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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-01-02 06:42
Subject: [links] Link salad for a Wednesday that feels like a Monday
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I do not want what I haven't got. — In this case, Hello Kitty contact lenses. I'm going to check outside the window to see if the four horsemen of the Apocalypse have ridden past recently.

Sentinel S-F Readers' Poll — Including my story "Fire-Heart and Rose Lips."

io9 — Gawker now has an SF blog. I'll be watching it a while to see what develops. scalzi, matociquala and Patrick Rothfuss are all namechecked in comments here. scalzi's take here.

The Fleecing of Avatars — Swindles and cons in Second Life.

Inadequacies of English alphanumerics — It's funny whem linguists rant.

Duelity — Evolution and Creation, told in each other's vernacular. A fascinating animation project. Watch all three of them. (Thanks to willyumtx.)

More on wrathful dispersion — Heh. The intersection of linguistics and religious mania.

When the GOP was Green — An old NYT op-ed (2001) about how the Republican party used to be invested in conservation. Not that long ago, either.

US Military SpendingThis is sobering. "We're the most militarized country in the world by far, on permanent war footing." (Thanks to MB.)
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Twilight: My Way (Illyana Rasputin)
User: twilight2000
Date: 2008-01-02 15:11 (UTC)
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In this case, Hello Kitty contact lenses. I'm going to check outside the window to see if the four horsemen of the Apocalypse have ridden past recently.

Silly -- that's just the First Horseman :>
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User: lordofallfools
Date: 2008-01-02 15:15 (UTC)
Subject: GOP oddities
I cannot understand why the GOP doesn't go green. It wouldn't be that much of a philosophical stretch for them. Stick it under the "Save the wilderness for our children-- kids of all eras need to be able to hunt bear!" movement.

It's the same thing with immigration. The GOP hates communists (historically); Cuban immigrants hate Castro. It's a match made in Heaven. (Or Havannah, at least) The GOP is traditionally religious; many Spanish speaking immigrants are devout.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-01-02 15:30 (UTC)
Subject: Re: GOP oddities
Cubans do immigrate under different rules than anyone else, thanks to some conservative 'fixing' of the code. Basically, if they touch the beach, they're in.

As for the GOP going (or going back to) green, I think it's because the property rights conservatives have really gained the upper hand in internal debates within the party. At least that's how it looks here out west. "Conservative" has been redefined over and over with an increasingly tight focus on individual rights. Essentially, the Northwest state GOPs have reinvented the Tragedy of the Commons, and are mostly through the process of enshrining that in law.

The attack on our urban growth boundary laws and environmental regulations here in Oregon through Measure 37 are a very good example of this.
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User: joycemocha
Date: 2008-01-02 16:28 (UTC)
Subject: Re: GOP oddities
And the sad thing is, many of the original environmental laws/regulations were enacted by Republican conservatives of the 60s.

Well, okay, not all of them were conservatives (i.e., Tom McCall). But rural Republican farmers were among the leaders who founded land use planning in Oregon, enacted the Beach Bill, and the Bottle Bill. Norma Paulus, Clay Myers, Tom McCall, Paul Hanneman, and others.

Sigh. When Vic Atiyeh starts looking liberal, then I know there's been a shift from my young political days. Unfortunately, I now realize that I was in and around politics and the state legislature as a lobbyist and intern when things started to change in the early 80s. I recycled a lot of papers from that era that I should have kept--things that would be golden these days, as far as tracking the growth and development of the modern destructive conservative movement.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-01-02 15:36 (UTC)
Subject: Re: GOP oddities
See here for exactly this "tragedy of the commons" issue in action, in Oregon:

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User: joycemocha
Date: 2008-01-02 16:41 (UTC)
Subject: Re: GOP oddities
There's more to the issue than she describes.

For one thing, old growth was pretty much logged out in the 80s, in Western Oregon. Growing up in Springfield, my default for seeing a log truck whiz by was a truck carrying three--count 'em, three logs. They were that big. Big second growth, though, not old growth (the real old growth was liquidated in the 1800s).

It's been years since I've seen a three log load. What I see these days are what we used to call "pecker pole loads." For a long time I thought maybe the log truck configuration had changed. Nope. Just the diameter of the logs.

Another point of observation. From age 10 to age 20, 1967-1977, I lived on a small rural farm next to the Weyerhaeuser Springfield logging train line which hauled logs from its BLM logging operations in the foothills between Marcola and Sweet Home. The train ran at least twice a day. It was nearly a mile long (we lived on a straight stretch of the highway which was a mile long--beloved of late night teenager racers--and the train would extend the length of the straight stretch). It ran three times a day before hoot-owl regulations kicked in during the summer.

Most of those cars carried three log loads. And there were log trucks whizzing up and down the highway as well.

Even if the cut were to magically jump up to those levels again, the employment in the woods would not be the same. One of the dirty little secrets of the logging industry collapse of the late 70s/early 80s was that many of the mills retooled and computerized, so that the jobs in the timber industry would never again be as high as they were in the halcyon days of the timber beasts.

And, most of what would be cut would end up being exported as raw logs overseas. That was what really ripped my shorts during the timber wars of the late 80s and 90s--all this ranting about the environmentalists taking away mill jobs, when all you had to do was cross the Longview Bridge, look down, and see the volume of raw logs getting loaded up on the docks to be shipped elsewhere.

From Longview. Where Weyerhaeuser's biggest mills were located.

(Gee, can you tell what was one of my big issues back when I was politically active? I once wanted to write about it, but realized I couldn't do it--even in fiction--in a sufficiently objective manner)
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When life gives you lemmings...
User: danjite
Date: 2008-01-02 15:18 (UTC)
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-01-02 15:31 (UTC)
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dinogrl: dinotopia skybax rider
User: dinogrl
Date: 2008-01-02 22:19 (UTC)
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I can has?????
Truly awesome haberdashery, dude.
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Edward Greaves
User: temporus
Date: 2008-01-02 15:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Interestingly, io9 is getting flagged by the corporate filters as a porn site.

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User: autopope
Date: 2008-01-02 15:42 (UTC)
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The io9 people?



(Grr. Boycotting.)
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Brian Dolton
User: tchernabyelo
Date: 2008-01-02 17:04 (UTC)
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I had a quick poke at the background to that US Military Spending piece. Carefully, the NY Times piece omits certain pieces of information - like, the figures for nearly everyone else on the chart are 2004 or 2005, but the figures for the US are for Fiscal Year 2008.

If you take the 2004 or 2005 US figures, the disparity is still large, but not quiet so outrageous (i.e., not actually bigger than the entire of the rest of the world put together). Id be interested to know if, for example, China's expenditure has ramped up at all lately.

It would be interesting to see some swings to that graph, like "per head of population", to see how it skews smaller countries like Israel (who I would probably have thought of as "the most militarized country in the world by far, on permanent war footing".

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jeffsoesbe: yeff negativ
User: jeffsoesbe
Date: 2008-01-02 22:20 (UTC)
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Keyword:yeff negativ
Gawker now has an SF blog.

Cory Doctorow apparently knows the io9 people and speaks fondly of the blog at BoingBoing. FWIW.

- yeff
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dinogrl: bruce campbell scream
User: dinogrl
Date: 2008-01-02 22:24 (UTC)
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Truly frightening, the Hello Kitty contacts.
I think http://www.hello-cthulhu.com/ needs to do the same, just to be fair.
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