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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-10-30 04:17
Subject: [links] Link salad, “The poet and the painter, casting shadows on the water”
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Tags:funny, links, personal, poliics, religion, stories

Tor.com interviews Dan Dos Santos — In which he says nice things about the Green cover.

Proporta Elephant Camouflage Kit - NEW Learn from the mammoth mistakes of your past and don’t let a lack of subtlety be your downfall. (Thanks to danjite.)

Red Sex, Blue Sex: Why do so many evangelical teen-agers become pregnant? — This is just sad. Family values. (Thanks to danjite.)

SETI: Figuring Out the Beacon Builders — Some really interesting stuff on SETI. One of the authors of the paper discussed is SF’s own Dr. Gregory Benford.

Emory workshop teaches teachers how to teach evolutionSome students burst into tears when a high school biology told them they’d be studying evolution. Another teacher said some students repeatedly screamed “no” when he began talking about it. (Thanks to danjite.)

Arctic ice thickness ‘plummets’ The thickness of Arctic sea ice “plummeted” last winter, thinning by as much as one-fifth in some regions, satellite data has revealed. Apparently the Arctic ice cap is in the tank for the liberal myth of Global Warming. Who knew the North Pole was Socialist? (Thanks to lt260.)

Call Him John the Careless — George Will on John McCain. Funny stuff. But sorry, George, McCain’s a real conservative. You don’t get out of owning the disaster of GOP rule that easily.

Can You Guess a Person’s Politics by Their Personality? Psychologist Team Says Yes — Guess what political alignment is driven by fear of change and avoidance of open-ended thinking. (Nicked fromtetar.)

NPR’s Science Friday on e-voting codeentp2007 says here, “It has a video interview with Yee and he comes into the audio segment at 13:30.” (Thanks to entp2007.)

Question of the day: Who is John Galt?


10/30/08
Body movement: airport walking
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: 226.4
Currently reading: n/a

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

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Hal
User: hal_obrien
Date: 2008-10-30 11:27 (UTC)
Subject: Randanian
"Who is John Galt?"

Alan Greenspan's mancrush.

Or, as Max More once asked at an Extropian party:

Q: What is "Fountainhead"?
A: The most superlative kind of head, the kind given by Ayn Rand to Nathaniel Branden...
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User: vee_ecks
Date: 2008-10-30 12:03 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Randanian
That doesn't actually sound very superlative. In fact, I think my penis just inverted itself.
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Hal
User: hal_obrien
Date: 2008-10-30 12:09 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Randanian
That's the great thing about that joke. It works straight up if you're of that persuasion, and the irony is strong if you're not.
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User: vee_ecks
Date: 2008-10-30 12:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
RE: The Will piece: I have actually seen and heard many conservatives lately discussing the sinister nature of all those individual donations to Obama in September.

These are really just terminally stupid, unsalvageable people, it seems like. I can't account otherwise for that and the other nine tons of total hogwash that's proceeded from the mouths of adults around me this year.
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Gary Emenitove
User: garyomaha
Date: 2008-10-30 12:52 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The subject of "John Galt" comes up regularly here in Omaha, where -- as you probably know -- there is a John Galt Boulevard.
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eilisflynn
User: eilisflynn
Date: 2008-10-30 13:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Who is John Galt? The symbol of our problems, perhaps?

I work at a financial magazine, and one of my authors sent me a copy of The Fountainhead. In the week it was sitting on my desk, six people walked by and exclaimed, "Oh, I remember loving that book!"

And that explains far too much about our current financial situation, I think.
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User: ext_119583
Date: 2008-10-30 15:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Wow, how exactly? Especially considering Atlas Shrugged is very much against the type of government the Republicans have been running for the past 8 years, and will probably continue to run with McCain.
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User: dirkcjelli
Date: 2008-10-30 14:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Isn't John Galt one of those dark lords of the sith from the cruddy end of the franchise novels?
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User: ext_119583
Date: 2008-10-30 15:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Who is John Galt? An incredibly interesting Scotsman!
http://www.gutenberg.org/browse/authors/g#a588
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scarlettina: Wonder
User: scarlettina
Date: 2008-10-30 15:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Wonder
Re: The article about teaching evolution: In Judaism we say that if you save one man (not in the Christian sense, mind you, but in a very practical "teach a man to fish" sense), you save the world. To me, the payoff of this piece is the very last paragraph:

Freshman Caitlin Wade said the activity helped her realize she can balance her religious beliefs with her love of science. “I can pray, read my Bible and study science,” she said. “I don’t have to choose.”

That's where understanding begins. And I've read about a number of scientists who say they believe in God more because of what they've learned about ourselves and our universe.

Myself, I think you know that my philosophy runs on a spectrum from true believer to complete agnostic depending upon the time of day, leaning more and more toward toward agnostic (which may make me a more authentic Jew than I've ever been; I think it's arrogant to insist that there's no God because there's just no way to know for certain). Being able to teach these kids that it's okay to say, "I don't know but I'm willing to check this out," makes them more critical thinkers, better students and better citizens, regardless of what it may do for their faith. I think that's a win, even if it takes a little extra work to get them there.
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lordofallfools
User: lordofallfools
Date: 2008-10-31 12:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
On the Sexxxed-up Evangelical Link:

Thanks, jay-- I've been looking for something like this.

Here's the concept that really struck me:

Religious belief apparently does make a potent difference in behavior for one group of evangelical teen-agers: those who score highest on measures of religiosity—such as how often they go to church, or how often they pray at home. But many Americans who identify themselves as evangelicals, and who hold socially conservative beliefs, aren’t deeply observant.

Even more important than religious conviction, Regnerus argues, is how “embedded” a teen-ager is in a network of friends, family, and institutions that reinforce his or her goal of delaying sex, and that offer a plausible alternative to America’s sexed-up consumer culture. A church, of course, isn’t the only way to provide a cohesive sense of community. Close-knit families make a difference. Teen-agers who live with both biological parents are more likely to be virgins than those who do not. And adolescents who say that their families understand them, pay attention to their concerns, and have fun with them are more likely to delay intercourse, regardless of religiosity.


Interestingly, I gave a sermon on this concept a couple weeks ago-- it's not enough to believe. It's vital to engage.
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