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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-08-13 07:22
Subject: [links] Link salad for a Wednesday
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Tags:cool, links, personal, politics, science

Material bends, stretches and conducts electricity? — I foresee crumple-able computers.

Handle with Care — The ethics of scientific change. (Thanks to lt260.)

All eyes on Mars — Basement planetology r us. (Thanks to lt260.)

Bush Administration panel accepts that humans cause climate change — Man, even this Republican administration has been suckered by the same liberal conspiracy which has fooled the Arctic sea ice and the climate as a whole. It’s tough to be a good conservative when the facts are so thoroughly biased against you. Luckily, in Republican politics reality is never an excuse! (Snurched from james_nicoll.)

jlassen with a Bushism which transcends the bizarre and lays the troubled corpse of irony to restETA: icedrake points out quite correctly that I have unintentionally endorsed some cherrypicking with this linked quote. Which is to say, staggering hypocrisy and intellectual blindness are the Bush administration’s stock in trade, but there’s no need to stretch a point.

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Originally published at jlake.com. You can comment here or there.

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Danny Adams
User: madwriter
Date: 2008-08-13 14:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
>>Man, even this Republican administration has been suckered by the same liberal conspiracy which has fooled the Arctic sea ice and the climate as a whole.<<

That dang liberal conspiracy is everywhere: Even U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Thad Allen said this past week that the receding ice in the Arctic is forcing changes in the military's mission up that way.
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User: icedrake
Date: 2008-08-13 14:51 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Re: Bushism at jlassen's: There's a key phrase missing that, when included, makes it much less of a stupefying hypocrisy. I would suggest that we need not engage in selective quoting when dealing with the Shrub -- he gives us so much clean, clear-cut material, after all!

An aside: Have you seen this?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-08-13 14:56 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thanks! I amended the post.

And yes, I saw that other piece. Which is part of the wilful blindness I see so prevalent even in conservatives of intelligence and good will.
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User: vee_ecks
Date: 2008-08-13 18:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yeah, Lassen's a good guy, but he tends to do that kind of stuff with political posts.
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User: mythusmage
Date: 2008-08-13 18:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Politicians look for things that will bolster their side, sometimes it has some relation to reality.
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Randy Henderson
User: quantumage
Date: 2008-08-14 02:33 (UTC)
Subject: And Bush replies:
Well, huh, science proves that humans contributate to climate change, you see. Luckily, we are not mere humans, we are Americans, and therefore clearly exceptified from this report. Further, as primarily liberals go in for "humanities" studies and the like, it is suspected that the report probably means liberals. In fact, let's just go ahead and cross off humans, and replace it with "liberals and other Un-Americans."

And get me the wiretaps on those scientists phones. There's gotta be something we can use there. I mean, listen folks, I've done all I can to push this headache onto the next prez, along with all the debts and stuff. And my oil buddies have built me up a nice little retirement nest egg with these gas profits. Everything is goin great. Can't you just do your jobs and keep these geeks in labcoats from harshing my buzz for six more freakin' months? Do I have to have my daddy's friends do everything myself? Come on!
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