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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-02-26 04:40
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"The Stars Do Not Lie" — My Nebula-nominated novella is now online at the Asimov's Web site.

Fantasy Fans: Where’s Your Outrage? — N.K. Jemisin on the Oscars and Quvenzhané Wallis.

Fifty Shades of BrainsSex. Zombies. Really annoying present tense narration. (Via a friend who almost certainly wishes to remain anonymous.)

Cataloging the Borg Complex — A rhetorical device. (Snurched from Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Lisa fears zombiesWhat happens when good housemates go bad… Heh.

Multigene cancer tests giving doctors new hope — Not to mention patients. (Thanks to David S.)

For Sale: Famed Nobel Medal for Discovery of DNA Structure

Finding Portland — A very nice video montage of Portland. (Via Lisa Costello.)

The Town that spent 25 Years Underwater — (Snurched from .)

WowEvidence exists that a large natural nuclear reactor formed and operated on Mars in the northern Mare Acidalium region of Mars. However, unlike its terrestrial analogs this natural nuclear reactor was apparently much larger, bred 233U off of thorium, and apparently underwent explosive disassembly, ejecting large amounts of radioactive material over Mars' surface.

Earthquakes’ booms big enough to be detected from orbitSatellites listened to the 2011 Japan quake and located fault beneath Spokane.

Why I'm quitting Facebook — Hmmm.

Why Won't Yahoo! Let Employees Work From Home?“What’s really troubling about this is that a technology company can’t figure out how to collaborate remotely,” says Kate Lister, president of the Telework Research Center.

Small rise in global temperatures could thaw permafrostStalagmites and stalactites reveal a 500,000-year history of Siberian permafrost Amazing, how liberals have managed to get half a million years of geology to support their climate change hoax.

“The Myth of Persecution”: Early Christians weren’t persecuted — (Thanks to Bellatrix.)

A Short Political Comment, In Re the US 2nd Amendment — Yes. This, too.

Comedian Beppe Grillo turns blog into Italy's third-largest political movement — Huh. We need more of this kind of principled activism, methinks.

4 Bogus Right-Wing Theories About Poverty, and the Real Reason Americans Can’t Make Ends Meet

I won't be Rushed — A conservative defends her criticisms of Rush Limbaugh. For one, part of the point I was trying to make was that the impulse to defend anything and everything that a party heavyweight says — to the death — has the deleterious effect of making conservatives seem irrational and herd-like.

If spending is cut, GOP will get the blame — Well, duh. The Republicans are the ones who keep gaming the budget and spending process, all while never producing an actual, detailed alternative budget. The amazing thing is that Your Liberal Media has for once done enough reporting for the accountability to be clear to the public.

Deluded Republican ReformersConservative pundits’ ideas about fixing the GOP are totally meaningless, says Michael Tomasky, until they deal with the problem of their party’s rage-driven fanaticism. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

QotD?: Hey la, who's back again?




2/26/2013
Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (Research and correspondence for the current non-fiction project.)
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 235.8
Number of FEMA troops on my block converting golf course to concentration campsi: 0
Currently reading: Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett

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jordan179
User: jordan179
Date: 2013-02-26 15:51 (UTC)
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Much of the cruelty of Hollywood offends me, as it always has, but I can't get offended about the inability to pronounce "Quvenzhané," because I myself would be unable to do so without at least seeing it diagrammed dictionary-style, and I would probably have to hear it spoken before I could get it right. That's the problem with having a very odd name, as I've found from having a slightly odd name: "Jordan Bassior." (People have gotten better at saying "Jordan" since Michael Jordan's career took off, but I still hear people say "Ba-SWA" (inverting the "i-o" order) rather than "Ba-see-or" (the correct and slightly Slavic pronounciation).
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daveraines
User: daveraines
Date: 2013-02-26 17:16 (UTC)
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Re: "The Stars Do Not Lie"

That's a good story.

A couple quick reactions: 1. Thanks for addressing the issue of faith, and especially the "faith vs. science" meme. 2. Morgan Abutti was a pretty respectful treatment of the faithful scientist, and Bilious Quinx was human enough to be believable, despite the obvious Grand Inquisitor and Galileo stereotypes operating in his life. I came away thinking "Fred knows faith."
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2013-02-26 17:22 (UTC)
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Thank you, sir.
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Tim Lieder
User: marlowe1
Date: 2013-02-26 20:37 (UTC)
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Not sure I'm really buying the Christians weren't persecuted line - especially coming from Salon. I can see an argument for the Christians exaggerating their persecution since a lot of the religion is based upon being persecuted and finding transcendence in the persecution (every Christian wants to be Jesus) but claiming that it only happened for 10-12 years out of the 300 between Jesus and Constantine seems to be very politically motivated.

Similar to Holocaust denial but slightly less disgusting. Same motives though - taking away a major force holding people together and highlighting the general awfulness of people in regard to The Other (in this case the early Christian)
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2013-02-26 20:56 (UTC)
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I don't really have the expertise to have an opinion on this one way or the other, but what about the point that Christians held high office and had churches in prominent public locations during that period? Not really the mark of a consistently persecuted group.
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daveraines
User: daveraines
Date: 2013-02-26 23:49 (UTC)
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I'm going to have to read the book. As I read the article, I thought the prominent churches were pretty late, around AD 300. My understanding is that while most persecutions were local events, there were imperial persecutions under Nero -- who famously blamed Christians for the fire in Rome, and also crucified and lit them on fire to light his garden. So I'd want to see what the author says about that. The Revelation to John was written in a time when Christians feared persecution, that Domitian would be Nero All Over Again.

The really interesting thing to me is the distinction between "persecution" and "prosecution," which actually reflects at least as well (IMO) on Christians as dying in the arena would. Because Christianity setting itself up against Empire is a theme that we could usefully recover nowadays, I think.
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Tim Lieder
User: marlowe1
Date: 2013-02-27 03:53 (UTC)
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Rome was collapsing at the time and was bigger than America is now. That argument seems similar to one that would be made concerning Jews in New York and homosexuals in 1970s San Francisco as proof that America was never THAT bad for Jews or homosexuals (or any other minority which found some degree of power in one area but could face a host of persecutions in another area).

Consider that Rome did not have a communication system and started killing its royal family every 20 years on average, I can see how Christians would have SOME latitude before Constantine made them official, but I don't think that we can dismiss Christian persecution as a myth.
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Anna Feruglio Dal Dan
User: annafdd
Date: 2013-02-26 23:39 (UTC)
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I am really scared by Grillo and his movement. I am not sure I would use "principled activism" to describe it. Maybe it will turn out to be a free for good, I don't know - but I have seen Grillo and he scares me.
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