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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-01-29 04:42
Subject: [links] Link salad wishes it spoke every language
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Tags:culture, funny, healthcare, links, personal, politics, publishing, religion, science
Discussion of Google Books Settlement — In yesterday's Link Salad comments, between me and dr_pipe. Neither of us is an expert, but I think there's some good stuff going back and forth there.

Offline Book "Lending" Costs U.S. Publishers Nearly $1 Trillion

Justine Larbalestier on Mansplaining — Been there, done that, cringed.

The 10 most amazing unexplained artifacts — (Thanks to Dr Varanus.)

How scientists have revealed a dinosaur's true colours — Wow.

Plans for alien contact found wantingGovernments lack frameworks to respond to discoveries. I don't know whether to be amused or appalled. And more to the point, what will the world's religious do? (Via Cheryl Morgan.)

For Young Americans, Health Care Reform Is Our Fight — Someone who gets it. People who support HCR are trying to help everyone. People who oppose it are trying to help themselves. I know which side I'd rather be on. If that weren't true, we'd see significant alternatives being proposed by the Right, instead of "death panel" grandstanding. (And per a comment from @GrayRinehart via Twitter that I'm engaging in hyperbole, I offer the observation that the demographic most opposed to expanding government healthcare coverage is the Medicare demographic, who themselves enjoy significant government healthcare coverage.)

tongodeon explains Creationism — Thoughtful stuff. Interesting, very interesting. My favorite bit: ...creationists like to paint a situation where science is always changing and can't agree while the bible provides a more consistent picture when it's really quite the opposite.

Giuliani Wrongly Says Obama Didn't Talk About Xmas Bomber — America's Mayor Rudy Giuliani flat out lies, repeatedly, on CNN about Obama's State of the Union speech. No consequences whatsoever, except to reinforce mistaken beliefs of conservative viewers. Yep, Your Liberal Media hard at work challenging conservatism at every turn.

?otD: How many languages do you speak?

Body movement: n/a (underslept, to come)
Hours slept: 6.5
This morning's weigh-in: 224.4
Currently reading: [between books]

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User: etcet
Date: 2010-01-29 13:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
AotD: English (okay, "American"); geek, enough Spanish to get by in tourist destinations if the locals take pity and speak slowly, and maybe five words of Klingon (I finally found my lost dictionary)
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shelly_rae: Red clay hands
User: shelly_rae
Date: 2010-01-29 15:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Red clay hands
English, spanish, french (eh), latin, old English, anglo-norman, arapaho, and I get by in a bunch of others. Plus I read & understand most of these far better than I speak them.
I wish I was better at languages though. They reveal so much.
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User: anton_p_nym
Date: 2010-01-29 15:56 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
AotD: Two, sorta. English, and some extremely rusty French that was enough to get around Montreal but probably not enough for Marsaille.

-- Steve regrets losing that much of his hard-won French.
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User: daveraines
Date: 2010-01-29 17:16 (UTC)
Subject: Artifacts
The Antikythera mechanism is proof that Paolina Barthes existed and invented a taxicab to alternate universes!
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Kenneth Mark Hoover
User: kmarkhoover
Date: 2010-01-29 17:56 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Why, they'll try to convert those heathen aliens, of course!
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User: madrobins
Date: 2010-01-29 18:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
As one who lived under America's Mayor for his entire tenure I can tell you: lying comes naturally to him--he doesn't even notice that he hasn't told the truth in forever.
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User: madrobins
Date: 2010-01-29 18:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oh, and AotD: English, some Spanish, some French, and about twenty-five words of modern Greek--enough to ask for the bathroom and how much things cost.
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User: bemused_leftist
Date: 2010-01-29 20:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It seems likely that the final version of the current HC bill will cut $500 billion from Medicare.
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Elf M. Sternberg
User: elfs
Date: 2010-01-30 05:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
AotD: I speak American. I understand English. 私わ二本語が分かります.
Je comprends un peu le français. I used to know enough Cambodian to ask for a bathroom, but I've long since forgotten it. I took four years of Latin in high school, read all of Caesar, and now can't read a word of it.
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