The media has already mostly spent the last of its credibility openly throwing aside old norms to attack Trump. The effort failed and has failed. (more…)
“Harry Potter has become a surprisingly obsessive allegorical tool for liberals’ opposition to the Trump Administration [ . . .] I’ll disobey Occam’s Razor and offer another mostly unrelated hypothesis about why Harry Potter stories are such useful allegorical material for contemporary liberals, aside from a general hunger for myth and meaning in a post-religious age.
“Harry Potter, especially the movies, is about the legitimacy of authority that comes from schools.”
If I were a lawyer working in Phoenix with mostly Spanish-speaking clients, I would try to get for my office the phone number 602-214-0857, though any number in the range from 0783 to 0931 would be close enough. And I’d have a 1 kilogram silicon sphere on my desk, and somewhere where everyone could see it, a 22.4 liter bottle of gas (any gas, ideally). The thought of it makes me want to order a burrito at Chipotle and say “yes” when asked if I want to pay extra.
So, who does have that number?
“I fear America has attained critical mass: an unstoppable process of reciprocally escalating outrage & disgust, justified via social media”
Thus Jonathan Haidt via twitter
And is what job of the Saints and the Righteous of every denomination? It is to oppose contention and the spirit of the devil. Or in other words, to act as the control rods of society, keeping things as sub-critical as possible, which is the function of silver, indium, cadmium and boron in a nuclear reactor.
If the time comes that the Saints must leave the rest of society, or if they are driven out, then critical mass has most certainly been attained.
… aren’t receiving revelation themselves. Otherwise, they would know “how it works.” (more…)
Normative text is displayed in black. Archaic spellings and capitalization have been modernized. Annotation to distinguish changes from version 1.27 has been dropped, on the grounds that it was visually confusing and tended to steer reviewers away from careful review of the original test of version 1.27.
Rationale is displayed in red. Rationale is non-normative, but is provided to call out differences from release 1.27, better define terms of art, offer the reasoning behind the normative text, and offer other clarifications.
An ant was scurrying busily back to his anthill with some small grain. “What a waste,” a parrot said as it settled down by him. “All this effort, and it will all come to nothing when a bull happens to step on your hill and crush it.”
The ant took notice of the parrot’s words and scurried away towards the fence. “Even worse!” the parrot called. “There are even more animals in that pasture over there!”
But the ant was not headed to the other pasture. The ant had stopped at the fence and was scouting for locations for a new hill under the fence itself. “Even worse!” the parrot called. “Birds that pray on ants will perch above you on the railing, and the uncropped grass that grows underneath the fence will block your view of them. You will be devoured!” The ant then looked for a barer patch under the fence, but the parrot told him it was only bare because a rivulet sometimes flowed through it during rains, which would drown the hill. When the ant found a different spot that was bare of grass due to rocks, the parrot warned the ant that the rocks would surely absorb the heat of the sun and bake the ant.
“I was foolish to listen to you,” the ant replied. “Your warnings reflect no considered judgment. I will return to my hill, reflect on what is to be done, and do what I can. Apart from that, I will be merry, because frantic fretting will do nothing to ward off disaster.”
Moral: Spend your worry frugally.