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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-10-21 07:26
Subject: [links] Link salad, up too late edition
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Metatropolis is Out! — As usual, scalzi says this much better than I could.

A reader reacts to Trial of Flowers Powell's | Amazon ] — He didn’t like it so much.

Tulipmaniagoulo sends this along for you fans of Black Tulip, my ever-unwritten Dutch historical.

Treatment on a plate — A dietary approach to treating addiction. (Thanks to lt260.)

Shorpy with a previous generation’s version of uploading and downloading. R-mail?

The Atlas of the Real World — Comparative mapping of various demographic and economic factors. Food for thought. (Thanks to tetar.)

A reader explains why he won’t buy any more of my books — In life, all is politics. I’m with scalzi on this one. (Note I am not calling this reader out as wrong — I hold precisely the same perspective concerning Orson Scott Card’s vile beliefs about my gay and lesbian friends. It would be hypocritical of me to object to this gentleman’s stance.)

MI Republicans Admit to Illegal Foreclosure Scheme, Surrender to DemocratsThe settlement acknowledges the existence of an illegal scheme by the Republicans to use mortgage foreclosure lists to deny foreclosure victims their right to vote. Hey, conservatives — tell me again about the crisis in voter fraud? Seems to me that you all are creating it to whip up your own base and block likely Democratic voters where possible.

Angry attacks on Obama have many roots“I can’t recall a campaign where so many people held beliefs about a candidate that were demonstrably false,” said Adam Schiffer, an expert on American political behavior and media at Texas Christian University. Note the story maintains the pretense that the anti-Obama vitriol isn’t being perpetuated by the McCain campaign.

Barack Obama turns rivals’ words on them in Florida“It’s true that I want to roll back the Bush tax cuts,” Obama said. “John McCain calls that socialism. What he forgets, conveniently, is that just a few years ago, he himself said those Bush tax cuts were irresponsible. He said he couldn’t ‘in good conscience’ support a tax [cut] where the benefits went to the wealthy at the expense of ‘middle-class Americans who most need tax relief.’” Hahahahahah. I guess McCain was for it before he was against it. In a Democrat, that would be a flip-flop. In a Republican, it’s Straight Talk!™

Body movement: 90 minutes suburban walk
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This morning’s weigh-in: 228.8
Currently reading: Nation by Terry Pratchett

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

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User: lauriemann
Date: 2008-10-21 14:40 (UTC)
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If Scott writes a good book again, I'd consider buying it. Problem is, he hasn't written a good book in a while. He has been a good fiction writer in the past, and I'm happy to support good fiction writers. I just pay little attention to his social commentary, which I feel is heinous.
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User: farmgirl1146
Date: 2008-10-21 17:00 (UTC)
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I appreciate you Link Salads very much. Thank you.

If you have not read it already, e_moon60 posted this:
What is real American. It is a very eloquent refutation of the Republican meme.
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User: blogastic
Date: 2008-10-22 00:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I seriously doubt Jcsphreak (jesus freak??) would buy your stuff anyway, you being an atheist and all. Which is fine, since you can't be kissing everyone's butt.

He liked Rothfuss's political rant because Rothfuss did not actually say "I'm voting for Obama". If he had, betcha Jcsphreak would have stopped buying his books ,too.

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