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Man Presents Traditional Anabaptist Position on Public Prayer, Decried as ‘Atheist’ by Locals

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At a local town council meeting on Thursday, an area resident stood up and suggested that public prayer before the meeting was inconsistent with the concept of the separation of church and state. His request to remove the prayer was met with an angry chorus of hisses and boos and accusations of ‘atheism,’ even though his position was completely consistent with traditional Anabaptist teaching.

“I always thought of myself as a devout follower of Christ, so I have no clue why these people were accusing me of atheism simply for suggesting that prayer is a private thing,” said Neuhoffnung resident Arthur Lepp. “The Americans didn’t invent the separation of church and state. Anabaptists had that idea centuries earlier. This has nothing to do with atheism.”

Lepp then quoted from the Anabaptist founding document, The Schleitheim Confession: “The rule of government is according to the flesh, that of the Christians according to the spirit…Their citizenship is in this world, that of the Christians is in heaven.”

Still, Lepp was decried as an atheist.

“If he doesn’t want to pray in a secular environment, then he must not be a Christian at all!” said one man in a heated Facebook discussion. “Being a believer means praying in public; it’s just as simple as that.”

Lepp then cited Matthew 6:6: “When you pray, go to your inner room, shut your door, and pray to your Father who is unseen. And your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

Still, the chorus of boos and hisses only grew, with some people suggesting that those words of Jesus didn’t apply in the 21st century and were not meant to be taken literally.

“You can’t expect us to follow that clear commandment of Jesus,” said one man. “As much as I’d like the reward from my Father in Heaven, I’d much prefer the praise and adoration of people here on Earth who see me praying in public.”

(Photo credit: by Montgomery County Planning Commission )

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JoeTortuga
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#PillarsOfFascism #8: Religion and Government are Intertwined

http://www.rense.com/general37/char.htm
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Fuller House Is Coming Back Sooner Than You Think - Whatever happened to predictability?

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Depending on your view of the show, I come bearing good news about Fuller House. The second season is definitely on and you don’t have to wait a full year to see what’s up with Fuller-Tanner family. According to Deadline, the spinoff of the hit family sitcom will return on December 9. For those who celebrate Christmas, think of it as an early gift.

In honor of its fast approaching premiere, Netflix also released a new poster of the cast. Sorry, no Danny Tanner or Uncle Jesse or Uncle Joey to be seen because they aren’t a part of the main cast. Don’t worry! They’ll pop by for a visit this season, too!

The series follows DJ Tanner-Fuller (Candace Cameron Bure) who, like her father, is widowed and must raise three kids. Her younger sister Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) and best friend Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber) have both agree to live with her and help raise her young boys. They’ll have to deal with an even fuller house (see what I did there) due to Kimmy’s feisty teenaged daughter, Ramona.

Expect to see more familiar faces pop up, and no, Michelle Tanner won’t be making an appearance. “We’ve tried everything,” Jodie told ET, per PopSugar. “I think we’ve kinda given up.”

Have mercy.

(via Deadline, image via Netflix)

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Sad news I discovered: Netflix won't let you rate something 0-stars
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Why your user agent contains Mozilla/AppleWebKit/KHTML/Gecko/Chrome/Safari

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In the beginning there was NCSA Mosaic, and Mosaic called itself NCSA_Mosaic/2.0 (Windows 3.1), and Mosaic displayed pictures along with text, and there was much rejoicing.

And behold, then came a new web browser known as “Mozilla”, being short for “Mosaic Killer,” but Mosaic was not amused, so the public name was changed to Netscape, and Netscape called itself Mozilla/1.0 (Win3.1), and there was more rejoicing. And Netscape supported frames, and frames became popular among the people, but Mosaic did not support frames, and so came “user agent sniffing” and to “Mozilla” webmasters sent frames, but to other browsers they sent not frames.

And Netscape said, let us make fun of Microsoft and refer to Windows as “poorly debugged device drivers,” and Microsoft was angry. And so Microsoft made their own web browser, which they called Internet Explorer, hoping for it to be a “Netscape Killer”. And Internet Explorer supported frames, and yet was not Mozilla, and so was not given frames. And Microsoft grew impatient, and did not wish to wait for webmasters to learn of IE and begin to send it frames, and so Internet Explorer declared that it was “Mozilla compatible” and began to impersonate Netscape, and called itself Mozilla/1.22 (compatible; MSIE 2.0; Windows 95), and Internet Explorer received frames, and all of Microsoft was happy, but webmasters were confused.

And Microsoft sold IE with Windows, and made it better than Netscape, and the first browser war raged upon the face of the land. And behold, Netscape was killed, and there was much rejoicing at Microsoft. But Netscape was reborn as Mozilla, and Mozilla built Gecko, and called itself Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.0; en-US; rv:1.1) Gecko/20020826, and Gecko was the rendering engine, and Gecko was good. And Mozilla became Firefox, and called itself Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; sv-SE; rv:1.7.5) Gecko/20041108 Firefox/1.0, and Firefox was very good. And Gecko began to multiply, and other browsers were born that used its code, and they called themselves Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; PPC Mac OS X Mach-O; en-US; rv:1.7.2) Gecko/20040825 Camino/0.8.1 the one, and Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; de; rv:1.8.1.8) Gecko/20071008 SeaMonkey/1.0 another, each pretending to be Mozilla, and all of them powered by Gecko.

And Gecko was good, and IE was not, and sniffing was reborn, and Gecko was given good web code, and other browsers were not. And the followers of Linux were much sorrowed, because they had built Konqueror, whose engine was KHTML, which they thought was as good as Gecko, but it was not Gecko, and so was not given the good pages, and so Konquerer began to pretend to be “like Gecko” to get the good pages, and called itself Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Konqueror/3.2; FreeBSD) (KHTML, like Gecko) and there was much confusion.

Then cometh Opera and said, “surely we should allow our users to decide which browser we should impersonate,” and so Opera created a menu item, and Opera called itself Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; en) Opera 9.51, or Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.0; U; en; rv:1.8.1) Gecko/20061208 Firefox/2.0.0 Opera 9.51, or Opera/9.51 (Windows NT 5.1; U; en) depending on which option the user selected.

And Apple built Safari, and used KHTML, but added many features, and forked the project, and called it WebKit, but wanted pages written for KHTML, and so Safari called itself Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; PPC Mac OS X; de-de) AppleWebKit/85.7 (KHTML, like Gecko) Safari/85.5, and it got worse.

And Microsoft feared Firefox greatly, and Internet Explorer returned, and called itself Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.0; Windows NT 6.0) and it rendered good code, but only if webmasters commanded it to do so.

And then Google built Chrome, and Chrome used Webkit, and it was like Safari, and wanted pages built for Safari, and so pretended to be Safari. And thus Chrome used WebKit, and pretended to be Safari, and WebKit pretended to be KHTML, and KHTML pretended to be Gecko, and all browsers pretended to be Mozilla, and Chrome called itself Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US) AppleWebKit/525.13 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/0.2.149.27 Safari/525.13, and the user agent string was a complete mess, and near useless, and everyone pretended to be everyone else, and confusion abounded.


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Technicalleigh
581 days ago
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paraphrasing what I said about computer systems yesterday at a queer-tech-folks' lunch:

"It's not turtles all the way down. It's cracked eggshells all the way down."
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JoeTortuga
581 days ago
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And thus client side feature detection was born
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JimB
580 days ago
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And in the days of Netscape the images and text and so on were all saved in its cache. Then it got complicated.
drchuck
580 days ago
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User agent? Browser sniffing? A developer craves not these things!
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srsly
580 days ago
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User agent string is so so terrible for exactly this reason. What I really wish they would do is replace it with a "supported features" object, populated with strings and objects which would give clear indications of what should and should not work in the browser.
browserFeatures.browserName = "chrome";
browserFeatures.broswerVersion = "41";
browserFeatures.renderingEngine = "webkit";
browserFeatures.javascriptEngine = "V8";
browserFeatures.HTML5Canvas = "true";
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WorldMaker
580 days ago
Strings are a bad idea because then people do stupid string math on them and you end up with User Agent fiasco in a million different ways, and then they have to start to lie too for backwards compatibility and sideways compatibility. Boolean flags are fine, but that does leads directly to where the web is these days which is the check the feature you want for truthiness such as if (navigator.geolocation) { /* do something with geolocation... */ }, which in a roundabout way was always sort of how things were and should be done on the client side. The issue comes in to place that it still doesn't solve the issue of the server-side wanting to know browser features to potentially streamline rendered content from the server... But it seems like we are mostly past the age of needing that as much anyway.
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581 days ago
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Fascinating and one of those things I've always wondered about.
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The Suspicious Convergence of Addiction Treatment and Whiteness

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Last week PBS hosted a powerful essay by law professor Ekow Yankah. He points to how the new opioid addiction crisis is being talked about very differently than addiction crises of the past. Today, he points out, addiction is being described and increasingly treated as a health crisis with a human toll. “Our nation has linked arms,” he says, “to save souls.”

Even just a decade ago, though, addicts weren’t victims, they were criminals.

What’s changed? Well, race. “Back then, when addiction was a black problem,” Yankah says about 30 years ago, “there was no wave of national compassion.” Instead, we were introduced to suffering “crack babies” and their inhuman, incorrigible mothers. We were told that crack and crime went hand-in-hand because the people involved were simply bad. We were told to fear addicts, not care for them. It was a “war on drugs” that was fought against the people who had succumbed to them.

Yankah is clear that this a welcome change. But, he says, for African Americans, who would have welcomed such compassion for the drugs that devastated their neighborhoods and families, it is bittersweet.

Lisa Wade is a professor at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. Find her on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

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JoeTortuga
619 days ago
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Of course, we now know that the drug war was created as a way to subjugate black people, so this isn't so surprising. Unfortunately. It should shock us.
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Steven Moffat Shares His Thoughts on Finding His Own Replacement on Doctor Who

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Steven Moffat has been working on Doctor Who for a long time, and he’s been the showrunner since season 5 in 2010. He’s now overseen the coming of two new Doctors and may soon see another one depart—if he doesn’t get there first, that is.

Picking a new showrunner won’t be easy, though, and with the show’s recent surge in popularity, the task is all the more stressful. Speaking to Radio Times, Moffat elaborated on the coming of his own regeneration:

That is an issue and one I’m actively engaged in but I can’t say much about that. Everything is difficult in Doctor Who, including leaving, and I would never do anything to harm it. I would never leave it in the lurch because it means too much to me. Yes, it’s a problem. Let’s not pretend it’s not a big problem. But there will be a solution. In terms of the emotional difficulty of leaving, it’s hard.

However, he won’t say yet when that solution will be needed. When asked, “Is the end in sight?” he responded,

I take it a year at a time, and that’s the only answer I’ll ever give on that one. How hard [will it be to give up], I don’t know … I won’t be leaving because I’m suddenly miserable. It’ll be because I want to do something else.

But even after he’s gone, that doesn’t mean he’ll leave the show entirely. Asked if he’d come back to write for the show here and there, which previous showrunner Russell T. Davies has refused to do repeatedly, Moffat said he won’t know what he’ll do until the opportunity presents itself. (Which I’m taking as an “absolutely yes.”)

Got any suggestions for who should step in to make things easier on our good buddy Moff? Not that I’m in a rush to get rid of him or anything.

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JoeTortuga
710 days ago
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It really can't come too soon for him to leave.
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this urn will turn you into a tree after you die

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clestroying:

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and you can choose what kind of tree you want to become

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just imagine cemeteries looking like this

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life after death

THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT I WANT

this is how all cemeteries should look. its awkward to hug a gravestone. imagine hugging your grandma/tree. ugh rebuild all cemeteries
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JoeTortuga
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Because links are awesome: https://urnabios.com/
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