Reverend Clyde Lott and the red heifer of millennial doom. From 1999: ‘If Clyde Lott has his way, several hundred cows will be flown to Israel this December. And the Mississippi preacher has some unlikely allies in his quest: Jews living in Israel and the West Bank. The cows, the first of what Lott hopes will be 50,000 sent to the Jewish state, are part of his plan to fulfill a prophecy that a red heifer being born in Israel will lead to the “Second Coming” of Jesus. The return of Jesus is part of a Christian apocalyptic vision of the end of time, which includes the slaughter of those who don’t accept the Christian messiah as their savior.’ (don’t poke around that site too deeply). The red heifer is mentioned specifically in Numbers 19:2: “Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring thee a red heifer without spot, wherein is no blemish, and upon which never came yoke”. One part of a complex jigsaw of events that’ll bring about the end times. Surprisingly, ‘the existence of a red heifer that conforms with all of the rigid requirements imposed by halakha is a biological anomaly‘. The Wikipedia page also notes that the Islamic requirement was for the cow to be yellow. A red cow was born in Israel in 2002, but it was disqualified.
Other things / Urban Air, transform a billboard into a garden above the freeway / the Peckham Literary Festival approaches / buy a Barragan / ‘Is it every blogger’s secret wish to get into retail?‘ / Marzipan and Marmite, a weblog / Gov.uk, the British government services portal, has had an impressively straightforward redesign / a portrait of Saudi Arabia by Olivia Arthur, also co-founder of the Fishbar photography space.