missionary ground

Sep 13

So now every time I read an article about horrible conservatives – like that South Carolina mayor – I can dismiss it as a couple of people doing dumb things and probably the system will take care of it. If it doesn’t take care of it by punishing him personally, it’ll take care of it by making people like him obsolete and judged poorly by posterity.

But every time I read an article about horrible leftists – like the one with the debate club – part of me freaks out and thinks – in twenty years, those are the people who are going to be getting me fired for disagreeing with them.

And every time I want to talk about it, I freak out and worry that soon they’ll start firing people for disagreeing with the idea that you should be able to fire people for disagreeing with ideas. Like, this could go uncomfortably far.

” — Scott Alexander

Sep 04

“America is often cited to us: I know nothing so provoking as the praise showered on this babe-in-arms: let it grow.” — de Maistre

Sep 01

“Whenever I feel bad, I go to the library and read controversial periodicals. Though I do not know whether I am a liberal or a conservative, I am nevertheless enlivened by the hatred which one bears the other. In fact, this hatred strikes me as one of the few signs of life remaining in the world. This is another thing about the world which is upsidedown: all the friendly and likable people seem dead to me; only the haters seem alive.” — Walker Percy

Aug 31

“less noise and more green” — Tolkein

Aug 18

stacysix said: I apologize if I misread the Tumblr attributions, but re: Brave/Rapunzel, I think you wrote "And of course, the former Romans living and working in Scotland at the time would have no written record of their activities or appearance because no one cared." Please google: Roman soldier letters. The first result I got was from a POC, and was quite cool. Then add "Scotland" to your search. Look for the Vindolanda Letters. Again, I'm sorry if I misattributed that statement to you. Thanks.

medievalpoc:

biromanatees-like-cats:

I’m going to use this in something I’m writing, and also it’s absolutely hilarious and amazing, and if you haven’t read it and laughed and then looked into it, you should do.

If there is anything that ever existed that needs at least 800 of everything written about it, it’s freezing African Romans in Scotland writing home for socks and underwear.

There is an online searchable database for the Vindolanda tablets here.

This is the letter about the socks (from the sender):

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medievalpoc:

AHHHH HA HA HA HA HA

AHHHHHHH HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

OH MY GOD

THERE’S SO MUCH DOCUMENTATION

Incoming mail (tablet 346) is also revealing: ‘I have sent you … pairs of socks from Sattua, two pairs of sandals and two pairs of underpants.’  It was obviously a bit cold for soldiers on the north-west frontier of the Roman Empire.

THE SOCKS ARE STILL THERE:

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They wore them with sandals, apparently, before they gave up and went to boots.

I JUST CANNOT…I HAD NO CLUE ABOUT ANY OF THIS.

THEY JUST KEEP FINDING THEM:

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40,000+ ROMAN SOLDIERS IN SCOTLAND: WE’RE FREEZING PLEASE SEND MORE SOCKS.

THIS IS THE BEST WRONG I’VE EVER BEEN.

"… I have sent (?) you … pairs of socks from Sattua, and two pairs of underpants, two pairs of sandals … Greet …ndes, Elpis, Iu…, …enus, Tetricus and all your messmates with whom I pray that you live in the greatest good fortune."

^ Say hi to Tetricus and them for me

Aug 12

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Aug 06

We’re all Atlanteans here

We’re all Atlanteans here

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 “All that is said by any of us can only be imitation and representation. For if we consider the likenesses which painters make of bodies divine and heavenly, and the different degrees of gratification with which the eye of the spectator receives them, we shall see that we are satisfied with the artist who is able in any degree to imitate the earth and its mountains, and the rivers, and the…

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Aug 05

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Jul 30

Salondotcom linkfest

A week ago, just before the account was returned to us, I went on the Rick Amato show to talk about the suppression of @salondotcom. Quite happy to be introduced as “definitely not a jagoff”:

I forgot to mention that it was probably Salon that reported us, but what can you do. Here’s a round-up of news coverage:

The Federalist: “QUI…

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Jul 27

Secession lagniappe

A good read on how the new Spanish king could impact Catalonia’s aspirations for independence.

Lega Nord remains committed to an independent Padania.

BBC on the other Europeans with their eyes on Edinburgh. Related: Scotland gets its own internet domain, with the catchy name dot-scot.

Peter Singer on Scotland and Catalonia:

The EU is also unlikely to accept Scotland or Catalonia as a member if…

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