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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-11-06 05:23
Subject: [links] Link salad urges you to go out and vote
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SP4: Tom Edison and His Amazing Telegraphic Harpoon by Jay Lake — A reader rather likes one of my Original Destiny, Manifest Sin short stories.

The US Navy wants great (rotating, detonating) balls of fire!Looks to replace its gas turbine engines with rotating detonation versions. Sounds a lot like my ex-brother-in-law's turkey fryer to me.

DC comics pins Krypton to the star map — I love it when nerddoms cross over. I don't want to talk about nerd doms, though.

Still 'paranoid' after all these years — An interesting piece, up to a point, but it's painful watching the author struggle to find an equivalency between endemic and institutionalized Right wing paranoid illogic and something, anything, on the (American) Left. (He actually cites the Move On "Hitler" ad. (Helpful tip: One random Internet video from a private individual almost a decade ago doesn't exactly stack up against the Republican Party platform and the daily rhetoric from GOP politicians and candidates nationwide.) False equivalency reigns in the name of media balance.

Sandy Versus Katrina]T]he contrast between Sandy and Katrina demonstrates that leaders who hold government in contempt cannot provide that aid when it is needed.

If Not for the Hurricane — Ta-Nehisi Coates nails conservative thinking. When you believe in magic, you can never be wrong. You can only be misinterpreted. You can never be defeated. You can only be undone by divine might of nature itself. And you never have to apologize. It wasn't you. It was magic.

512 Paths to the White House — A nifty little interactive graphic about Electoral College votes. (Via Lisa Costello.)

Dems Want FBI To Probe Jeff Flake Polling Place Robocalls — The campaign Republican senatorial candidate in Arizona placed calls to Democrats directing them to the wrong polling places. That's the GOP m.o. nationwide right now: When you can't win on your ideas or your record, cheat. Hence all the weird restrictions on early voting and provisional ballots, all the voter suppression, the screaming about non-existent voter fraud.

'I don't want everybody to vote' — Late conservative activist Paul Weyrich in 1980, talking about voter turnout. "I don't want everybody to vote. Elections are not won by a majority of people. They never have been from the beginning of our country, and they are not now. As a matter of fact our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down." Which is a key difference between liberal-progressives and conservatives. I want everybody to vote, whether I agree with them or not. Conservatives across the country have manufactured outrage at non-existent voter fraud to justify a wide array of voter suppression techniques designed to bring home the state electoral votes for Romney. They've said so in so many words.

Clackamas County Fires Worker At Center Of Tampering Investigation — Local voting fraud, by a Republican, actually has consequences here in Oregon.

Visualizing the US Election 2012, with burgers & fries — Hah. (Thanks to Lisa Costello.)

Mitt Romney relying on teleprompters to deliver his closing speech — Remember when every Republican everywhere was loudly proclaiming that Obama's use of a teleprompter was prima facie evidence of his incompetence and unfitness for office? Yeah, neither do they.

Romney Willing to Win Without Honor Mitt Romney kept quiet last week when the subject was rape and God’s will. He remained silent the week before when the news was all about Illinois factory workers pleading with him to stop his alma mater Bain Capital from offshoring their jobs. At no time this year did Mitt denounce Republican employers who threatened their workers if President Obama is re-elected or condemn repeated Republican legislative attempts to suppress Democratic votes. Well, duh. He's a Republican. The GOP gave up principles in favor of political expediency decades ago. All you have to do to understand this is look at their party platform and record in office.

British conservatives find Romney reckless, untrustworthy — Everybody knows that Tories are socialist wimps.

Romney Refuses To Comment On Plans To Eliminate FEMA, 14 Times — Because principled consistency is the conservative way. Remember how they used to rail against the situationalist ethics of liberals? Yeah, neither do they. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Can a ‘post-truth’ candidate be elected president?If there is one constant to this campaign, it’s that Romney has startled many observers by operating from the basic premise that there is literally no set of boundaries he needs to follow when it comes to the veracity of his assertions, the transparency he provides about his fundraising and finances, and the specificity of his plans for the country. On the dishonesty front, this has grown more pronounced in recent days, with Romney’s embrace of the Jeep-to-China lie as a closing argument in Ohio and his absurd attacks on Obama for urging people to vote. (Via [info]scarlettina.)

?otD: What will we talk about tomorrow?




11/6/2012
Writing time yesterday: 0.75 hours (1,500 new words on "Rock of Ages")
Body movement: 0.5 hour stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.5 hours (solid)
Weight: 223.4
Currently reading: Brothers in Arms by Lois McMaster Bujold

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Kevin Standlee: Streetcars
User: kevin_standlee
Date: 2012-11-06 15:30 (UTC)
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Keyword:Streetcars
Paul Weyrich is an incredibly depressing person for me personally. I found nearly everything he stood for maddening, except that he was an outspoken advocate for trains and public transit, particularly light rail and related technology. His Free Congress Foundation published The New Electric Railway Journal from about 1988 to 1998. Fellow conservatives scratched their head about Weyrich's support for transit, because I think it's an article of faith for them that public transit is a Socialist Scheme for Poor People and therefore should not be funded or subsidized in any way whatsoever because it doesn't make money for Rich White Men. (Unlike highways, which are of course a necessary and important investment in our national infrastructure.) Weyrich wrote a long mongraph on the Conservative Case for Public Transit that I cannot find but wish I'd saved when I had it, for it explains (to the small number of conservatives who are prepared to actually listen to a reasoned argument) why supporting "subsidies" for rail transit is a smart thing for political conservatives.

(Mind you, there are a lot of people on the political left who also believe that public transit should be classed as a support program for poor people, and that doesn't help things much. Portland is a good example of how a more balanced approach to transportation leads IMO to a more livable community.)
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auriaephiala
User: auriaephiala
Date: 2012-11-06 17:47 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Re the robocalls: they're stealing now from Canadian scandals? Fascinating. (If you want to know more, google "Pierre Poutine". It's quite a story and the ending has yet to be written.)
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Max Kaehn: Cute
User: slothman
Date: 2012-11-06 18:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Cute
I was very amused at a late-night party at a science fiction convention when the doors closed and the leather toys came out and yes, they wielded bad puns along with the flogger.
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Danny Adams
User: madwriter
Date: 2012-11-07 00:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
>>Mitt Romney relying on teleprompters to deliver his closing speech<<

I also remember when Democrats accused George W. Bush of being a teleprompter president, and Republicans defended him.
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Rowan aka: The Seticat: * cat - evil - djinni
User: seticat
Date: 2012-11-07 06:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:* cat - evil - djinni
The US Navy wants great (rotating, detonating) balls of fire! — Looks to replace its gas turbine engines with rotating detonation versions. Sounds a lot like my ex-brother-in-law's turkey fryer to me.

A safe, educational topic - right until you get to the spit take produced by mental image of the turkey fryer incident.

You're an evil man...
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