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Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Random thoughts
First random thought, a link to this post from theferrett on Christophobia. I'm not a Christian, but major thanks to theferrett for bringing up the issue.

Second, since I've posted to what could be construed as a conservative thought, I'll move to a thought that's left of Clinton. CIPA (Children's Internet Protection Act) is clunky, causes all kinds of access problems, and is, imho, unethical because its ultimate effect is to deny a class of citizens its right to information. Also, it was engendered by and feeds on paranoia about the internet, and I think we've have had more than enough paranoia. It's time to stop treating the internet like it's a banana republic in need of heavy-handed military policing. It's just a hangout. Like the mall, except that you have to make special appointments to meet up with a potentially crazy stranger.

Third, ick, icy sidewalks. Missed my bus.

Fourth, this morning I did my first class tour since I hurt my foot. Yay. My favorite part of the job, honestly. Though my foot is saying, "Um, are you out of your mind?"

I guess that's it.

Oh, and a religion meme, nicked from ladyelaine

1. Reform Judaism (100%)
2. Sikhism (97%)
3. Orthodox Judaism (97%)
4. Bahá'í Faith (96%)
5. Islam (92%)
6. Liberal Quakers (71%)
7. Unitarian Universalism (67%)
8. Jainism (65%)
9. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (54%)
10. Neo-Pagan (53%)
11. Hinduism (51%)
12. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (44%)
13. Orthodox Quaker (40%)
14. Eastern Orthodox (38%)
15. Mahayana Buddhism (38%)
16. Roman Catholic (38%)
17. New Age (38%)
18. Jehovah's Witness (37%)
19. Secular Humanism (36%)
20. Seventh Day Adventist (34%)
21. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (32%)
22. New Thought (29%)
23. Scientology (27%)
24. Nontheist (27%)
25. Theravada Buddhism (23%)
26. Taoism (21%)
27. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (15%)

Hey, my number one choice turned out to be... the religion I belong to! Yay, me.

Link here.
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azaelia_culnamo From: azaelia_culnamo Date: November 15th, 2004 01:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
*Hesitates* Well, I kinda interestnad the internet policies; what bugs me is that built-in censoring programs, like AOL Child Protection and stuff, blocks legitimately good sites. I think that instead of using your computer, use your brains. *Talk* to your kids about what you'd like them to view, and if you still think they'll purposely go to porn sites, don't let them go online. And if they're six years old and you don't want to risk it, do what I did with my little cousins: sit down with them, and monitor from a distance. (I was watching a movie in the same room, and whenever they switched sites, I'd make sure they relied on google, and I'd read the site summaries, not them).

And really, I do think its needed. It disturbs me, for instance, that so many younger readers go to HP fansites; and by younger, I mean ten years old. I'm sure a lot of them are intelligent, but that doesn't mean I want them to read "ooh I wanna be Dracoz sex slave lol lemme shag him". Yes, I'm sure most of them knoww what sex is and all, but there's places you should and shouldn't learn more about sex; a site filled with teens obviously still giggling about the sex issue (come on, what else would be the reason for making "wand" a dirty word?) isn't the place to learn.

However, I do think censorship programs of *any* sort are off limits. It's up to the parents, not someone who doesn't know the child. I went online alone at twelve, because I was mentally ready, but I had a friend who was the same age, and definitely not ready; she'd go into chatrooms and tell twenty year olds she was their age, and once almost had cybersex because she thought "do you wanna cyber" meant "do you want to chat". *Sigh*
riah_chan From: riah_chan Date: November 15th, 2004 04:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I enjoyed that article you posted... I think it really hit the feelings that alot of Christians feel on lj and on the internet.

I took that quiz and got the religion that I am (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) too.

mrs_who From: mrs_who Date: November 16th, 2004 04:39 am (UTC) (Link)
That was an interesting quiz, it said I was 100% Orthodox Quaker. I'm actually Church of England, though, and that choice wasn't listed. The Christian-bashing article was funny and well done. I'm on an international knitting list and the American-Christian-bashing was fairly heavy right after the election. (I know! On a knitting list???) It really hasn't occurred to anyone that a Christian (or anyone who voted for Bush) might weigh the various issues and decide Bush was more likely to do what they wanted. OR Bush was less likely to damage what they didn't want damaged.

I suppose what bothered me most (post election) was the idea that no thinking person could have possibly voted for Bush. Anyone who voted for Bush must have done so based on religiosity, fear, ignorance, or bigotry. Nope. Funnily enough, many of the LJers who were bashing those idiots who voted for Bush, usually did so with truly awful grammar and spelling. ;-)
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