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Having the most absurd college football department in America?
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My sister lives on the east side of the big island of Hawaii (zone 3), and she's assessing the damage from the earthquake now. Luckily neither hers nor my parents houses have basements, but she did go through the expense of drilling out a well, which might be compromised now. There are times I wish I had moved to Hawaii and then there's now.
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The original idea behind the Sabbath, if you read Rabbinic commentary over the course of history, was that if the people were given a single day to know real freedom that they would begin to demand freedom in every other area of their life. From a certain perspective, Judaism was a religion that defied the awfulness of our inherent condition celebrating the potential for human freedom, personal development, moral growth and service to the universal human family.

People are quick to preach about how Moses led the people to follow the Law, but they are quicker to forget that his chief concern for any person of any background was that they were personally free to choose the lifestyle that was congruent with their own personal will for their life. In fact, Moses could be classified as the world's first Social Justice Activist. He even protested against G-d's exclusion of the Erev Rav (Children born of Egyptian and Jewish backgrounds) from the group of Israelites entering Israel which many commentators today still argue against. Where is the compassion in those arguments?

I personally would follow a religion made by Moses with about 613 fewer rules.
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We've crossed 400 ppm CO2 on a global level. The fossil fuel companies are literally committing genocide against poor people across the entire planet right now and the water companies are lined up to make sure they can profit when the water runs out. The liberal is the man who thinks their game is somehow ok as long as congress regulates the worst offenders.
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I knew enough HTML to throw together an Angelfire or Geocities site as a kid. I was obsessed with Star Wars RPG and web frames, not necessarily in that order. I ended up building a website that allowed you to click in to see the stats of any of the major vehicles (which was hard to find in the source material) and then linked a sidebar and a graphic banner at the same time.

Javascript is a beast of a different nature; however. I'm sure kids today should be exposed to these less intuitive languages, but there's nothing like losing your mind trying to track down a misplaced semicolon.
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I don't know if it was Zarathustra exactly, but I think there's more shared among the major world religions than their sectarian leaders would like people to believe. I am a universalist in the sense that I'm willing to learn from any religions. I think the vast majority of it is social control, but on a personal level almost any advanced allegory can lead to growth.

I remember as a child reading through the Velveteen Rabbit or watching the Never Ending Story as if I were sitting at the feet of an ascended master learning the lessons of a great world mystery religion. I will forever be like that rabbit striving to become Real.

'Does it hurt?' asked the Rabbit.

'Sometimes,' said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. 'When you are Real you don't mind being hurt.'

'Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,' he asked, 'or bit by bit?'

'It doesn't happen all at once,' said the Skin Horse. 'You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand.”

― Margery Williams Bianco, The Velveteen Rabbit
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Most of these charities "drive policy," which is a polite way of saying they throw parties for rich people and offer nepotistic employment to the wealthy unskilled workers of the world.
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