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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-07-30 06:16
Subject: [links] Link salad packs its bags for the far side of the world
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They’re going to have to use a flamethrower on that cat — Cat vs. octopus. Weirdly funny.

Jay Lake, jusqu’au bout en fantasy — Apparently, I'm big in France. (Actually, this is a nice news plug about what's going on with me right now. Merci, y'all.)

Question of the day, sex toy edition (NSFW) — Copyright. Hah! (Via Scrivener's Error.)

A Continent Mired in Crisis Coins a Language of Economic Pain — (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

RNA Drugs Target Genes That Were Once Off-LimitsA unique class of RNA drugs could bring new treatments to cancer and other diseases.

Yellowstone wolves spur recovery of bears' berries

New teeth grown from urine — Pretty sure they're just taking the piss on this one.

How Astronauts go to the bathroom — (Via David Goldman.)

An Inflatable Emergency Airborne Communications Network

If not for clouds and nitrogen, Earth could be an uninhabitable hell right now — So sort of like Bridgeport, CT?

Ark. District Arming Teachers, Staff With Guns — Because nothing says child safety like MOAR GUNZ!

Fox News Anchor Dumbfounded That A Scholar, Who Is Muslim, Had The Audacity To Write A Book About Jesus — Welcome to the conservative mind.

How to Lose Friends, Citizens and InfluenceThe U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act seeks to co-opt foreign banks as long-arm enforcement agencies of the IRS. (Via [info]danjite.)

Young Republicans: Let’s Not Give Democrats Any Reason To Call Us Bigots — Yeah, good luck with that. If you want to manufacture angry white men, you are institutionalizing bigotry.

Obama Says Ho Chi Minh Was Inspired by Founding Fathers, Conservatives Freak OutBut Obama's comment wasn't a gaffe or insult to American war vets, as much as someone like Allen West would like it to be. What Obama said is literally a historical fact. But those liberal "facts" don't matter when there's angry white men to be manufactured by stoking conservative outrage.

QotD?: What's the longest flight you ever took?




7/30/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.75 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 250.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block conducting Department of Justice investigations of white patriots: 0
Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg

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fjm
User: fjm
Date: 2013-07-30 13:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
while better explaining the Affordable Care Act’s cost shift onto younger, healthy individuals.

They seem to have missed the point that we all pass out of that category eventually.
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Larry Sanderson
User: lsanderson
Date: 2013-07-30 14:16 (UTC)
Subject: Longest Flight?
United Flight Minneapolis to Ho Chi Minh City

Minneapolis MSP => Chicago ORD (Forced to gate-check all luggage in Mpls)
ORD => Hong Kong^1 HKG (B747 no start; go to hotel in Chicago)
ORD => Hong Kong^2 HKG (Intercom: Is there a Doctor on Board? Divert to Anchorage; Wait long time on runway; go to hotel in Anchorage.)
ANC => Hong Kong^3 HKG (Trapped in transit hell, flight's passengers fallen off United's computers)
HKG => Ho Chi Minh City SGN




Edited at 2013-07-30 02:17 pm (UTC)
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Autopope
User: autopope
Date: 2013-07-30 15:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Longest intentional flight: Melbourne (AUS) to Edinburgh (UK): approximately 24 hours. (747 from Melbourne to Singapore, 60 minutes on the ground for refueling, then onwards to Paris; arrived Paris 22 hours after departure, then switch to short-haul, Paris-Edinburgh.)

Longest unintentional flight(s):

1) Edinburgh to San Diego via Dublin and New York -- arrived 38 hours late (two cancelled flights due to storms, a night crashing on a friendly editor's spare bed, and a mad dash across Dallas-Fort Worth to make a connection).

2) Tokyo to Edinburgh -- arrived home a week late, but never took off in the first place: return flight on long trip was cancelled in 2010 because Eyjafjallajökull erupted, grounding all flight to Europe. Eventually arrived on schedule after flight was rebooked for a week later.

Edited at 2013-07-30 03:11 pm (UTC)
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Lioness
User: elisem
Date: 2013-07-30 21:49 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Longest flight was NYC to Wellington, NZ, by way of I-forget-where-in-the-US and also Sydney Australia, where we changed planes, but I don't remember exactly how long it was. Fortunately, PNH had brought along episodes of Treme to watch, and there were books. And the food was actually pretty good on the plane.
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