I recently stumbled, on Wikipedia, on an interesting fact on immigration --Jews, Romani, Communists, and others who lost their citizenship under theThird Reich now have, via a German "Law of Return", the legal right to regaincitizenship, as part of a larger set of such rules.This reminded me of a particular point of beef I have with the Israeligovernment -- that its citizenship rules and government policy are racist andare intended to increase racial concentration of one ethnicity at the expenseof the others. While this is still true, in my eyes, it appears that instead ofstanding way out there in left field, it is merely an exaggerated version ofwhat a lot of civilized, western countries do.Even the ministry of tourism, and the big stress on making Aliyah, isjust an extended form of the "ancestry visas" that a lot of European countrieshave. Mind you, this doesn't mean I'm less disgusted by it, but rather thatI have more things to be disgusted with, and less that's Israel-specific. Ithink it's a shame when a country, regardless of nationalities involved, makesany effort to include or exclude people based on their race. No race "deserves"a homeland, ethnic purity, or anything of the sort. Interracial couples are,like with any other relationship, something to celebrate, and are not a"crisis". The people who bitch about the "Intermarriage crisis", or whenanother Turk moves into the neighborhood to work, or, like a departed closerelative of mine, about blacks and mexicans moving to Texas, they make me seered. Good people, and the new culture we're trying to build, it does not acceptracism, it does not abide exclusivity, nor those who shout when people borrowthe best elements from cultures all over the world that fit into the new one.
All that being said, this thing, written in the lowland scots language,seems almost like a parody to me ;)
Someone had an amusing guide to irritate thepeople who are a bit too eager to share their music in traffic.I like the idea... I wonder if my Neuros, when I order it, will be able to dothe same thing..
My mom sent me another one of those conservative rants that's floating aroundthe internet. I'm likely to do a parody of it sometime soon.
For my BLOG, I think I've decided that I do want to make it into a combinedWiki/BLOG.. so unless I change my mind, I'll be starting yet another rewrite(version 4) sometime soonish. The first version of my BLOG was a flat-fileprogram that would take all the text files and compile them into a set ofHTML files, one for each "page" of entries. The second was a set of seperatecgis that all parsed a common database format. This introduced some newrequirements on the webserver, but also introduced new capabilities (some ofwhich I've yet to realize). The third version moved to mod_perl, and movedall the code into one place, where relevant parts could be shared. This madeit easy to allow logins, implement themes, implement comments, and recently,to move to a more CSS-centric way of doing things. The fourth version willstill be based on mod_perl, but I might move to being object-oriented withthis release (the code is getting big, and I think OO might help me organize itbetter). I'm trying to think of other features I'd like.. maybe it's time tomake it possible to host more than one person's blog, to add the ability topost new articles from the web, and to do whatever it takes to figure outhow to really make the CSS look good. I think my BLOG still has sort of aclumsy look, and while I could certainly find a graphic designer to help memake it look cool, I'd rather do it myself.