* The bible teaches that all people are going to Hell if they don't have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. (Sorry- it's not my fault. I'm not making this up. It's really what it says!)Link Discuss (via The Ultimate Insult)
* You're not going straight to Hell because you dress up your sweet little girl as a ballerina on Halloween and have fun. You are going to Hell if you don't have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It's a completly different reason you're going to Hell.
* Going to Hell has nothing to do with being good or bad, but only on your relationship with Jesus.
* The Bible actually has a few other verses in it beside that one that everyone seems to know about, "Love your neighbors". (Have you seen a bible lately? They're really thick.)
The very finest Disney attraction to be retired to the Parks after the 1964 World's Fair, gone without a trace. Disappeared off of the guidemaps and chalk-boards. Gone, gone, gone. I guess that now is no longer the best time of our lives, and there is no great, big, beautiful tomorrow shining at the end of this day.
For my money, there is no better place to while away half an hour on a muggy Orlando afternoon that seated in the revolving theatre, watching a robot pimp the benefits of GE's gizmos. Repeated viewings of this ride likely account for my gadget obsession, as GE's paeons to the wonders of technology were burned right into my brain.
A couple years ago, they renovated the Carousel at WDW to restore it to something very like the original World's Fair show, and added a pre-show with video of Walt and songwriting gods the Sherman Brothers singing the theme, "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow!" Alas, they didn't restore Progressland, the giant diorama of a prototype city of tomorrow that Walt later proposed to build in Florida (that vision was stripped down and turned into Epcot Center and the planned community Celebration).
Here's some of the choicest dialogue from the Progressland voice-over:
[Mother]Link Discuss (via Exciting Monkeybum Stories for Boys and Girls)
Everything you see in Progress City is possible today in any city. Even where you live. We have all the latest all electric ideas to help cities look better. And to make them better places to live and work in.
Take our transportation. It's a coordinated electric system.
I just love getting around in my own little transporter.
And we have other electric vehicles. In fact the heart of Progress City's transportation is our rapid transit system that's controlled by computers. I get to work in half the time on a high-speed electric train. Sure beats traffic jams.
Take it easy, Sport.
He's complaining because electric vehicles are so quiet.
Going shopping is simply a breeze too. And getting there is only half the fun. Today our whole downtown is completely enclosed. Whatever the weather is outside, it's always dry and comfortable inside.
General Electric calls it a climate controlled environment. But Mother calls it...
A sparkling jewel. Now far off to your right, we have a welcome neighbor...
Our GE nuclear power plant, dear. And next door, is Industrial Park which really looks more like...
Like an attractive city park, thanks to beautiful lighting and landscaping.
And speaking of parks, outdoor lighting has added hours to our recreation time. We have night lighted stadiums, ball fields, golf courses, we even have our own amusement park.
It's not exactly Disneyland, but it is clean and bright and lots of fun.
Mother, it's time for Grandma and Grandpa to take off.
That could be their jet now, dear.
Look at it go! And imagine how convenient air travel will be in the future. Maybe then...
Maybe then, we'll do the traveling.
Now calm down, Sport. We'll always come back to Progress City. And we hope you folks will come back too. But right now, it's time to go. Remember...
Everything you've seen here in our all electric city is really possible today.
- Tai Chi vs. Kung Fu
- The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San Jose
- Slapstick nipple-twisting
- Witty dialog delivered by wooden, ass-kicking actors
- Comedic belching
First degreeLink Discuss
You are getting behind in tasks that you would normally manage, like laundry and dishes. You are not the tidy person you once were. Little piles are starting to emerge and your disorganization is starting to affect your life and inconvenience you. Things are just starting to get out of hand and become unmanageable. A sign of first degree squalor might be that you are embarrassed for other people to see your mess...but you would still let them in the house.
Now things are really starting to get out of hand. Signs that you have reached second degree would include losing the use of normal household items like your bed, table, television or telephone, because the piles have expanded to cover the items up. You start to develop new methods of moving around your house, as normal movement is impeded by your piles of stuff. You might start making excuses to discourage people from entering your house.
At this stage, you have all the above, plus you have rotting food and animal faeces and/or urine in the house, and this is the rule not the exception.You cannot cope with the growing mess. Essential household repairs may not be done, because you are too afraid to let a tradesperson see your house. Just the thought of someone seeing your mess causes you great stress.
At fourth degree squalor, you have all of the above, plus you have human faeces in your house that is not in the toilet.
Like the endlessly mutating and recombinant digital/wetware entities that live in Peter Watts' online Maelstrom, his fiction itself exhibits a wonderful Darwinian adaptability. Internalizing the lessons and modes taught by cyberpunk and fusing them with the Bear/Benford pedigree of hard SF, Watts has bred a robust, streamlined, snarling kind of science fiction which achieves both a sharp-edged verisimilitude and visionary exuberance. From such innovative, catchy neologisms as "head cheese" (the term for gel-based AIs) to the scrupulous research on a dozen fronts which Watts, a marine biologist himself, catalogs in an appendix, these two novels are state-of-the art SF. And best of all, Maelstrom does not merely repeat the successes of Starfish but extends them into new territory, thus giving hope that Watts is no mere one-hit wonder.Link Discuss
The people who had gotten off these first two rafts--that's about what it was, it was two raftloads of people--decided to march down Main Street in Disneyland, singing various odes to sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, and marched on down to the city hall of Main Street, Disneyland where they have the American flag on a flagpost. And there was an empty flagpost. Someone pulled out a so-called Yippie flag, red and black with a green marijuana leaf, and started to raise it on the flagpole, OK? And some Orange County redneck came storming up to them and said how dare you raise that flag next to the American flag. And someone else went to the other flagpole as this guy was trying to rip down the Yippie flag, and said "If you rip down our flag we'll rip down your flag."Link Discuss (Thanks, Steve!)
Section 412 of the final version of the anti-terrorism legislation, the Uniting and Strengthening America By Providing Appropriate Tools Required To Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (H.R. 3162, the "USA PATRIOT Act") permits indefinite detention of immigrants and other non-citizens. There is no requirement that those who are detained indefinitely be removable because they are terrorists.Link Discuss (Thanks Sonia!)
Stewart Baker, an attorney at the Washington D.C.-based Steptoe & Johnson and a former general consul to National Security Agency, said the FBI has plans to change the architecture of the Internet and route traffic through central servers that it would be able to monitor e-mail more easily.Link Discuss