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  • A Teachable Moment: Pride Month

    amyja89 said:
    I don’t even know what to say about the ‘sexualisation’ part of that response...
    Yeah, it’s like feet are sexualized online therefore the wearing of flip flops is wrong.
  • Beyond Chernobyl - Nuclear Discussion

    An analysis with or without an accident or other disaster ever happening?

    That’s the problem with comparing them. Uranium mining and processing isn’t clean, but like 6 grams of uranium fuel yields the energy of a metric ton of coal so it just doesn’t take that much on a relative basis to make the plants run.

    Now throw in an accident that could cost $100billion or more to clean up, not accounting for loss of life or uninhabitable real estate, and the calculus is different.

    The low-probability high-consequence nature of nuclear accidents is unique.
  • Super Serious Film Fest

    You could do it as part of an Ethan Hawke fest (he was also in Dead Poet’s Society, Alive, Training Day, Predestination, etc.) or as part of some general Sci-Fi dystopia fest (like 12 Monkeys, Children of Men, Clockwork Orange, Cloud Atlas, Planet of the Apes, Fifth Element, I Am Legend, Minority Report, Snowpiercer, Waterworld, etc.)
  • A Teachable Moment: Pride Month

    The selective use of the jealous vengeful God of the Old Testament when convenient over the God of peace and forgiveness in the New Testament by some Christians is galling to me.

    Some folks go all Leviticus over homosexuality, but they don’t want to discuss most of the other stuff in that particular book.
  • A Teachable Moment: Pride Month

    I grew up in UT and IA. My father had a friend and coworker who was very-out (and who would later end up being my boss) and it just never seemed like a big deal to me. In IA a buddy of mine’s brother was very-out and we hung around with him regularly and it just wasn’t a big deal. So despite living in some places that wouldn’t be thought of as havens for the LGBT community (though in Salt Lake City the community is really quite vibrant and an “L” is currently mayor), I’ve been lucky to have known some great folks in that community all my life so the bigotry I’ve seen toward them was always puzzling.

    Anonymous’s statements were ugly. If you are a Catholic and you think that Pride is a specific weaponized and targeted attack on your faith, then that says more about how you view your faith than about anything to do with Pride. He thinks Catholics are <1% of the population, like that’s some kind of persecution permission slip, while they are really closer to 20% of the population. He’d, I’m sure, argue that he means “Traditional” Catholics and most Catholics don’t qualify thus allowing him to feel superior to other members of his faith as well.

    Such a thirst to find ways to justify a persecution/superiority complex must have deep roots, he’s probably as worthy of pity as of contempt.