weighs 3 pounds.  The next 3 days are very crucial. 
The doctors have introduced nitrous  oxide in the hope it will encourage spontaneous breathing.  Right now she is intubated. She has been resuscitated once already.  With Chasdai Hashem (G-d's lovingkindness) and your teffilot (prayers), she will, please G-d, pull through this ordeal.  (This was edited only slightly from the request put out by a family member of the sick girl)

The link below has one psalm that is appropriate.  Feel free to choose any psalm or prayer you feel fits the situation.
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If you could, please add Asher Reuven Ben Arielle to the list of people to pray for. He was three weeks early and is having a rough time transitioning to the real world from the world in utero. I don't want to get into specifics in this public forum, but if you care to know how he is doing, email me. 
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One of many fine choices of Psalms
#prayforboston  
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Every year, Benji Lovitt brings me joy by writing a list of reasons he loves Israel.  So far, he has 375. tl;dr version: coffee and chumus. 

Happy birthday Israel!
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