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Brains in Hell - Elf M. Sternberg
Brains in Hell
Thirteen Reasons for UML's Descent Into Darkness
UML always had so much promise. It was such a giant leap from OVID and the other design systems we had before it. And yet, this article really nails why it died and why, whenever I think about formalizing a project, I reach for my Yourdon over anything else: the obsessive monetization, the documentation vs. code issue, and the proliferation of so many layers that it became cognitively burdensome to actually use the damn thing.

California Supreme Court Overturns Ban on Gay Marriage
Naturally, Ed turns to the Family Research Council and wonders what they think about this sort of thing. "It's outrageous that the court has overturned... the clear will of the people." Huh. "The clear will of the people" would also erase the First Amendment, and once outlawed interracial marriage. (Does anyone actually remember that miscegnation is a pejorative?) Ed lovingly points out that Perkins demanded the Supreme Court "overturn the clear will of the people" just two years ago when Oregon passed its assisted suicide laws.

Shunning the Ten Commandments
With Nancy Pelosi in charge of the House and Harry Reid in charge of the Senate, we can't have a voice. We can't get these out and open and celebrate the Ten Commandments
And there it is, boys and girls, the essentialism of modern Christian Nationalism: if they can't use the power of the state, if we can't use the institution of deadly force, if we can't use taxpayer money, they're being repressed.

Crossing The Line
The Family Research Council is apparently planning on writing and disseminating a collection of sermons for this political year to pastors across the country. The sermons are going to be chock full of advice and admonition and all of them are aimed in a single direction: Vote Republican. Vote McCain.

Okay, I have a deal: go ahead. Do it. Become fully political institutions, and submit to full taxation under the law like any other incorporated entity. I never understood why churches were discriminated favorably.

No Child is Safe from the Cult of Emo!
While this story about a young teenager committing suicide is immensely sad, this overwrought article that ends with "And that's the danger of emo" is just a little too much.

Current Mood: amused amused
Current Music: Bruce Dickinson, Starchildren

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blaisepascal From: blaisepascal Date: May 16th, 2008 03:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
OK, I admit, when I read your heading for the last piece, my mind miscued and thought of a giant red childlike muppet rather than a angsty indy-rock listening depressed kid. As such, I was really wondering what would cause a young teenager to commit suicide over Elmo.
acelightning From: acelightning Date: May 16th, 2008 04:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've seen the same kinds of arguments used against goth, punk, alternative, heavy metal, and even "rock and roll" itself. I'm old enough to have seen Elvis Presley on the Ed Sullivan show... pictured only above the waist, because - *gasp!* - Elvis swayed his hips to the beat as he performed, and such a shockingly immoral display would certainly Destroy American Civilization As We Know It. I saw the Beatles on Ed Sullivan, too - their "long hair" was as immoral as Elvis' pelvis, because "you can't tell if they're boys or girls", and that, of course, would certainly Destroy American Civilization As We Know It.

Teenagers (and even younger kids) take up fads - they're wired that way. And most of the fads are intended to shock and offend their elders - teenagers are wired for that as well. But it drives teenagers absolutely crazy when you refuse to be offended ;-)

gromm From: gromm Date: May 16th, 2008 10:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I used to listen to Iron Maiden and King Diamond. The only think my kids could shock *me* with is if they turned into Jehovah's Witnesses and took over the country.
acelightning From: acelightning Date: May 17th, 2008 12:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Maybe it's because I worked in radio for a long time, but between that, and my early exposure to Elvis, the British Invasion, and psychedelic rock, I always figured that popular music alone couldn't possibly have all the negative effects that were blamed on it. When my son was about ten, he started getting into heavy metal (well, at the time it was basically "hair metal"). I had heard the usual nonsense about how heavy metal inevitably led to devil-worship (especially ironic, since I'm a Wiccan Priestess), drug addiction, violence, and suicide, so I decided to actually listen to the music. I discovered that I enjoyed quite a bit of it.

My son was furious, of course, at not having anything to rebel against. In a few more years, he was going to an all-boys Catholic high school, where he was require to keep his hair short and wear a tie to school. Fortunately, by the time he graduated, he'd gotten over it.

lucky_otter From: lucky_otter Date: May 16th, 2008 04:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
The point behind the FRC's plan is to get a challenge on that requirement that they not be political into the courts. They expect to be visited by the IRS - and they expect to win a challenge up to the USSC.

And if they don't, hey, this is an important election for them. We'll probably see Stevens retiring from the USSC. In the current court, he's a liberal. Replacing him with a conservative judge is worth sacrificing for, given how close the balance is on overturning many prior rulings (Roe and Brown, in particular).
elfs From: elfs Date: May 16th, 2008 04:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Actually, my sense is that they're not going after Roe. Too many people care about Roe.

They're going to go after Griswold.
gromm From: gromm Date: May 16th, 2008 10:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
the essentialism of modern Christian Nationalism

Oh, I knew that a long time ago actually. It's the mindset of an empire that is now a shadow of its former self. They want the Holy Roman Empire back, dammit. Or at the very least, their church to control the country. You know, like in the old days. Of the Spanish Inquisition.
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