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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-02-21 05:35
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METAtropolis: Cascadia has been nominated for an Audie — Hooray for all us writer types therein!

2011 Nebula Awards Nominees Announced — In case you missed this yesterday. Congratulations to all the nominees!

Eternal Copyright: a modest proposal — (Via @jackwilliambell.)

Mark Twain and Grant's Memoirs — Ta-Nehisi Coates on, among other things, writing. I love this: The beautiful thing about writing is it has no real respect for credentialism. You can get various degrees in writing. [...] But a degree can't make you a writer in the way that JD can make you a lawyer.

Run For Your LivesA zombie infested 5K obstacle course. Heh. (Thanks to [info]threeoutside.)

Susan Cain on introversion

Kids Who Don’t Gender Conform Are at Higher Risk of Abuse

Dead for 32,000 Years, an Arctic Plant Is Revived

Lab-grown meat is first step to artificial hamburger — I've wondered for years why this wasn't already being done.

Jupiter’s Protective Role Questioned — Is the lord of planets really our shepherd?

A new opportunity for linguistsSenator Santorum promises to protect us against government interference in education by mandating an federal accreditation program to ensure ideological balance among teachers. A dissuasion of this idea by Language Log. Teachers trend liberal for the same reason journalists do: It's difficult to keep trumping reality with ideology when your job is examining the world in an evidence-based way.

Washington’s Farewell Address and the Middle EastWhat would happen if we substituted “the Middle East” for “Europe” in George Washington’s farewell address?

David Steinberg on GOP gaffes: 'Gift from God to comedians'"It's a ship of fools that is -- it's just unbelievable."

Santorum: Democrats are "anti-science," not meSenator Frothy Mix is absolutely fucking delusional. Even by GOP standards of batshittery.

Santorum’s Flawed Understanding of Stewardship — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison on Senator Frothy Mix's environmental theology.

Why would a politician attack pre-natal testing?Santorum's comments are only made uglier by their utter lack of foundation. There is no evidence whatsoever that liberals -- let alone President Obama -- are less solicitious or caring about the disabled than other Americans. Quite the opposite, I'm pretty damned sure, in fact, given the dedication of conservatives to continuously cutting programs that benefit the disabled and disadvantaged.

?otd: Who moved my cheese?




2/21/2012
Writing time yesterday: 2.25 hours (Sunspin revisions)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bicycle ride
Hours slept: 6.0 (solid)
Weight: 235.2
Currently reading: 1491 by Charles C. Mann

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Lisa Costello
User: radiantlisa
Date: 2012-02-21 13:46 (UTC)
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Re: Susan Cain on introversion: Amen to that quote. I'm introverted but not shy, but still people often treat me like there's something wrong with me. I just bought her book and am looking forward to reading it. Introvert power!! :)

And the story about gender conformity and abuse just breaks my heart.
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Edward Greaves
User: temporus
Date: 2012-02-21 14:21 (UTC)
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Santorum is unfortunately not the only one on his side of the spectrum to insist that Democrats are the ones that are anti-science. I consistently find some of my friends with conservative values posting up similar sentiments on facebook. They invoke single instances of scientists that disagree with the main, and then claim that this proves all liberals/Democrats are somehow anti-science. The one that took the cake for me was someone claiming that a Nobel prize winning physicist that disagreed with Climate Change science was clearly superior to all other scientists that support it. And that it shows that all those other folks are wrong and clearly in the pocket of the liberals. Mind you, said Nobel winner's specialty was not climatology but sub-atomic physics. So while he might be more in tune that your average Joe, seems to me that taking his guesses and postulations as fact over the actual scientists that have done, you know, studies and such on it seems spurious. But it seems to me that so long as a few dissenters exist, these folks will try to wag their fingers at the rest of us and say: see, your scientists are all wrong, because they are liberals.
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jordan179
User: jordan179
Date: 2012-02-21 15:37 (UTC)
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Washington’s Farewell Address and the Middle East — What would happen if we substituted “the Middle East” for “Europe” in George Washington’s farewell address?

I think that there would be terrible wars there as Regional Powers fought for domination. These would kill millions to tens of people, but it wouldn't be on the evening news much, so it wouldn't make you feel bad. A generation or two later, a single Regional Power would have conquered the others and would proceed to launch jihad against the West. That would be on the evening news, but you wouldn't be around to feel bad about it. It would be your children and grandchildren who would fight and many die in the World War that would have come from our change in policy.
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jimvanpelt
User: jimvanpelt
Date: 2012-02-21 17:08 (UTC)
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The entire Republican party is beyond comprehension for me right now. They're not even skirting the edges of rationality.

What's also beyond comprehension is that a significant portion of the public support and will vote for them. If there is a truer slam on the public schools inability to teach reasoning skills, that is it, and as a public school teacher, I feel the shame.
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