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|May-19-15|| ||cormier: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings...|
|May-19-15|| ||playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> Ask me how much I like "progress."|
|May-19-15|| ||Jim Bartle: Hated to read that.|
|May-19-15|| ||playground player: <Jim Bartle> My town, my county, and my state are grand masters when it comes to tearing down landmarks and paving over greenery. I'm always getting lost because the familiar scenery is all gone. And those responsible for it really shine at paying lip service to The Environment and Sustainability, when all the time they'd root up their mothers' graves if it put an extra nickel in their pockets.|
Thanks for your sympathy. I needed it.
|May-19-15|| ||Jim Bartle: That is just not right.
There is a town called San Marcos east of the Cordillera Blanca mountain range, where I live and work most of the time. A beautiful little town, harmonious, with streets made of stone bricks, a lovely central plaza.
This huge mine called Antamina was opening to the east, above the town, and promised to bring in a lot of money. It's run responsibly and tries to do the right thing.
I was hired to do a tourism analysis and plan by the mining company in 2004. One of my recommendations was to take steps to keep San Marcos the same, or at least maintain the same general style.
I went back last year, and what a terrible change. Modern city-style buildings everywhere, the plaza overwhelmed, truck traffic everywhere, the little restaurant where everybody knew everybody and the news was spread around--gone.
|May-19-15|| ||playground player: *sigh* Sounds just like New Jersey.|
|May-19-15|| ||Jim Bartle: Here's a more positive story.
The city of Cusco was the capital of the Inca Empire and is filled with Inca constructions in excellent state. It's a huge tourist center with seemingly thousands of businesses devoted to tourism.
Probably 40-50 years city leaders recognized what made the city special and attractive. They instituted some rules still in force today:
--No modifications of Inca constructions.
--No signs on Inca stonework.
--No signs sticking out, only flat against the wall.
--No lighted signs.
It's made all the difference. Despite tremendous growth the city looks much the same as decades ago.
Recently the traditional, iconic Cafe Ayllu, which had been located beside the cathedral for at least 40 years, was forced to move when the landlord got a better offer.
It was replaced by a Kentucky Fried Chicken! Inside it looked much like any KFC, with the garish lighting and plastic tables. But outside, even KFC couldn't break the rules. So there are just Inca stones and a small unlit sign saying 'Kentucky Fried Chicken.'
|May-19-15|| ||Jim Bartle: Here's a photo. That`s a KFC on the right.
|May-20-15|| ||cormier: Gospel: " May they be one as ourselves "|
|May-20-15|| ||cormier: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings...|
|May-20-15|| ||playground player: <Jim Bartle> Of course Cuzco without the Inca wouldn't be much of anything; but it's surprising to find civic leaders who have even enough sense to realize that. The Cuzco KFC looks just fine on the outside. Then again, if Cuzco was in New Jersey, God only knows what it'd look like now.|
Looking back on my life, I think the only things that are better now than they were when I started are dentistry and chess notation.
|May-21-15|| ||cormier: Gospel: " That they become perfectly one"|
|May-21-15|| ||cormier: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings...|
|May-22-15|| ||cormier: Gospel: " Be the shepherd of my sheep . Be the shepherd of my sheep "|
|May-22-15|| ||cormier: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings...|
|May-23-15|| ||cormier: Gospel: " This is the disciple who has written these things ; his testimony is true "|
|May-23-15|| ||cormier: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings...|
|May-23-15|| ||playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> Once again, "scientists" are caught lying to advance their favorite political agenda--this time, same-sex pseudomarriage.|
"But it's okay to lie and falsify data if it's for a good cause..."
The epitaph of our modern age.
|May-23-15|| ||OhioChessFan: It is amazing that such stuff <works> I've spent 16 years online in various forums and the insistent appeal that "Someone close to you, probably in your family, is gay." is really puzzling. As you said a while back, something to the effect that "so long as a family member engages in a sexual sin, it's okay" doesn't strike me as a real strong intellectual basis to overturn all of recorded history's verdict on the matter. My minister mentioned to me a year ago that the alleged studies would come flying out about how well the adopted children of such unions are doing. I'm sure he's correct. |
Rather shocking what just happened in Ireland, apparently the Agenda is successful, so far as that goes. I realize temporal political victories are fairly unimportant in the big picture, but still depressing.
|May-24-15|| ||playground player: <OhioChessFan> Well, why shouldn't that stuff work? In our culture, we're brought up to believe that Science is always true. So when "scientists" tell us "gay marriage is good for us," or "we're all gonna die from Global Warming unless fantastic new powers are given to corrupt and evil politicians," most people are inclined to believe it. Because Science says so.|
As for the "scientific studies" of children adopted by pairs of homosexuals or lesbians: the way that goes, "See? It's been six weeks already, and the kid hasn't turned into an axe murderer!"
Lies, lies, and more lies.
|May-24-15|| ||cormier: Gospel: " The Spirit of truth will guide you into all truth "|
|May-24-15|| ||cormier: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings...|
|May-25-15|| ||cormier: Gospel: " Go, sell what you have . Then come, follow me "|
|May-25-15|| ||cormier: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings...|
|May-25-15|| ||playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> From Science we now turn to Pseudo-Science (as hard as it may be to tell the difference, anymore)... Did you know that if you stare at the sun for 44 minutes a day, you won't need food anymore?|
Can I wake up now please?
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