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The Scandal of High Frequency Trading or Why Michael Lewis is Wrong

The latest scandal roiling the financial markets was ignited by Michael Lewis’ book, Flash Boys. Lewis accuses the markets of being rigged so that the average investor is always being outmaneuvered, outpaced and out-traded by wickedly fast high frequency traders (HFT). Their computerized trading algorithms, Lewis argues, gives these traders an unfair, and possibly illegal, advantage. A bit too provocatively ...

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The Spirituality of Wit

“I know all about life and death.” Prof. Vivian Bearing, in Wit by Margaret Edson If you think contemplating death is depressing, be prepared to be surprised by AstonRep Theater Company’s production of the acclaimed Pulitzer prize-winning drama, Wit, by Margaret Edson. AstonRep’s forte is taking successful main stage plays and giving them a small stage treatment. It’s a simple idea with a profound impact on ...

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How Glenn Beck Broke My Liberal Heart

I suffer from liberal smugness. And Glenn Beck just showed me how to repent. Glenn Beck has been one of the most controversial and polarizing figures in the US media for years. As the host of conservative television shows and radio programs, Beck seemed to enjoy pushing the limits by making inflammatory remarks. And who can blame him? The media is set up for controversy. As S.E. Cupp says in her  interview ...

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World Vision: On Angry Christians

Here’s what I’ve learned about being a Christian from the World Vision controversy: Christians are angry people. This last week, World Vision announced that it will no longer discriminate against the LGBTQ community in their hiring practices. My Progressive friends and I celebrated the decision, claiming it as a win in our quest to fulfill the Gospel message of inclusion for all people. So, in this controve ...

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The Beatles and “Queenie Eye” through the Lens of Mimetic Theory

(This article written by special guest contributor Curtis Gruenler, Professor of English at Hope College) On March 21, 1964, “She Loves You” hit the top of the U. S. chart. It was The Beatles’ second American hit, but their first triangular song—the first to begin to explore love as a relation not just between two people, but involving a third who acts as a model of desire and can become also a rival and an ...

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Surprising Insights on Ukraine in the New York Times

The news coverage of international conflicts can be very disappointing from a mimetic perspective. When conflicts escalate into violence as in Syria or the Ukraine, news outlets rush to cover the hostilities. They give us the facts on the ground, or rumors thereof, accompanied by an almost mindless report of what each side is saying by way of self-justification. However, if you listen to their rhetoric with ...

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The Spirituality of Imagine Dragons: Lent and Demons

“Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.” Thus begins the spiritual drama of Lent, the forty days before Easter that commemorates Jesus’ wilderness experience. No human, not even Jesus, can escape the temptation of the devil. Just before Jesus was led into the wilderness, he was baptized in the Jordan River by John. As the Gospel of Matthew reports, when Jesus emerged ...

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Why Arizona’s Anti-LGBTQ Law was Religious But Not Christian

Arizona has been in the news because of an attempt to get a law on the books that would give Christian business owners the right to refuse products or services on religious grounds. Many commentators feared it would create a right to discriminate against the LGBTQ community. A robust debate has ensued around the question of whether or not it is Christian to refuse service for any reason or more Christian to ...

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NBC’s Parenthood: When the Winning Strategy is Losing

The writers of Parenthood, the popular NBC family drama, use an interesting device to dramatize conflict. When two characters have a difference of opinion their exchange begins in measured, even tones. One person talks, while the other listens. Then the second person talks, while the first one listens. But as their disagreement heats up, the exchange gets faster and faster until no one is listening and both ...

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Valentine’s Day: The Myth of Love and Desire

The most recent short lived celebrity marriage lasted only two weeks: Rachel Snider is filing for divorce from Terrell Owens, claiming he only married her for her money. Yet, in announcing her plans to divorce Terrell, Rachel says this of their relationship: "I really valued his love and friendship for 5 years. Out of the love in my heart, I tried to help him. We had a secret relationship for 5 years and I ...

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