Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Good Reads/Random Cool Sites (2/8/2011)

I realize it's a hard thing when your child openly repudiates your belief system, but the response from these Mormon parents is simply despicable.

Vikings may have navigated using polarizing crystals.

George W. Bush will probably never face prosecution in the US for his crimes, but he'd better never leave the United States again.

Buddhism and neuroscience.

And practicing Buddhist meditation techniques seems to help some hard-core criminals to calm down.

On the Star Wars VW commercial: "People have accused me of being cynical simply because I wasn’t taken in by forced cuteness in a commercial for a giant corporation featuring the intellectual property of an artistically bankrupt blockbuster mainstream film series aired during the single most corporatized sporting event in the history of corporatization."

I think I've posted links to some of Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre's photos of Detroit in ruins before, but these ones in the Guardian are spectacularly good.

William "The Refrigerator" Perry is also in ruins.

I'm kind of disappointed at how few of these films in this list of the 100 best British films I've actually seen. My Netflix queue is about to get even longer.

I read "Questionable Content" every day, but I especially liked this one, because I suspect that I used to react a lot like Hanners back in the day when girls still flirted with me.

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  1. I gotta agree, the responses from Shane Jackman's parents are disgusting.


  2. And doubly so that they made it in a public forum.

  3. What they said doesn't shock or surprise me; predictable really. It's the usual ignorant ultra-TBM response to someone who speaks out about losing his faith in the Church.

    But what actually disgusts me is that these people are is parents and they chose to denigrate him, as you say, in a public forum. I find that really sad. They clearly put the Church before their son. How ironic, given that they're members of an organisation that is supposedly so family orientated.


  4. Yeah, it's common enough, unfortunately, but at least most of them have the decency to keep the denigration somewhat private.


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