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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-09-12 05:43
Subject: [links] Link salad for a quiet Saturday
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Tags:books, cool, escapement, healthcare, photos, politics, publishing, reviews, science, weird
David Moles on Escapement Powell's | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Borders ]

GBS Settlement: No Professional Courtesy HereScrivener's Error, on in great detail about procedural and other flaws in the Google Books settlement.

That's how its done.The Edge of the American West with a very funny review of Chuck Klosterman's very funny review of the new Beatles box set. Yep, that's how it's done.

Tomorrowland: 1910Shorpy with an early, failed monorail. (As if there were early, successful monorails?)

Colombia Confronts Drug Lords Legacy: Hippos — Um, wow. I can't figure out if this funny, tragic or both.

Calling 911Bad Astronomy on religion, science, and 9/11. Money shot is when he comments that had those very devoutly religious young men been exposed to "the realization that they may be wrong and that all knowledge is tentative", the outcome could have been different. That, in a nutshell, is why religion is toxic to politics. Certitude is the enemy of progress, especially when compromise is literally sinful.

Chock-a-block with traitorous radicals — Liberals: even when we're right, we're still wrong.

Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty (R) advocates state sovereigntyAsked about the president's speech the night before and his support for a public health insurance option, Pawlenty said "it's frightening, it's ludicrous, it's a bad idea and the country is against it." If by "country is against it" you mean 75% poll in favor of a public option, sure. But then conservatives were never good at logic or math. Look how well they balanced the budget during the Permanent Majority days.

In radio address, Obama cites risk of losing health coverageThe report found that if the healthcare system is not retooled, nearly half of all Americans can expect to lose their coverage for some period of time over the next 10 years, the president said. This is a point I keep trying to make. Even if you're completely satisifed with your current healthcare coverage, and see no benefit to yourself or your family in the reform proces, you're still one layoff away from vulnerability. It's in everyone's self-interest to fix this system. The debate shouldn't be between admittedly flawed ideas and shout-downs of socialism; the debate should be between competing ideas.

A great deal of sound and fury in comments on my immigrants/healthcare post last night. [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] — Not to mention, prusik rather brilliantly noted in comments here on the LJ of mac_stone, [T]his is a nation founded by illegal immigrants. I don't recall anyone asking the Native Americans for permission to settle here. No one reviles the people who came over on the Mayflower though.

?otD: How long can it take, how bad can it be?

Body movement: 15 minutes of stretching and meditation, 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.75 (darn shoulder healing!)
This morning's weigh-in: 230.4
Currently reading: The Real Wizard of Oz by Rebecca Loncraine; The Other Lands by David Anthony Durham

Originally published at jlake.com.

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User: melissajm
Date: 2009-09-12 14:25 (UTC)
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That "Calling 911" article is excellent. Thank you.
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User: nojay
Date: 2009-09-12 14:28 (UTC)
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An early monorail that could probably be adjudged to be a success is the system in Wuppertal, Germany which started running in 1901. It is still in use by commuters and regular passengers rather than simply being operated as a tourist attraction.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-09-12 14:32 (UTC)
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I'm curious. How long did it last? I'd love to see some photos or some history.
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User: nojay
Date: 2009-09-12 15:51 (UTC)
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It's still in operation although it's been re-engineered several times to update the track and running gear and to expand the network.


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User: hal_obrien
Date: 2009-09-13 07:02 (UTC)
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Yeah, I was going to mention Wuppertal as well.

The Wikipedia article mostly focuses on the current-day system. Here's the official timeline/history page. Mouseover brings up boxes for each year with a dot -- clicking on the dot inside the box brings up photos in the top banner. Moving your mouse away from each box clears the photo. Somewhat clunky, but hey.

I think the 1903 picture is cool.
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Kari Sperring
User: la_marquise_de_
Date: 2009-09-12 15:23 (UTC)
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I am proud to be a traitorous radical. I'm a socialist, and I'm loud and proud about it. I was raised that way. Of course, I'm also British, but I'm left by UK standards (which, judging on the two dyed-in-the-wool US Republican hard-liners I've met, makes me a Commie Pinko by US standards).
And immigration? Make it open and legal for all. That's my position for my own country.
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User: bemused_leftist
Date: 2009-09-12 16:07 (UTC)
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I think what Pawlenty said has been exaggerated. Here's an article hostile to him, which would presumably use the worst quotes they could find -- but the words actually attributed to him aren't so bad.

I've heard good things about 'MinnesotaCare', the program the state already has.

In any case, if we want a public option, we need to be working on people like Obama and Pelosi to get it.
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