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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-06-15 05:30
Subject: [links] Link salad for a rambling Friday
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The infamous Jay Lake shirt

"Holy Cow! It's Jay Lake reincarnated as a dog!"[info]akirlu is funny. Hee.

I Hear a Different Frontier — Nisi Shawl on post-colonialism in science fiction. (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

A fine bar of chocolate — Sonia knows whereof she speaks.

Famous Cave Paintings Might Not Be From Humans"What we are saying is that we must entertain the possibility that these paintings were made by Neanderthals," Pike says. Those were humans' closest relatives, but they are not our species.

Christmas road test: Packard-engined Bentley — Oh good lord. :: wants :: (Thanks to [info]danjite.)

A Virtual Telescope Turns Back toward EarthA plug-in for WorldWide Telescope lets curious users explore the home planet.

Mystery galaxy is older and more aggressive than expected — One of my favorite headlines of this week.

Groundwater responsible for nearly half of sea level rise?You can’t believe everything you read, even if it's peer-reviewed. Climate change neepery and the scientific process. The reason the answers keep changing is that we keep analyzing the data. That's a feature of science, not a bug; something conservatives seem to be constitutionally incapable of understanding.

Study predicts imminent irreversible planetary collapse“In a nutshell, humans have not done anything really important to stave off the worst because the social structures for doing something just aren’t there,” says Mooers. “My colleagues who study climate-induced changes through the earth’s history are more than pretty worried. In fact, some are terrified.” Rush Limbaugh will handle this, don't worry. (Via David Goldman.)

George W. Bush's Decapitated Head Appeared On 'Game Of Thrones' — I'm pretty sure the same conservatives who find the "shoot Obama" rhetoric and graphics amusing are the ones deeply offended by this. (Via [info]scarlettina.)

Michigan State Representative Silenced By GOP For Saying ‘Vagina’ — Right. Because conservatives want full legislative control over all the vaginas in America, but no one is allowed to actually say that. Ah, that much vaunted conservative intellectual consistency and compassion shine through once more.

Global Disappointment in Obama Actually Rational, unlike in US

Grading Presidents’ Foreign Policy RecordsEven when Obama blunders, he doesn’t suffer as much political damage because we still remember how badly Bush performed and we are regularly reminded of what the terrifying practical alternative to Obama was every time McCain sounds off on an international crisis. The solution is obvious. Elect more Republicans.

?otD: Where are you off to?




6/15/2012
Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (Going to Extremes outline)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.25 (solid)
Weight: 243.4 (!!)
Currently reading: Shattering the Ley by Benjamin Tate

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ericjamesstone
User: ericjamesstone
Date: 2012-06-15 12:54 (UTC)
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> George W. Bush's Decapitated Head Appeared On 'Game Of Thrones'

I first saw it linked to on a mutual liberal friend's Facebook page, and she was amused. I wasn't offended, because I expect this kind of thing from liberals. My main reaction was: I wonder if Jay Lake will bother to condemn this due to his concern over violent political imagery.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-06-15 13:00 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm neither particularly amused nor condemnatory on this one.

Also, I think you're being a tad disingenuous. You have to look pretty hard to see that it even is GWB ... this is definitely an Easter Egg moment. What I gather from the reporting, the only reason most people noticed is because the directors ratted themselves out in an interview.

It's not political imagery of any kind, except in the loose sense that GWB is a signficant political figure. This doesn't occur in a political context or a context focused on GWB, either one. Not even in the same order of magnitude an issue as putting gunsights over the photo of a Democratic politician in a campaign ad.
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ericjamesstone
User: ericjamesstone
Date: 2012-06-15 13:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
http://www.zombietime.com/zomblog/?p=621
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Jay Lake: politics-rifleman
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-06-15 13:52 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:politics-rifleman
I'm with you on that one.

Note, however, that threats against Republican figures rarely if ever emanate from anywhere but fringe elements. Not from Democratic political leaders or liberal/progressive media voices.

Threats against Democratic figures routinely emanate from Republican leadership in both politics and the media. Think Sarah Palin's "Second Amendment remedies". This in turn enables and endorses fringe behavior.

Though you can always find examples of people agitating against either side, there simply isn't a left-right equivalency here.
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ericjamesstone
User: ericjamesstone
Date: 2012-06-15 14:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
“If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.” -- Barack Obama

"That means that we are going to have just hand-to-hand combat up here on Capitol Hill." -- Barack Obama, on potential takeover of Congress by GOP

(Now, if you want to argue that Obama doesn't count as a Democratic political leader because he has no leadership skills whatsoever, I won't disagree.)

But Chris Matthews definitely counts as a liberal/progressive media voice: "You guys see Live and Let Die, the great Bond film with Yaphet Kotto as the bad guy, Mr. Big? In the end they jam a big CO2 pellet in his face and he blew up. I have to tell you, Rush Limbaugh is looking more and more like Mr. Big, and at some point somebodys going to jam a CO2 pellet into his head and he's going to explode like a giant blimp. That day may come. Not yet. But we'll be there to watch. I think he's Mr. Big, I think Yaphet Kotto. Are you watching, Rush?"

P.S. I believe it was Sharron Angle, not Sarah Palin, who spoke about "Second Amendment remedies."
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-06-15 14:58 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Come on, now you're conflating metaphors with threats.

And yes, thanks for the correction on Angle vs Palin.
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ericjamesstone
User: ericjamesstone
Date: 2012-06-15 15:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
OK, so just to be clear, you think combat metaphors in politics are fine? For some reason I thought you opposed them because they might incite people to violence.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-06-15 15:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
We use combat metaphors in politics all the time. To name one that is (largely) non-partisan, "The War on Drugs". Or get-out-the-vote efforts described as "ground war" versus media advertising described as "air war". Clearly abstract remarks that use the language of violence of describe struggle are deeply embedded in our discourse. You have to pretzel your logic pretty hard to claim those kinds of statements as threats.

Admittedly, one *could* make a progressive argument about opposing the use of those metaphors for the reason you describe, but that's pretty strained logic. Also about like trying to dig a hole in the ocean. With a teaspoon.

Incitements to violence, on the other hand, are precisely that. For example, just this past week:

http://gothamist.com/2012/06/04/after_suggesting_people_throw_acid.php

That was not a metaphor. And this kind of stuff is said all the time in right wing media and politics. Google "eliminationist rhetoric" for more examples than you'll ever care to read.
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ericjamesstone
User: ericjamesstone
Date: 2012-06-16 21:51 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
So you think "gunsights over the photo of a Democratic politician in a campaign ad" are an actual threat rather than a metaphor?

Maybe you're talking about this campaign ad, which shows crosshairs over the politician's face at about 8 seconds in. Sarah Palin's gunsights map was targeting districts on a map, not actual photos of candidates, so this is obviously worse. I can see why the media went into a frenzy over it, and people of the left universally condemned it as an incitement to violence.

Oh, wait -- that was a Democratic ad with a Republican in the crosshairs. I bet you never even heard of it, despite Your Conservative Media. I'd never heard of it until I went looking for an ad that matched your description. I still haven't found a Republican ad with a picture of a Democratic politician in the crosshairs, although they probably exist.

But since I see it as metaphor, not an actual incitement to violence, the Democratic ad doesn't bother me. The utter hypocrisy of liberals who hyperventilated about the Sarah Palin map (but not a similar Democratic Leadership Council map) and ignore this ad annoys me, though.

P.S. I don't think the "hurl some acid" comment was meant literally, but it was a bad metaphor to use.
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Max Kaehn: Game
User: slothman
Date: 2012-06-15 17:46 (UTC)
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Tonight we’re off to Ando Prime in the Friday night Star Wars game, where my players are expecting to participate in wingsuit-skiing extreme sports and will wind up having to solve a murder mystery to prevent two mercenary companies from turning a hotel resort into a war zone!
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