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Damned in a single sentence: She has vociferously campaigned against embryo experimentation, Sunday trading, pornographic videos and fluoride.

What at first looks like help for people with poor imagination faculties rapidly grows into a Cronenbergish story of dubious-taste therapy that may be more damaging than the experience it aims to relieve. Buy the film rights!

I was sent spam for "one-click history deletion" today. Oh, the history deletion button. Shiny, shiny button ... it didn't turn out to be what I thought it was. *sigh*

I'm not going to link to what Orson Scott Card had to say about same-sex marriage. Instead, something positive: when I read something online I hate, I go read Morford. He sets the world to rights.

On the subject of despairing in all humanity, I've added up the times and I think I can make it to see Dogville and Le Corbeau in a single evening. Oh yeah, beat down that human spirit.

But, what's this? A minimate Frodo? Joy reigns again! (Also available, Aragorn, Legolas, Twilight Frodo ... and an uruk-hai in chain mail pants!)

The world's not so bad after all.


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27th Feb, 2004 08:54 (UTC)
Hey, Morford cheered me up too - thanks :)
27th Feb, 2004 09:24 (UTC)
A Cronenbergish story of dubious-taste theory...
According to someone I met at a party, a Beta version of Kuju's Train Simulator was used by a psychiatrist treating someone who had a phobia of train travel after a nasty accident.

Apparently he set it up on lots of monitors in "passenger" mode (where the AI drives the train round and you just watch the view out of the simulated window. No, really.) and then just left the patient alone with it. Given that it was the Beta, and thus presumably a little crash prone, I'm not sure what the actual results of this therapy were...

Incidentally, I was particularly impressed by the insider section of the Train Simulator site.

"Download our secret audio file and see if you can guess which train it's from. Even if you can't figure it out, we think you'll enjoy listening (turn up your subwoofer)."

1st Mar, 2004 02:31 (UTC)
I'm sure that's the plot
of an old Avengers story. Evil bad guys are strapping people into chairs and simulating things they're phobic of (like being run over by trains).

The effect was dying of fight, rather than getting over the trauma ...
1st Mar, 2004 02:31 (UTC)
Re: I'm sure that's the plot
... eh, fright. Fright. I meant fright.
27th Feb, 2004 09:30 (UTC)
1. Flouride is a liberal conspiracy is it? Well, we could all be righteous gum-diseased toothless Conservatives I suppose.

2. VR therapy ... the sad thing is, that probably works in the opposite direction as well. Perhaps our torture restrictions need to be updated.

3. Moford link lead to climate change story ... guess I'm more angry now. ;-)

4. LOTR minimates! Me I want! :-)
28th Feb, 2004 09:42 (UTC)
Re: Interesting
Well, we could all be righteous gum-diseased toothless Conservatives I suppose.

This is what happens when kids are given too much fluoride. My own front teeth are naturally (before lots of drilling and dental work..) somewhere between "mild" and "moderate" going by those pictures. That was from living in the states when my teeth were forming, and getting fluoride in everything. I'm another anti-fluoride person myself ;-)
28th Feb, 2004 16:13 (UTC)
Re: Interesting
Well, you might be happy to hear that one of Hawai'i's island-counties decided *again* to reject flouridation.

Personally, I'm ambivalent, but then didn't enjoy flouridated water until well late in life.

1st Mar, 2004 03:06 (UTC)
kneejerk ranters damage the causes they support
I was more entertained by the combination than the actual causes -- I'm not in favour of no controls in any of those areas, but I prefer it when the arguments are *reasoned* rather than *vociferous*.

1st Mar, 2004 02:38 (UTC)
Re: These might also cheer you up!

Gay couples don't have to contend with family pressure or unexpected pregnancy, said Ted Guggenheim, 35, who married his partner of 17 years last week. "It's truly about love."

Even assuming he means "family pressure to have kids", that statement still makes no sense.
1st Mar, 2004 07:15 (UTC)
Re: These might also cheer you up!
Yes, well, this is California - half-hatched concepts are common enough. ;-)
1st Mar, 2004 09:22 (UTC)
Re: These might also cheer you up!
I'd assumed he meant family pressure to marry?
1st Mar, 2004 13:34 (UTC)
family pressure to marry/have kids etc.
Isn't necessarily turned off by coming out to parents. In fact, it can throw them into a bit of a frenzy about such things, especially for only children ---

Equally the idea that loads of straight couples are getting married because of unwanted pregnancies and their parents wanting grandchildren is (if not insulting) kind of 30 years ago.

Nowadays lesbians aren't generally perceived to be out of the breeding cycle, either. Gay men may find parents encouraging them to find a nice lesbian couple and procreate. They may even want to.

The idea that gay love is somehow purer because it's not connected to the whole nasty procreation business edges into the chauvinistic -- which is why I snapped at it.

27th Feb, 2004 11:01 (UTC)
Yeah, all true and good and stuff, except I am against flouridation of water too.
*sigh* It's never black and white...
1st Mar, 2004 02:49 (UTC)
I just liked the combination
... it put across very neatly that she wasn't supporting cause as such, but was simply generally conservative.

I agree about keeping fluoride out of the water supply. Blanket medication is not (is never) an appropriate response to poor health education.
27th Feb, 2004 11:35 (UTC)
Gimme Some!
Gotta have a teeny Saruman! I can't go buying DVDs, though, especially since my player doesn't work...I think it may come to a heist at Tower Records. Need a Gandalf for my obsessed sister, too...
1st Mar, 2004 02:57 (UTC)
minimates are lovely in theory
... but in practice they're overpriced artificially-created collectables; so the nicer the doll, the more expensive and the harder to get hold of it'll be. I mean, they could make the nice ones generally available, but that'd be against the whole collectables ethos ... so you go looking for Frodo and only find endless orcs.

Bah. I'm not rich enough for minimates. And if I was, I'd probably be spending it on champagne and tarts.
27th Feb, 2004 14:44 (UTC)
This reminds me of one of the Onion Vox pops this week, about cloning: "This has limitless scientific possibilities, which means one thing: We must keep Christians from finding out about it."
1st Mar, 2004 02:59 (UTC)
reality imitates the onion
Do you remember when the guy who used to do TV Go Home gave up because reality had cleaved to his satire?
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