This post is from the JMBzine Blog Vault, which means it is a very old blog post that I wrote at a very different time of my life. My views on religion (I’m now a Humanistic Jew), politics (today I’m a democratic socialist), and many other subjects (LGBTQ+ inclusion, abortion rights, etc.) have drastically changed over the years, so please bear this in mind when reading this post.
Thursday, August 16, 2001
Editors note (2022): Link to the old demookie forum site is broken (and I can’t find it archived anywhere), but from the URL it appears that the headline read “Local governments to bend land use rules to accommodate private interests”
This week’s Pirateradio.about.com update includes an interesting account of a raid by FCC thugs at Free Radio Tucson.
It looks like the Bush administration is practicing some “fuzzy math” to explain away their raiding of Social Security. I am no big fan of Al Gore (I can proudly say that I didn’t vote for Twiddle Dee or Twiddle Dumber.), but I sure wish we had Gore’s lock box around right now.
The Industry Standard is dead. How fast things change. It looks like it’s R.I.P. for the “New Economy.”
Those Mormons sure have some strange beliefs.
Editors note (2022): After having spent a lot of time in reading in many religious traditions over the last two decades, I’m not so sure that the LDS/Mormon tradition is as “strange” as I did back in 2001. Most religious traditions have beliefs that are bizarre to outsiders, so I wouldn’t feel the need to make a remark like this today. Today I judge religious beliefs on whether they encourage humans to be better humans or hurt humans, not based on how weird it sounds.
By RICK BRAGG, NY Times – Census Bureau analysts say new survey data suggesting a significant dwindling in the population of Cajun Louisiana may not reflect an actual downturn. – This story makes me wonder if the regional differences in the USA will be gone in a few generations.