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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-11-07 05:17
Subject: [links] Link salad is pleased with the election results
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The world was so true, so logical. Until it wasn’t. — In which I am quoted.

Scientists Find Achilles’ Heel of Cancer Cells — Interesting approach. (Via Lisa Costello.)

Game Space — Humans and rats interacting as equals in VR. Huh.

Putting the science back in Wasteland 2's science fictionAcademic consultants are making the post-apocalyptic world more "realistic."

Man shoots four co-workers, two fatally, at Fresno poultry plantGunman opens fire during his shift at Valley Protein, killing two execution style and wounding two more before running from the building and shooting himself. Thank God for the NRA and the Republican party. Otherwise the shooter wouldn't have been able to engage in his defense of essential liberties so effectively. Too bad about those other people that died, but their deaths are a small price to pay for you to have a gun in your nightstand, aren't they?

How Astronauts Vote From Space

America's voting system is a disgracePoliticians of one party do not set voting schedules to favor their side and harm the other. Politicians do not move around voting places to gain advantages for themselves or to disadvantage their opponents. In fact, in almost no other country do politicians have any say in the administration of elections at all.

Voters report problems with long lines, confusion over voter ID law{Allegheny] County officials received a complaint shortly before 10 a.m. Tuesday that Republicans outside a polling location on Maple Street in Homestead were stopping people outside the polls and asking for identification. Every vote the GOP suppresses is one step closer to a Romney White House. Hence all the voter ID nonsense in the first place. How come the same people who are willing to let dozens or even hundreds of innocents be executed to preserve the integrity of the death penalty are so eager to suppress hundreds of thousands or millions of votes nationwide to protect the integrity of the voting process from less than a dozen incidents of fraud?

Hundreds of Pinellas voters get robocall from supervisor of elections saying Election Day is Wednesday — The Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections is a Republican. By astonishing coincidence, these accidental problems almost always seem to benefit the GOP. I'm sure every single one of these dozens (and possibly hundreds) of occurrences is an isolated incident that indicates no pattern of voter suppression whatsoever by the major party that has publicly dedicated itself to voter suppression nationwide.

1,600 pastors broke law by backing political candidates in sermons — Yep, those law and order types on the American right.

Why Sarah Palin should endorse Obama Red states generally receive more federal spending than they pay in taxes. In 2005, Alaska received $1.84 in spending for every $1 paid in taxes). Other red states fared just as well, for instance: North Dakota ($1.68), Alabama ($1.66), Kentucky ($1.51), Oklahoma ($1.36). Blue states tend to pay more in taxes than they receive in spending. This is easy to solve. Conservative governors should refuse Federal spending in excess of their own states' tax contributions.

Video: PA voting machine, push “Obama,” get “Romney” — By astonishing coincidence, this problem favors the Republican ticket.

A Big Night for Gay Marriage—and for EqualityGood News from Maryland, Maine, and Washington State. As GOP consultant Alex Castellanos said on CNN: “The Republican party can’t be the party that thinks one of the biggest problems is that there’s too much love in the world.” Too bad. You are exactly that. And voters have affirmed once more that hate is not a family value.

Senate Election 2012 Results: Democrats Gain Seats In Upper Chamber — It looks like all the real GOP mouth breathers on the Senate ballot lost. That's a step in the right direction.

Claire McCaskill Shuts That Whole Senate Thing Down[T]here's going to be a lot of talk tomorrow about race tomorrow. But it needs to be said that the GOP's retrograde positions on gender, and general ignorance of human biology, has evidently cost them a shot at the Senate.

The Long Shadow of the Bush Era — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison on a major reason why anyone with a political memory extending back more than four years didn't vote for Romney.

President Obama wins four more years as America delivers decisive verdict — A view from the UK.

The Lesser of "Who Cares?"Scrivener's Error is cranky about the election results, from the left.

Top Ten Wish List Progressives should Press on President ObamaObama does not have progressive instincts, and prefers to rule from the center. This impulse is wrong-headed, since the center didn’t man his campaign offices or make phone calls for him. Ruling from the center means taking his base for granted while reaching out to relatively conservative constituencies. This tactic is why we don’t have a single-payer health insurance plan. Yep, Kenyan Muslim socialism in action.

?otD: How's the weather where you are?




11/7/2012
Writing time yesterday: 1.25 hours (2,800 new words on "Rock of Ages")
Body movement: 0.5 hour stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.0 hours (solid)
Weight: n/a (forgot)
Currently reading: Brothers in Arms by Lois McMaster Bujold

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threeoutside
User: threeoutside
Date: 2012-11-07 14:29 (UTC)
Subject: Huh?
As part of my morning-after rejoicing this morning (I went to bed when Obama had finally tied RMoney in electoral votes, and put off opening my laptop as long as I could, fearful of what I would find), I'm reading all these blogs & things. I'm going to quote the last paragraph of Scrivener's Error here, since he apparently doesn't allow comments there, and beg someone to parse it for me; it is all one sentence and I keep getting turned around in the maze:

"As long as the alternatives we're presented with in national politics are drawn from the center, the right, and the far right only — and even the center-left gets tarred with namecalling strangely (or perhaps not so strangely) reminiscent of the racial epithets hurled in Little Rock and Montgomery and Tupelo in the 1950s and 1960s, or for that matter just about everywhere now against a segment of the Semite population — nobody is going to have the opportunity to learn anything from other viewpoints, and voter preference is going to come down to who has better hair, or more-preferable skin color, or more-tolerable friends and backers, or just about anything other than policy preferences and clear thinking."
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russ: quo vadis
User: goulo
Date: 2012-11-07 16:02 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Huh?
Keyword:quo vadis
He's saying that Obama and Romney are both too far right and any real progressive political ideas are outside the realm of accepted mainstream discourse.

E.g. (off the top of my head):
Why does the US have the largest number & percentage of its citizens in prisons of all countries on earth, and why are these prisons increasingly private & run for profit?
Why does the US spend so much more on the military than any other country, roughly as much as all other countries combined?
Why is marijuana still illegal?
Why does the government increasingly spy on its citizens, put them on no-fly lists with no recourse, imprison them with no charges or access to attorneys, occasionally even openly assassinate them?
Why does the government freely conduct war actions and kill "militants" and civilians in other countries where its not even at war?
Why is it fine that more and more wealth and power is being concentrated in the hands of very few people?
Why does the US lag so far behind so many civilized western countries in so many quality of life measures?

On questions like these, there's often no difference between the major parties and candidates - they prefer not even to talk about them - and people who raise these questions are often dismissed as unreasonably leftist.

Recommended reading:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/oct/04/third-party-us-presidential-debate-deceit
or for a more irreverent take on it:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpMPu5p_QXU
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threeoutside
User: threeoutside
Date: 2012-11-07 16:05 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Huh?
Ah, thanks. Kind of what I thought but you put it much more clearly. *chapeau*

And, these are questions I ask myself daily. Also: When did we get so fucking mean in the USA?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-11-07 16:16 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Huh?
When did we get so fucking mean in the USA?

That trend is in lockstep with the rightward drift of our politics and culture since Reagan.
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threeoutside
User: threeoutside
Date: 2012-11-07 16:39 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Huh?
Yeah. I remember. Sadly.
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Magenta: Mpls skyline
User: magentamn
Date: 2012-11-07 16:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Mpls skyline
In Minnesota, it is cloudy and cool, and Democratic (except for Batty Bachmann).
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