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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-03-17 05:53
Subject: [links] Link salad is watchin' all the lights blink down below
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Two of my short works made Tangent Online's 2009 Recommended Reading List — Short story "On the Human Plan" (Lone Star Stories) and novelette "To Raise a Mutiny Betwixt Yourselves" (The New Space Opera 2).

Erectile dysfunction is strong predictor of fatal heart ailments, study finds — Oh, joy. I get ED from cancer surgery, ED gives me heart attack risk. (Or not, since my ED is not primary. Still...)

Finding the Real Planet X — Lots of interesting stuff about Kuiper Belt Objects and Trans-Neptunian Objects from Centauri Dreams. Good skiffy here.

The Rise and Fall of the Human Genome Project

Cpl. Jeffrey Goldberg, Guarding the Prison of the Nationalist Mind — Juan Cole on, among other things, concervative political discourse on Israel Fascinating reading, if you're curious how the media actually comes up with stuff. Uncomfortable reading if you're conservative, but he cites cases and details, so worth it if you're interested in intellectual honesty rather than confirmation bias.

Conservatism And Power — Ta-Nehisi Coates with some killer observations. Money shot: ...a skepticism of change almost necessarily means a skepticism of those who seek to expand democracy beyond property-owning white men. Taken in sum you have an ideology, whatever its laudable merits, that will almost always, necessarily, look charitably upon those with power, or those who control the institutions, and skeptically upon those without power, or those who seek to change those institutions.

In Africa, a step backward on human rights — Bishop Desmond Tutu on Christians and homosexuality. Gay people, too, are made in my God's image. I would never worship a homophobic God. It would be nice if a few more Americans actually read their Bible instead of simply using it as a blunt instrument.

The Beck Factor at Fox: Staffers say comments taint their work — Um, no. Working at Fox taints your work. If you want to do news, work for a news organization, not Fox.

?otD: The earth is turning; why does it go so slow?

Writing time yesterday: 90 minutes
Body movement: 30 minutes on stationary bike
Hours slept: 9.25 (solid)
This morning's weigh-in: 227.4
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 4/10
Currently reading: [between books]

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International Bon Vivant and Raconteur: Which one of you bitches...?
User: nick_kaufmann
Date: 2010-03-17 12:55 (UTC)
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Keyword:Which one of you bitches...?
Yay Planet P!
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Galdrin ap Morgan
User: galdrin
Date: 2010-03-17 13:46 (UTC)
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The "Real Planet X" thing is quite fascinating, thanks.

The whole Human Genome thing set me off to wondering about a steampunk version/variation of the Genome project ... then I dismissed the idea as probably being a carry over from the fact that I'm 2/3rds of the way through Westerfeld's Leviathan. Still - it was an interesting thought.

Reports are that boys reading levels/skills have fallen below/behind girls. I wonder if that is because there has been so much emphasis of late on female-based heroes over the past decade or so - Anita Blake, October Daye, Xena, Lara Croft, etc. ... the days of Tom Swift, Barsoom, and the Hardy Boys is long gone (HP not withstanding.) Need more balance.
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Sean P. Fodera
User: delkytlar
Date: 2010-03-17 13:54 (UTC)
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As I understand it, Pluto did resolve the orbital mechanical equations on which Lowell based his calculations for Planet X's position. I'm sure it's possible that there's a larger planet farther out, but Lowell (well, Tombaugh and Lowell's successors) didn't "settle" for Pluto. Pluto answered the questions they were asking. That we have more questions to resolve is just more interesting for today's astronomers. (And finding a gas giant farther out than Pluto would overturn a lot of theories about planetary formation). Fascinating stuff.
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Kenneth Mark Hoover
User: kmarkhoover
Date: 2010-03-17 14:12 (UTC)
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"It would be nice if a few more Americans actually read their Bible instead of simply using it as a blunt instrument."

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User: cuddlycthulhu
Date: 2010-03-17 14:38 (UTC)
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Seconded. I honestly believe that the Biblical Jesus would be more likely to have dinner with a Bear and his mate at a pub down in the Castro of SF than he would with the like of Pat Robertson.
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User: mcjulie
Date: 2010-03-17 15:12 (UTC)
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The Beck thing is interesting. I think what Fox staffers are responding to is the fact that, when you have this completely unhinged guy gibbering and crying about how Obama is ruining this country, it makes it harder for the serious-faced reporter to say "Some say Obama is ruining this country" and have people take it seriously.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-03-17 15:19 (UTC)
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This is almost certainly a failure of imagination on my part, but I really have a hard time seeing how anyone at FOX can possibly believe they're engaged in anything remotely related to objective news or journalism.
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