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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-02-25 05:37
Subject: [links] Link salad wakes up and wonders what the day will bring
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Tags:books, links, personal, photos, politics, publishing, reviews, rocket science, trains
A reader reacts to Rocket Science

You're Staring at My Story's Package (1)Scrivener's Error on copyrights and book editions. Fascinating stuff, if you're into the business of books.

The Underwear Railroad: 1906 — A rather strange train photo from Shorpy.

Millis: Approaches to Interstellar Flight — Some fascinating stuff here for you skiffy writers.

NASA talks global warming — As usual, the facts are biased against the conservative worldview. Not that this slows them down for a moment...

GOP Trying To Exploit and Contain Populism At The Same Time — Conserative blogger Daniel Larison proves once again why I've come to admire his writing so much. He hits the nail on the head about much of what bothers me in the current conservative political stance, writing from the inside of the movement.

GOP Rep King feels heat for suicide bomber sympathies — White male tax protestor flies plane into building? Conservative hero. Muslim radical flies plane into building? Decade-long war on terror. Cognitive dissonance much, GOP?

Nicaragua prevents treatment of pregnant cancer patient — Welcome to the magical world of conservativeland, where even maternal death and the orphaning of an existing child doesn't matter when measured against the rights of a ten week fetus. Proud of yourselves, guys? This is the future you're making for all our daughters.

The gathering storm — Roger Ebert on privatization, public services, and where the money went. The GOP has been captured by a far-right movement that places its abstract ideology above practical needs and concerns in the real world. Well, it does. You can see that when Tea Partiers demonstrate against their own self-interest. Very much worth the read, especially if you think you'll disagree with him.

NYTimes Public Editor Declines to Recommend Retraction for Multiple Erroneous Reports on False ACORN 'Pimp' Story — This is kind of inside baseball for political media junkies, frankly, but it's an excellent example of how the liberal media isn't. That "liberal media" meme may have been Atwater and Ailes' greatest single success, it's so false and so toxic to actual political reporting in this country, and has effectively converted the entire national media into a Right Wing echo chamber for the past three decades.

?otD: Who moved my cheese?



2/25/2010
Writing time yesterday: 0 hours (exhausted)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.0 (slept well)
This morning's weigh-in: n/a (forgot)
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 6/10
Currently reading: [between books]

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S-47/19-J
User: shsilver
Date: 2010-02-25 13:56 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It seems to me that whenever anyone mentions the idiot who flew his plane into a building in Texas or his defenders, they should also mention, by name, Vernon Hunter, the Viet Nam veteran who had gone to work that day and was murdered by an asshole with a plane.
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Jay Lake: politics-report
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-02-25 14:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:politics-report
You, sir, are an objectively pro-terrorist liberal Muslim socialist Nazi communist. Please report for re-education.
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S-47/19-J
User: shsilver
Date: 2010-02-25 14:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'd prefer to be a Fascist instead of a Nazi after what the latter did to my family.

I also note that Vernon Hunter's family is suing the sack-o-shit's widow.
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mcjulie
User: mcjulie
Date: 2010-02-25 15:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Totally agreed about the liberal media thing.

When (Senator!!!) Al Franken analyzed a certain period of mainstream media reporting in depth for Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them, he found a moderate liberal tendency in reporting on social issues, and that was it. There was a strong conservative bias on economics, and a really notable pro-Republicans bias.

I believe that one way the myth is really destructive is that individual journalists -- who tend liberal in terms of their own personal politics -- second guess themselves in the interest of remaining "neutral" and further the right wing narrative that way.

But, here's a thought. A few days ago you linked to an essay describing political thought as a diamond shape, with liberalism and totalitarianism opposite each other and progressive/conservative perpendicular to that. In this model, a free press is by definition liberal. It's just not progressive.


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shelly_rae
User: shelly_rae
Date: 2010-02-25 16:47 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Not only will the woman not get the care for cancer she needs because of a ten week fetus, but her young child will be left without a mother. In this case both will probably die anyway.

I had a high school friend who found out she had leukemia when she was 4 months pregnant with twins. SHE decided to carry to term and then start chemo. The babies were born early as twins often are and Charlie died a few months later. The important difference? It was HER choice. Yet these boys believe that they killed their mother. These choices have ripples that people cannot imagine.

And then there's me. sigh.
Anon

P.S. Your cheese is still in the fridge, behind the applesauce.
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Jay Lake: writing-stained_glass_book
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-02-25 16:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:writing-stained_glass_book
Choices are so hard. Why do some people think their holy book requires them to make those choices for total strangers?
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ulfhirtha
User: ulfhirtha
Date: 2010-02-25 19:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'd surmise that because once they take it *for* a holy book, in which they find The Truth, they naturally expect that Truth applies to everyone. It seems a very human reaction.* Nuance, reflection or humility doesn't always mix well there.

(*then again, other Truths are taken so in other contexts - such as that there *are* things like human rights and that everyone should follow/respect them. How those Truths are arrived at can vary greatly, though)
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Elf M. Sternberg
User: elfs
Date: 2010-02-25 18:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The editor of the New York Times refused to retract the story because, "The story says O'Keefe dressed up as a pimp and trained his hidden camera on Acorn counselors. It does not say he did those two things at the same time." [Emphasis in the original.]

You have got to be kidding me. Well, he's redefining the common understanding of the use of the word "and," I suppose. That's a liberal value, isn't it? Like wondering what the meaning of "is" is.
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ulfhirtha
User: ulfhirtha
Date: 2010-02-25 18:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Having finally seen his pimp outfit, I strongly wonder if the ACORN people he approached thought they were being pranked or if this were some kind of joke or stunt. Which it was.
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Elf M. Sternberg
User: elfs
Date: 2010-02-25 19:47 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
But that's the point. He wasn't wearing the pimp outfit when he visited ACORN's offices. He and his female accomplice wore professional clothing: suits, ties, that sort of stuff.

All of the pictures of O'Keefe dressed up as a pimp were filmed somewhere else and spliced into the video later.

It is a Huge Lie, created by the right-wing sound machine. And the New York Times is dragging its feet on admitting it got sucked into a lie.
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A large duck
User: burger_eater
Date: 2010-02-25 19:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The outrageous thing about the ACORN videos is that, while the videos have been heavily edited (and never released in full), O'Keefe's patrons posted an unedited transcript on their own website. The transcript makes it clear that O'Keefe represented himself as the prostitute's boyfriend, and said they were both afraid of her pimp.

Once he said he worked at a bank. Another time he said he was in law school.

Not only was the whole thing a scam, it wasn't even done very well. And the media still got it mostly wrong.
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