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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-08-25 07:12
Subject: [links] Link salad always pays its debts
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Tags:australia, china, climate, culture, guns, history, links, media, nature, personal, politics, race, russia, space
23 Signs You're Secretly An Introvert — The hilarious part about this article is how many of these apply to me.

Old globe may be first to depict New World

Where The Whale Sharks Go — (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

China aiming to be newest—and largest—space superpowerExperts say a Chinese moon landing "very much in the cards." Good for them. We've certainly lost the will to space here in the United States. I'm glad some country somewhere has the pride and ambition to keep trying.

Are Americans Ready to Rebel Over Climate? — Sadly, no. There is a much stronger streak of rebellion over the entirely imaginary Kenyan Muslim socialist depredations of our current president than there ever will be over the civilization-threatening reality of climate change.

Al Gore hurricane hubbub and climate changeWhile some supporters of climate policy reform occasionally overstate the effects climate change will have on extreme weather, opponents of climate policy often go completely off the rails, accusing scientists of possible criminal behavior and rejecting the reality of climate change itself. The latter actions are far more damaging to dialogue around climate policy. In fact, they poison our public discourse. You can't deal with a problem if you refuse to acknowledge it exists. Welcome to conservative America.

Wild Applause, Secretly ChoreographedDesignated Cheering Spectators Thrive at the Bolshoi Theater. Some interesting parallels with the American political media here. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

When Australians gave back their guns — Some countries are sane when it comes to gun violence. And much, much more successful at ensuring the safety of their citizens than we are. Firearms are America's national mental illness. 30,000 deaths per year has no justification.

Student 'Subversives' And The FBI's 'Dirty Tricks' — Ronald Reagan always was a liar and a fraud. He was doing many of the things to stifle dissent and restrict freedom that conservatives like to pretend Obama is doing, about the time Obama was born. Ever seen a freedom-loving Republican protest the Gipper? (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

Powell: Trayvon Martin Verdict 'Questionable' — That's it. He's done being a Republican. Either that or a Limbaugh apology tour is imminent. Conservatives are not allowed to discuss the realities of race in America, ever.

QotD?: Is winter coming?




8/25/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours stationary bike
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a4nightblade
User: a4nightblade
Date: 2013-08-26 07:54 (UTC)
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Sadly, even though it took an Australian conservative Prime Minister to initiate the buy-back scheme the number of imported firearms continues to increase here (mostly those exempt from the ban). =/
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Dave O'Neill
User: daveon
Date: 2013-08-26 15:39 (UTC)
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Colin Powell always struck me as being the kind of Conservative I grew up with. Principled, sane and capable of flexible thought. That said, having grown up in a Conservative British household I often find Democratic politics a little to the right of where I'm comfortable.
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Teal: Dark Llama
User: teal_cuttlefish
Date: 2013-09-05 23:38 (UTC)
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There really is no liberal/progressive party with any clout in the US. I can't support the Greens because without a huge infusion of cash it would be pretty pointless. But the Democrats are almost as far right as the Republicans -- except for women's rights, and to a small extent, care of the less fortunate and health care. And I think the hatred for health care in the R party is that a black man dared succeed in passing it rather than the actual program itself. The racism in the R party does seem quite apparent to me.
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