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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-09-19 05:06
Subject: [links] Link salad never, ever, ever does a thing about the weather
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SFWA Northwest Reading Series — I will be at the October 15th incarnation of the SFWA Northwest Reading Series, along with Seanan McGuire and M.K. Hobson.

The Adventures of Ensign Friend, Part 1 (Worldcon 2012 Report) — One of my more hilarious Worldcon moments, from another perspective. That was a lot of fun.

When the Personal is Important — Amy Sundberg on blogging and, well, me.

Dictionary Translates Ancient Egypt Life — (Thanks to Dad.)

'Trillions of carats' of diamonds found under Russian asteroid crater

Dark energy camera snaps first images ahead of survey — "But I can't see anything."

Atomic Clocks To Measure Earth's Geoid From The GroundSatellites give a rough picture of the Earth's geoid. Now physicists say atomic clock technology is ready to give a better picture from the ground.

All the TV News Since 2009, on One Web Site — Um, wow? (Thanks to Dad.)

eBay Users Have Until Nov. 9 To Opt Out Of Mandatory Binding Arbitration — Because, you know. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

We Are All Welfare Queens Now — Ta-Nehisi Coates on black citizenship in America.

The DNC was a win for Obama, but a loss for civil libertiesThe official kick-off to the President's re-election campaign whitewashed his previous promises. (Via [info]danjite.)

Even Evangelicals Sorta Kinda Like Obamacare NowBut for all of the angry freakouts by conservatives who have claimed that Obamacare was going to be the end of the world as they knew it and the triumph of socialism over freedom, not a single person I spoke with could offer up concrete evidence that Obamacare was now or would ever be ruining their lives. Bruce Jones, from Liverpool, NY, who is retired from the military and thus gets generous health benefits from the government, conceded that it might be hard for people to point to anything specific about the law that might be hurting them. The opposition, he says, "it's more ideological now than anything real." That's what happens when you let ideology trump reality. (Snurched from Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Romney's election chances depend on states with the largest count of people he considers freeloaders — Where do Mitt's 47% live? Mostly in Sarah Palin's "Real America". Funny, that. Good thing conservatives don't need the gubbimint for nothing! Not roads, not schools, not fire departments, not Social Security and Medicare. Nothing!

Jackson Ripley, 12-Year-Old Coloradan Boy, Writes Letter To Romney Saying His 'Plan For America Isn't What We Need' — Even children can see through Romney's nonsensical campaign rhetoric.

Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity, Vol. XXXIVTowards the end of the interview, however, Romney looked ahead to the upcoming debates and said he'll have a challenge to deal with: "[T]he president tends to, how shall I say it, to say things that aren't true." There's no sense of shame and no sense of irony. We already know the Romney campaign isn't interested in the facts. They've said so themselves. Welcome to conservative America, a post-truth society.

Who Recorded Mitt Romney?

Video: Romney hoped for American hostage "opportunity" — Stay classy, conservative America. It's what you do best. This man is your nominee. I really want to thank all my Republican friends who nominated Mitt Romney for helping everyone in the United States see the truth of what I've been yammering about for years: the moral rot and endemic hypocrisy of the conservative movement.

Where Will the GOP Go If It Loses 2012? — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison is fascinating.

?otD: Does the weather ever, ever do a thing for you?




9/19/2012
Writing time yesterday: 1.5 hours (2,300 new words on a Green novelette, 0.5 hours of WRPA)
Body movement: 60 minute urban walk
Hours slept: 6.0 (solid)
Weight: 238.0
Currently reading: Heartland by Mark Teppo

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scarlettina: Daffy frustration
User: scarlettina
Date: 2012-09-19 13:39 (UTC)
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Keyword:Daffy frustration
Great stuff as usual, Jay.

The article about Demotic significantly pissed me off. Rather than clutter up your comments thread, I posted about it myself because I was so angry. I hate it when journalists do mostly excellent work and then crud it up with stupidity and prejudice. It's not uncommon but in this case, it's markedly egregious.

Ta-Nehisi Coates is, as usual, insightful and to the point.
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Amanda
User: cissa
Date: 2012-09-22 07:01 (UTC)
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By the way, there was recently an article in the Boston Globe detailing how- despite years of Romney/ObamaCare mandates here in MA, the level of crippling medical debt has not gone down AT ALL. The "affordable" insurance options have such high deductibles and such low limits that people are still- after being legally forced to purchase the things- racked with enough medical debt to destroy them and their families.
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