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This is depressing, but just more of the same - Journal of Omnifarious

Apr. 28th, 2004

11:35 pm - This is depressing, but just more of the same

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Money earmarked for combating 'Goth' culture. This is rather silly. Federal funds going directly towards promoting or suppressing a particular group or sub-culture. But, the government does it all the time, and nobody complains. Sensitivity training (for those who are too blunt for our tastes I guess), diversity classes (oh, no, they don't like a particular group, and we can't possibly wait for their stupid bigotry to show them up as utter cads so they get the social shunning they deserve), combating 'Goth' culture (they're pale, and wear black, we just can't have that), faith based initiatives (religion (especially Christianity, but we'll pretend that's not what we mean) is good, really, ignore those wars over there, and years of therapy bills (or violent behavior) due to various forms of repression). The list is really quite endless.

But, people will vigorously defend their pet cultural suppression or promotion while pointing fingers at all the others and laughing. So, maybe what we really ought to do is just declare a free-for-all. All the various localities can all declare religions, or whatever it is they want to do to try to promote a particular culture. We can see where that leads. It'll probably look like Europe in the 1400s-1700s, but, heck, we can try it anyway. Woohoo! Go for broke everyone! That whole separation of church and state thing obviously doesn't apply to your personal religion, because it's the right one.

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From:rosencrantz319
Date:April 29th, 2004 04:30 am (UTC)
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From:mle292
Date:April 29th, 2004 07:26 am (UTC)

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I'm so optimistic about this, though. If it works, think of all the money they'll earmark to combat WASP culture.
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From:jinee15
Date:April 29th, 2004 11:23 am (UTC)

Where's my black umbrella?

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I want to go to Blue Springs, MO and promote SPF 50 sunscreen. Where's my best black velvet dress? I'll show 'em a rampage. Hee-hee!

I think another good distraction would be to worry about the UFO activity in Iran.
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 30th, 2004 11:11 am (UTC)

Isn't it already a free for all?

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Has the hopper idea of church & state been posted here somewhere I'd be curious to see it...
Nice observation on the Europe history connection

Can I get money to promote bicycles? Or reading the U.S. Constitution - never mind words have been divorced from meaning anyway - GO GO GO Justice Scalia!

StefanHaney - BikeNomad
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