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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-07-16 05:35
Subject: [links] Link salad for a hump day
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The fate of the Oregon white oak — Small scale conservation, courtesy of the US Army. I especially like the part about how the artillery firing range at Fort Lewis is helping save the tree species. Plus bonus new-to-me word “dendrometer”. (Thanks to lt260.)

What the Duck takes on typos

APOD with an artist’s rendition of Makemake — Yet another distant planetoid. This solar system just keeps getting weirder and weirder.

Braised enterovirus, anyone?Language Log delves into the mysteries of Chinese menus, finishing up with an interesting question about bacterial foods versus viral foods.

How to Hide an Airplane Factory — (Thanks to willyumtx.)

HHS Moves to Define Contraception as Abortion — Ah, those loveable conservatives, always looking out for an individual’s rights in the face of government intervention. Unless that individual happens to be a woman. Or pregnant. (Thanks to danjite.)

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User: lordofallfools
Date: 2008-07-16 16:58 (UTC)
Subject: HHS Proposal
Here's a more even handed look at the proposal-- it basically says the same thing, without the spin.

NY Times on HHS Proposal

To sum up: the proposal would not allow government funding programs to discriminate against funding hospitals/clinics/practitioners who refuse to provide certain contraceptive drugs on basis of conscience. The logic is that some people believe that life begins upon fertilization of the egg; others believe that life begins upon implantation. Presumably a doctor cannot be forced to perform an abortion, so it doesn't stand to reason that they should be forced to prescribe drugs that will cause an abortion (depending on their definition of when life begins.)

I'm wary of the proposal, even though I'm opposed to abortions. It feels underhanded and ill considered; it feels like an election year attempt to purchase social conservatives' votes.
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User: paulcarp
Date: 2008-07-16 21:05 (UTC)
Subject: HHS definition
Nice how they sneak the term "human being" into the "destruction" portion of the definition. I wonder what later groundwork that inclusion will lead to. (Note: Human being means, and pretty much only means, person.)
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User: lt260
Date: 2008-07-16 22:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Suricattus has more on the HHS/King George subterfuge.


It is not if King George will screw America before leaving office, but how much. Unfortunately, we have the Oatmeal Twins and the spineless Dems to thank for some of this. It would be nice if they would rear up on their hind legs every once in a while, and act like the majority party in congress, instead of playing Mr. and Mrs. Crisco like they did on FISA.
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User: lordofallfools
Date: 2008-07-16 23:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
As this election year has progressed, I've become increasingly convinced that hope for America resides in our capacity for tolerant, reasonable discussion.

Alas. The more I read discussion about "hot topic" issues, the more my confidence wanes.

Then again...Orrin Hatch composed a song in support of Ted Kennedy's recovery. That's got to mean something.
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User: 19_crows
Date: 2008-07-16 23:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thanks for that airplane factory link! My dad (a member of First Fandom, by the way) worked there starting in the 40s, so of course I'd heard about it, but hadn't seen the pictures in a while. A coffee shop near the factory used to have pictures up showing the transformation.
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2008-07-17 03:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Jay, have you ever driven across Fort Lewis? It's really way too pretty for a military base.

Looks like it's time to support Planned Parenthood again, too.

Hell and damnation.
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User: mythusmage
Date: 2008-07-17 04:41 (UTC)
Subject: The HHS Announcement
First thing to keep in mind is that it does not ban contraception period. It proposes to ban implantation prevention methods. Well, effectively. So rubbers and The Pill would still be okay.

At the same time it does serve as an example of Poe's Law in action. What is Poe's Law? Poe's Law says...

"You can never make a parody about creationism more outrageous than what creationists have already said."

Its applicability to other fields of moon-nuttery are obvious.
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