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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-06-13 05:25
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Filming begins on The Family Lake — Now it can be told… I (and my family) will be the subject of a feature-length documentary for which principal photography has begun.

#SkiffyandFanty Episode #102 — An Interview w/ J. A. Pitts (a.k.a. The Seattle Bruiser)

Pulp Pastiche and a Plea for Patrons — Saladin Ahmed talks about some of the hard realities of his life as a writer. Go read, and help him out if you can.

The pay brisk money for this crap? — Ah, science fiction. (Thanks to [info]lillypond, a/k/a my sister.)

Star Wars take on M.C. Escher — Whoa. (Thanks to Lisa Costello.)

'The Hardest Logic Puzzle Ever' Made Even HarderThe process of making a famous problem in logic even harder reveals fascinating insights into the relationship between logic and language.

Over 100 Beautifully Preserved Terracotta Warriors Unearthed in China — (Via [info]scarlettina.)

Authorities investigate lungs found on L.A. sidewalk — Just breathe, people. It will be alright. No, wait...

Causes of mammoth extinction resonate in modern realities

Promethian panspermia — Roger Ebert on intelligent design and panspermia.

Colder winters may be new normal due to melting Arctic iceWarmer air over ice-free areas lets frigid air migrate south. Amazing how even nature herself joins the liberal conspiracy against conservative ideology. Confidential to GOP in America: Your obsessive rigidity about absurdities such as opposition to evolution and climate change discredits every position you take, even the potentially sane and sensible ones.

You can’t deny people their rights and be nice about it — Opposition to gay marriage is still hatred and bigotry, no matter how nice you think you are. A lot of segregationists thought they were nice people, too. That didn't get them or you off the hook.

Same-sex marriage is on November ballot — This is in Washington. Because arrant bigotry must always be put to the vote. Just because a majority of people are wrong doesn't make them right.

Rethinking Same-Sex Parenting (but Not Really) — Ta-Nehisi Coates responds to the idiotic new piece in Slate. Jed Hartman with more on this, that more being eminently sensible.

You Always Knew it, but Now . . . — Ten open secrets about life in Western democracies. Facts not valid for the untroubled beautiful minds of conservatives, of course.

After Giffords Shooting, Violent Rhetoric Trickles Back Into Campaigns — Gee, I wonder which party it could possibly be that would employ violent and eliminationist rhetoric.

Your Own Little Corner of the Gas Chamber — A close look inside what passes for conservative "thought" about what they imagine liberals to be.

Don't Think We Need Firefighters? We Need Firefighters. — Colorado Republicans who voted for massive Federal firefighting cuts now begging for massive Federal firefighting assistance. As I keep saying, no one likes conservative policies when applied to them personally. Especially not conservatives.

?otD: Why are only one out of seven dwarves Happy?




6/13/2012
Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (Going to Extremes outline)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.0 (solid)
Weight: 242.0 (!!)
Currently reading: Shattering the Ley by Benjamin Tate

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Beth
User: casacorona
Date: 2012-06-13 13:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Regarding the Giffords shooting and gun imagery in political ads -- we elected a Democrat to replace her in Congress yesterday. Ron Barber, one of Giffords' local staffers, won the special election over Jesse Kelly, who made the decision to run a campaign replete with gun imagery.

Barber might have won by an even bigger margin than he did, because a Green party candidate pulled about 5000 votes.

So it isn't all insanity in Southern Arizona.
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Jay Lake: politics-rifleman
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-06-13 14:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:politics-rifleman
Good for you guys!

We have some pretty grade A insanity in southern and eastern Oregon, but there's a large enough population of progressives and centrists in western Oregon that the real loons don't tend to have control of the statewide agenda, and thus our national image.
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Talekyn
User: talekyn
Date: 2012-06-13 16:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
A documentary about you? Sign me up for viewing!
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Dave O'Neill
User: daveon
Date: 2012-06-13 19:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
One of the things I get REALLY annoyed about is being a Washington LEGAL resident and tax payer but not even being allowed to vote in local elections nor elections on state issues.

That said, like with national elections and all the other daft crud that spews formless from the innards of the state, this will be beaten into submission by the liberal, lefty, commie types who live in King County and actually, you know, pay for the state to function...

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mmegaera
User: mmegaera
Date: 2012-06-16 04:52 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
And a few of us elsewhere in the state intend to help with the beating [g].
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Marshal Zombie
User: skylion
Date: 2012-06-13 22:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
About Ebert's article. That DNA resembling our own, evolving on another planet is "highly unlikely". Why?

The basic elements that we and indeed our planet, and the universe itself is practically the same. Hydrogen, Carbon, Oxygen, trace elements. Without any of these we would either be seeing a very different universe, or not even be here to see anything at all.

Why would we think that with the same elements pretty much everywhere you go, that life would evolve differently? I find this to be intensely fascinating...
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