Saturday, September 28
Viking Kittens - Joel Veitch rathergood.com music - Led Zeppelin - Immigrant Song

Another fine use of time and bandwidth.

Thursday, September 26
McSweeney's Internet Tendency: On the Implausibility of the Death Star's Trash Compactor

I'm sure I'm late to this one.

Monday, September 23
Speed Stacks, Inc. Videos - The Large File QuickTime Clip of Emily

Uhhhh, this looks great on a college app?

Thursday, September 12
Ghastly's Ghastly Comic - Tentacle Monsters And The Women Who Love Them.

Another day lost to web comics.

Wednesday, September 11
Rabbi Shapiro is at Metivta, in Los Angeles.

September 11, 2001. The day when everything changed.

But what changed, exactly? I don't know anyone who was murdered by
Muslim extremists, and I do not presume to speak for those who do. To
them, and to you if you are among them, I offer only the respectful
and sad silence of one who knows when not to speak.

But to the rest of us I am asking: Please tell me what has changed?
Are you more compassionate now than a year ago? Are you more
tolerant? Are you more involved in your community? Have you made an
effort to learn about Islam? Judaism? Israel? America? Do you reach
out more readily to strangers? Do you know why we were attacked? Are
you any more ready to die for your country? To kill for it?

I'll tell you what changed for me, and what didn't. This is what didn't change:
I am the same ego-driven narcissist I was 12 months ago. I am no more
inclined to join something now as I was then. I am just as narrow
minded, biased, and opinionated. I still rate movies by how many
explosions they contain (the more the better). I still think Islam
has much to teach the world. I still hope for a spiritual alliance
among Jewish, Christian, and Muslim contemplatives that will model a
new global religiosity.

This is what did change:
I remembered what makes America America. I realized that Western
Enlightenment-- free speech, women's suffrage, end of slavery,
democracy, individualism, and capitalism-- was unique and frightening
to much of the world. I realized that Western Enlightenment and
Eastern Enlightenment need to go together. I realized that millions
of people are not jealous of what I have, but hate what I have; and
fear me for having it. I realized that being Jewish, Christian, or
Muslim is no defense against being stupid, bigoted, and violent. I
realized that to respond to jihad with crusade is to mirror the
madness not end it.

And I realized I am angry. I am angry that a great people has been
ensnared by unscrupulous dictators. I am angry that a great faith has
been perverted by hate-filled clergy. I am angry that so many people
refuse to condemn terror, to call terrorists terrorists, and insist
on blaming the victims for their fate. I am angry that politicians
and corporations have used fear and the flag to sell policies, pork,
and more stuff we don't need. I am angry that for all I did change, I
did not change enough.

In the midst of all the day's drama, take a moment and ask yourself:
What really changed? See if you are proud of the changes or lack
thereof. See if you have learned anything of value.

-- Rabbi Rami Shapiro

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