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Friends mostly. Mainly means there's a bunch of content friends-locked. Also, non-friends and anonymous posters are screened by default. If you are an ass in your comments, your comments will be deleted.

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Friending must-knows:

1. I do not tolerate myself or my friends being made fun of for any reason. If I find you have done this, you will be unfriended and banned.

2. I NEVER do friend-culls. If you find you've been banned, it's either a mistake or for the above reason. If you believe it to be a mistake, let me know.

Also, there are three stages here:

1. There's an "Acquaintances" filter, for people I don't know very well. Not much more they get to see than public does, but some things. If you never see any friends-locked entries here, let me know. It seems I have to add people to the Acquaintances filter.

2. Friends - They see the most.

3. Multiplicity - Ask me about this one. It's got the most personal stuff of mine.

One last thing: Unless you're a friend, your comments to all posts will be screened.

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My brain gave me a funny image just now, an image I will have to pre-explain a bit before I reveal it.

If you're new, or you just forgot, or you never knew the full gravity of it, one of the major religions of Traipah is a religion called Gosgolot (all the o's in it say their names, IE gohs-goh-loht). Gosgolot's teachings state that the universe is unimaginably old, unimaginably enormous, and unimaginably terrifying. They do not name their Gods, out of fear that saying the names would attract their attention, and one does not generally want the attention of Gosgolot deities. (One exception is Zyao'Ḥyn (zyow-[throat-clearing][I as in "eye"]n), their version of Shao'Kehn, but that's another story.) The most notable of these Nameless Gods is their sun, which non-Gosgolots call Naipah. (This is acceptable to Gosgolots because Naipah is not actually the star's name, according to their ancient texts.) They refer to the sun by a myriad of euphemistic titles like The Howling One, The Widowmaker, Howler Into The Void, Water's Demise, etc.

Gosgolot, interestingly, predates any kind of science that would have given them the idea of a vast, cold, merciless universe. When science confirmed the size of the universe prior to The Reformation, the one group that took the news the best was the Gosgolots, who felt vindicated. Gosgolot is basically a religion in which ideas the likes of which you'd see in Lovecraft's works are taken seriously; very seriously. Their scripture reads like horror stories, though interestingly on a larger scale, the universe - vast and old as it is - is just one of countless infinities of universes, all of which are living beings that are born, grow old, breed, and die; making everything that happens in our universe just the inner workings of a lifeform that - in its own time scale - exists for but a blink of an eye in the lifespan of the greater multiverse, a Megaverse as large and terrifying to our universe as our universe is to us, and then the proverbial "turtles" all the way both up AND down.

So the funny image my brain gave me was a meeting between a Gosgolot and a Christian Creationist. The Gosgolot would find the Creationist's earth-centric view laughable naive, the idea that the planet was only 5 or 6 thousand years old would probably cause them to die from busting a gut laughing, and if they survived that, they'd think the idea of a god as powerful as Yahweh being benevolent was fucking insanity! Especially after reading the Bible. After reading the Bible, doubtless they would have another God to be terrified of.

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This was cross-posted from http://fayanora.dreamwidth.org/1293777.html
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I hate the way my brain works sometimes. Especially how it will think back on stuff that happened days ago and come up with new responses. And a demonstration of why that's annoying:

The other day I saw a post on Tumblr, where the initial post involved the person revealing that the reason they were against GMOs was because they thought GMOs had “chemicals” in them. The rest of the post was a long response by somebody lambasting them and mocking them in a very pro-GMO stance, with equally wrong information (they argued that hybrids and breeds of dogs were the same thing as GMO, which is not the case at all). I didn't agree with either stance, and at the time I wanted nothing to do with the drama involved, so I scrolled right on by. And now that my brain has revisited that moment against my will and given me the perfect response, there's no way I can find that post again except by sheer dumb luck. Unless one of my followers happens to have a link to it?

Anyway, here is the response I would give:

Aside from a few doofuses who jump on the bandwagon without understanding the issues, there are also intelligent and sane people with very good reasons for their beliefs. I myself am not anti-GMO, however I am in favor of proper and complete labeling for GMOs, and here's why: First of all, a GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) is distinct from breeds or hybrids because you can only create regular hybrids between species that are related to one another in some fashion, and therefore already have most of their genes in common. Breeds are even less modified than hybrids because that is selective breeding within a single species.

Where GMOs differ is that they are made via genetic engineering, IE splicing DNA from unrelated species together. And there are perfectly valid reasons for being against these, or at least wanting to label and/or regulate them. Because you could – and some people have – put human DNA in food organisms and then sell it for food, which is basically cannibalism. But an even better reason: say you put a peanut gene in a tomato. Under the current rules, the GMO doesn't even have to be labeled, much less labeled as containing peanut DNA. So some poor fool with a peanut allergy comes along not knowing the danger and eat the tomato, which contains the peanut proteins they're allergic to because of being genetically modified with peanut DNA, and the poor sod dies. That can happen.

Adding shit to food without knowing or caring about the dangers is why there's so many people allergic to wheat gluten these days, because in the US all our bread and even a lot of our meats have wheat gluten added to them, so much so that more and more people's bodies are becoming sensitive to it and causing bad reactions. A lot of those same people can eat wheat bread from Europe and be perfectly fine. If something as simple as added wheat gluten can be such a huge health risk, why aren't we labeling GMOs? Why aren't corporations required by law to list the sources of all the added DNA in their GMOs?

This was cross-posted from http://fayanora.dreamwidth.org/1293345.html
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