We’re in Chicago for the weekend, enjoying music and walking around the city. The picture above is from the 1960 Chicago Auto Show, an event I attended a few times back when I was a teen. Note how Rambler was being advertised back in those days: Rambler: Basic Excellence.
That’s what we try to give you every day here at Internet Monk, and on Saturdays we hop in the old Rambler and cruise the WWW for interesting material. Come on, let’s ramble!
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Brown was riding in his beloved Tesla S sedan, watching a Harry Potter movie, when his car’s cameras failed to distinguish the white side of a turning tractor trailer from a brightly lit sky and didn’t automatically activate its brakes.
In April, Brown posted a video on YouTube showing how his Tesla had avoided a crash on an interstate.
In the fatal incident, Brown had put the car in “Autopilot” mode. Tesla said in a statement that this was the first known death in over 130 million miles of Autopilot operation. They also said that the system is an “assist feature” that requires a driver to keep both hands on the wheel at all time. Drivers are told they need to “maintain control and responsibility for your vehicle” while using the system, and they have to be prepared to take over at any time.
Unless Harry Potter is on, I guess.
This, of course, was the week of Brexit.
We’ll leave it to the pundits to sort out the analysis and predictions for what the fallout may be. What we here at IM want to know is, what do British comedians think about all of this?
Here are a few of the responses:
Oh, and one other very important question: What happens to BEER after Brexit?
Over at UPROXX, Stacey Ritzen posted some hilarious cartoons about one of the presidential candidates, which our friend Mike the Geologist brought them to our attention. I’ll let Ritzen explain the concept:
Calvin, the protagonist in Bill Watterson’s beloved comic strip, Calvin and Hobbes, is a 6-year-old boy prone to irrational outbursts, delusions of grandeur, and the occasional whimsy of taking over the world. Donald Trump the real-estate mogul, former reality-television star, and current presidential candidate, is also prone to irrational outbursts, delusions of grandeur, and… I guess you can see where we’re going with this, here.
At some point, some brilliant person happened to notice the similarities between the presumptive Republican nominee for president of the United States and a frigging fictional 6-year-old child, and the subreddit r/DonaldandHobbes was born. The conceit is fairly simple: contributors superimpose The Donald’s head over Calvin’s head in Calvin and Hobbes strips, and viola! Satire is born.
Here are a few of them. Visit HERE to see the rest.
The pontiff was responding to remarks by German Cardinal Reinhard Marx, a top adviser to the pope. A few days earlier, Marx had said that the Catholic Church, as well as society, had treated gay people in a “scandalous and terrible” way.
Francis was asked about Marx’s remarks and the Orlando killings and about suggestions that Christians need to examine their own consciences when it comes to the treatment of gays and lesbians.
Francis shook his head in grief at the mention of Orlando and recalled church teachings that homosexuals “should not be discriminated against” and “should be respected, accompanied pastorally.”
Then he added: “I think that the church not only should apologize … to a gay person whom it offended, but it must also apologize to the poor as well, to the women who have been exploited, to children who have been exploited by (being forced to) work.”
Christians, he reiterated, “must ask forgiveness, not just say sorry.”
That didn’t sit well with some Catholics, including South African Cardinal Wilfrid Napier, who tweeted “God help us! Next we’ll have to apologize for teaching that adultery is a sin! Political Correctness (PC) is today’s major heresy!”
President of the Catholic League, Bill Donohue was just as adamant.
“As a matter of fact, I want an apology from gays,” Donohue said on CNN’s “New Day” program. “I’ve been assaulted by gays. I’ve never assaulted a gay person in my entire life.”
“(T)he idea of a blanket apology because you are a member of some demographic group, I mean, I don’t know what church teaching it is that you have a problem with that maybe the church should apologize for?”
First, at a sight called GodReports, Mark Ellis reports that Jesus appears to a group of refugees crossing the stormy Aegean Sea and calmed the waters, saving them.
The truly amazing account is from Erick Schenkel, executive director of the Jesus Film Project.
“A group of refugees fleeing the fighting in the Middle East were jammed into several pontoon boats. They were trying to make it across the Aegean Sea to Greece,” Schenkel recounts.
The seas were extremely rough and dangerous and some of the boats in this small armada capsized.
The report is reminiscent of a similar storm on the Sea of Galilee described in the Gospel accounts, when “A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped.” (Matthew 4:37)
The refugees were afraid, just as Jesus’ fellow travelers were frightened.
“But the people in one boat cried out to God. Suddenly, a ‘shining heavenly figure’ appeared in the boat,” Schenkel reports. “The entire boat knew it was Jesus.”
Then something miraculous happened. Jesus calmed the storm!
“From that point the sea became calm and peaceful, and they finally landed safely on shore.”
In another, more general article (meaning no specific stories were told), a Christian apologist named Dr. Jeremiah Johnston claims that “Jesus is appearing to Muslims all over the Middle Eastern world.”
Well, okay. What’s a Christian to do with this? Accept it because somebody said so?
Would I be less of a believer if I said I was skeptical?
On Thursday night, Gail and I attended one of best concerts we’ve seen. We saw James Taylor and special guest Jackson Browne at Wrigley Field in Chicago. My favorite city, favorite venue, favorite singer-songwriter along with another of my favorite singer-songwriters, and I enjoyed it all with my favorite person.
All I have to say is: Man, there were a lot of old people there!
No, seriously, it was phenomenal. This being the age we live in, there are already several amateur videos out on YouTube, but the quality is not great so I won’t post any of them here. Instead, I offer this performance of “Carolina in My Mind” from Taylor’s One Man Band tour a few years ago. This was the first song Apple Records released by a non-British artist, and is reportedly James Taylor’s own favorite.
It certainly is one of mine.