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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-01-22 05:45
Subject: [links] Link salad heads for another day of chemotherapy
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The larval stages of the common American speculative fiction writer — Me making a funny about aspiring writers. Humor being what it is, a number of commentors objected to my snark about romance. (For the record I was also snarky about spec fic, horror, litfic and screenwriting — the whole piece is one long snark.) See here for a detailed discussion of the thinking behind the failed joke, if you're curious. It was not my intent to offend, and I apologize for that.

J.A. Pitts sees the ball rolling on Black Blade Blues — It's always fun to see a good friend hit the bigs.

xkcd is genius today — As is often the case with xkcd, the mouseover text is the capper.

Citroen U55 Cityrama Currus: From Flash Gordon's Future — I want one!

Bulgarian Air Force Mil Mi-24V — I'm having a heck of a time parsing this photo from x planes, but's eerily beautiful in a post-apocalyptic way.

Our ice is disappearing — More of those inconvenient, liberally biased "facts". Rush Limbaugh to the Antarctic ice cap, stat!

Proposition H8: An Open Letter to Andy Pugno — A very detailed and interesting response to the nonsensical Christianist bigotry that is the anti-gay marriage effort. (Via @MariKurisato.)

Is Health Care Reform Now Dead? — Obama, Reid and Pelosi had months to do this deal, and they pissed it away. Even if HCR does somehow come back, thinks will be worse than the already messy, limited compromise that was in train. This is literally life-and-death stuff to people with my health situation. Republicans who oppose HCR are happy to have people like me on the short leash of lifetime coverage limitations in our "best in the world" system without even a so-called "death panel" to appeal to. The Democrats are proving they are no better. I am so done with them.

?otD: Can you feel the IV drip?

Body movement: 60 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 6.5
This morning's weigh-in: 229.2
Currently reading: Bangkok 8 by John Burdett

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Kari Sperring
User: la_marquise_de_
Date: 2010-01-22 13:48 (UTC)
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Best wishes. I'm off to light you a candle.
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User: cathshaffer
Date: 2010-01-22 14:06 (UTC)
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Have you thought about writing a letter to some of the republican opposition to health care reform about your situation with the lifetime maximum? This is one of the most outrageous and unfair aspects of our current health care system, and your pesonal experience can really put a face on it. You are someone who has done all of the "right things." You have held down a job, were covered under your employer's policy, took reasonable care of your health in the past (ie, your cancer can't be "blamed" on a poor lifestyle choice you made), and yet using up your lifetime maximum health insurance is a realistic possibility.

This is one thing that is crucially different between health insurance and any other kind. If I smash up my car and the insurance company totals it out, they give me the "maximum" payout, I buy a new car and start over. Same thing with my house. If it burns down, the insurance pays out, I build a new house, and I start over, buying new insurance. There is no starting over with health insurance. You hit a maximum, or acquire a preexisting condition, and you're done. Uninsurable.
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David Moles
User: scarypudding
Date: 2010-01-22 14:12 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It's an attack helicopter (well, armed troop transport); the camera's looking from the fuselage toward a winglet sort of thing with a rocket pod on it. Cf. this picture. The texture's gorgeous, though.
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User: shelly_rae
Date: 2010-01-22 15:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oh yes indeed I can feel the IV drip.
Rest, eat often and I'll see you tomorrow.
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Jay Lake: calendula_shellyrae_jay_scars
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-01-22 15:27 (UTC)
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So glad you're coming. :)
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User: markbourne
Date: 2010-01-22 16:48 (UTC)
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::Gotta get my mind out of that gutter.::
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User: ulfhirtha
Date: 2010-01-22 15:50 (UTC)
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The "Larval Stages" piece, snark and all, is a good one and I have forwarded its link to my literary club at Yale, who have enjoyed it. (so don't ya be apologizing too much)

The Prop 8 piece is a refreshing one and its fundamental point well-taken.
However, some of its portions seem a bit equivocal - I can think of plenty of non-killers raised by hetereo married parents, so that part of the argument seems weak to me. While I am glad that the author's experience with divorce seems to have been a positive one, that too is by no means a constant feature of such circumstances. (again, my own perception coming from friends who claim that because of their parents' divorce, they have no real clue what a stable relationship looks like or how to be in one. Go figure.)

Health Care...yeah. I have close family in a similar situation as yours, so I too feel both urgency and frustration. In a way, it reminds me of what JRRT said (in a 1963 letter) about if Gandalf had taken the Ring - "Gandalf as Ring-Lord would have been far worse than Sauron. He would have remained 'righteous', but self-righteous. He would have continued to rule and order things for "good", and the benefit of his subjects according to his wisdom (which would have remained great). Thus while Sauron multiplied evil, he left "good" clearly distinguishable from it. Gandalf would have made good destestable and seem evil." It seems applicable here perhaps.

In any case, somehow I don't see moving forward in Congress as "ramming" anything through, but as continuing the normal legislative process and thus hardly inapproriate in that wise. Whether the result is moot or not is another question. But I too am less than hopeful, the moreso with the cold feeling in the gut of realizing that this milquetoast bill was apparaently the best the Democrats could come up with after trying to appease everyone, and even making some gestures designed to gain Republican votes (and failing, once it got out of committee). No wonder something more audacious like single-payer wasn't even let in the door. Amazing how much weaker this is even from what Nixon was after in '71. One thing it tells me is that Obama learned the wrong lessons from Clinton's try in '94 (too little Congressional involvement) and Bush's in '05 with Social Security (leaving it all up to Congress). Another thing it tells me is that Ezra Klein's assessment may well be right...as things stand now Big Things just cannot be done, even with supposedly obstruction-proof majorities, a popular president and a time of crisis to give real desire for change. We as a country simply cannot make progress on our problems. What, if anything, happens when we need to grapple with time-sensitive things requiring real sacrifice like peak oil, climate change (while we can still stave off some of the worse-case scenarios) and so on makes me deeply worried. Especially now that the Supreme Court has effectively authorized the corporate take-over of the government. (as one commentator notes, the total spent by all parties in the 2008 races was ~$5 billion. That is 1/3 to 1/5 the amount of the bonuses just given out by Goldman-Sachs this year. Petty cash.)
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2010-01-22 18:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
/bemusedoutsider here/

It gets simpler if we look at cui bono. There's a lot of public posturing on both sides -- but what actually happens is what the Big Money people want: Exelon, Wall Street, insurers, Pharma. This time that was so outrageous that the public balked.

The Clintons got some good things done by standing up to BM, and having ideas so good that the public supported them.

For starters, Obama might promise to veto any HC bill which includes mandates/fines, cuts medicare, bans importing drugs from Canada, etc. Such a bill might get enough public support to get through.
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Jay Faulkner
User: jayphoenix
Date: 2010-01-22 17:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I am almost too embarrassed to post this - but obviously 'almost' isn't enough:

I never knew about the alt / mouse over text on xkcd ... I am now, probably, going to have to go back to the start and read them all again :o)
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A large duck: Pow!
User: burger_eater
Date: 2010-01-22 18:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
If we don't get decent health care reform this time around, I don't know what I'm going to do with my country.
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