religion, politics, dinner table
Nobody talks about it ― the government there tries to suppress information about it ― but Zoroastrianism has only grown over recent decades. Even Shia Islam is still a bitter reminder of centuries of foreign domination. The Parsees of India, however, are I think quite integrated with the cultural fabric there, & could no more "go back" to Iran than the Amish could "go back" to Czechia.
@publius i wonder if the Zoroastrians self-exiled in India would be allowed to come back to Iran if the Islamic Republic falls. I used to work with a Zoroastrian lady. Her ancestors were from Persia but were displaced when Persia became Islamic. They identify themselves as more Indians now. Her family are a priestly caste. I know. I did not know caste system even exists in Zoroastrianism -- unless that's a Hindu influence 🤷♂️ I find this very interesting
Iranian internal politics is very complex. The one constant is that they will not tolerate outside interference. When the last Shah was overthrown for being a British/American puppet, the Ayatollah Khomeini ― although not at all widely popular ― was the only political figure generally accepted as not compromised by foreign interests. The "Islamic Republic" political structure reflects that.
The Post Office finally found my cheque, so my box is paid up for another year. And one of the stamp dealers I had contacted sent me $25 in space postage, including some more of those 10¢ Apollo-Soyuz horseblankets I thought I had seen the last of. But my parcel from Japan is still missing…
wow I could not believe this! Protests are happening right now in Tehran, Iran calling for the resignation of the supreme leader Khamenei and death to the Islamic Republic! What a surprising turn of event unfolding right now!
Today in Late Stage Capitalism: US Farmers buying 40-year old tractors for c.60% the price of a new one, becuase they can actually repair them without the manufacturer rent-seeking
Watched 2 popes tonight with friends on netflix while visiting. Was handy to have an italian in the room sometimes for commentary.
Basically a whitewashing of de broglio and a sacking of ratzinger overall. Only overall, there were moments.
Still, I enjoyed watching it and even shed a few tears at one point (joy). I'm a bit sappy that way sometimes.
I think non-catholics or casual catholics watching it may come away with opposite ideas of orthodoxy and each pope. @papa
I wonder how the experience would change if we could send emails to mastodon handles – basically a SMTP to Mastodon gateway resulting in direct messages. What if we could mention people using their email addresses and the server would automatically turn these into regular emails (to which people could reply).
And… with the right magic we can turn Guppe Groups into cheap mailing lists?
Honestly, I believe the commonness of this phenomenon is what brought forth the device known as the "slow cooker", best known under the Crock Pot brand. I have been known to leave a roast in the oven for hours, but on a very low heat, & then only with a roast of beef with a heavy layer of fat.
@papa I learned from researching this that cinnamon and vinegar can remove the burnt smell and taste from soup.
Ghosn broke the law and escaped. Nevertheless, there are many who are not willing to blame, probably because the arbitrary and unfair application of the law under the Abe administration has become a norm and legal rule has collapsed. If there is a person who can not be accused of breaking the law, it seems stupid to protect it. Japan is in danger as a rule-of-law state.
Glacier National Park Quietly Removes Its "Gone By 2020" Signs
.... The National Park Service prominently featured brochures, signs and films which boldly proclaimed that all glaciers at GNP were RAPIDLY MELTING AWAY....& would be GONE BY 2020....
In point of fact, the Jackson Glacier may have GROWN by 25% or more over the past decade.
US expatriate in Japan
Recovering politics junkie
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