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Two Ways Not To Handle Free Speech

cagle_.25 Re:It is because islam is intolerant (686 comments)

Well, exactly. My point wasn't that the church was a bastion of tolerance. Rather, I was disputing the claims that 'It took several hundred years of wars to get the Catholic Church under control' and 'We might have had the Industrial Revolution a thousand years earlier without it', neither of which have a basis in fact.

In fact, technology developed faster in medieval Europe than in most other areas, and it developed the fastest during the crusades, when military technology had to evolve in response to the tactics employed by one's enemies.

The Galileo affair was a blip on the radar, albeit an important one for symbolic reasons. In the end, Galileo's views prevailed, and the church did not go an anti-technology rampage (instead, it went on an anti-witch and anti-heretic rampage).

My major point is that if we want to criticize the church, it must be on a factual basis. It would be tragic if the 'Net brought about a new dark ages in which people believe and repeat unfounded claims just because they read someone's website.

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cagle_.25 cagle_.25 writes  |  more than 9 years ago Eventually, four butterflies made it from the caterpillar stage to release. I took pics and everything, but I don't have any webpage to post them on :-)


Raising Monarchs

cagle_.25 cagle_.25 writes  |  more than 9 years ago Sorry, not the ruling kind. The Monarch (Danaus plexippus) is the well-known butterfly.

A lovely Monarch female came and laid a few eggs on some milkweed in my garden. Now I have an egg and two caterpillars that I'm watching. More details to come, and maybe some pics if I can find a way to do it.


Re: DSL connection

cagle_.25 cagle_.25 writes  |  more than 10 years ago Never bothered to update the journal record, but this might actually help someone. Turns out that a source of EM waves near the DSL modem can progressively cripple the modem (until it's turned off and reset). Solution: modem on floor, monitor on desk. Problem solved. Only one of three Verizon employees was able to come up with a diagnosis and solution, though ...

BTW, flat-screen monitors put out just as much EM interference as regular CRTs.


DSL ennui

cagle_.25 cagle_.25 writes  |  about 11 years ago Trying to get Verizon DSL to work at our house. Connection is flaky; filters haven't helped. Verizon support staff is pretty good, though. It's taking forever to find the problem. Bleah. So what do I do when bored at the terminal? Try to figure out the journal features on /. *sigh*

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