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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-07-24 04:54
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Tags:books, canada, child, climate, documentary, events, green, guns, healthcare, links, media, movies, personal, politics, religion, reviews, science, sports, weird
Same Book, Different…Book (includes spoilers) — Editor Gabrielle Harbowy talks about her reactions to my novel Green, and compares those reactions to a number of other reviews.

Steampunk themed cruise to be held on Navigator of the Seas — Including yours truly. USA Today blogs about this as well.

In an old furniture store far, far away… — More from Waterloo Productions, this time involving [info]the_child.

How not to talk to someone about their feelings...[info]alumiere is both wise and angry. Me, I despise the cult of optimism, so, what she said.

Space smells like seared steak, hot metal, astronauts reportAstronauts returning from spacewalks frequently report a distinct odor clinging to their spacesuits and equipment. In space, no one can hear you dream?

NASA tests 'inflatable heat shield' which unfurls in space and helps space ships float gently down to a planet's surface

Catholic priest victims: NCAA too light on Penn StateWhen money was misspent at SMU, play is suspended. But when boys are raped and crimes are concealed at PSU, play continues. This sends absolutely the wrong signal. Football. Just like Wall Street, the money's too big for there ever to be true accountability. Ain't that America?

Loading the Climate Dice — Paul Krugman is thoughtful on climate change.

Deniers, disgust, and defamationWhenever I post about the reality of climate change, I get the usual chorus of denialist outrage. This includes the odd ad hominem or two, like the sneering "What does an astronomer know about the climate?", because apparently not having an advanced degree in science makes someone a better judge of the data.

Fox News Banned From Canada – Law Forbids Lying On Broadcast NewsHarper’s attempts to make lying legal on Canadian television are a stark admission that right-wing political ideology can only dominate national debate through dishonest propaganda. Got it in one. (Snurched from [info]jess_ka.)

What I Learned in Law School — An attorney's perspective on the Second Amendment and the Aurora shootings.

Guns versus cars — Philip Brewer responds to some discussions on my blog.

Romney to Olympians: 'You didn't get here solely on your own' — So when Obama says that to businesspeople, that's socialism, but when Romney says the same thing to athletes, it's, um, what? More of that justly famed conservative intellectual consistency.

GOP Rep. Stands Up For Huma Abedin & Freedom Of Religion At Town Hall — Props to him for getting it right. The First Amendment's guarantee of freedom of religion really does protect everyone.

GOP's Obama obsession will lose it the election — A lot of people, including me, hated President Bush for a lot of reasons. Most of them were reality-based, whether or not they were objectively worthy of vilification. Most of what the GOP hates Obama for isn't even particularly connected to reality. It's just weird. And these are the people who used to mock "Bush derangement syndrome".

?otD: Carolina in the morning?




7/24/2012
Writing time yesterday: 90 minutes (1,900 words to complete first draft of a requested short story, plus some revision time)
Body movement: n/a (airport walking to come)
Hours slept: 5.75 (solid)
Weight: 238.0
Currently reading: Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie

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ulfhirtha
User: ulfhirtha
Date: 2012-07-24 13:26 (UTC)
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The pieces today on Pen State and Aurora point up something that has been bothering me since PSU's sanctions were announced: people are ready to breathe fire and vengence ostensibly on the behalf of the still-living victims of Sandusky, but most - especially those with some actual power to act or at least move opinion - throw up their hands with an "oh well" about doing anything to try and lessen (let alone prevent) babies and teenagers from being murdered at the local theater. Or mall. Or front porch. Something about that seems deeply screwed up to me.
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User: nicosian
Date: 2012-07-24 13:26 (UTC)
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I don't care for ol "dead eyes' harper but I appreciate that 1. he's not re opening any abortion or gay rights debates, and 2. that fox noooze couldn't get in.

Downside, we have Sun Media, which attempts to be Fox, with lurid news headlines every morning about how "them people" ( pick your flavor that day" are "taking your tax dollars and living large/stealing your pets/corrupting your children/out to get you, oh oppressed hardworking joe!"

One headline post election was "WELCOME TO HELL".

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Jay Lake: cancer-skull_tattoo
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-07-24 17:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:cancer-skull_tattoo
Actually, I'm an optimist, too, by nature. I'm not criticizing optimism per se as an attitude or a lifestyle choice either one.

The "cult of optimism" is that "power of positive thinking" rhetoric that healthy people (and some healthcare providers) inflict on the seriously ill. When in fact it's natural and normal to be depressed, upset, resentful, grief-stricken, etc. Often that "buck up" message is a cover for "I am afraid what happened to you might happen to me, please make me feel better about this".

I've certainly seen that often enough on my cancer journey.
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jimvanpelt
User: jimvanpelt
Date: 2012-07-24 19:43 (UTC)
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The "power of positive thinking" meme is too closely related to "it's all your fault--you invited illness into your life--because you have negative thoughts" belief. My sister-in-law died of cancer recently, and she spent some of her last days dealing with the guilty feeling that the cancer was self-inflicted because she'd had negative thoughts about herself before she was diagnosed. The "your attitude controls all" thinking is in the same bailiwick as "illness is totally controlled and controllable by diet" and one step removed from the "if you make the right choices, you will live forever."

I'm all for a positive attitude and eating well, but I don't believe they create impenetrable barriers between good and bad health.
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alumiere
User: alumiere
Date: 2012-07-25 00:30 (UTC)
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This is what I was getting at, along with the idea that someone would tell me that if I just look on the bright side...

Be an optimist, but if you want to help someone who is struggling rather than tell them how to think/feel/act actually do something to help. Fix them a homemade meal that they can safely eat; stop by and visit with a well loved movie to watch; take a few minutes to reach out to them on the phone or online with something to cheer them up rather than telling them that if they think positively it'll be better.

Especially when things are going wrong we could often use the contact and human warmth but many of us don't know how to ask. And many friends notice we're not as present but don't want to bother us so we wind up feeling isolated which can make things harder.
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