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  1. Luna Bliss

    The Old Lie: "Dulce et Decorum Est"

    Meditation has been found to help some soldiers with PTSD: https://psychcentral.com/news/2016/01/12/transcendental-meditation-helps-soldiers-manage-ptsd/97525.html
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    I Have Cut My Time in SL In Half

    A number of my sculpts used to create plants and trees are rezzing in a distorted fashion. It's been happening for around a week.
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    The Old Lie: "Dulce et Decorum Est"

    soooo what is your opinion on removing monuments honoring the men that fought for the Confederacy? The issue is not whether they are deserving of honor. The issue is what these statues and flags symbolize to the people and their descendents who endure/endured the horrors of oppression. You might be surprised to learn I have sympathy for these Confederate soldiers. Reading the sermons from preachers in the ultra-Christian population of that period we can see how soldiers believed they were fighting for a reality layed out in the Bible. Blacks were seen as inferior to whites and needing subjegation, and their proof was the acceptance of slavery in the Bible. They were willing to sacrifice for a cause beyond themselves, and that is a noble mindset, but unfortunately one that was misapplied as a justication to trample on the 'other'. We make excuses for some errors in the past, assign less culpability to them when we say they were "a man of his times". This doesn't justify present day insensitivity toward those who were/are victimized by their mistakes however. But yes, bring forth some stories of Confederate soldiers as was suggested. I don't base my interest or sympathy only on those who are perfect.
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    Mods Please

    I con't recall they requested 'religion' not be discussed, but they did say 'politics'. I could be mistaken..
  5. Luna Bliss

    The Old Lie: "Dulce et Decorum Est"

    THE ESQUIMOS HAVE NO WORD FOR "WAR" Trying to explain it to them Leaves one feeling ridiculous and obscene Their houses, like white bowls, Sit on a prairie of ancient snowfalls Caught beyond thaw or the swift changes Of night and day. They listen politely, and stride away With spears and sleds and barking dogs To hunt for food. The women wait Chewing on skins or singing songs, Knowing that they have hours to spend, That the luck of the hunter is often late. Later, by fires and boiling bones In steaming kettles, they welcome me, Far kin, pale brother, To share what they have in a hungry time In a difficult land. While I talk on Of the southern kingdoms, cannon, armies, Shifting alliances, airplanes, power, They chew their bones, and smile at one another. Mary Oliver
  6. Luna Bliss

    The Old Lie: "Dulce et Decorum Est"

    I don't believe she's mocking anyone at all. You can disapprove of war while at the same time honor those who were courageous enough to die for what they believed in.
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    OMG, too funny

    I think to find evidence of when its usage became prominent you'd need to read some of the texts that describe Christianity in the South & their association with the Confederacy and romanticization of the Southern Cross symbol at that time, despite the original intent for the flag. Here's a person in more recent times (2000) romanticizing the Southern Cross: http://www.confederateamericanpride.com/SouthernCross.html I imagine some of the diaries of Confederate soldiers would make reference - not sure if those are online somewhere. But you really get a sense of how Christianity joined forces with the Confederacy in the following book, Sermons Of The Confederacy. It may even reference the Southern Cross (I didn't read it all). https://books.google.com/books?id=GtPVBgAAQBAJ&pg=PA21&lpg=PA21&dq=confederacy+sermon+pastor&source=bl&ots=nT0c0kab5W&sig=VWlLVuRkjs9Obr5f07-5RTslUWk&hl=en&sa=X&ei=eSKIVeKMDIX5yASWwZXYAQ&ved=0CEkQ6AEwBw#v=onepage&q=confederacy sermon pastor&f=false Interesting stuff for me, though not so much the flag part. In the past I've studied how the evangelical philosophy became so entrenched here, in a desperate attempt to understand why the U.S. is so messed up, but had not really known much about the Christian Confederacy connection.
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    OMG, too funny

  9. Luna Bliss

    OMG, too funny

    "Lynching was a popular public spectacle in Georgia that could last for hours and included sadistic torture and mutilation. Children were let out of school and workers were given the day off to witness the events. When Sam Hose, who had thrown his ax at a white man and killed him after the man pulled a gun on him, was lynched on April 23, 1899, near Newman, Ga., 1,000 people attended. Many arrived on a special excursion train from Atlanta. Hose was stripped and chained to a tree. His executioners stacked kerosene-soaked logs around him. They cut off Hose’s ears, fingers and genitals. They flayed his face. Members of the crowd thrust knives into him. The logs were lit. “The only sounds that came from the victim’s lips, even as his blood sizzled in the fire, were ‘Oh, my God! Oh, Jesus,’ ” writes Leon Litwack in “Trouble in Mind: Black Southerners in the Age of Jim Crow.” “Before Hose’s body had even cooled, his heart and liver were removed and cut into several pieces and his bones were crushed into small particles. The crowd fought over these souvenirs, and the ‘more fortunate possessors’ made some handsome profits on the sales. (Small pieces of bone went for 25 cents, a piece of liver ‘crisply cooked’ sold for 10 cents.) Shortly after the lynching, one of the participants reportedly left for the state capital, hoping to deliver to the governor of Georgia a slice of Sam Hose’s heart.” On the trunk of a tree near the lynching, a placard read: “We Must Protect Our Southern Women.” In May of 1918, Mary Turner, eight months pregnant, publicly denounced the lynching of her husband, Hazel “Hayes” Turner, who had been murdered the day before. She threatened to take those who lynched him to court. A mob of several hundred in Valdosta, Ga., hunted her down. They tied the pregnant woman’s ankles together and hung her upside down from a tree. They doused her clothes with gasoline and set her on fire. Someone used a hog-butchering knife to rip open her womb. Her baby fell the ground and cried briefly. A member of the mob crushed the infant’s head under the heel of his boot. Hundreds of rounds were shot into her body. The Associated Press reported that Mary Turner had made “unwise remarks” about the lynching of her husband “and the people, in their indignation, took exceptions to her remarks, as well as her attitude.”
  10. Luna Bliss

    OMG, too funny

    I'm really not responsible for how anyone elses chooses to interpret anything I do. In other words, It's not my problem, its yours. Reality includes people beyond yourself. Society. Yes I know you hate that word. You know even Libertarians are concerned about hurting others in their pursuit of freedom, but you're really not a Libertarian as you claim, are you? Believe me I know the narrative used to justify your hate -- the Civil War wasnt really about slavery, and was instead about States Rights and your efforts to control your own destiny in the South as you wanted. Proof that it wasn't about slavery is a few prejudiced comments by Lincoln you manage to dig up. You believe the Confederate Battle Flag represents ONLY the pride you deserve in this noble fight for freedom, and the fact that it's been used for decades by the likes of the klu Klux Klan to terrorize people of color is of no concern to you. I only wish you knew how stupid you look with that dumb Confederate flag on your car, exhilarated by having the ability to thumb your nose up at the actual victors. Basking in your silly delusion that somehow you are still winning the war by displaying an ugly symbol of hate.
  11. Luna Bliss

    OMG, too funny

    Yes, and I can't wait for the day when Nazis and their Swastika can be celebrated too in honor of their past history. It's very sad to deny the celebration of the murder and torture of countless humans, and those brave Nazis who fought the good fight, sporting their beloved symbol.
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    OMG, too funny

    Why do the efforts of the Southern Poverty Law Center matter to you? They are simply a group attempting to combat racism and hate. A powerful one, albeit, but why do they matter in our evaluation here of whether the usage of this particular flag is of value? I think I can answer that...if you can discredit them you imagine you can discredit their mission. Deflection anyone? P.S. Any group, no matter what they've fighting for, is both effective and ineffective. So far, I do not know of any faults in this group to be worthy of trashing the entire group and its mission.
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    OMG, too funny

    Confederate Flag Controversy History by Borgna Brunner The "Southern Cross" The Confederate battle flag, called the "Southern Cross" or the cross of St. Andrew, has been described variously as a proud emblem of Southern heritage and as a shameful reminder of slavery and segregation. In the past, several Southern states flew the Confederate battle flag along with the U.S. and state flags over their statehouses. Others incorporated the controversial symbol into the design of their state flags. The Confederate battle flag has also been appropriated by the Ku Klux Klan and other racist hate groups. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, more than 500 extremist groups use the Southern Cross as one of their symbols.