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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-02-02 05:32
Subject: [links] Link salad joins the Center for the Easily Amused
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Five Authors + Five Questions : GoalsShimmer's blog on various writers on various issues. Including me.

Philip Glass on style

Darwin Day — Portland celebrates the Antichrist one of the heroes of modern science on February 12. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

DNA Turning Human Story Into a Tell-All — Humans and Neanderthals and Denisovans, oh my. I especially liked this bit: [O]ur modern era, since H. floresiensis died out, is the only time in the four-million-year human history that just one type of human has been alive. (Thanks to Dad.)

Steampunk Pocket Watch Winds Via Solar Power — So to speak... Some neat lateral thinking here. (Via [info]markbourne.)

Experts Build Crab-Like Robot to Remove Stomach Cancer — Huh. (Via [info]danjite.)

How Neutrino Beams Could Reveal Cavities Inside Earth — Commander Laforge to the bridge.

Scientists close to entering Vostok, Antarctica’s biggest subglacial lake

Team to investigate underwater 'UFO' - is it sunken ships or Millennium Falcon? — Duh, of course it's a life size replica of a completely fictional starship. At the bottom of the ocean.

Far side of the moon filmed by Nasa spacecraftOne whole face of the Moon can never be seen from Earth because it does not spin on its axis, meaning we always have a view of the same side. Umm... stupid much?

Bill legalizing same-sex marriage passes Washington state Senate — Someday fairly soon, opposition to gay marriage will have all the social panache and credibility as opposition to interracial marriage, and for much the same reason. This shameful bigotry will be the province of bitter, aging cranks, largely behind closed doors.

I Don’t Care About Your Invisible JeebusBut from where I stand these days, the only thing I see religion doing in the public sector is gay bashing and telling women, mostly poor and desperate and in deplorable financial and personal situations, what to do with their bodies. I see busybodies deciding what drugs they can dispense to which customers, or deciding that they don’t have to issue a marriage license because of some petty deity that I don’t believe in told them to hate their fellow citizens and ignore the law.

Indiana Senate passes bill putting religion in science class — Conservative America: driving all our children deeper into ignorance every year. Yet another of the myriad reasons I can never be conservative, and honestly don't understand how any thoughtful, self-aware person can be.

Teleprompters are stupid ... only when Obama uses them — Ah, conservative "logic".

The Conservative Backlash That Isn’t Coming — Some thoughts from conservative commentator Daniel Larison. I will observe that since no one in the GOP seems to remember the eight years of the Bush administration, preferring to blame the disastrous outcomes of his governing on conservative principles on Obama who inherited Bush's mess, how could there be a backlash?

Have Democrats Succeeded in Pre-Destroying Romney? — A conservative leaning narrative complaining about the Democrats using the same tactics that have been so successful for the GOP these past decades.

?otd: Are you ever bored? Why?




2/2/2012
Writing time yesterday: 2.0 hours (Sunspin revisions)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.5 (solid)
Weight: 227.2
Currently reading: The Man in the Moone, and Other Lunar Fantasies ed. Faith Pizor

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User: shsilver
Date: 2012-02-02 17:08 (UTC)
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Apparently "Nick Collins, Science Correspondent" has updated his article to remove a previous claim that the moon doesn't spin on its access.

The claim that the far side of the moon is older, is still there, although it is the side that tends to change more often due to space debris striking it.
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Twilight: Daria
User: twilight2000
Date: 2012-02-02 19:49 (UTC)
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Indiana Senate passes bill putting religion in science class — Conservative America: driving all our children deeper into ignorance every year. Yet another of the myriad reasons I can never be conservative, and honestly don't understand how any thoughtful, self-aware person can be.

I *am* amused that an amendment requiring any school district who adopts this must teach the "creation stories" from Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism *and* Scientology PASSED as well. It's not much, but it's something that might slow down SOME of the crazy.
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his wholiness the rev drjon: Albert Tongue
User: drjon
Date: 2012-02-02 20:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
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"[O]ur modern era, since H. floresiensis died out, is the only time in the four-million-year human history that just one type of human has been alive..."

That statement might or might not be subject to revision, given a certain scientific study I know of, which is due to be published possibly within the month. ;}P>
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barbarienne
User: barbarienne
Date: 2012-02-02 22:54 (UTC)
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I wish there were a picture of the cancer-removing crab device. The description makes me think of the critter they stuck in Neo in The Matrix.

Re the far side of the moon article: I was confused by your comment ("stupid") at first, because the statement that only one side of the Moon faces Earth is true. We can only see a little over 50% of it (because it wiggles a tad) from on the surface of the planet. But then I read the article. That writer looks young in his photo, but did he never hear of the Apollo program? (Or Gemini, or Mercury, or the Soviet programs...) His whole article reads as if NASA just got a view of the other side recently, instead of 50 years ago. Perhaps he's from Indiana.

I don't think Democrats have succeeded in pre-destroying Romney. The Republicans have handled that one quite nicely themselves. We've just been quietly snickering and hoping Newt hangs in a little longer. (And seriously, if Obama had the same team of idiots who managed Gore or Kerry, I would be shitting my pants, no matter how big the lead. Whoever ran those campaigns should be living fat and happy off Republican thank-you checks.)

Edited at 2012-02-02 10:56 pm (UTC)
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Danny Adams
User: madwriter
Date: 2012-02-03 01:23 (UTC)
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>>[O]ur modern era, since H. floresiensis died out, is the only time in the four-million-year human history that just one type of human has been alive. (Thanks to Dad.)<<

For a fraction of a second I thought you were expressing gratitude to your father for wiping out all other types of humans. :)
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