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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-09-03 05:47
Subject: [links] Link salad heads for Maryland
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Tags:christianism, cool, culture, iraq, links, mars, movies, personal, politics, process, religion, science, weird
Reality vs. Screen IllusionThat emotionally tinged version of reality is what moviemakers need to bring to life if they want to create convincing illusions. The same general principle applies to painting. Often it's necessary to go beyond optical or photographic realism in order to achieve psychological realism. It's the difference between mere accuracy and true believability. Think about how this applies to writing fiction.

Sutter Buttes, CaliforniaSometimes called the “smallest mountain range in the world,” the Sutter Buttes rise almost 610 meters (2,000 feet) above the flat agricultural fields of the Great Valley of central California.

Curiosity's nuclear power source

Three Questions with George WhitesidesThe Harvard chemist talks about the problem of solving problems.

A Superstar Televangelist in Pakistan Divides, Then Repents — Note the deliberate distortions of truth, abusive manipulations, and serial lying. No different from American religious broadcasters. Speaking as an atheist, I far prefer my ethical framework to the alleged moral compass granted by this kind of faith.

The man with his name — Roger Ebert on Clint Eastwood's bizarre behavior at the Republican National Convention. It takes brass balls to ad-lib for 12 minutes in front of 30 million people on live TV, just working with yourself and an empty chair.

Tutu: Bush, Blair should face trial at the HagueTutu, the retired Anglican Church's archbishop of South Africa, wrote in an op-ed piece for The Observer newspaper that the ex-leaders of Britain and the United States should be made to "answer for their actions." The Iraq war "has destabilized and polarized the world to a greater extent than any other conflict in history," wrote Tutu, who was awarded the Nobel prize in 1984. We've already established that none of the American political leadership will ever bear any domestic accountability for a trillion dollar war of choice launched under knowingly false pretenses, so I don't see why anyone should expect international accountability. (Via [info]danjite.)

?otD: Baltimore or Baltiless?




9/3/2012
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jordan179
User: jordan179
Date: 2012-09-03 14:20 (UTC)
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If we permitted an American President to be prosecuted as a criminal for resuming a war which the foe had started by violating a truce, as happened in Iraq in 2003, then we would be undercutting the ability of all future American Presidents to go to war to punish violations of truce, and by extension making truces with us valueless to us. The consequences might not be as pacifistic as you would hope: this would give us a strong incentive to prosecute all our wars to conquest and occupation, rather than accepting truces.
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Kevin Standlee: Family
User: kevin_standlee
Date: 2012-09-03 14:26 (UTC)
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Hooray for the Sutter Buttes! I lived near them for many years, and graduated from Sutter High School, which is at the foot of the mountains there.
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jordan179
User: jordan179
Date: 2012-09-03 14:29 (UTC)
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A Superstar Televangelist in Pakistan Divides, Then Repents — Note the deliberate distortions of truth, abusive manipulations, and serial lying. No different from American religious broadcasters. Speaking as an atheist, I far prefer my ethical framework to the alleged moral compass granted by this kind of faith.

I agree wholeheartedly, but you know you're likely to be attacked over this by your normal ideological allies if you keep raising this point in connection with Muslim religious leaders. To me the interesting thing about this story is that Islam is generating Christian-style televangelists, which is something I didn't know was going on.
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jordan179
User: jordan179
Date: 2012-09-03 14:33 (UTC)
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Nuclear power isn't going away, either on Earth or in the rest of the Solar System. In fact, nuclear power plants are absolutely necessary for any human activity in space beyond, say, Mars and the Asteroid Belt, and convenient for any human activity in space anywhere. The problem of nuclear weapons is a problem of the lack of an effective world government: as long as we have a divided sovereignity over the Earth, nuclear warfare remains a distinct possibility.
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zxhrue
User: zxhrue
Date: 2012-09-03 15:46 (UTC)
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?otD: Baltimore or Baltiless?

Baltistan? good food, nice scenery, probably not a sensible place for an american tourist at this time though.
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