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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-06-29 04:30
Subject: [links] Link salad comes back from Iron Springs
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Tags:books, cool, culture, escapement, green, links, personal, photos, politics, reviews, science
Jay Lake's Green: A Departure for the Clockwork Kingjeffvandermeer with a brief interview of me about Green Powell's | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Borders  ].

mordicai comments on Escapement Powell's | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Borders ]

1909 Russia in living color: The photos of Sergey Prokudin-Gorskii — A piece of history most of us don't see much of.

7 Man-Made Substances that Laugh in the Face of Physics — (Thanks to jaborwhalky.)

SETI: A Detectable Neutrino Signal? — Oooh. With bonus Antarctic science pr0n.

To fight deflation, abolish cash. Could Japan make reality of 'science fiction'? — Curious news from the economic front.

The Redder They Are, The Harder They FallWaPo somewhat disingenuously asks why Democrats "get away" with more sex scandals, apparently ignores their own answer - it's the hypocrisy, stupid.

Ante Up or Leave The Table — Conservatives and climate change denial, specifically the low cost of such denial in personal, political and social terms. One thing this analysis leaves out is how conservatives have been dead wrong in their opposition to just about everything in the past century or more — child labor laws, women's rights, civil rights, minimum wage, interracial marriage, opposition to entry in WWII, support for the Iraq War. An America run on the principles espoused by conservatives in every one of those losing battles would be a much bleaker, harsher place. Why do they have any credibility on climate change?

?otD: Who put the "Mon" in Monday?



6/29/2009
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride, 10 minutes of stretching and meditation
This morning's weigh-in: 221.4
Currently reading: P.S. Your Cat is Dead by James Kirkwood

Originally published at jlake.com.

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sheelangig
User: sheelangig
Date: 2009-06-29 14:16 (UTC)
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Someone dubbed you "The Clockwork King"?

That is just too damn cool.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-06-29 14:18 (UTC)
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You got me...

Tick, tick, tick.
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sheelangig
User: sheelangig
Date: 2009-06-29 14:28 (UTC)
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Okay, now I'm backing away, because listening to you tick makes me wonder if you're gonnna' 'splode.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-06-29 14:29 (UTC)
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Well, you know what they say: Tock is cheap.
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russ: lyles constant
User: goulo
Date: 2009-06-29 15:17 (UTC)
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Keyword:lyles constant
This proves time really is on your side. :)
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Jay Lake: tech-x4449_lamp
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-06-29 15:19 (UTC)
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Keyword:tech-x4449_lamp
I second that!
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fledgist
User: fledgist
Date: 2009-06-29 20:04 (UTC)
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If you've got Time, you've got Life.
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Blue Tyson
User: bluetyson
Date: 2009-06-29 17:17 (UTC)
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-06-29 17:22 (UTC)
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Um, wow...
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Bob
User: yourbob
Date: 2009-06-29 14:35 (UTC)
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AofD: Jamaca, Mon!
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Kenneth Mark Hoover
User: kmarkhoover
Date: 2009-06-29 15:22 (UTC)
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Thank you for the link of 1909 Russia. :)
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Brian Dolton
User: tchernabyelo
Date: 2009-06-29 17:13 (UTC)
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"One thing this analysis leaves out is how conservatives have been dead wrong in their opposition to just about everything in the past century or more — child labor laws, women's rights, civil rights, minimum wage, interracial marriage, opposition to entry in WWII, support for the Iraq War."

This isn't the first time I've seen you state this, or something very similar. You seem to imply that their stances have been objectively, rather than subjectively, wrong. I think a number of these examples ARE subjective, even now - and many certainly were at the time they were an issue.

You are also being interestingly selective - were the conservatives wrong in, for example, opposing the USSR's brand of "communism"?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-06-29 17:21 (UTC)
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I'm willing to be convinced that the conservative stance was subjectively wrong, but to my view they've been objectively wrong on most of those issues. I don't see an objective, good faith stance for opposing civil rights, child labor laws, women's rights, interracial marriage, gay marriage etc. I do see an objective good faith stance for opposition to abortion, though I'm quite cynical about the blatant political opportunism behind most of that movement. (That last observation, of course, is heavily tinged with my own observer and confirmation biases.)

As for minimum wage and market regulatory changes, almost without exceptions conservatives have grandstanded doomsaying with every major shift in policy, and they've been objectively wrong every time. There's certainly principled opposition to those moves depending on where you choose your ground in economic theory, but it has not panned out, at least in the post-WWII era, and I don't think any time in the 20th century.

As for opposition to entry into WWII and support for Iraq, I'll grant a more subjective approach there without debate, though my cynicism stands. Opposition to communism was almost certainly misemphasized -- the early history of the Soviet Union included a significant interest in help and support from the United States, which they initially perceived as a fellow revolutionary nation. Much of our enmity there was self-created, and opposition to Communism outside a fairly narrow spectrum of the far left was a stance from all sides of the political aisle in the US for decades. *Conservative* opposition to Communism brought us black lists, the Red Scare, Joe McCarthy, etc.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-06-29 17:27 (UTC)
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For that matter, turn the question around. What major social and political issues have conservatives been on the right side of?
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ericjamesstone
User: ericjamesstone
Date: 2009-07-01 00:03 (UTC)
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1. Free trade. While there are protectionists on both the right and left, and politicians from both sides tend to be inconsistent, the major opposition to free trade comes from the left, the strongest support from the right.
2. Nuclear power. The experience of France has proven that a majority of an industrial nation's electricity can be generated safely through nuclear power.
3. Illegitimacy. A whole host of social ills--from high crime rates to poverty--can be blamed in part on government policies that led to children being born to single mothers and/or being abandoned by their fathers.
4. The Surge in Iraq. Liberals claimed it would never work and we should just abandon Iraq to civil war. (Whether or Bush was wrong to invade originally, liberals were wrong about the Surge.)

But let's apply your logic (conservatives have been wrong many times in the past on important issues, so why should we pay attention to them on global warming) to another group:
Environmentalists have been spectacularly wrong many times in the past on claims of global catastrophe, so why should we pay attention to them on global warming?
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e_bourne
User: e_bourne
Date: 2009-06-30 01:00 (UTC)
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Answer: Thank the Germanic peoples, who gave us so much of the English language. The mon is really the Moon, or Mondaeg, which naturally follows the day of the Sun or Sonndaeg.
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