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[links] Thursday afternoon serving

Eugene Weekly reviews Mainspring Powell's | Amazon | Audible ] — (A big shout out to biomekanic.)

Face-Transplant Patient 'Satisfied' — A followup on the 2005 French face transplant recipient.

Great beasts peppered from space — Science is so much weirder than fiction. (Shamelessly nicked from james_nicoll.)

Gliese 581: 1 planet might indeed be habitable — (Also shamelessly nicked from james_nicoll, I think.)

scalzi on the fan writing defense initiative founded by naominovik — I find this fascinating, just as I found last year's dust up over plagiarism in the fan fic community fascinating. My opinions about fan fic are pretty firm, and Not the Least Bit Popular in the LJ community, but then I'm a copyright holder with a strong vested interest in the continued integrity (and unsullied economic performance) of copyrights. See my previous comments on producers versus consumers.

Thieves cut off man's 'holy leg' — Chalk another one up for the moral force of religion.

Ted Rall on those wacky Mormons

How things seep in — The success of White House's Iraq-911 linking rhetoric.

The Effect Of 'In Your Face' Political Television On Democracy — This pretty much explains the GOP media strategy of the past 25 years. Not that I'd been mystified... (Thanks to chriswjohnson.)

C.I.A. Agents Sense Shifting Support for Methods — The legal angles and wrangles of torture.

Spurred by Gratitude, 'Bomb Lady' Develops Better Weapons for U.S. — ""A war fighter needs to know one of three things: Do I let him go? Keep him? Or shoot him on the spot?" Since when do we shoot people on the spot? Specifically, people we've detained long enough to attempt to identify. Pretty much by definition that's an execution.
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