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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-09-02 04:16
Subject: [links] Link salad eyes hump day with bleary cynicism
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The Flash Fiction Open is going swimmingly [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] — Go read the entries. They're quite good. Submit your own!

In which the_child and I go play with space rocks [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

Guys Lit Wire reviews Mainspring Powell's | Amazon thb | Barnes & Noble | Borders | Audible ] — Nice things are said.

Robert N. Lee disagrees with my stance on the Google Books settlement issue

Art writing guru James Gurney on research: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 — I can think of less than a handful of writers who would go this deep. Amazing.

The Western Nostril on pension funds and those who don't speak Klingon

John Taylor and the Corpus Clock — Chronophage. Huh. Fascinating video. (Thanks to lordofallfools.)

The Five Biggest Lies in the Health Care DebateNewsweek documents the source and spread of some of the most persistent GOP lies about healthcare. Since conservatives can't win this one on ideas or on principles, all they have left is lies. Unfortunately for America, they're damned good at lies.

DeMint: Health Care Is a Privilege, Not a Right — Compassionate conservatism, from a Republican party near you.

McCain Admits Bush Torture Violated Treaties — Includes some fascinating references to Reagan's stance on torture, as well as the Bush DOJ quoted as saying in a court filing: "[Torture] undermines respect for and trust in authority, government and a rule of law. The gravity of the offense of torture is beyond dispute." Why didn't you speak up on this earlier, Senator McCain? Like, oh, when it would have mattered? Remember kids, as the GOP liked to remind us constantly during the Clinton years, character counts.

?otD: How many parts was Gaul divided into? *



9/2/2009
Body movement: 5 minutes of mediation, 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 5.75
This morning's weigh-in: 230.6
Currently reading: The Real Wizard of Oz by Rebecca Loncraine; Acacia by David Anthony Durham


Originally published at jlake.com.

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Johnny Eponymous
User: johnnyeponymous
Date: 2009-09-02 14:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
My Mainspring review from Some Fantastic is being re-run in the first issue of Exhibition Hall, my new steampunk zine on eFanzines.com.
Chris
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Karen, aka Ana Lake, ska Aine inghean Cathal
User: summers_place
Date: 2009-09-02 17:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
From the DeMint article:

I do think in our country and in any civil society there should be a safety net for basic health and food and shelter, but that doesn’t mean that the whole system should be designed around the belief that people can’t make their own decisions, can’t be responsible for themselves. What we do need to do is make sure everybody has access to policies they can afford, own and keep. We’re not doing that. What we’ve done is set up the whole system to reward employers for offering health insurance, but we don’t support people who don’t get their insurance at work, and that’s not fair.

Now, that part I can agree with. Problem is, he doesn't seem to realize that what he's saying there isn't anything terribly different from the philosophy underlying what's in HR3200, and therefore doesn't really support the rest of his position.

Strange how politicians can be so unwilling/unable to think things through logically...
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cj_ruby
User: cj_ruby
Date: 2009-09-02 17:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
DeMint may not be compassionate but he is technically correct. “Rights” and obligations derive from explicit laws, not from politically correct pieties. Maybe the debate should be adding a Constitutional Amendment that states Health Care is a right, then a single payer plan would almost be implicit.

But regardless of what DeMint or any other Republican says they don't have the political power to stop any Health Care law from passing in this session of Congress. The Democrats have overwhelming numbers in both the House and the Senate, what they lack right now is the will.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-09-02 18:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Well, sure. But we have a number of "rights" in this country which aren't legally stated as such, but would be viewed as such if they were removed. The right to own and operate a motor vehicle, the right to consume alcohol, etc. In a society that can agree people should be able to drink beer, and provide roads for driving, it's not a big leap to an equivalently strong, albeit not Constitutionally defined, provision of healthcare access.
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Karen, aka Ana Lake, ska Aine inghean Cathal
User: summers_place
Date: 2009-09-02 17:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
From further along in the Post and Courier's DeMint article:

I'm heartbroken that Chevrolet is owned by the federal government. I grew up in a Camaro.

Well, that probably explains it. Not much room in a Camaro for a course on critical thinking. Poor kid.
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John
User: djonn
Date: 2009-09-02 21:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
This is all M. K. Hobson's fault:
The Road to Tillamook: A Bob Hope/Bing Crosby Road Picture
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-09-05 18:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
:: screaming with laughter ::
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Brent Kellmer
User: skaldic
Date: 2009-09-02 22:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Reading RNL's analysis of the Google issue... he may be a designer who dabbles in writing, but he really doesn't understand the realistic effects of what the settle has the potential to do. His argument, for instance, that companies will have to do an adequate "good faith" search or face suit is facile at best, as it assumes your average author has the capability of suing a major corporation.

Basically, he's full of crap.
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Brent Kellmer
User: skaldic
Date: 2009-09-02 22:49 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
okay, to be fair to him, I have to say that he's got a point in that it works to deal with the issue of orphaned works and make them more available, but he pretty much glosses over the realistic effect of everything else it does as well. But you know all that, so I won't bother repeating it.
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