JamesPadraicR

JamesPadraicR

  • Commented on WTF
    I understand that you really have to convince the rabbi that you're serious if you want to convert to Judaism. It’s traditional that a Rabbi turn away potential converts three times, to be sure they are committed to it. If...
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    Clarke did fairly well with essays in the 60s and 70s, describing computer networks with every home having a terminal connected to local mainframes, he didn’t quite get to personal computers. And of course HAL, and the story Dial F...
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    Back to the Jewish atheist subject, I wasn’t brought up with any particular religion, my mother is Jewish, my father isn’t, we had christmas trees and presents, menorahs, and that was pretty much it. After they divorced my mother was...
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    I meant to add that when telling their ministers that they were reading the OT and having trouble with it, they were told not to bother with it and stick to the gospels....
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    I’ve met a number of people thinking of converting to Judaism who say one reason they left their church is that they weren’t allowed to ask questions of anything, their versions of bible study consisted of there minister reading a...
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    Yes, it happens among Jews, most often coming from the Hassidic communities, not necessarily becoming atheists, but less orthodox. Abuses happen in the other Jewish movements, but apparently less often than the so-called Ultra-Orthodox, or churches. I’ve heard a couple...
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    Well Matthew is paraphrasing from Torah, Deuteronomy 6:5, and Leviticus 19:18. Some say that Hillel was a teacher of Jesus, so any echoing is not a surprise. I have my doubts, since I don’t particularly believe in the existence of...
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    Jewish atheist is still a Jew, and their approach to atheism doesn't mirror a Catholic atheist or a Presbyterian atheist Definitely. In my experience Christians who go atheist tend to be much more militantly anti-religion than Jewish Atheists (speaking as...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Confirmed. Ain’t that a shame. President Donald Trump tweets he and first lady Melania Trump test positive for Covid-19...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    First source I’ve seen tonight: President Trump tests positive for coronavirus True, or looking for an excuse to cancel the next debate?...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    I wonder how a Stirling engine might work for driving a Leslie speaker? Is there another way to regulate the speed of the Stirling engine besides that magnet? Don’t about using one for a Leslie, how big would it have...
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    Since Steampunkery has come up, and I have no interest in the gun/artillery aspects, I give you the Candela VibroPhase: the world’s first candle powered guitar effect. It’s a bit of a cheat since it has photovoltaic cells and photocells,...
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    And to you. Our congregation is doing Zoom/FB services. I’m trying to figure out how to open the a virtual Ark on Yom Kippur....
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    Well Eff You 2020, your timing sucks. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Champion Of Gender Equality, Dies At 87 The Dems better do everything they can to block a Trump appointee....
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    Of possible interest to anyone in the Glasgow area, just learned of Di Rozeve Pave. If I could I’d go for the yiddish, and maybe stay for a vegan bagel mit a shmir. “די ראָזעווע פּאַווע (pink peacock) is a...
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    Speaking of bloodthirsty unicorns: Delicacy. I may have shared this before, but always worth a repeat....
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    Anyone else wondering how clean Soviet clean rooms were for the early Venera probes? If they bothered with them, that is. I would assume it’s pretty unlikely, but maybe extremophiles hitched a ride and happily spent the next half-century on...
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    Also off-topic, sorry. That picture of Priti Patel from the Guardian article Charlie tweeted has some strong Martin Shkreli / Kim Yo-jong energy....
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    Rather off-topic, but saw this headline and thought of “Accelerando” for some reason: Taxpayer Watchdog Group Sues VA for Records of Cat De-Braining Experiments...
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    Sorry, last thing, just looked up Szilard—he was also Hungarian, didn’t think he was German....
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    I guess my point being that if 1920/30s Europe hadn’t been full of anti-Semitism, no one would have built The Bomb....
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    ...and just looked up Fermi and found his wife was Jewish....
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    Szilard (Jewish German exile), Teller (Hungarian, exile), Von Neuman (Hungarian, exile), Oppenheimer (ooh! An actual American!) all pitching in. FWIW, all four were Jewish. There’s member of my synagogue, a woman in her late 90s, who was a secretary with...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Thoroughly off-topic, but after 1000 comments...[shrugs] In response to stuff going on in the Tweeterverse* I’m kinda surprised that no one has suggested that a certain author be referred to the initials D.K. rather than their usual. Just because one...
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    Forgot to mention that Christian versions of the Hebrew bible usually rearrange the books in an attempt to form a chronological story leading up to Jebus. The standard order of the Hebrew books is by the order they were written,...
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    I don't see how you could study it for Bar/Bat Mitzvah if you can't touch it Just want to add that the are books called Tikkuns that have the entire text of the Torah for practicing reading. They all have...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    @various replies re: Cheyenne Mt. fwiw, I’ve lived in Colorado Springs since ‘86, and am reasonably acquainted with the history. I should clarify that when I say mothballed, I mean that most of it’s operations have been moved to other...
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    whoosh! You missed that one: Moz’s joking reference to the current conspiracy batshittery that new 5G towers are spreading Coronavirus....
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    And currently: COVID-19 Drives Command Teams Charged With Homeland Defense Into Cheyenne Mountain Bunker. Another US military command and control element is also now isolated in a third, undisclosed location. Cheyenne Mountain has been essentially mothballed for at least a...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    Now I just buy when I see it on a shelf. And pay twice what I used to pay. Haven’t gotten desperate yet, have at least a couple weeks worth still. I plan on going where I usually get it,...
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