Creepiest article I've read lately - 'The Family'

From Harper’s Magazine - “Jesus Plus Nothing”

http://www.harpers.org/online/jesus_plus_nothing/jesus_plus_nothing.php3?pg=1

[i]"David explained that when Genghis entered a defeated city he would call in the local headman and have him stuffed into a crate. Over the crate would be spread a tablecloth, and on the tablecloth would be spread a wonderful meal. “And then, while the man suffocated, Genghis ate, and he didn’t even hear the man’s screams.” David still stood on the couch, a finger in the air. “Do you know what that means?” He was thinking of Christ’s parable of the wineskins. “You can’t pour new into old,” David said, returning to his chair. “We elect our leaders. Jesus elects his.”

He reached over and squeezed the arm of a brother. “Isn’t that great?” David said. “That’s the way everything in life happens. If you’re a person known to be around Jesus, you can go and do anything. And that’s who you guys are. When you leave here, you’re not only going to know the value of Jesus, you’re going to know the people who rule the world. It’s about vision. ‘Get your vision straight, then relate.’ Talk to the people who rule the world, and help them obey. Obey Him. If I obey Him myself, I help others do the same. You know why? Because I become a warning. We become a warning. We warn everybody that the future king is coming. Not just of this country or that, but of the world.” Then he pointed at the map, toward the Khan’s vast, reclaimable empire."[/i]

In case you’re thinking this is just a bunch of loons, they hold regular prayer breakfasts in Washington, attended by several hundred senators, congressmen, et al, have outposts in every corner of the world and on every continent, and count kings, dictators, and presidents among their number. Bush the Second praised their leader for his “invisible diplomacy.”

I guess it’s reassuring as a stopgap against the spread of Islamic fundamentalism (a very real concern in the military, for example). We have home grown religious lunatic groups, thank you very much.

But that’s about as big an optimist as I can be about that.

I’d be optimistic if we could round up all the lunatic religious groups, stick 'em in a giant arena, let them fight to the death, and then brick up the remainder inside. Sigh.

But _______ is a religion of peace and love!

This is a joke, right?

Wouldn’t it be nice if it were? No. Harpers is not known for seven page april fools articles. Particularly when it’s not April.

I think we talked about these guys a few months ago, in connection with the Jamaican brainwashing school.

Harper’s humor work is almost as sharp as The Atlantic’s hilarious 10 page article about the boy band craze: New Kids on the Blechh!

Ah the holy comic magazine trinity:
MAD, Harpers, and Cracked.

I’m not even sure I can get what the hell it is they’re saying.

Here (http://www.quartertothree.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=3508&highlight=harpers) is the earlier QT3 discussion about the Harper’s article.

Have I missed some announcement where the url tag changed? I can’t get hyperlinks working any more.

URL is broken. It won’t work with HTTP:// or anything else at the start of the link except www. … I have no idea when the bug appeared but it’s driven me nuts.

Its not a bug, its a feature.

The idea is to prevent non http links because various pieces of software install their own handlers. Like aim: and various things like that. The reason links to sites other than www. aren’t accepted because IE is “smart” and sometimes takes the first part of the hostname as the protocol to use (type in ftp.blah.com/pub/foo.exe and it’ll use ftp to get foo.exe).

That being said, I suspect its an option, and I wish it was turned off.

Looks like a clumsy hack to deal with cross-site scripting.

So then why not force the link to start with “http”?

So then why not force the link to start with “http”?[/quote]

Because that would still allow a mean person to craft a link to make Bad Things Happen.

But if a person can craft a link to make Bad Things Happen with and “http” prefix, then said person can also craft it with a www prefix and still make Bad Things Happen. Am I missing something?

No, because all evil people use tripod exclusively.

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Yeah, you’re right, I haven’t thought this completely through, but the obvious intent is to make the only acceptable inline links http links to www. sites only.

So, off to do some research.

Hrm.

http://www.phpbb.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=135116

I think this is related.

How the hell is Christian fundamentalism better than Islamic fundamentalism? It’s like picking which testicle to have a nail driven into first.

In case you’re thinking this is just a bunch of loons, they hold regular prayer breakfasts in Washington, attended by several hundred senators, congressmen, et al, have outposts in every corner of the world and on every continent, and count kings, dictators, and presidents among their number. Bush the Second praised their leader for his “invisible diplomacy.”

Don’t forget that Jefferson, Franklin, Washington were Freemasons and regularly attended secret meetings where bizzare sexual rituals and animal sacrifices were performed. And don’t leave out the Illuminati…

Fundamentalism and extremes of both left and right suck major ass. Eloquently put, but there you go.