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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-12-12 04:52
Subject: [links] Link salad sings Monday, Monday
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Tags:amazon, antarctica, climate, cool, links, personal, politics, publishing, religion, science, sex
Amazon Commits Rare Strategic Blunder Using Brilliant Tactic — Just a typical abuse of their corporate power. I personally continue to boycott Amazon because of their abusive behaviors.

Mission patch from 1930-1931 Miskatonic University Antarctic Expedition — :: wants ::

Cassini to make a double play

An Unusual Vein of Deposited Rock on Mars — Very nearly a smoking gun for running water, this.

Cosmologists Reveal Largest Ever Simulation Of The UniverseThe latest computer model of the cosmos involves 400 billion particles in a box about two thirds of the volume of the universe. Sounds like the inside of my refrigerator.

Higgs boson to be unveiled (possibly)Cern physicists are on tenterhooks as experiment sets out to confirm the existence of the Higgs boson.

Unraveling an epidemicAutism rates have increased twentyfold in a generation, stirring parents' deepest fears and prompting a search for answers. But what if the upsurge is not what it appears to be?

Climate Change Disaster looms despite Durban Agreement

Siri Failures, Illustrated — The apparent Christianism of Siri, who promotes fake abortion clinics that bear false witness to entrap young women, but won't provide any info on abortion or rape crisis resources. Miserable failure, Apple. Just miserable. (Via [info]danjite.)

What Latin America Can Teach UsThe New York Times on income inequality and the decline of the middle class. (Via @brendacooper.)

NPR Tries to Track Down Those Millionaire Job Creators — Like supply side economics, millionaire job creators are nothing but another cherished GOP myth with no basis in reality. (Via David Goldman.)

?otd: Can you touch that day?




12/12/2011
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 10.0 (fitful plus napping)
Weight: 209.0
Currently (re)reading: Diplomatic Immunity by Lois McMaster Bujold

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joycemocha
User: joycemocha
Date: 2011-12-12 14:16 (UTC)
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The autism story is right on the money, in my professional experience.
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adelheid_p
User: adelheid_p
Date: 2011-12-12 18:21 (UTC)
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I saw the Siri Failures blog before because I live in Pittsburgh, but a friend who has an iPhone with the new Siri app in New York city said he had tried some of the same questions and had the same issues finding any of the Planned Parenthood, or other women's services clinics. It directed him to "pregnancy crisis centers". Also he asked Siri why it was against abortion and it replied, "I just am, Steve." When he tried this with other subjects, it would reply with either "Why indeed?" or an offer to search the web for the subject.
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Twilight: Daria
User: twilight2000
Date: 2011-12-12 18:47 (UTC)
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Keyword:Daria
Interesting - the NPR story I heard interviewed "Real" clinics - and they specifically said it was due to how the pages were build and how search engines crawled the web now-a-days. They look for "most instances" of the word you used - and the "fake" clinics use that word a LOT, whereas the "Real" clinics don't because that's only one small part of the services they offer.

Lot's of takes on this topic...
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his wholiness the rev drjon: Yarrr! Fhtagn! Ia! Ia! Io!
User: drjon
Date: 2011-12-12 20:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Yarrr! Fhtagn! Ia! Ia! Io!
Propnomicon does some excellent work, I highly recommend their stuffs.

Oh, and the patch pictured is their first draft. They re-released it with a more accurate aeroplane, and recently, in light of further information about what type of planes that expedition would have used, are considering another redraft. That's the kind of folk they are.
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