Thursday, 03/14/2019

легкозапоминающаяся мелодия, которую трудно выбросить из головы


Sadie to Sam: STOP HUMMING THE SOVIET NATIONAL ANTHEM!  File under: things I never thought I'd hear.

ntodd

March 14, 11:25 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Very peaceful the place is

The Fountain Of Tears:

You may feel, when a falling leaf brushes 
Your face, as though some one had kiss'd you, 
Or think at least some one who miss'd you 
Had sent you a thought,—if that cheers; 
Or a bird's little song, faint and broken, 
May pass for a tender word spoken: 
—Enough, while around you there rushes 
That life-drowning torrent of tears. 

And the tears shall flow faster and faster, 
Brim over and baffle resistance, 
And roll down blear'd roads to each distance 
Of past desolation and years; 
Till they cover the place of each sorrow, 
And leave you no past and no morrow: 
For what man is able to master 
And stem the great Fountain of Tears? 

Arthur William Edgar O'Shaughnessy.

ntodd

March 14, 10:31 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

But They Didn't Ban Them From Twitter

Continental Congress, March 14, 1776:

Resolved, That it be recommended to the several assemblies, conventions, and councils or committees of safety of the United Colonies, immediately to cause all persons to be disarmed within their respective colonies, who are notoriously disaffected to the cause of America, or who have not associated, and shall refuse to associate, to defend, by arms, these United Colonies, against the hostile attempts of the British fleets and armies;

and to apply the arms taken from such persons in each respective colony, in the first place to the arming the continental troops raised in said colony; in the next, to the arming such troops as are raised by the colony for its own defence, and the residue to be applied to the arming the associator...

I can't wait until President Warren declares a national emergency and cites the Very American Policy of seizing guns for the good of the People...

ntodd

March 14, 9:46 PM in Constitution, Schmonstitution | Permalink | Comments (0)

Going To The Moon For The Second Time

mistermix has a nice post about the 737MAX, which you should read in its entirety, but this last graf from the post whose title I stole is my focus:

The post title is a reference to the fact that human beings take for granted that once a engineering challenge is solved, it should be trivially easy to solve it the second time, so it should take a fraction of the time and money to fix. The 737 MAX is a great example of why this isn’t true: Boeing engineers, under massive constraint, built a new plane and called it a 737. If their engineers had started with a blank slate, Boeing management would have been a lot more cautious about rolling it out. Instead, here we are.

I'm not sure they created a new plane, but rather made an engineering change that engineers typically hate.  As in what happened with the venerable STS:

Well-designed shuttle components have frequently developed complications, and small changes have created dramatic problems. On Columbia's second mission, in November 1981, a fuel cell became contaminated and stopped working. The particle causing the problem was tiny, but it forced three days to be cut from the five-day mission.

As soon as the shuttle landed, NASA engineers started working on a fix. They devised a filter to keep out contaminants and, as a safety measure, put in a second filter as well. There were no contaminants on the next mission, but hydrogen gas collected between the filters and seeped into a tank. A single spark would have caused an explosion aboard the shuttle.

Boeing engineers fixed one problem: efficiency of an aging vehicle.  That introduced a new problem, which required a fix, which caused more problems.

Fortunately, our Plane-Owner-in-Chief is on the case, so move aside, stupid engineers!

ntodd

March 14, 6:53 PM in Mars, Bitches! | Permalink | Comments (0)

Democrats! Whiskey! Sexy!

Here's my assessment of the current batch of crazy candidates:

  • Cory Booker: should stay in Senate; I'll vote for him if the nominee.
  • Pete Buttigieg: never heard of the fucker before; I'll vote for him if the nominee.
  • Julian Castro: loves me a former Obama HUD official; I'll vote for him if the nominee.
  • John Delaney: what the fuck ever; I'll vote for him if the nominee.
  • Tulsi Gabbard: I appreciate her service; I'll vote for her if the nominee.
  • Kirsten Gillibrand: pretty good Senator; I'll vote for her if the nominee.
  • Kamala Harris: I've enjoyed her brief tenure in the Senate; I'll vote for her if the nominee.
  • John Hickenlooper: probably the white guy without anything to contribute; I'll vote for him if the nominee.
  • Jay Inslee: yawn, another white guy; I'll vote for him if the nominee.
  • Amy Klobuchar: an okay Senator most of the time; I'll vote for her if the nominee.
  • Wayne Messam: another goddamned mayor; I'll vote for him if the nominee.
  • Beto O'Rourke: white saviour loser who should try another statewide race; I'll vote for him if the nominee.
  • Bernie Sanders: my man needs to take up knitting; I'll vote for him if the nominee.
  • Elizabeth Warren: probably my favorite on policy; I'll vote for her if the nominee.
  • Marianne Williamson: better her than Bernie; I'll vote for her if the nominee.
  • Andrew Yang: I like champions of change; I'll vote for him if the nominee.

This is my last update until no earlier than January, 2020.  Ain't got time for this bullshit right now.

ntodd

PS--Please, no Biden.  Really sick of white guys, young and old.  Especially the olds.

March 14, 5:40 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Wednesday, 03/13/2019

The Germans have four violin concertos


"The most inward, the heart's jewel, is Mendelssohn's."

ntodd

March 13, 11:46 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

No hero dies revered in the second scene

I Have a Seat in the Abandoned Theater:

I say: How is this my concern? I’m a spectator
He says: No spectators at chasm’s door ... and no
one is neutral here. And you must choose
your part in the end
So I say: I’m missing the beginning, what’s the beginning?

Mahmoud Darwish.

ntodd

March 13, 10:30 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

The Kids Must See Captain Marvel

Yeah, but [90s movies] were all bad:

Captain Marvel may not, as one especially hysterical bit of fanboy outrage puts it, “castrate” Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury, but the movie does take a shot—literally—at another action-movie icon. When Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers crashes to Earth in the mid-1990s, she lands in a Blockbuster Video, and the first thing she sees is a cardboard stand-up for the movie True Lies, featuring a tuxedoed Arnold Schwarzenegger with an admiring Jamie Lee Curtis draped over his shoulder. Still groggy from the intergalactic trip and rattled by her unfamiliar surroundings, Carol reads the gun-wielding figure as a threat and fires a photon blast in his direction, leaving a smoking hole where Arnold’s head used to be.

I admit that as a young man I enjoyed True Lies and even owned it on VHS (just one of many things from that epocha that will seem fantastically archaic to Sadie and Sam).  As an evolved old man I see it for the misogynistic crap it was, and am happy that not only did Carol blast Arnie's head off, but that Cameron will likely never let the movie be released on modern media.

Anywayz, we loved Wonder Woman--Sadie especially did--and I'd really like the kids to see yet another female superhero kick ass on screen and at the box office.

ntodd

March 13, 8:15 PM in Family Life, Soaking In Patriarchy | Permalink | Comments (0)

I'd Gladly Not Pay You Tuesday For A Nothingburger Today

This made me laugh:

1) He sneers "paid leave" like it's a bad thing.

2) It ain't, in fact, paid leave:

Senator Mike Lee, the konztitooshunal skolar from Utah, and my new old friend, Senator Joni Ernst, Republican of Iowa, have come up with an idea, and it's not just any idea. No, sirree, bob. It is an idea that is the quintessence of the conservative Republican concept of a social safety net.

Yes, dear friends, it's that bad. Let them tell you about it. From CBS News:

Republican Senators Joni Ernst and Mike Lee are unveiling a new proposal for paid family leave. The Cradle Act would allow new parents to tap into their Social Security savings, and later delay their retirement, to take paid time off after the birth or adoption of a child.
"I think most people would look at this as an opportunity that they might not otherwise have, an opportunity to benefit from payments that they've been making already for years," Lee told CBS News chief congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes.

This couldn't be any more Heritage Foundationish if Jim DeMint himself came out of retirement, stripped naked, and rubbed it all over with bacon fat. By this plan, parents would be encouraged to...wait for it...rob their own Social Security to pay for child care. In other words, according to Mike and Joni, they are proposing to give you paid family leave that you pay for!

My modest proposal: let parents tap directly into the Social Security Trust Fund, just like Congress likes to do, so they can pay bribes to the college of their choice!

ntodd

March 13, 4:39 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

New York v. Illegal Withdrawal Specialists (23 NYCRR 500)

I wrote a thing for Compass IT Compliance, an excellent firm who helped me out at Health Leads a great deal.  I'm happy to continue working with them in a new capacity.

ntodd

March 13, 1:54 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, 03/12/2019

All The Things You Are


You are the promised kiss of springtime.

ntodd

March 12, 11:36 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Marching Shoes

The bottoms of my shoes:

     are clean 
From walking in the rain

Jack Kerouac.

ntodd

March 12, 10:54 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

#HandfulOfMud

On March 12, 1930, Mahatma Gandhi gave some parting remarks at Chandola lake to those who came to see his party off as they began the Salt March:

There were rumours of my arrest last night. God is great, mysterious indeed are His ways. I am here to say good-bye to you. But even if I were in prison, with your strength I could come back...

[B]e prepared to offer yourselves as civil resisters. Let there be no flinching. Your way at present, however, lies homeward; mine straight on to the sea-coast. You cannot accompany me at present, but you will have an opportunity to accompany me in a different sense later. . . .

The purpose of the March and this satyagraha was, in part, to break the British monopoly on salt manufacture through a form of economic non-cooperation (Method 90: Revenue Refusal).  By making their own salt, Indians would deny a small, symbolic amount of tax monies to the Raj in defiance of an unjust law that was part of the larger injustice of occupation.

By itself, that action wouldn't amount to much, so Gandhi had to generate what we'd call buzz today--without social media, no less--hence the March.  It generated popular interest in every locality his party passed through, and the media propagated the message far and wide.

Before embarking on this first stage of the satyagraha, Gandhi wrote to the Viceroy, Lord Irwin on March 2:

I know that in embarking on non-violence I shall be running what might fairly be termed a mad risk. But the victories of truth have never been won without risks, often of the gravest character. Conversion of a nation that has consciously or unconsciously preyed I know that in embarking on non-violence I shall be running what might fairly be termed a mad risk. But the victories of truth have never been won without risks, often of the gravest character. Conversion of a nation that has consciously or unconsciously preyed. 
...
[I]f you cannot see your way to deal with these evils and my letter makes no appeal to your heart, on the 11th day of this month,1 I shall proceed with such co-workers of the Ashram as I can take, to disregard the provisions of the salt laws. I regard this tax to be the most iniquitous of all from the poor man’s standpoint. As the independence movement is essentially for the poorest in the land the beginning will be made with this evil. The wonder is that we have submitted to the cruel monopoly for so long.

It is, I know, open to you to frustrate my design by arresting me. I hope that there will be tens of thousands ready, in a disciplined manner, to take up the work after me, and, in the act of disobeying the Salt Act to lay themselves open to the penalties of a law that should never have disfigured the Statute-book.

It might seem odd at first blush to alert the authorities that you plan on breaking the law, but civil resistance is all about letting the people in power know what you're doing and why.  That way they can either amend their ways or be provoked into counterproductive actions that undermine their authority and give power to the resisters.

A few days before the March ended in Dandi, spoke at a prayer meeting:

Another piece of information that I have received is that the Government intends to use fire-engines to stop us. We have prepared ourselves for death from cannons and guns, compared to which this is nothing. Of course, even with jets of water, the Government can kill us through torture. It is certainly painful. However, you must bear in mind that not one of us will retreat. I do not think the Government will be so cruel, but we must be prepared.

The March arrived at Dandi on April 5:

That I have reached here is in no small measure due to the power of peace and non-violence: that power is universally felt. The Government may, if it wishes, congratulate itself on acting as it has done, for it could have arrested every one of us. In saying that it did not have the courage to arrest this army of peace, we praise it. It felt ashamed to arrest such an army. He is a civilized man who feels ashamed to do anything which his neighbours would disapprove. The Government deserves to be congratulated on not arresting us, even if it desisted only from fear of world opinion.

Tomorrow we shall break the salt tax law. Whether the Government will tolerate that is a different question. It may not tolerate it, but it deserves congratulations on the patience and forbearance it has displayed in regard to this party.

If the civil disobedience movement becomes widespread in the country and the Government tolerates it, the salt law may be taken as abolished. I have no doubt in my mind that the salt tax stood abolished the very moment that the decision to break the salt laws was reached and a few men took the pledge to carry on the movement even at the risk of their lives till swaraj was won.

If the Government tolerates the impending civil disobedience you may take it for certain that the Government, too, has resolved to abolish this tax sooner or later. If they arrest me or my companions tomorrow, I shall not be surprised, I shall certainly not be pained. It would be absurd to be pained if we get something that we have invited on ourselves.

Then on April 6 (as reported by The Bombay Chronicle):

When they made a beginning in the morning he had himself picked up more mud than salt, but after washing and cleaning he could get two tolas of pure quality which was sufficient for his day’s requirements. That was only a beginning but that signified great things.

In an interview, Gandhi suggested everybody ought to engage in this civil disobedience:

Now that a technical or ceremonial breach of the salt law has been committed, it is now open to anyone who would take the risk of prosecution under the salt law to manufacture salt wherever he wishes and wherever it is convenient.

My advice is that a worker should everywhere manufacture salt and where he knows how to prepare clean salt should make use of it and instruct villagers to do likewise, telling the villagers at the same time that he runs the risk of being prosecuted. In other words the villagers should be fully instructed as to the incidence of salt tax and the manner of breaking laws and regulations in connection with it, so as to have the salt tax repealed and it should be made absolutely clear to the villagers that this breach is to be open and in no way stealthy.

This condition being known they may manufacture salt or help themselves to salt manufactured by nature in creeks and pits near the seashore, to use it for themselves and for their cattle and to sell it to those who will buy it, it being well und- erstood that all such people are committing a breach of the salt law and therefore running the risk of prosecution or even without prosecution to be subjected by the so-called salt officers to harassment. Thus the war against salt tax should be continue...

Gandhi was not arrested yet.  That would happen a bit later when the satyagrahis escalated, announcing their nonviolent raid on the Dharasana saltworks.  But this was a real turning point in the struggle, massively mobilizing the Indian people while not alienating more moderate members of the Indian National Congress.

Wonder what the hashtag would be today?

ntodd

March 12, 9:45 PM in Conscience | Permalink | Comments (1)

When You Take The House A Couple Times, Then Maybe You'll Understand

Thought Criminal:

Nancy Pelosi is worth all of the Bill Clintons there ever were or ever will be.   I suspect that for more than a few of the detractors of Nancy Pelosi, it has everything  has everything to do with her gender in the way it never does for the Bill Clintons. 

I say this as somebody who spent a great deal of time and money sending Madame Speaker spines in various forms: she's the real deal, and definitely knows how to play the current occupant on Pennsylvania Ave.

ntodd

March 12, 8:32 PM in Soaking In Patriarchy | Permalink | Comments (0)

I Want Cooler Coinage

Gizmodo:

The United Kingdom’s Royal Mint will honor the work of Stephen Hawking with a commemorative coin featuring the physicist’s name above concentric circles representing a black hole. It looks pretty awesome.
...
Edwina Ellis designed the coin, reports the BBC. Not only is it pretty amazing that a conceptual drawing of a black hole appears on a coin, but I’ll bet it’s the most advanced physics equation to ever appear on currency. 

That equation describes the entropy of a black hole—entropy can be understood as the number of different microscopic configurations that could add up to the macroscopic qualities you observe, or how a system’s energy disperses out at a given temperature. It’s interesting to ask the entropy of a black hole, because we know that not even light can escape a black hole; but at the same time, the laws of physics say that the entropy of a system can’t spontaneously decrease. So in the early 1970s, physicists like Hawking began to ask what happened to the total entropy of the system when things fell into black holes.

Hawking’s work led to the idea of Hawking radiation, the theory that black holes must radiate matter from their surfaces, also known as their event horizons. The idea represents an important milestone in physics, and the equation is an important combination of the laws of gravity, called general relativity, with the laws of the smallest particles, called quantum mechanics.

Uncirculated copies of the coin are available for purchase at the Royal Mint’s website.

All we got was a Black Hole in the White House.

ntodd

March 12, 7:24 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, 03/11/2019

I got into the classroom and my knowledge was gone


Guess I should've studied instead of watching Wrath of Khan.

ntodd

March 11, 11:27 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Rats Without Wings

Pigeons:

I’ve never seen pigeons argue
I only see them soar
I don’t know if a pigeon is naïve or worldly
I just know it has no past to make it toil through life
 
Maybe they’re the tongues of the air
Lazily expressing cars’ sighs
Maybe they’re lined up on the roof
Vying to perform snow’s wedding
 
One day I stick my head out the window
And realize their nation is the act of soaring
Soaring makes my silence meaningless
Thank god, they’ve taught me how to talk about nations!
 
Standing under a flock of pigeons, I think oh
People aren’t even worth one flower blooming toward them 

Huang Fan.

ntodd

March 11, 10:43 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Keep Hope Alive, But That's Not Funny

Remember when we didn't debate documentable lies, but whether the preznit was too much like us and humorous and shit?

Chait asks:

Why is it the role of the press to worry that the president is coming across too much like an equal citizen and not enough like a monarch?

Thomas Jefferson was the first president to shake hands instead of bowing, and greeted guests in his robe and slippers.  I'm not sure why Obama can't use a humorous venue to reach younger audiences whilst communicating facts about an important law.  Can he only use his pulpit to bully, rather than have a laugh with his fellow Americans?

If I had a time machine, I'd go back a mere 5 years...

ntodd

March 11, 9:25 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Child Abuse

That's what anti-vaxxers commit, and not just in our neighbor to the north, but in our very own Orygun.  So once more with feeling: fuck those people.

ntodd

March 11, 7:08 PM in Conscience, Family Life | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, 03/10/2019

We can try to understand


The New York Times' effect on man...

ntodd

March 10, 11:50 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Ти не лукавила зо мною

Доля:

You did not play me false, 0 Fate,
You were a brother, closest friend
To this poor wretch. You took my hand
When I was still a little tot
And walked me to the deacon's school
To gather knowledge from the sot.
"My boy, just study hard," you said,
And you'll be somebody in time!"
I listened, studied, forged ahead,
Got educated. But you lied.
What am I now? But never mind!
We've walked the straight path, you and I,
We have not cheated, compromised
Or lived the very slightest lie.
So let's march on, dear fate of mine!
My humble, truthful, faithful friend!
Keep marching on: there glory lies;
March forward - that's my testament.

Taras Shevchenko.

ntodd

March 10, 10:26 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Restraint

On the same date that Gandhi wrote in Young India about non-violence in March '22, he instructed people what to do in case he was arrested:

The rumour has been revived that my arrest is imminent. It is said to be regarded as a mistake by some officials that I was not arrested when I was to be...It is said, too, that it is now no longer possible for the Government to withstand the ever-rising agitation in London for my arrest and deportation. I myself cannot see how the Government can avoid arresting me if they want a permanent abandonment of civil disobedience, whether individual or mass. 

I advised the Working Committee to suspend mass civil disobedience...becauae that disobedience would not have been civil, and if I am now advising all provincial workers to suspend even individual civil disobedience, it is because I know that any disobedience at the present stage will be not civil but criminal. A tranquil atmosphere is an indispensable condition of civil disobedience. It is humiliating for me to discover that there is a spirit of violence abroad and that the Government of the United Provinces has been obliged to enlist additional police...

He also admonished his followers to not engage in any demonstrations or hartal upon his arrest, nor should they revive mass civil disobedience, and they should strictly adhere to the principles of non-violence.  

Gandhi was, in fact, arrested at Ahmedabad late at night on today's date, under Section 124 of the Indian Penal Code.  His parting words were that "all who bore patriotism and love for India should strain every nerve to propagate peace and goodwill all over India, among all communities."

The authorities charged Gandhi with sedition for writing three articles in Young India:

Fans of Attenborough's movie might remember a stirring court scene that encapsulated the "Great Trial" which ended with this statement (necessarily summarized in the film) on March 18:

I know that I was playing with fire. I ran the risk, and if I were set free I would still do the same. Nonviolence is the first article of my faith. It is also last article of my creed. I know that my people have sometimes gone mad. I am sorry for it. Their crime consisted in the love of their country.

I am here to submit not to a light penalty but to the highest Penalty. In my opinion, non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good Nonviolence implies voluntary submission to the penalty for non-co-operation with evil. I am here to invite and submit cheerfully to the highest penalty that can be the inflected upon me for what in law is a deliberated crime and what appears to me be the highest duty of a citizen.

The only cause open to, judge, is either to resign post and thus dissociate yourself from evil if you feel that the law you are called upon to administer is evil and that I am innocent or to inflict on me the severest penalty, if you believe that the system and the law you are assisting to administer are good for the people of this country and that my activity is therefore injurious to the public weal.

He was sentenced to six years in prison, though he was released early because of illness (he was 53 at that point and had an appendectomy two years into his prison term).  How much restraint can Trump supporters show?

ntodd

March 10, 8:13 PM in Conscience | Permalink | Comments (0)

Za Chlebem

Currently working on some Garstka history with Samuel.  First wave immigration from Galicia (Polish Austria) is fascinating, not to mention a bit frustrating since official records and family lore are not always in agreement.  Where was Hollerith when you needed him?

ntodd

March 10, 6:40 PM in Family Life | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, 03/08/2019

Damnation


RIP, Jan-Michael Vincent.

ntodd

PS--Also, too, Trump's signing Bibles reminds me of Last Crusade.

March 8, 11:47 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Let America Be America

America:

Centre of equal daughters, equal sons,
All, all alike endear’d, grown, ungrown, young or old,
Strong, ample, fair, enduring, capable, rich,
Perennial with the Earth, with Freedom, Law and Love,
A grand, sane, towering, seated Mother,
Chair’d in the adamant of Time.

Walt Whitman.

ntodd

March 8, 10:35 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

"Racism is built into the DNA of America."

Thomas Paine, March 8, 1775:

To Americans:

That some desperate wretches should be willing to steal and enslave men by violence and murder for gain, is rather lamentable than strange. But that many civilized, nay, Christianized people should approve, and be concerned in the savage practice, is surprising; and still persist, though it has been so often proved contrary to the light of nature, to every principle of Justice and Humanity, and even good policy, by a succession of eminent men, and several late publications.
...
Certainly, one may, with as much reason and decency, plead for murder, robbery, lewdness and barbarity, as for this practice. They are not more contrary to the natural dictates of conscience, and feeling of humanity; nay, they are all comprehended in it.

But the chief design of this paper is not to disprove it, which many have sufficiently done; but to entreat Americans to consider....

With what consistency, or decency they complain so loudly of attempts to enslave them, while they hold so many hundred thousands in slavery; and annually enslave many thousands more, without any pretence of authority, or claim upon them?

Slavery was bad.  It was good that some people early on in our revolutionary days realized how it conflicted with our purported ideals.  And we yet struggle with its legacy to this day...

ntodd

March 8, 9:10 PM in Constitution, Schmonstitution | Permalink | Comments (0)

Only at long last did she look back at him as she lay motionless

10 years ago yesterday the now-retired Kepler observatory was launched.  And today (as opposed to May 15th) marks the anniversary of Kepler's initial conceptual breakthrough on the 3rd law, as he wrote in Harmonicus Mundi (1619):

[I]f you want the exact moment in time, it was conceived mentally on 8th March in this year one thousand six hundred and eighteen, but submitted to calculation in an unlucky way, and therefore rejected as false, and finally returning on the 15th of May and adopting a new line of attack, stormed the darkness of my mind. So strong was the support from the combination of my labour of seventeen years on the observations of Brahe and the present study, which conspired together, that at first I believed I was dreaming, and assuming my conclusion among my basic premises.

While he passively admitted an error (what would he have done if he'd owned a modern computer?), in his introduction, Kepler bragged:

Now, eighteen months after the first light, three months after the true day, but a very few days after the pure Sun of that most wonderful study began to shine, nothing restrains me; it is my pleasure to taunt mortal men with the candid acknowledgment that I am stealing the golden vessels of the Egyptians to build a tabernacle to my God from them, far, far away from the boundaries of Egypt. If you forgive me, I shall rejoice; if you are enraged with me, I shall bear it. See, I cast the die, and I write the book. Whether it is to be read by the people of the present or of the future makes no difference: let it await its reader for a hundred years, if God Himself has stood ready for six thousand years for one to study Him.

And thank G-d for him, lest we still be chained to the Earth for want of understanding the Book of Creation...

ntodd

March 8, 7:28 PM in Mars, Bitches! | Permalink | Comments (0)

Never, Ever Compare Personal Or Historical Pain

I recall my mother having an experience during her PsyD program wherein a Jewish classmate had just given an emotional talk about lasting psychological trauma the Shoah inflicted upon not only survivors, but descendants.  An African-American classmate then stood up and said, "Honey, being burned alive for 30 minutes ain't nothing compared to being raped for 400 years!"

All of this shit is stupid.  Stop causing pain to each other, maybe?

ntodd

March 8, 6:03 PM in Conscience | Permalink | Comments (0)