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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-07-22 09:00
Subject: [links] Link salad goes for another round of medical imaging
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Video with "graphic novel" look

Giant ‘corpse flower’ with odor of rotting flesh blooms next door to US Capitol — Huh. The House must be in session.

A field guide to surviving a mass extinctionWhen the Earth caught fire, killing the dinosaurs, fresh water ecosystems did ok.

Gravity Waves and Sunglint, Lake Superior — Gravity waves? :: waves back at gravity ::

Ambient backscatter: Free energy harvesting from TV signals, to power a ubiquitous internet of things — (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Electronic “Skin” Emits Light When PressedResearchers unveil one of the most complex electronic systems ever built on plastic.

The Eruv, a Jewish Quantum State

Is Mormon Faith Crisis for Men Only? Front-page NY Times piece on Mormon doubt misses half of the story.Feminist Mormon Housewives again. I really do not understand why people cling with such tenacity to their faith when it so blatantly fails them.

What’s the Thought Process? — Talking about Young Earth Creationists in their own words. It's literally impossible to be a YEC without being deliberately intellectually dishonest and willfully ignorant. Creationism badly discredits all people of faith. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Annals of White Terrorism: Police Arrest Suspect in bombing of Mosque, Murder of Muslim — Weird. Normally it's not terrorism when white Christian patriots do it.

Climate Change Will Wipe-Out Rare Iberian lynx within 50 Years, Researchers Say — It's amazing the lengths liberals will go to for their climate change hoax. Even wiping out entire species. Thank God for Rush Limbaugh and the Republican Party to remind us of the true facts.

Message from the mud: East Antarctic meltdown could cause massive sea rise

QotD?: Looked at your insides lately?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (away from home)
Weight: n/a (away from home)
Number of FEMA troops on my block conducting Department of Justice investigations of white patriots: 0
Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg; Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey

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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2013-07-22 23:48 (UTC)
I don't understand why you have such a block to understanding the value of having a secure place in the world and in human community, even if it's one you don't like and rebel against

If that's your understanding of my view, then I'm not expressing myself well.

I have no block to understanding the value of having a secure place in the world and in human community. I celebrate that, and wish everyone happiness in that regard. Faith-holding is a perfectly reasonable and satisfactory path to such a secure place.

What I do not understand is maintaining a faith which is so patently at odds with one's own gender or sexual identity, with one's own personal experiences, and one's moral and ethical views of the world. This exact process is so painfully demonstrated so often on the FMH blog. (Especially when they talk about gay and trans issues, but also more generally about women's issues.)

To my mind, that kind of painful dissonance would be a clear signal that one's faith is not meeting one's needs, and one might be well-advised to seek a faith more tolerant and welcoming of those needs. As a convert to another religion, I assume you understand this.
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