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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-01-26 05:36
Subject: [links] Link salad has tire tracks all across its back
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SF Signal with a review of Other Earths — Edited by Nick Gevers and myself.

Philip K. Dick: A 'plastic' paradoxThe Berkeley boho spent his final years in Orange County, which suited him fine, his daughter says.

James Patterson Inc. — About one author's journey to the top of publishing. (Thanks to my Dad.)

The art of cutting leaves — Wow. (Thanks to willyumtx.)

Analysis of 32 million breached passwords — (Thanks to lillypond, a/k/a my sister.)

One year with Obamatongodeon is wise. Perhaps sadly so.

Why do so many of our political leaders support creationism? — Outside of a framework of faith, Creationism is arrant nonsense that has no place in decision making in a modern society. You don't get to choose your own facts based on faith. Yet the idiocy that is Creationism seems inescapable in our political framework, poisoning the well of thought, debate, education and law. I really like this take on where it comes from as a top-down political trend.

?otD: Are you experienced?

Body movement: 60 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 7.5
This morning's weigh-in: 224.4
Currently reading: Bangkok 8 by John Burdett

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Kenneth Mark Hoover
User: kmarkhoover
Date: 2010-01-26 14:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Politicians of all stripes recognize the fact religion has a social and cultural privilege that outweighs everything else. Let's face it. They'd be idiots not to kowtow to the Martian Monkey-God in public under those circumstances. Plus, it makes the lemmings happy, and gives them an even greater sense of empowerment, to have their belief-system validated in this fashion.
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User: bemused_leftist
Date: 2010-01-26 15:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
As to reassuring the public about things people fear will be in the HC bill (cuts to medicare, cutting off drugs from Canada, mandates/fines, etc), Obama has a simple move. He could just promise to veto any HC bill that included any of those things.
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Steve: Hal 9000 (2001)
User: anton_p_nym
Date: 2010-01-26 15:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Hal 9000 (2001)
How I build strong-ish passwords; (not entirely original to me, but taken from enough sources that I couldn't possibly cite even the majority.)

1) Pick a word that doesn't show up in most online dictionaries; it could be foreign, esoteric, jargon*, or a neologism.

2) 1337-speak it, with bonus marks for including punctuation/symbology, weird punctuation, and deliberate misspellings.

3) Don't tell it to anyone else.

-- Steve's found this works fairly well for him.

*Don't make the jargon work-related, though, or related to a hobby you post/blog about; that's too easy to guess.
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User: anton_p_nym
Date: 2010-01-26 15:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Argh. For "weird punctuation" in the above please read "weird capitalisation".

-- Steve apologises for the thinko.
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User: shsilver
Date: 2010-01-26 15:52 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
My own review of Other Earths should be going live this weekend.
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User: fledgist
Date: 2010-01-26 22:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Ah, Jay, PZ has just discovered the Gospel According to St Leo. Strauss and his followers believe(d) that the world needs to be made safe not for democracy but for philosophy. To do that, you need to keep the masses safely ignorant, to control change (so that it happens, when it does, under the control of the philosophers), and to dole out truth only to those few who are "ready" and "suited" for it. According to Strauss, every philosopher in history knew this and presented his (always his for some odd reason) teaching in a form that had an exoteric version, obvious and visible to the unwashed, and an esoteric version penetrable only by the wise.
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User: randy_smith2
Date: 2010-01-28 07:01 (UTC)
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It occurs to me that creationism is arrant nonsense even (or perhaps especially) inside the framework of faith. Just remember, it's an idea that's only been around for a little more than a century and may not have any staying power.
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