re: a brief history of christian atonement theory
it is common in our time to think of religion as something that you just accept for what it is. i'd like you to think about religious ideas as things that are constantly in contention and changing. it is a battleground of different ideas that exist not only in relation to its own systems of thought but also to other human realms - the political, the economical, the cultural, the ethical.
This is GENIUS. 👏🏽
Brilliant use of cognitive framing as well as humor. And fighting gentrification in one fell swoop.
Someone is thinking creatively about white nationalist leaders active on the Atlanta property market.
"Posters Urge Atlanta Residents Not to Dump Trash on White Supremacists’ Properties"
This trip's been great in general, but in a ~1 mile walk not far from my great-uncle's flat in suburban Rome I counted 4 different neo-Nazi graffiti scrawls (2 swastikas, 1 "Odin's" cross, 1 thing that I can best describe as a drawing of an axe in a faux-runic style), and masses of a poster for a rally using the Odin's cross.
Elsewhere if I saw clearly political or territory-claiming graffiti it was antifa (lots in Florence), but I knew the presence of those was still a warning.
Gah, I still can't get over how archive.org has ebooks "on loan". It's the future, books are infinitely copyable, but hey, we have to make sure it's not *too* convenient to copy them because we don't want people who wrote this book 30 years ago to starve.
DRMing books is the worst idea we've ever had.
Software industry fantasy
Imagine software developers having a union that ensures they don't move across the country and then get laid off on a whim or whatever nasty stuff we always hear about
And imagine they have a professional institution with an enforced code of ethics that prevents them from making registries of minorities or logging personal data or putting DRM in books or whatever
Like, imagine if that industry finally grew the fuck up
Mmhmm, sure is a good thing that we caved on the head tax last year so that Amazon would keep all those jobs in town: https://www.geekwire.com/2019/exclusive-amazon-moving-thousands-employees-seattle-relocating-key-division-nearby-city/
[I am extra salty about the head tax fiasco this week because That Fucking Documentary used it as evidence of Seattleites having "had enough" of the homelessness problem, when its failure IS THE REASON WHY WE HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO FUND MORE SHELTERS AND DETOX BEDS]
I'm actually glad I watched that. Though it is bad and dishonest in some really important ways, the secondary reporting had made it sound like it proposes concentration camps for homeless people addicted to drugs, and it does not in fact go to that level of evil. I felt that I had to know because it seems to be getting traction in local politics. Perhaps tomorrow I'll write something more coherent about it - for now I'm a bit drink from the amount of whisky I needed just to cope with its tone.
(Yep, this is going to be my whole feed, today, and I'm lovato* about it)
I'm an immigrant going through a miserable naturalization process. Today is my birthday, and I'd like everyone to donate $5 to RAICES to help those who are having a much harder time than me:
Anyone who sends me a screenshot of a donation receipt by midnight EDT today (3/27) gets a personalized 10-song playlist on their streaming platform of choice.
I was/am a professional DJ.
*sorry not sorry
These keep popping up each year in the front yard. They’re like the greatest weeds ever #florespondence
Some people who are dear to me need help with medical expenses, because this is how we do things in the USA:
Taiji has helped me a lot in a lot of ways, and they are the ones who brought it to me.
They have created a really wonderful community in Seattle through taiji and qi gong. If my partner or I don't come to one of our regular classes, people there ask about us. We take care of each other.
If you can spare any money, can you throw in a little? Anything helps.
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