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  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    Who cares? What we all care about, the only really important question, is what Single Malt was it?...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    My experience is a little different I think. I never felt adult until I was 32 and my father died suddenly of a heart attack. He was 71. Later that year I was traveling and discovered that I was constantly...
  • Commented on A message from our sponsors
    On a very slightly related note, I just finished reading all currently extant Laundry Files books in order of publication according to the Charles Stross en.wikipedia entry. Since there were no more available I decided to start the newly released...
  • Commented on The myth of heroism
    I've noticed (probably not uniquely, but I've never bothered to follow up) that many many works of opera have a lot in common with comic book story-telling. The first time I saw Wagner's Ring Cycle (some 30 years ago) I...
  • Commented on Unbreakable (part2)
    True, the US isn't a monoculture but it has way more than 3 subcultures I think. Maybe you can define yours? I can't imagine any rational way to arrive at only 3, but I'm probably missing something obvious. But my...
  • Commented on Unbreakable (part2)
    Thanks for noticing my post (107) and the relationship with (105), which I hadn't actually noticed until reading yours. I have to agree with Charlie, though. Right up until he was actually elected I expected that it would be at...
  • Commented on Unbreakable (part2)
    @134: >>dogen@107 >>"those four alone inject a violent, hierarchically-based violence into our current >>society" >Those factors are past tense. Injected... >But violence and hierarchy are old as the hills because they are effective for making >power. Power seeking behavior endures...
  • Commented on Unbreakable (part2)
    I didn't say they were unique to US culture. But US culture is what Stina is trying to get us to talk about, right? This is explicitly not an exercise in comparative cultures (at least as I read her post...
  • Commented on Unbreakable (part2)
    I think a lot of the roots of current US culture are so obvious they seem simplistic and almost embarrassingly simple-minded when pointed out. Such as: = Our religious history is dominated by a philosophy that material success is a...
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