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Jay Lake
Date: 2007-11-15 04:35
Subject: [links] Link salad, here linkie linkie linkie
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Location:Omaha
Mood:thoughtful
Music:the heater humming
Tags:culture, funny, language, politics, religion
Clive Thompson on Why Science Will Triumph Only When Theory Becomes Law — A topic covered by me here and elsewhere.

Boys and Girls, Can You Say Anthrax? — Emergency preparedness in schools. Dig the FEMA rap on the fourth page of the article. (Thanks to martang.)

Recension — My new word for the day.

Get Fuzzy hits the "weird" button again today

A gem of a toilet rules sign from Engrish.com

Protesters demand death penalty for ‘Qur’an abuse’ — And people wonder why I find the religious mindset difficult.

Shorpy has some very, erm, boy pictures featured right now — Work safe, but if (one of) your gender(s)-of-interest includes Y chromosomes, the current WWII series worth a look-see. (Says the guy with a Kinsey rating of 0.)

Performance pay and the ongoing financial meltdown — "So if a billion-dollar hedge fund rises twenty per cent in its first year and falls twenty per cent in its second, its investors will have lost money, while the fund’s manager might earn forty million dollars in performance fees." Free market capitalism at its best. How's your paystub looking? How's your mortgage payment looking?
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lordofallfools
User: lordofallfools
Date: 2007-11-15 13:32 (UTC)
Subject: Qu'aran abuse
One of the most interesting things I found about the article-- indeed, the whole fundamentalist movement in the Middle East-- is that the protesters are not rural, backwoods types.

They're students. They're young.

It makes me wonder what cultural forces are at work over there that drives young people to run more conservative than their parents.
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S. Boyd Taylor
User: sboydtaylor
Date: 2007-11-15 14:24 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Qu'aran abuse
That force would be war, sir.
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lordofallfools
User: lordofallfools
Date: 2007-11-15 15:40 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Qu'aran abuse
I don't think so. The protest, and participation in the protest, has nothing whatsoever to do with the war, as far as I can tell.

I remember hearing about this phenomena-- where the rising generation of Muslims in the Middle East and in Europe is more hardline conservative than their parents-- back in 2000.

But if you have data to fit your assertion, I'd love to see it.
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S. Boyd Taylor
User: sboydtaylor
Date: 2007-11-16 00:24 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Qu'aran abuse
The war may not have been the only or even the originating drive for the movement (there probably isn't one original reason, but a wide variety of causes affecting disparate groups).

However, the current reality is that everything movement in Islam as it exists in this moment must be examined for the echoes of war. The ebbing back and forth of Religious conservatism in America is also -- at this moment -- tied to the war.

It has become the major motivating factor affecting three of the worlds top religions.
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S. Boyd Taylor
User: sboydtaylor
Date: 2007-11-16 00:25 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Qu'aran abuse
everything/every
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Renee Babcock: Sam and Kitsu
User: renegade500
Date: 2007-11-15 15:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Sam and Kitsu
Getting the last bits of cat food from the can is the bane of my existence, and none of my spatulas or spoons do the trick.
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Elf M. Sternberg
User: elfs
Date: 2007-11-15 16:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Those photographs are da bomb, sir. And yes, the one you headlined with is indeed very cute in that under-corn-fed Midwestern way we don't see anymore.

I have to say that the quiet majesty of a hydroelectric turbine hasn't changed in sixty years, and the only reason we lack appreciation for the X-chromosomed pictures is a pernicious popularity in hairspray.

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Bob
User: yourbob
Date: 2007-11-16 08:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Death for thinking has never been one I've understood. I'm pretty sure I hope I never do.
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