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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-10-21 04:23
Subject: [links] Links salad is there in the corner, losing its religion
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Tags:art, books, healthcare, links, personal, politics, religion, science, videos
Vintage Trashy Psperback Covers — Mmm, mmm, love that art.

Beyond Darwin: The Future of Exoplanet Imaging — This is fascinating stuff.

The Open Space Movement — Exactly what the name says, and a cool idea. Quite curious to see where the implementation goes. (Thanks to LW.)

An Open Letter to Bill Maher on Vaccinations — Antivaxing isn't just wilful ignorance, like evolution denial, it's downright dangerous.

The Takeover — Ta-Nehisi Coates on Pat Buchanan embarrassing conservatives (and Americans everywhere) yet again.

"We've got a rep for that" — Republicans in Congress. Funny, or it would be if it weren't true. (Thanks to CEP.)

Fear Not: What does virtual rumor-mongering say about Christians? — Associated Baptist Press on conservative rumor mongering. Note the references to Fox News. I find this fascinating, because this is the Evangelical community talking to itself about some of the things I find most poisonous and wrong-headed about American Christians. (Via Talking Points Memo.)

?otD: Is that you there in the spotlight?



10/21/2009
Body movement: n/a (sick houseguest)
Hours slept: 5.25
This morning's weigh-in: 233.2
Currently reading: Dragon in Chains by Daniel Fox

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jtdiii
User: jtdiii
Date: 2009-10-21 11:32 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
A fun one for you http://dresdencodak.com/2009/05/11/42-essential-3rd-act-twists/
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S-47/19-J
User: shsilver
Date: 2009-10-21 11:59 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
"We've got a rep for that" I'm so proud that my rep was the third one listed. However, since he's now running to try to fill Obama's former seat, he won't be my rep for long. Just hope he doesn't become my Senator.
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Elf M. Sternberg
User: elfs
Date: 2009-10-21 18:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I would say that evolution denial is harmful, too. Not on a personal level, as antivaccination is, but certainly on the long-term, national level. Despite the claims of the right that the US is "in decline" because of the current administration; the US has been in decline for a long time. There is nothing wrong with the brains of the people in Asia or Africa; they will, given enough time, build institutions as good as Harvard, Princeton, or MIT in handing world-class educations to world-class minds.

Evolution denialism, in its virulent forms, detracts from the pool of American candidates for these world-class educations, and deters world-class candidates from coming here for their educations, staying here, raising families here, and ultimately creating, patenting, and trading on their talents here.

If the right wants to wonder why the US is in decline, they need to look in a damned mirror.
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Brian Dolton
User: tchernabyelo
Date: 2009-10-21 19:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Regarding the "rumour-mongering" article you mention - I think one thing that is overlooked is, quite simply, that people receive an email from friends/felow churh-goers/people whose views they sympathise with... so they trust it. They have no reason to disbelieve (not being the type to snoop around for original sources, as some of us are prone to) and they feel it is important and so they pass it on; and so it grows.

I have no doubt that many of the people whopass on such things do so "innocently" (though as we know, lack of malice is not the same as lack of culpability). I am equally sure, however, that many such email rumours are started very very deliberately by people with very specific agendas.
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Katrina
User: kmarier
Date: 2009-10-21 23:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thanks for posting the link to the open letter to Bill Maher about vaccinations. 15 years ago, my dad was at a local electronics company (no, not the MS behemoth) and a co-worker came down with scarlet fever. Said co-worker's wife didn't believe in vaccinations and had refused to have the preschooler vaccinated. Well, she was exposed, she and dad got sick. Turns out my Dad was the only one in the dept who was up-to-date on his shots; everyone else was summarily sent home for a mandatory two-week evacuation. This was the entire division/floor - at least 50 people. Talk about lost productivity, profit, etc...
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