10/22/04 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General

Catholic Jihads

10/22/04 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General
And in today's news:

LaRae Quy, an FBI spokeswoman in San Francisco, told the San Francisco Chronicle on October 6 that agents were going to mosques as part of their pre-election terror investigation.

"We're trying to learn about the Muslim community and understand how a terrorist could move or hide in that community, or find out who in that community might be funding terrorists," she told the paper. "If this were a Catholic jihad, we'd be going into Catholic churches."

As my friend Ken mentioned: I thought Catholic Jihads were called Crusades.

Word of the Day

10/18/04 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General


\An`ti*no"mi*an\, a. [See {Antimony}.]
Of or pertaining to the Antinomians; opposed to the doctrine
that the moral law is obligatory.


\An`ti*no"mi*an\, n. (Eccl. Hist.)
One who maintains that, under the gospel dispensation, the
moral law is of no use or obligation, but that faith alone is
necessary to salvation. The sect of Antinomians originated
with John Agricola, in Germany, about the year 1535.

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Word of the Day

10/18/04 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General

a believer in religious or philosophical dualism, from a religious dualism originating in Persia in the third century A.D. and teaching the release of the spirit from matter through strict self-denial. mano: a hand-held stone used for grinding vegetable foods on a stone slab or "metate".

... [T]he surfeit of choice brings a lot of stress with it and can lead to a kind of Manichaean view of food, a division of nature into the Good Things to Eat and the Bad.

Which party would Bin Laden join?

10/17/04 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General
Suppose you were a person of deeply held religious conviction. Suppose that your conviction runs so deep that you are convinced that those not of your faith are not only doomed to destruction but go so far as to embody pure evil. Suppose then, that based upon this conviction, you see no other way to deal with these other people than kill them.

Who am I describing? a) George Bush b) bin Laden, c) both d) neither

In high school, I remember a time when my friend Arnie's father, who is a neurologist, mentioned in passing that at work he had two patients who were both claiming to be Jesus Christ. He put them in a room together to see how they would interact.

Why does that story remind me of our current situation?

This quote is from Mo Dowd's column today:

Bruce Bartlett, a domestic policy adviser to Ronald Reagan and a Treasury official for the first President Bush, told Mr. Suskind that some people now look at Mr. Bush and see "this instinct he's always talking about is this sort of weird, Messianic idea of what he thinks God has told him to do." He continued: "This is why George W. Bush is so clear-eyed about Al Qaeda and the Islamic fundamentalist enemy. He believes you have to kill them all. They can't be persuaded, that they're extremists, driven by a dark vision. He understands them, because he's just like them."

Word of the Day

10/17/04 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General

A world view, also spelled as worldview is a term calqued from the German word Weltanschauung ("look onto the world"). The German word is also in wide use in English, as well as the "translated" form world outlook.

One of the most important concepts in cognitive philosophy and generative sciences is that of the German concept of ‘Weltanschauung’. This expression refers to the 'wide worldview' or 'wide world perception' of a people. The Weltanschauung of a people originates from the unique world experience of a people, which they experience over several millennia. The language of a people reflects the Weltanschauung of that people in the form of its syntactic structures and untranslatable connotations and its denotations.

Overheard on Prairie Home Companion

10/16/04 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General
Republicans are the party of jails.
Democrats are the party of schools.

Renaming a solaris box

10/15/04 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: Geek
The easy way is to run sysconfig, but this will rip out any prior configuration.

If you want to do it manually, then edit the following files:


Some of these files may not exist. This assumes your interface name is hme0. The ticots and ticlts and ticotsord are necessary if you're planning on using any rpc services

where does your cd money go ?

10/14/04 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General
This breakdown of the cost of a typical major-label release by the independent market-research firm Almighty Institute of Music Retail shows where the money goes for a new album with a list price of $15.99.

$0.17 Musicians' unions
$0.80 Packaging/manufacturing
$0.82 Publishing royalties
$0.80 Retail profit
$0.90 Distribution
$1.60 Artists' royalties
$1.70 Label profit
$2.40 Marketing/promotion
$2.91 Label overhead
$3.89 Retail overhead

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