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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-05-02 04:42
Subject: [links] Link salad beholds the Underminer
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Ruling: Jesus doesn't heal cancer — Also, this just in: Water is wet. Not offensive so much as offensively stupid, and life-threateningly dangerous to ailing people foolish or desperate enough to place their hope in this. Spiritual seeking can be an important part of healing, but confusing it with actual medical intervention is tragic. As I've said time and again, just because you believe it doesn't mean it's true.

Are sugar substitutes worse than the real thing?

Ancient fleas plagued ancient dinosaurs — And modern fleas plague modern dinosaurs! Or something.

New Device Automatically Slices and Scans Brains, Then Puts Them Into A Google Map — The latest in zombie chic? (Via [info]danjite.)

Draisine, ca. 1818 — A forerunner of the modern bicycle. (Via my brother.)

Do Kids Care If Their Robot Friend Gets Stuffed Into a Closet? — Headline of the day.

Physicists Crack Fusion MysteryA new theory might help researchers double the power of fusion reactors.

'Even Jimmy Carter' — In which the usual Republican ignorance of reality is exposed for the Nth time.

Eight “Scathing” Passages From The News Corp. Report — Maybe the UK's Parliament could have a go at Fox News next? There's certainly no accountability whatsoever to be had on this side of the pond.

Conservatives' Deep-Set Fear of Women's Rights — Very interesting piece. To me this gets at the heart of the difference between liberals and conservatives. Conservatives by definition want to foster a narrow, smaller worldview. Liberals by definition want to foster a wider, more diverse worldview. The liberal worldview almost always leaves plenty of room for conservative ideals. Don't want an abortion? Don't have one. Hate and fear homosexuality? Be straight, with my blessing. Want to deny evolution? Party on with the flat Earthers. The conservative worldview very rarely leaves room for liberal ideals, seeking to deny all of society anything conservatives themselves don't agree with. On the basis of sheer, simple fairness, I could never be a conservative.

Stephen King: Tax Me, for F@%&’s Sake!The iconic writer scolds the superrich (including himself—and Mitt Romney) for not giving back, and warns of a Kingsian apocalyptic scenario if inequality is not addressed in America. (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

Richard Grenell hounded from Romney campaign by anti-gay conservatives — Well, at least the GOP is being intellectually consistent for once.

[Michigan] EM referendum off November ballot, opponents vow appealRepublicans cited the wrong font size on the title of the petitions circulated by Stand Up For Democracy, a coalition of groups that launched the petition campaign, as the reason for not approving the initiative for the ballot. Opponents gathered 203,238 signatures, roughly 40,000 more than needed to get a repeal question on the ballot. Yep, I can see that as a compelling political argument. Ah, the principled consistency of the GOP, who always believe the voice of the people should be heard, except when they disagree with it. (Via [info]corwynofamber.)

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5/3/2012
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ericjamesstone
User: ericjamesstone
Date: 2012-05-02 13:08 (UTC)
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> Ah, the principled consistency of the GOP, who always believe the
> voice of the people should be heard, except when they disagree with
> it.

And how are liberals and Democrats different in that regard?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-05-03 00:02 (UTC)
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Well, for one thing, liberals and Democrats haven't spent the last two decades complaining loudly about unelected judges overturning the will of the people, etc. Despite the fact that the United States is not now and never has been a direct democracy, the GOP has long fetishized the will of the people over the mechanisms of our republic. So this is, shall we say, a significant reversal of that view.
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ericjamesstone
User: ericjamesstone
Date: 2012-05-03 00:38 (UTC)
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Shhh! Don't tell the Oregon Democratic Party that "the will of the people" is a Republican concept. Their 2010 platform calls for "Election Reform: Opposing Privatization of the Vote and Guaranteeing Transparent Elections that Reflect the Will of the People."

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin's 2008 platform calls for "...open, honest and responsive government that is accountable to the needs and the will of the people."

The 2006 Democratic Party of Washington's platform says, "Our government derives its legitimacy solely from the democratic will of the people and must reflect our values as citizens."

And if you want to see apoplectic denunciations of an activist judiciary overturning "the will of the people," just Google: "Bush v. Gore" "will of the people"

I don't think it's exactly a good thing that both parties are somewhat hypocritical about being for "the will of the people" except when its against them. But I guess it's better than both parties ignoring the will of the people completely.
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User: shsilver
Date: 2012-05-02 13:29 (UTC)
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From the article about Richard Grenell...

esteemed foreign policy figures including former Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton.

I'm having extreme cognitive dissonance parsing that statement.
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rekre8
User: rekre8
Date: 2012-05-02 19:20 (UTC)
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"To me this gets at the heart of the difference between liberals and conservatives. Conservatives by definition want to foster a narrow, smaller worldview. Liberals by definition want to foster a wider, more diverse worldview. The liberal worldview almost always leaves plenty of room for conservative ideals."

I kinda disagree with your view. Conservatives have found a comfort zone and want to stay in it, since change might be bad, cause death and destruction, unintended consequences - better the devil you know, for all of us. Liberals tend to see change as a potential for better - lets try 5 things, see how it works, everyone can choose what's best for them.

I kinda blame Victorian child rearing techniques and epigenetics.

In a sci pub some time back, we saw that how a baby is cared for will affect how it reacts later in life - see the game with rat pups low on this page: http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/epigenetics/rats/

And I was reading lately -I think it was in Bryson's At Home - about the spare the rod/spoil the child techniques from the Victorian era, and the horrible things they did to try to create upstanding yet extremely isolated individuals. Of course, then those kids grew up and did the same thing to their kids, etc, and we have a string of the family tree that is nervous about change and on the watch for being attacked. In times of war, these folks are more likely to survive, in times of peace, they are less likely to grow.

Of course, I could be completely full of spit here.
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rekre8
User: rekre8
Date: 2012-05-02 19:23 (UTC)
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Summarize: conservatives don't have a *narrow* worldview, they have a higher desire to be *safe*
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-05-03 00:02 (UTC)
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Well, yes, but seen from the outside, that sure looks like a narrow worldview. ;)
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User: wlotus
Date: 2012-05-02 19:36 (UTC)
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Also, this just in: Water is wet.

Say it ain't so!!!!!!!!!!
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