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"But we also have to acknowledge the plain fact of resilience. The stuff that people tend to say in the aftermath of an atrocity – that London, Manchester, Madrid, Paris, Brussels or New York will never be the same again – is well meant. But it’s not true. And saying it only feeds the narcissistic delusions of the terrorists. It is what they want to believe, and believing it justifies in the zealot’s overheated mind the cruelties he inflicts. The truth is that places recover with shocking alacrity. Even after the mega-terror of 9/11, New York quickly went back to being New York.
It’s much, much harder to terrorize a population into submission than official and unofficial purveyors of mass violence always think it is. Normality isn’t a fixed state but a spectrum with a remarkably wide range. Terrorists are contemptible for many reasons, but one of them is the stupidity of not knowing this. They try to magnify themselves with epic acts of cruelty. In the end they are diminished and defeated by the strange ability of human beings to step around the pools of blood, keep going and forget."

What we forget was that the London blitz, Hitler's attempt to terrorize Great Britain into surrender by attacking the citizens of its capitol, failed for exactly this reason. People got up the next morning, shook off the dust, cleaned up the debris, mourned the dead, and went back to their lives. The resilience of human beings, and their capacity to just keep going, is nearly infinite.
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People tend to think of authoritarian dictatorships as all-powerful entities. Let's not forget the White Rose https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Rose and the Rosenstrasse Protest https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosenstrasse_protest.

“And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?... The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin's thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If...if...We didn't love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation.... We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.”

― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956
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I did much better today at the range. Still a lot of room for improvement, but 58 out of 75 isn't TOO shabby - nearly 80%
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Apparently, I have to keep repeating myself because the message isn't sinking in; universities do a disservice to their students when they don't allow people to speak on their campuses simply because their students disagree with them.

THERE IS NO IDEA SO DANGEROUS IT CANNOT BE DISCUSSED.

Citing "security concerns" in prohibiting controversial speakers is not only transparently a cop-out, it allows fringe elements too much power; all one need do now is phone in a threat, and the university has a ready-made excuse for cancelling a speaker without admitting it was actually about the content of the speech.

THERE IS NO IDEA SO DANGEROUS IT CANNOT BE DISCUSSED.

What is everyone so afraid of? That they might be swayed by the speaker into changing their minds? That the speakers ideas may "infect" people? Debate is about refuting your opponents stance, it is not about stifling your opponents ability to make an argument. Listen to what they say, then take down their argument piece by piece. It's only people who cannot debate who want their opponent to be unable to make their argument.

THERE IS NO IDEA SO DANGEROUS IT CANNOT BE DISCUSSED.

You learn by debate. You learn nothing by saying, in effect, "shut up". Universities are places of learning, are they not? Should they not be places where controversial, even down-right wrong, arguments can be debated and refuted?

THERE IS NO IDEA SO DANGEROUS IT CANNOT BE DISCUSSED.

Are you so unsure of your beliefs that you can't afford to have them questioned? Strengthen them by debate, don't tell someone to "shut-up" to try to safeguard them.

THERE IS NO IDEA SO DANGEROUS IT CANNOT BE DISCUSSED.

Lastly, do you not understand the huge publicity value you're giving to these speakers by denying them the ability to speak? You're allowing them to say "See, liberals think my ideas are so dangerous that they wont let me even speak on the campuses"
This gives the people you oppose WAY too much power.

THERE IS NO IDEA SO DANGEROUS IT CANNOT BE DISCUSSED.

Don't demonstrate, don't riot, don't physically fight with their supporters. Politely hear them out, refute what they have to say, and go on with your lives.
If you do that, these people fade into the obscurity they so richly deserve. That is the worst thing you can do to these people. Say to them, "We've heard you, this is why you're completely wrong. You've been given a chance to make your argument, Bye Felicia."

THERE IS NO IDEA SO DANGEROUS IT CANNOT BE DISCUSSED.

MST3K

Apr. 15th, 2017 02:58 pm
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I watched the first episode of the new Netflix season last night. I was pretty disappointed. This is NOT a series that throwing more money at will make better. Much of the charm of the original series was from it's DIY imagination. There was also a sense that it was a sort of a secret geek club that most people wouldn't understand. That time has passed; geek culture has "won" to such an extent that EVERYONE is a geek in one way or another, so the secret club aspect of the show is gone.
Secondly, it's simply not nearly as witty as it was. The jokes seem a lot more contrived, a lot less spontaneous.
Making Tom Servo fly? WTF kind of gimmick is that? Letting Gypsy into the theatre from the rafters? Again, a gimmick with no real purpose. I'm sad because I was a fan of the original show, and hoped this new series would be able to recapture its goofy FUN.

Not everything needs to be re-booted.
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The problem with calling people who aren't really Nazis "Nazi" is that you then have nothing meaningful to call actual Nazis. Also people comparing themselves to "the Resistance" who have nothing to offer but blog posts and Facebook shares? The "resistance" was filled with courageous people who risked life and limb to fight for their beliefs. This "new resistance", safe in their homes on the right side of the digital divide, never risk a thing.
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So far, I like Dreamwidth well enough. One thing I miss (or maybe just haven't found yet) is an equivalent to LJs "Top LJ" page. I've met new friends through the one on LJ, and think that would be a good way to meet people here, too.
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To state it for the record, I DO NOT have any intention to follow the "laws of the Russian Federation". To do so would be to condone their heinous treatment of LGBT people. I only agreed to the new TOS under duress. Sixteen years of writing, commentary and memories were being held hostage pending my "agreement". Once those have been migrated, I am done with LJ until such time as it re-enters the community of civilization.
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Well, I'm all unpacked here at Dreamwidth. From now on, I'll be posting here and cross-posting to LJ. Too much BS over there after 16 years. I will NOT be censored by some nekulturny comic-opera apparatchik.

CALM DOWN!

Apr. 7th, 2017 11:47 am
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We're not going to war against Russia; it's just posturing to re-start the Cold War...the "War on Terror" isn't generating enough cash for anybody's military-industrial complex. New body armor and infantry weapons systems are small potatoes. We need BIG enemies so we can spend trillions on BIG weapons. ICBM submarines! new main battle tanks! artillery systems! Simple as that.
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How does one migrate one's content to Dreamwidth?
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I'm over at Dreamwidth under the same nom-de-whatsit
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How does one go about transferring ones LJ archive to here?
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"Early morning, April Fourth,
A shot rings out in the Memphis sky,
'Free at last' they took your life,
the could not take your pride,
in the name of love"
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Happy Irish Cinco de Mayo!!
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HPL, it's been 80 years since you passed away, but people are STILL writing books inspired by your creations. R.I.P., you old ghoul

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