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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-12-02 07:13
Subject: [links] Link salad sleeps too much
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Tags:cancer, climate, culture, drugs, gay, gender, healthcare, history, japan, links, music, personal, politics, science, tech, weird
Mochizuki Chiyome[A] Japanese noblewoman of the 16th century who was credited with creating an all-female group of ninja (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

The Monster of Monticello — Thomas Jefferson and slavery.

How Two Presidents Helped Me Deal With Love, Guilt, and FatherhoodGuidance from Bill Clinton and George W. Bush taught the author how to accept and understand his son’s Asperger’s syndrome.

Move to drop Asperger's from revised diagnosis manual gets approval

GRATITUDE FOR YOUR GENEROSITY: Our First Two-Year Research Grant — Colorectal cancer. (Thanks to Jerri Lyn.)

Dozens Of Covers Later, 'Hallelujah' Endures — More than dozens, I think. I have always loved this song, since the original release. (Via [info]garyomaha.)

A Budding War Over Internet EconomicsProposals for a “sender pays” policy will roil UN talks in Dubai. Telecomm today is fragmented. In North American cellular traffic, both sender and receiver pay. The cell companies have their hands in everybody's pockets. Outside North America, the rest of the world runs on "sender pays" only. But I don't see how this applies to the Internet, which is a essentially a receiver demand-based system.

Updated: "Scientists" uncover global league of mythical creaturesLack of peer review makes findings less credible, more awesome.

Marijuana advocates hope to rise from 'prohibition' — I have personally used street drugs in about 30 years, so I don't have a dog in this fight, but I've always thought the War on Drugs was horrible misprioritization of resources. Our incarceration rate is one of this nation's great shames, and a great deal of that comes from heavy overpenalization of objectively trivial drug crimes.

The Associated Press Bans Homophobia — Another victory for Right wing framing in Your Liberal Media, in which we will all continue to pretend that irrational hatred of the LBTGQ community is an ethically tenable or socially responsible position. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

West Point chapel hosts first same-sex marriageThe ceremony comes a little more than a year after President Obama ended the military policy banning openly gay people from serving. Strangely enough, military morale has not collapsed and God has not rained down hellfire upon the United States. Chalk up another big conservative wrong.

Obama's chance to change (political) climate — Ah, climate change. One of the things the American right will someday not too long from now be reviled for in both politics and history is making this a partisan issue instead of cooperating, or even leading, the fight.

How to Negotiate[T]he assorted Republican drama queens seem so two months ago, don’t they?

How Petraeus Created the Myth of His Success — (Thanks to David Goldman.)

?otD: How much sleep is too much sleep?




12/2/2012
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 13.0 hours (10 hours solid plus napping)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (on chemo)
Weight: n/a (forgot to weigh)
Number of FEMA troops on my block teaching evolution to children and redistributing wealth: 0
Currently reading: Neptune's Brood by Charlie Stross

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Steve: Anton Ego (Ratatouille)
User: anton_p_nym
Date: 2012-12-02 15:25 (UTC)
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Keyword:Anton Ego (Ratatouille)
re: AP ban on "homophobia"; I saw on Twitter at least one person glad of the ban, in that (in his/her opinion) the term glossed over too much and should be replaced with "irrational hatred" or "bigotry" or "prejudice" to make what it describes more plainly understood.

-- Steve's ambivalent on the decision, himself.
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russ: quo vadis
User: goulo
Date: 2012-12-02 19:30 (UTC)
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Keyword:quo vadis
Agreed in principle, but in practice of course AP is not going start saying "irrational hatred" to describe groups like Focus on the Family etc. They'll just be "defenders of traditional marriage", "opponents of same-sex marriage" and so on.
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history_monk
User: history_monk
Date: 2012-12-02 17:06 (UTC)
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The War on Drugs seems to be a replacement for the draft in keeping young men out of the way.
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jordan179
User: jordan179
Date: 2012-12-02 18:53 (UTC)
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Worse, unlike the draft, it performs no positive social function. At least the draft strengthened our armies during the Early to Mid Cold War: by contrast, what good thing does the War on Drugs do? It at best only slightly reduces the use of harmful recreational drugs, while ensuring that such use is far more dangerous both to the imbibers and to everyone around them. Worse, by promoting the formation of terroristic drug cartels south of our border, it is directly threatening our national security.

And yet we keep on waging this pointless "war." Why? Why were we able as a society to recognize that the draft did more harm than good, and end it, but not able to recognize the same thing about the War on Drugs?

My own guess is cynical. Those most harmed by the draft were young men including those from prosperous families (who might fail in college and thus be drafted); by contrast, it's relatively easy for rich kids to avoid serious punishment for drug possession. What's more, almost all of the serious criminality caused by the War on Drugs hits the slums. Nobody really cares what happens to poor people.
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history_monk
User: history_monk
Date: 2012-12-03 23:41 (UTC)
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The War on Drugs does have a positive social function, in some eyes. It keeps poor young men subjugated, as the draft did. To those with a need to "guide society's morals", through political moralising (religious or otherwise) that's an important virtue, and they honestly see it as that. To us, it's simple repression.

Edited at 2012-12-03 11:42 pm (UTC)
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jordan179
User: jordan179
Date: 2012-12-02 18:48 (UTC)
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The Monster of Monticello — Thomas Jefferson and slavery.

Wow, it's a good thing that a party finally emerged to oppose those evil Democrats and abolish slavery.
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Gary Emenitove
User: garyomaha
Date: 2012-12-03 12:38 (UTC)
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Minor typo above ("LBBTQ" which somehow sounds more like a tasty sandwich than a subset of people).
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-12-03 16:51 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Tasty, mmm.
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