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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-05-06 09:38
Subject: [links] Link salad's flag boy and your flag boy, sittin' by the fire
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Angelesen: Die Räder der Welt (Jay Lake) — What appears to be a positive review of the German language edition of Mainspring.

A natural history — Roger Ebert with a moving essay on growing up, and lost friends.

"Crab" chips, fruity Oreos? They're big overseas — More on on-USAnian flavors. Snack food crack for me is Maui onion flavored Hawaiian kettle chips in creamy French onion dip.

Tornado near Tokyo kills 1, injures dozens — I'm always a bit surprised when I read about tornadoes outside the North American Great Plains.

Reminders of Secular Authority Reduce Believers’ Distrust of Atheists — Many of my Christian friends seem to have grown fond of the self-valorizing myth that they are being oppressed or persecuted in modern America, but it is still true that atheists poll at the bottom of trustworthiness. Amazing, the power we secular types have as a small and least-trusted percentage of the population.

The ‘Big Four’ markers of the evangelical tribeSlacktivist Fred Clark with some fascinating social history of the Evangelical movement.

Family Battle Offers Look Inside Lavish TV Ministry — This is precisely what our country needs more of, not those godless, immoral liberals.

Biden on gay marriage: ‘Absolutely comfortable with men marrying men, women marrying women' — Good. As it should be, assuming you value an open, tolerant society. Which conservatives explicitly do not. Another of the many, many reasons I can never be a conservative.

Republicans! Get in my vagina! — Very sarcastic video, funny as hell decidedly not worksafe. (Via [info]willyumtx.)

The Right-Wing's 20 Biggest Sex HypocritesThe ones who scream the loudest about how godly they are often turn out to be the exact opposite. Only twenty? But, but, but, Clinton had a blow job! (Via [info]danjite.)

How to End This Depression — Paul Krugman is, as usual, sensible.

Republicans on ‘Politicizing’ Terrorism, Then and Now — Well, it was fine when Bush did it, just not when Obama does it. Like so many other things. Just ask any Tea Partier about deficit spending, foreign wars or corporate bailouts. Those only became a problem for conservatives after an African-American progressive was elected to the Oval Office. The GOP: setting the standards for intellectual consistency in political discourse since, well, never.

Schwarzenegger: GOP, take down that small tent — You didn't mind that 'small tent' when it got you elected, Arnie. I despise so-called moderate Republicans almost more than I despise the whackaloon conservatives that dominate the GOP these days, simply because while in a lot of cases the whackaloons really can't seem to help being who they are, the Republican moderates are people who know better and went along with the nuts anyway for electoral advantage.

Historic campaign collision of race and religion likely to arouse both pride and prejudiceBarack Obama vs. Mitt Romney, an African-American and a white Mormon, representatives of two groups and that have endured oppression to carve out a place in the United States. How much progress has America made against bigotry? By November, we should have some idea. Hint: which man is running from a party that has built and sustains its political fortunes foursquare on bigotry and intolerance?

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5/6/2012
Writing time yesterday: 3.5 hours (2.5 hours and 5,600 words on Their Currents Turn Awry, 1.0 hours of WRPA)
Body movement: 1.5 hour suburban walk
Hours slept: 9.25 (solid)
Weight: 240.0 (!)
Currently reading: The Blade Itself Joe Abercrombie

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Twilight
User: twilight2000
Date: 2012-05-06 17:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Snack food crack for me is Maui onion flavored Hawaiian kettle chips in creamy French onion dip.

You mean it's not *just* me for whom that combo is CRACK? ;>
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joycemocha
User: joycemocha
Date: 2012-05-06 17:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Compared with control participants, participants primed with secular-authority concepts did not exhibit reduced general prejudice against out-groups (Experiment 1), prejudice reactions associated with functional threats that particular out-groups are perceived to pose (specifically, viewing gays with disgust; Experiment 2), or general distrust of out-groups (Experiment 3). These findings contribute to theory regarding both the psychological bases of prejudices and the psychological functions served by gods and governments.

In looking at that secular authority abstract...I don't quite see where you can extrapolate your degree of conclusion from the specifics of that particular study. It's very tight-focused and I really do have questions about the validity and reliability of applying those findings to a generalized assumption, at least based on Protestant mainstream philosophy about the origins of secular authority. I don't think experimental design works as well as longitudinal studies would with regard to coming up with reliable and valid conclusions because the process of changing people's basic presuppositions about prejudices is unlikely to come about through one influence; rather repeated exposures over time would tend to be more effective.

Diabolically, the means of measuring such effects of change would be a longitudinal study over time measuring the retention of converts in a classic fundamentalist Evangelical setting wherein a simple profession of faith plus immersion baptism is considered adequate with no formal catechetical training before/after the official membership as opposed to the retention of converts in one of the more formal Liturgical congregations, where a period of catechism before formal membership is extended both before and after the formal church joining. I'd be interested in seeing those figures as I Have Theories.

A more accurate measure of what that particular study claimed to work on (especially in attitude change) would be the before and after measures of attitude in a civics class. Problem is, I can't think of a control variable. One class would be taught a strictly secular civics course with the emphasis on the greater good of society; another class would be taught a social justice religious civics course; a third would postulate the ultimate source of civil authority is Divine. Ten weeks, do pre, post and midpoint measures. But that would be a more complicated and difficult study to do, especially with regard to subject choice. Nonetheless, I'd see that as a more valid and reliable measure of the effect of exposure to secular authority as a possible change toward acceptance of atheism...and I'm still not so sure it's a reliable measure of that particular postulate.

(Yes, I am being Ms. Sped Geek this morning; this is the kind of testing reliability arguments we can get into when discussing education theory).
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russ: politika
User: goulo
Date: 2012-05-07 22:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:politika
Those only became a problem for conservatives after an African-American progressive was elected to the Oval Office.

African-American, sure... but since when is there a progressive in the Oval Office?

Edited at 2012-05-07 10:06 pm (UTC)
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Jay Lake: politics-report
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-05-07 22:15 (UTC)
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Keyword:politics-report
Relatively speaking. I mean, as far as those nuts are concerned, he's a Socialist. (Which betrays their profound political ignorance, but that's not exactly news.)
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