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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-04-05 04:47
Subject: [links] Link salad flies through the Sunday morning sky
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Tags:books, clockpunk, cool, links, mainspring, personal, politics, religion, reviews, science, tech, travel
A reader reacts to Mainspring Powell's | Amazon thb | Audible ] — Not so much with the liking.

Anachrotechnofetishism: artifacts by pioneers of american steampunk — (Snurched from Dark Roasted Blend.)

Lunniy Orbital'niy Korabl (LOK) — Soviet lunar module.

Cellphone calls fail to crash airplanes

Political Pullback for the Christian Right? — Wow, if these guys aren't careful, they might accidentally rediscover their own virtues. Which would really suck for the GOP, if Christian America started, you know, acting Christian for a change.

?otD: Which witch is which?




4/5/2009
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
This morning's weigh-in: n/a (spaced out)
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville; Making Money by Terry Pratchett


Originally published at jlake.com.

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User: vee_ecks
Date: 2009-04-05 13:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The issue with making phone calls on airplanes isn't that you might crash the plane, like they tell you. It's that you're fucking with the ground network when you do it, because it's too dumb at this point to deal with cell calls from airplanes. That's changing, by intent: people really want to be able to make phone calls on planes, for all kinds of obvious reasons.

I wouldn't be too happy about this "pullback" on the part of Christian Americans. It's mostly, and you can see that in the article you linked, about them waking up to the fact that they've been sold a bill of goods for thirty years and the GOP really doesn't care about shit like abortion and gay marriage like they do. The GOP only cares enough about those issues to keep them in the tent. This is not about "You're not expressing the virtues of Jesus Christ nobody can argue with, the love and the care for unfortunates and the anti-establishment message." That stuff, the people pulling back from Republican politics, lately, really don't get.

This is about the GOP not being crazily invested enough in extremely emotional issues, the way the American Christians they've courted for a few decades are. The likely result, now that there is a "Christian right" (American fundamentalism was primarily notable for its designed aversion to politics, until fairly recently), is that we're going to get our own Al-Qaeda, for real, not metaphorically. This is not American Christians saying "We get it, as best we can, we are all the same people," this is American Christians saying the GOP is not hardcore enough for them. This is not a good thing. When people are politicized and feel powerless, they blow shit up.
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mothwentbad: Mr Gruff
User: mothwentbad
Date: 2009-04-05 18:15 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Mr Gruff
I guess we can jump off of that bridge when we come to it. If what you say is true, any regrets? Or are you just saying that a new chapter is dawning? Any ideas where to go from here?
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User: vee_ecks
Date: 2009-04-05 19:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Regrets about what? My Christian past? Sure, and they inform some of what I've said here.

And I don't know what to do, no. I wish I did. But conservative Americans have lately gone apeshit crazy and are literally talking about and occasionally acting out the murder of liberals, who are godless and cruel and stupid and they hate America. The Christian subset of American conservatives have gone right along with the rest on this count, and...I think we were all a lot safer when they *weren't* questioning the GOP. (And this is something I've long observed and had trouble convincing people about: the Republican party cynically lured fundamentalist Christians away from a purposed disdain for politics about forty years ago, and has misused them terribly, since. They throw the Jesus folks a bone once in a while, but for the most part, the party doesn't really want, say, abortion to be illegal. Eventually, fundamentalist Christians were going to figure that out. Looks like that's happening, now.)
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mothwentbad: Mr Gruff
User: mothwentbad
Date: 2009-04-05 19:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Mr Gruff
I mean, about all that hard work marginalizing the hardline true believers this much. Probably not. What can you do?
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User: vee_ecks
Date: 2009-04-05 20:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Me? I work to marginalize true believers?
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mothwentbad: Mr Gruff
User: mothwentbad
Date: 2009-04-05 20:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Mr Gruff
Yeah, every time you assert that blastocysts aren't the same as toddlers and gayness isn't an abomination and trans people are alright by you and that we don't get our morals from stone tablets, you do just a little. I should've said True Believers, though.
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User: vee_ecks
Date: 2009-04-05 20:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yeah, I guess that's true. Oh well.
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Bob
User: yourbob
Date: 2009-04-05 16:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
AotD: What watches the watcher's watches?
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