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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-01-16 05:06
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Your Storytelling Brain — (Via Curiosity Counts.)

The Rise of the New Groupthink

Photographs Of Abandoned America Show Civic Problems, Engagement

Israelis Facing a Seismic Rift Over Role of Women — This kind of religiously-driven idiocy makes me glad I'm an atheist. What is it about faith that makes people want to impose their private values on everyone around them?

The Law Of Putin’s Jungle

Why Is Europe a Dirty Word? — Because low-information GOP voters are idiots.

Who’s afraid of “The Tempest”?Arizona's ban on ethnic studies proscribes Mexican-American history, local authors, even Shakespeare. Disgusting. This is what conservatism brings to America. Just disgusting. (Via [info]danjite.)

History vs. the Tea Party — Everything the Tea Party is mad at black, (somewhat) progressive Obama about was true under white, conservative Bush, who in fact caused most of those problems with his misguided policies. Yet the almost entirely white, conservative Tea Party was nonexistent until a black man was in the White House. Coincidence?

Is South Carolina the Last Gasp for Tea Party in GOP Nomination? — Independent voters my ass. Only four percent of those surveyed in a November poll by Clemson University opposed the conservative movement.

Santorum warns voters of scary rhetoricSantorum blamed the current national division on the president's failure to unite people behind a common vision. Really? The Republicans's self-declared "number one legislative priority" being throwing Obama out of office wouldn't have something to do with it, Senator Frothy Mix? Hard to build bridges with people who are setting fire to the piers.

Gingrich Suggests Illegally Firing Federal Employees Over Liberal Views“I think an intelligent conservative wants the right federal employees delivering the right services in a highly efficient way and then wants to get rid of those folks who are in fact wasteful, or those folks who are ideologically so far to the left, or those people who want to frankly dictate to the rest of us.” Um, Newt, if you want to fire people who want to frankly dictate to the rest of us, start with the entire conservative movement, which is about nothing more than dictating behavior and restricting personal freedom, right on the face of their stated goals.

?otd: Got the day off?




1/16/2012
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Dichroic
User: dichroic
Date: 2012-01-16 14:42 (UTC)
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As an American living in Europe at the moment, I think Nicholas Kristof (Why is Europe a Dirty Word?) got it exactly right.
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Steve: Hal 9000 (2001)
User: anton_p_nym
Date: 2012-01-16 15:49 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Hal 9000 (2001)
What is it about faith that makes people want to impose their private values on everyone around them?

It's a natural consequence of people thinking that they (or their in-group) have a monopoly on The Truth. Anyone else not subscribing to it is Wrong, and must therefore be corrected.

This is, alas, a phenomenon that crops up whenever anyone thinks their way is the only way and not restricted to the religious or conservative. (Much as I'd rather it was.)

-- Steve will boil that down even further to "the arrogance of certainty", which is one reason he treasures his doubts so much.
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Kelly Green
User: saycestsay
Date: 2012-01-16 16:38 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I've got the day off! W00t!!
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Lioness
User: elisem
Date: 2012-01-16 18:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
About "The Rise of the New Groupthink": Mike (my dear Mr. Ford) once said in a poem called "Shared World" that "Other collaborate; I lack the connections." Some of his writer friends were startled, a little miffed, or both by that statement, but what he meant was something like what Wozniak says in the beginning of that piece. He worked, for the most part, in solitude. It wasn't the personal connections that he lacked; it was a sort of ability-to-interface with other people. And saying "lacked" feels weird, too, because I don't think Mike counted it a loss. Wozniak doesn't seem to count it as one either; he recognizes the solitary creative process as a place that some amazing innovation and art can come from.

Interesting link. Thanks.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-01-16 18:17 (UTC)
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But of course. And writing is, naturally, a profoundly solitary act, even there is a collaboration in place.
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Lioness
User: elisem
Date: 2012-01-16 18:21 (UTC)
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True that.

Mike steered clear of collaborations in fiction for the most part. He said something once about it, in the context of talking about giving other writers whom he liked feedback. I can't reproduce the comment, but it was something about the temptation of rewriting their books or stories being too great, and being a stronger pull than the kinds of things that go into a good real collaboration. (I'm probably telling it badly, but it really seemed like a place where he knew what he couldn't do, and was better off for knowing, if that makes sense.)

Collaborations that work are a lovely thing. And yet, still solitary are the building blocks.

Hm. This is giving me jewelry ideas.
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ericjamesstone
User: ericjamesstone
Date: 2012-01-16 18:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
> Everything the Tea Party is mad at black, (somewhat)
> progressive Obama about was true under white, conservative
> Bush, who in fact caused most of those problems with his
> misguided policies. Yet the almost entirely white,
> conservative Tea Party was nonexistent until a black man was
> in the White House. Coincidence?

Replace "Tea Party" with "Occupy Wall Street" and "conservative Tea Party" with "liberal Occupy Wall Street," and do you come to the same conclusion?

But seriously, take a look at this chart of the federal deficit in constant dollars: http://www.usgovernmentspending.com/spending_chart_1980_2016USk_13s1li111lcn_G0t

See anything that might make people worry about it more in 2009 than they did in 2008?

Do you seriously believe the Tea Party wouldn't exist if a white Democrat were President? Remember how riled up the Republican base was about Bill Clinton? Do you think they wouldn't have been even more vocal and active if Clinton were President during an economic downturn rather than a boom?

While Bush was President during the passage of the first bailout package and signed it into law, you may not recall that much of the GOP base opposed the bailout (Rush Limbaugh, for example.) So opposition to the bailouts was not just something invented for the purpose of opposing a black President. Neither was opposition to Democratic ideas on health care reform, as anyone who paid attention to politics during the early 1990s should know.

And far from focusing only on the black Democrat in the White House, the Tea Party has targeted and taken down various Republican political figures who supported the bailout (like Utah Senator Bob Bennett, who -- in case you don't know -- is not black.)
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history_monk
User: history_monk
Date: 2012-01-16 22:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
"What is it about faith that makes people want to impose their private values on everyone around them?"

That Mr Stross has some of the answer:

http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2012/01/world-building-302-psychology.html
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