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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-02-01 04:36
Subject: [links] Link salad wonders what happened over the weekend
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Tags:amazonfail, funny, links, personal, politics, publishing, religion, science
Zinc blinked — Scott Westerfeld lays out the Amazon vs Macmillan episode as cogently as I've seen, and far better than I could have done. (In case you were off the Internet this weekend or something.)

tnh at Making Light rounds up the Amazon vs Macmillan weekend nicely — Including some key link love you might want to follow. Of especial note is John Scalzi again. Amazon's statement is here, btw. Dip into the comment thread if you want to know what the hard core Kindle fans think of all this.

FAILblog on furries — Or possibly the Furies. I can't tell. It's a FAIL!

Barack Obama to drop Nasa moon mission in budget cutbacksReports say planned human flights to the moon and Mars likely to be ditched in effort to rein in US deficit. Wow, I sure wanted a trillion dollar Iraq War more a whole lot more than I wanted a moon shot. Didn't you?

Pentagon to rank global warming as destabilising force — My God, there's liberals everywhere! Even in our nation's military! George Will and Rush Limbaugh to the Pentagon, stat!

Political Quietism And Religion — Daniel Larison saying things on religion and politics that strike a chord with me. He's literally the first conservative commentator I've run across who seems to focus on what's actually happening in conservativism and politics in general rather than seeing the world through some Reaganite Oz version of the conservative self-image. If more conservatives were like Larison, I might actually have some respect for their principles and thinking. Now on my daily must-read list.

?otD: Would you fly to the moon if you could?

Writing time yesterday: 90 minutes
Body movement: 30 minutes on stationary bike
Hours slept: 7.5
This morning's weigh-in: 224.8
Currently reading: [between books]

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Edward Greaves
User: temporus
Date: 2010-02-01 13:49 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
But Jay, we've been to the moon before. It's not like we'd invaded and defeated Iraq...oh wait.
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User: chris_gerrib
Date: 2010-02-01 15:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
From what I'm hearing on other space blogs, this is more "get NASA out of the ground-to-orbit business." There are several private companies that seem poised to offer cheaper access to that part of the journey. See SpaceX for an example. Arguably, sticking a capsule on top of one of Boeing's expendable rockets would be cheaper than building the Ares rockets.
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Danny Adams
User: madwriter
Date: 2010-02-01 22:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
>>Barack Obama to drop Nasa moon mission in budget cutbacks<<

I saw that NASA was only slated to get $1 billion of the $3 billion they would need for this. Or in other words, all they're lacking is a small fraction of a bailout package for a Wall Street investment firm.
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2010-02-02 00:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I suspect Obama would have preferred a new moon shot to an Iraq war, too. Too bad he didn't have the option to choose.
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