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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-11-12 06:51
Subject: [links] Link salad is blinded with science
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Tags:links, personal, politics, science

APOD with a farewell to Phoenix

“Super microscope” opens at Isis — Seeing very, very small things, very well. I loves me some Big Science. (Thanks to lt260.)

Barack Obama’s vision of a scientific America — God, it will be nice to have an administration that can see beyond the end of a push-poll, does nuance, and has a grasp of that vision thing. (Thanks to lt260.)

Different Worldviews for Obama, McCain FaithfulHalf of John McCain voters believe Barack Obama is or was a Muslim Is there any rational interpretation to this other than the idea that Republicans are low information voters who don’t respond to facts? (Thanks to goulo.)

Question of the day: How many red balloons?


11/12/08
Body movement: 30 minutes on stationary bike
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: 222.6
Currently reading: Open Your Eyes by Paul Jessup

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Ted: Recon Scribe
User: tedrick_james
Date: 2008-11-12 14:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Is there any rational interpretation to this other than the idea that Republicans are low information voters who don’t respond to facts?
Well, there is that picture that surfaced care of a Hillary Clinton underling of him looking all Muslim-like... in India. Which means he was probably looking all Hindu-like, not that I think most Republicans would make any sort of meaningful distinction between those two.

As for red balloons, I am partial to one floating about France, but 99 also works well.
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User: dirkcjelli
Date: 2008-11-12 14:06 (UTC)
Subject: Is there any rational interpretation to this
Republicans operate on the "where there is smoke, there is fire" principle and believe, incorrectly, that news agencies report the news.

Democrats believe similar fables, of course.
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Kevin Roche
User: kproche
Date: 2008-11-12 14:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
neun und neunzig Luftbalon
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Brennan M. O'Keefe
User: harmfulguy
Date: 2008-11-12 17:11 (UTC)
Subject: Reality has a well known Liberal bias.
Not to disagree with you about Republicans, but it may be more relevant to understand that what most of them do respond to is Authority.
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Andrew Trembley
User: bovil
Date: 2008-11-12 21:07 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Reality has a well known Liberal bias.
That's a myth these days.

The tinfoil hat branch of the Republican Party (which seems to be somewhere around half of it) only responds to the authority of their choosing. Any authority that doesn't conform to their preconceived notions can be discredited through some strange conspiracy theory.
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Brennan M. O'Keefe
User: harmfulguy
Date: 2008-11-12 21:49 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Reality has a well known Liberal bias.
Oh, I don't deny that they pick and choose which Authorities to believe. My point is simply that they value Authority over Evidence. If an RWA (Right-Wing Authoritarian personality) is predisposed to agree with a given Authority, any evidence that anyone else tries to present is irrelevant.
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User: ext_119583
Date: 2008-11-12 17:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Is there any rational interpretation to this other than the idea that Republicans are low information voters who don’t respond to facts?

I wouldn't say they are low information, I would just say that they are flooded with false information and low quality information. A lot of people make decisions based on pundits. I don't think that's rational at all.

I tend to point all my conservative and liberal friends to factcheck.org, which I find to be fair in its investigations. I would much rather argue on a point of fact than rumors and assumptions.
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Randy Henderson
User: quantumage
Date: 2008-11-12 22:00 (UTC)
Subject: Why We Need Scientist Heroes Again
My article in Fantasy Magazine that explains how science fiction will save us all: http://www.darkfantasy.org/fantasy/?p=1070
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Chris McKitterick: President Obama
User: mckitterick
Date: 2008-11-13 05:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:President Obama
Vision! Science! Hallelujah!

And McCain/Bush/Palin supporters? Um. Did you also hear that "Forty-nine percent of those questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released Wednesday have a favorable opinion of Palin, with 43 percent viewing her unfavorably."

I'm hoping that Obama in the White House can help reduce some of the pro-ignorance stance so many people in this nation hold. I'd like to be proud to be an American, y'know?
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