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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-04-18 05:31
Subject: [links] Link salad toddles off to the oncology unit again
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Because This Point Cannot Be Made Often Enough — Actually, I thought romance was bigger than that.

The Challenge of Going Vegan

Cadet: We're Not Sleeping Here, There Are Dead CowsForest Service Considers Blasting Out Dead Cows With Explosives. From the department of real life being much weirder than fiction. (Via [info]danjite.)

The Difference Between UX and UI: Subtleties Explained in Cereal — Hahahah. (Thanks to [info]daviddlevine.)

Buried Treasure: World War II Spitfires To Be Unearthed in Burma — Cool! (Thanks to [info]oldcharliebrown.)

Man strips naked at Oregon airport in TSA protest — Ah, Portland.

How Will Humans Fly to the Stars? — Naked?

'Rogue' Alien Planets May Circle Billions of Stars — Billions and billions!

Did Einstein's First Wife Secretly Co-author His 1905 Relativity Paper?

Tupac "hologram" merely pretty cool optical illusion

Sound familiar? MSNBC article about the military getting ready for melting polar cap[The] biggest preparers for global climate change are the military. Those damn hippies. Yep. Because national defense can't be bogged down in pernicious ideological lies. Once again, the facts are biased against the conservative position.

De-legitimizing Christians outside the evangelical tribe — Even while they bemoan their alleged oppression with self-valorizing congratulations, the Christianists have been winning the media war.

Wealth & Righteousness?Do we [Mormons] really believe that just because one is rich one is blessed by God? Cripes is that a vile and pernicious meme. Thank you, John Calvin. (Via [info]theresamather.)

Catholic Bishop Claims Obama Is ‘Following a Similar Path’ To Hitler — One of the many, many reasons I am an atheist is moronic lunacy like this from the mouths of religious leaders. This isn't some fringe nutcase with a trailer park chapel, this is a Prince of the Church speaking.

The Democrats' Duty: Bring the GOP Back from Crazy — Interesting piece from the perspective of the angry left.

If Health Insurance Mandates Are Unconstitutional, Why Did the Founding Fathers Back Them? — That's the problem with history. It rarely matches ideology unless you've been able to edit it yourself. Hence Christian "colleges" and the pathetic joke that is Conservapedia. Because the conservative version of reality hardly ever stands up to the facts. (Snurched from Slacktivist.)

Bush was wrong about his tax cuts, even to the nameJust this single piece of Bush’s GOP agenda pushed through in the first term of his presidency -- his tax cuts, enacted in 2001 and 2003 -- have added more dollars to the nation’s debt and deficit than almost all of the rest of his horrible policy initiatives combined. Remember kids, cutting taxes increases economic growth. Just ask any Republican about how that worked out in the past decade. They'll proudly tell you that all our economic woes today are Obama's fault.

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4/18/2012
Writing time yesterday: 1.5 hours (2,900 words on Their Currents Turn Awry)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.75 (solid)
Weight: 240.2
Currently reading: Somewhere Else by Sally McLennan

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zxhrue
User: zxhrue
Date: 2012-04-18 14:22 (UTC)
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re: the spitfires story, the telegraph says they are to be excavated and returned, never having been unpacked from their original shipping crates. amazing.
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jordan179
User: jordan179
Date: 2012-04-18 14:25 (UTC)
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Obama is not following a similar path to Hitler. He is trying to follow a similar path to Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, but lacks both the determination and a sufficiently-weak political system in which to operate.
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daveraines
User: daveraines
Date: 2012-04-18 14:47 (UTC)
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> the Christianists have been winning the media war.

I'd argue that they're winning the battle but losing the war. Sociologist/historian Diana Butler Bass recently published _Christianity After Religion_, which among other things shows that evangelical Christianity is declining rapidly in numbers. (So is mainline Christianity.) And the reason has at least partly to do with the identification of Christianity with state -- Republican politics and themes like "no gay marriage," "blessed are the rich," etc.

Sometimes I wonder whatever happened to the Sermon on the Mount.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-04-18 14:50 (UTC)
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As Leonard Cohen (a Canadian Jew) says about democracy in the USA...

It's coming through a crack in the wall;
on a visionary flood of alcohol;
from the staggering account
of the Sermon on the Mount
which I don't pretend to understand at all.
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mmegaera
User: mmegaera
Date: 2012-04-18 19:32 (UTC)
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re:explosives. Someone really ought to point out what happened when they tried to do that to a whale.
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barbarienne
User: barbarienne
Date: 2012-04-18 20:13 (UTC)
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Romance is (or was) 50% of mass market paperback sales (and now probably mmp + ebook). Note that Inspirational/Religion and Lit-Fic are more usually sold as trade ppk or hardcover (and crime fic has significant hardcover presence also), which have higher cover prices. (SF/F has hardcovers and trade ppk, too.)

The sold units very likely show Romance to be an even bigger seller than the raw dollars.

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Re the cows: Someone should show them the infamous whale video.

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Re naked guy: there are days I think we all ought to do this. Just show up at the airport and when we get to the security line, remove the rest of our clothes with our shoes.

Edited at 2012-04-18 08:15 pm (UTC)
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2012-04-19 21:19 (UTC)
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A friend who routinely travels in a sweatshirt and jeans ("airplane cabins are cold") was told by a TSA official that she had to remove the sweatshirt.

So she did, treating the TSA official to the site of her sports bra. Another official came over, beet red, imploring her to put the sweatshirt on. "But I was told to take it off by an official officer of the government," she said, all wide eyed.

The success of the act really hinged on the fact that the TSA guy told her to take off the sweatshirt. Her fellow travelers applauded. She put the sweatshirt back on.
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