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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-09-17 06:23
Subject: [links] Link salad for a hump day
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Tags:cancer, interviews, links, personal, politics, science

yasminegalenorn has espresso with me — A brief, fun interview.

Jayme Lynn Blaschke travels the Hershey highway — Is funny, does not have cancer.

Wikipedia on hypercanes — In case you need some SFnal weather to write about for a disaster scenario. “The extreme conditions needed to create such a storm could conceivably produce a system up to the size of North America, creating storm surges of 18 metres (59 ft) and an eye nearly 300 kilometres (190 mi) across.”

Let the record show McCain’s cheating past — “Suppose Barack Obama had dumped a crippled wife and married a beer heiress one month after the divorce. Do you really think he wouldn’t have been tripped up by such a scandalous past? The Republicans would have had a field day mocking his character. But John McCain’s tawdry personal history is rarely mentioned.” Fascinating reading, especially for those of you loyal to the party whose mantra used to be “Character Counts.” Of course, by McCain campaign standards, even the inconvenient truth is a smear, so I suppose talking about his personal history is just more evidence of liberal media bias.

The Power of Political Misinformation — “Republicans might be especially prone to the backfire effect because conservatives may have more rigid views than liberals: Upon hearing a refutation, conservatives might “argue back” against the refutation in their minds, thereby strengthening their belief in the misinformation.” This certainly explains the McCain-Palin campaign strategy of blatant lies unretracted. (Thanks to lt260.)

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Yasmine Galenorn
User: yasminegalenorn
Date: 2008-09-17 14:31 (UTC)
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You have a question, sir, over on my LJ blog. *grins*
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User: etcet
Date: 2008-09-17 15:23 (UTC)
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That lattermost point is something I seem to recall having stumbled upon explanations for in the past - the areas of the brain that trigger when the listener knows they are going to agree (or disagree) with a speaker going in are completely different. I wish I could remember the technical term for it so you'd have a useful starting point from which to google.

This is why "the liberal media" gets no traction with certain folks, and why right-wing talking heads are laughed off by lefties, and neither side scores many points.

People have become polarized and entrenched and inflexible; the foxhole political atmosphere, "you're with me or you're against me" (regardless of which side you're on) is self-perpetuating in the absence of someone inside your perimeter saying something surprising. I tend to engage in this - shooting off my mouth and playing devil's advocate, etc.
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Ruthanne Reid
User: ruthannereid
Date: 2008-09-17 20:01 (UTC)
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Daaaang that's a good McCain article. Yowza. *awards it twenty points*
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