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Wears a mask, check. Gloves, check. Follows social distancing guidelines, check.

The leadership we need in these trying times.

"A person is smart, people are dumb panicky animals and you know it" - some fictional character telling us what we want to hear.

I hate this narrative because it's not actually borne out by reality but the people around me always seem to be in love with it.

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No one ever wants to tilt at the same windmills as I do.

I really need to talk with someone in 's school system about accessibility. There are way too many links to Google Docs and MS Office files, and I doubt they receive any pushback at all.

My island's name is MaLiliPona and it cheers me every time I see it.

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Somehow this revelation didn't produce the global uproar I was expecting. Maybe needed more hashtags!

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The covenant of my little New England UU church:

Love is the spirit of this church, and service is its law; this is our great covenant: to dwell together in peace, to seek the truth in love, and to help one another.    James Vila Blake, 1894

It practically breathes Thelemic aspirations.

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The law of Thelema is misunderstood, almost entirely because Crowley couldn't get away from domination narratives.

Love is the Law, Love under Will.

Love underlies the Will, it is foundational to the Will. The Will doesn't exist without it. From what does our True Will spring? Only by that which we love.

By this light, the Unitarian Universalist church is the inheritor of the Thelema and not the O.T.O.

Interestingly positive: "Why did god create atheists?" 

Spotted elsewhere without captioning, a Facebook posting from religiousragings:

"There is a famous story told in Chasidic literature that address this very question. The Master teaches the student that God created everything in the world to be appreciated, since everything is here to teach us a lesson.

One clever student asks "What lesson can we learn from atheists? Why did God create them?"

The Master responds "God created atheists to teach us the most important lesson of them all - the lesson of true compassion. You see, when an atheist performs an act of charity, visits someone who is sick, helps someone in need, and cares for the world, he is not doing so because of some religious teaching. He does not believe that god commanded him to perform this act. In fact, he does not believe in God at all, so his acts are based on an inner sense of morality. And look at the kindness he can bestow upon others simply because he feels it to be right."

"This means," the Master continued, "that when someone reaches out to you for help, you should never say 'I pray that God will help you.' Instead for the moment, you should become an atheist, imagine that there is no god who can help, and say, 'I will help you.'"

(credited to "Tales of Hasidim vol. 2 by Mar")

As an atheist, it pleases me to read such understanding. 👌

Covid19 - 

So me and my family are now part of the pandemic, despite everything. My doc didn't think a test was necessary. Probably our toddler touched something and sucked his thumb. We all have mild symptoms, thankfully, so far...

It's a strange thing, to go from protecting yourself to protecting others. I am the feared now. All that preventative advice loses meaning. Same precautions apply, but with more certainty.

Kids will probably recover fine, but me and my partner? It's an anxious time.

Animal Crossing Thoughts 

It's weird how AC used to encourage doing your own thing at a relaxed pace over months, and now it's a massive grindfest where people min-max to be the first to get black roses or ironwood kitchenettes. I don't miss aspects of New Leaf (like being shamed for missing realtime playdates with NPCs), but the game didn't encourage you to turn it into a job, either. The competition among players was what you could do with little.

#Covid19, science question 

So I have a question...

How does one distinguish between "50% tested positive with no symptoms" vs "this test has a false positive rate of 50%"? Are they cross-correlating multiple tests?

"That how sieges work, Phil." Oh man, this is a bit *too* timely

What's your interest in Minecraft?

Deus Ex, COVID-19 

Realising that Deus Ex's New York and Paris are actually incredibly loosey-goosey laissez-faire places, considering there's a pandemic lockdown and a violent far-right insurrection.

It turns out that the Denton brothers are unknowingly spreading grey goo flu everywhere they go, because they're asymptomatic carriers, and entire cities crumble in their wake. History's judgement of their actions in Invisible War is pretty accurate.

The moral of this game is: don't be a Denton.

Followup: apparently there is a *bidet* shortage too. You might consider getting buckets of sawdust so you can compost your sewage. 😕

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Toilet paper hoarders of the world, this is your golden opportunity to discover bidets. You should seize this chance and never have to worry about running out of TP again.

After all, if the running water stops, you have bigger problems.

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