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Cynthia Rockwell comments on Lost in Translation.

The ass shot that opens Lost in Translation. My first reaction: groan of disgust. Why is this necessary. Why would a female director start her film this way. What does this have to do with anything. Why do I suddenly want to *shake* Sofia Coppola.

But now I think it may be beautiful. The film is very much about a girl having trouble growing up. She is a girl in a woman’s body. Her panties are little-girly-pink, yet see-through. Childlike and adult, at once. It’s not a thong. We see that she’s wearing a sweater. Not naked, not just a bra, but a sweater. And she stirs, moving one of her legs. A woman resting, not a woman displaying herself for you. Her back is turned to you. She is thinking, she is in her world, she is not for you.

Cynthia may be interested to read about the artist, John Kacere, whose artwork inspired that shot. Michael at 2blowhards.com gives the scoop.

AKMA talks about the atonement theology that The Passion supports.

Now, one of my favorite aspects of atonement theology is that the atonement has never been the subject of an ecumenical consensus. People advocate one or another theory loudly, they anathematize people who don’t agree with them, but there’s no creedal formula, no Chalcedonian definition of the atonement. In other words, although specific Christian groups may adhere exclusively to one or another version of the atonement, the ecumenical church has never adopted a single articulation of the doctrine.

Mel Gibson’s approach to the atonement — one which has met with great enthusiasm among evangelicals — seems to involve the premise that in order to redeem the sins of humanity, foul and bitter though they be, Jesus had to suffer the most intense possible physical agony.

Dean Esmay wants rap recommendations. I would recommend De La Soul, Jurassic 5, A Tribe Called Quest, Blackalicious, and Latyrx.

Chip Gibbons writes about the problems with America’s “justice” system.

Good point! Lawyers make a lot of money writing laws that can’t be understood so that we can pay them huge amounts of money to argue in court over the meaning of those laws, who broke them and who didn’t.

It is a system designed to be confusing; the confusion keeps many people employed. In addition, the lawyers and judges have a monopoly on the entire process, and since the state handles licensing, it would be very hard to work in the field and challenge it at the same time.

My man Richard the Lion-Hearted posts pictures of some rad graffiti.

Tyler Cowen writes about MyRichUncle.

MyRichUncle provides students with Education Investments–funds for school. Upon graduation, students pay a fixed percentage of their future income for a fixed period of time. At the end of the period, their obligation is over regardless of what they have paid.

Education Investments are not loans. That means there is no principal or interest, and there is no obligation to payback the amount initially received. At the end of the payment period, your obligation is over, regardless of what you’ve paid.

Michael Feldman writes about South Korea’s now-impeached President Roh Moo-hyun.

Roh’s election in December 2002 startled observers not only around the world but in South Korea itself, where Roh had been considered a long shot right up until election day. The very fact he was a serious contender astounded some, given his unconventional political background. The son of a peasant, he never attended college, spent years as a construction worker, and taught himself law at night until passing the bar exam. He was virtually unknow as little as three years ago, having lost four successive runs for various elected offices.

He seemed an unlikely Presidential candidate for an increasingly internationalized South Korea; he had no administrative experience to speak of, had rarely traveled outside Korea, and spoke almost no English. He was however, the first candidate. and now the first world leader, who understands how to write html.

The first bit sounds like Lincoln.

Alexander Payne wants a special kind of girl.

I’m lonely, but at the same time very confident. I feel like no matter what I decide to do I’m going to do well, and I want to be with somebody just as confident and driven. I’ve previously been attracted to “quirky” girls, geeky and “alternative” girls, but so many of them either lack direction and self-assurance despite their smarts or take too much stock in their alt-appeal (you know the type, the self-glorifying and self-indulgent arty girl whose new sculpture-cum-installation you just have to see, she says, hands engaged in sweeping gestures). I’ve got no patience for that, and no patience for the rest of the little girls around me, taking their sweet time to grow up and evolve self-respect and motivation (not that my male peers are any better).

Me too Al3x.

Ryan Overbey calls this John Kerry advertisement “political porn.” Yep.

Julie Leung points to a couple that became vegan together. Cute.

Julie Leung quotes Enoch’s response to her question about whether cadavers are necessary for medical training.

In many ways I think you can better use your time learning the anatomy from studying from interactive tools and paper atlases, than in the endless hours slowly peeling away layers on our cadavers. On the other hand, it’s a practice that ties us to the traditions of medical training, the rigors of standing hunched over a seemingly impenetrably complexity that has bright moments of lucid enlightenment, clouded most of the time by endless layers of connective tissue. The rest of medical training isn’t all that different. Especially during surgery rotations.

I think it would be a shame that future med students won’t have the opportunity to work on cadavers. Sure, it was partially a big waste of time. But it taught you things other than just the knowledge of anatomy. It taught patience, cooperation, how hard you had to work to reach an elusive goal, and how to cope with not finding what you’re looking for. All processes repeated many times through the rest of our medical careers.

Tyler Cowen on the question, “What do we know about the children of gay parents?”

The bottom line: We need some good labor economists, or demographers, to tackle this problem. That being said, the policy-relevant comparison is not “gay parents” vs. “straight parents.” Rather it is gay parents vs. an orphanage, or gay parents vs. not having been born in the first place. I’ll put my money on the gay parents.

Julie Leung posts a flattering comment about my blog and poses some very interesting questions.

Reading Jay McCarthy’s blog, makeoutcity, is like showing up at someone’s home for a potluck each night. You never know what dishes will be on the table but you know it will be good and substantial. There will be something hot and something sweet and something surprising and new to try.

Or it’s like going to a party. The same party every day. A different party every day. Some people show up more often than others. Even the regular guests can be a bit unpredictable. You never know what they’ll show up in or with. Or what music will be playing.

The other day I felt that what Jay chose to post seemed more like a mosaic to me. He takes pieces and puts them together. Sometimes they seem sharp and distinct. And sometimes when I look at them as a whole they make a picture.

She then discusses a great deal about decisions making and choice:

hen are children able to make a choice and live with the responsibility of it? My girls are old enough to pick out a toy at the store. But they don’t yet understand money or politics. Even when they get to pick out a toy or book, sometimes it’s hard for them to live with it. Later they complain or desire something different. I wonder when they will be old enough, mature enough, to make larger decisions with wisdom. At what age? Yet I still find myself complaining at times about the results of choices I made.

It is my opinion that everyone is responsible for his or her own life, and that the sooner we can admit this to them and ourselves, the sooner they are able to make decisions better. I think that we should assume everyone can take care of themselves if they ask to be left alone but offer our support if they want and if we want to give it.

What this means with voting, is that anyone who wants to vote and contributes to the government (i.e. taxes) should be allowed to, without requirement of age or anything else.

What this means with life and education, is that we should be a net and guide for our children, not an enclosed dome or forced march leader.

But, I haven’t yet had children, so I’m speaking purely theoretically.

Julie, you’re fantastic.