Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Good Reads/Random Cool Sites (1/12/2011)

"...the mere threat of ending up in American custody is considered be a viable basis for contesting extradition on human rights grounds."

Tell me now that I'm wrong about American society being crazy: Glock sales soar after Arizona massacre.

"My vision of economic morality is more or less Rawlsian: we should try to create the society each of us would want if we didn't know in advance who we'd be."

What is "blood libel"?

To my ex-/post-Mo friends: If you ever need a reminder of what clueless, judgmental, fucking assholes some Mormons can be, and how lucky you are to be out (or getting out), read this post and (especially) the comments. I know not all Mormons are like that, but damn. Just damn. You fucking assholes. Just STFU about other people's lives for once in your own pathetic fucking deluded life. Sorry I don't have anything more coherent to say. I guess I'm kind of inarticulate with rage right now.

All right, I need to move on to some lighter stuff before I pitch a fit or something. Here, dogs are pretty dang smart.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Corrected to reflect modern sensibilities).

More on censoring Mark Twain, from someone (Michael Chabon) who's done it.

I don't know what the hell Daniel Craig is supposed to be doing in the American version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but at least their Lisbeth Salander looks OK.

My birthday's coming up. If anyone wants to get me a present, I'd like this, please.

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  1. Yeah, that BCC thread is something else.

  2. Condefuckingscending motherfucking fucks.

  3. I think I just lost the Spirit reading that last remark. I better go and pray...

  4. My evil scheme to make you lose the Spirit has succeeded!

    Or was it my godly scheme to make you pray?!

  5. Either way, you've prompted me to turn towards God, which has to be a good thing. You see, Kuri, He's working through you and you don't even know it.

  6. As it turns out, I happen to agree with Ms. Ardis E. Parshall: "There is a vast gulf between living the law of chastity and merely living without sex."

    Does she really not understand how that insight cuts both ways?

  7. If her response to MikeInWeHo in #87 (see #83-84 for context) is typical of her thinking, I suspect that she doesn't understand that at all. She seems to be saying that only in some sort of bizarro "Zen world" could people actually have compassion for those who make decisions we disagree with.

    But I think there's an element of "no true Scotsman" to this too. If the woman in the NYT had really been living the Law of Chastity, she'd have been satisfied. Since she wasn't satisfied, we know that she was no true chastity-liver. QED.

  8. Heh, I hadn't read that Zen bit. In light of her follow-up post responding to that BCC thread, I'm comfortable leaving it to Ardis to explain how celibacy does not equal chastity. Mormon or not, that's really the default grown-up position, and I look forward to Ardis defending it.


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