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Jay Lake
Date: 2007-10-17 04:40
Subject: [links] Link salad, hump day
Security: Public
Music:the air conditioner's hum
Tags:books, culture, iraq, language, links, politics, science

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The Great Elephant Poo Paper Company — (Thanks to lt260.)

Why We Curse — (Thanks to tillyjane.)

Trailing an Apocalypse — Ice age floods and global warming. (Many of us in my circle of family and friends are Missoula Flood enthusiasts, especially tillyjane who sent this link.)

Maps of War — (Thanks to karindira.)

The New York Times on BookMooch — (Thanks to my dad.)

Lawbreaking in America — (Thanks to danjite.)


More "phony" soliders talk about Iraq — A Washington Post op-ed from a dozen Army captains who are veterans of Iraq.

Does Constitution favor Christianity? — "In the annual survey by the First Amendment Center, three out of four people who identify themselves as evangelical or Republican believe that the Constitution establishes a Christian nation. About half of Democrats and independents do."

Nobel economics winner says market forces flawed — Darn that liberal bias of reality. Quick, get him!

WTO rules against US cotton subsidies — Darn those anti-free market foreigners! Wait, subsidies aren't part of a free market...
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User: lordofallfools
Date: 2007-10-17 16:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
None of the twelve Army Captains served in Iraq during the time of the surge. Of the twelve, only two served there as late as 2006.

While this does not invalidate their point of view, it does remove the idea that they have some sort of special, on-the-ground knowledge about the effects of the surge. In short, it makes them just another twelve people with the same frustrations as all of the rest of us-- both with the corruption (widely known about) in the institutions Americans helped establish in Iraq, and with the lack of progress the public sees toward a functioning independent state.
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User: thecrimsony
Date: 2007-10-18 05:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Those ancient floods are just mind-boggling to ponder. We stopped at Dry Falls on the way home from Spokane one time and spent way too much time just standing around, looking at rocks. Well, we did meet in Geology class in college. :p
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-10-18 10:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Next time you're at Dry Falls, head west and go up, then down, Moses Coulee. It's pretty mind boggling, too.
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Kerry aka Trouble: Tazar
User: controuble
Date: 2007-10-18 20:05 (UTC)
Subject: Here's a weird link for you
I would post it, but I have a very small flist...

It's not a penis
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