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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-03-24 05:32
Subject: [links] Link salad remembers the age of thirty-seven
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Tags:books, culture, funny, green, links, personal, politics, religion, reviews, science, sex, stories
A reader reacts to Green — Not so much with the liking, it seems...

Everybody Loves Cthulhu — John R. Fultz on Cthulhu's Reign, a forthcoming DAW anthology in which he and I both have stories. Nice cover, which coincidentally could have illustrated my piece.

Elissa Malcohn with a brilliant haiku

xkcd on "The Flake Equation" — Required reading for all skiffy types. The mouseover text is priceless.

Where neon falls like rain — I want to see the lightning storms there.

What Can Economists Tell Us About Teenage Sexual Mores? — Fascinating on several levels. Incidentally, I'm getting very tired of the term "pre-marital sex". It's incredibly heteronormative and full of unexamined cultural assumptions that are inherently stigmatizing. How about "sex"?

Emergency contraceptionThe Edge of the American West on, among other things, conscience laws for pharmacists and healthcare providers. Frankly, those conscience laws are utter bullshit, pandering to the worst impulses of the Right. Don't like part of your job? Get a different job. Forced pregnancy enthusiasts don't deserve special protection at the expense of the needs of the people they're sworn to serve.

An open letter to conservatives — A generation of conservative hypocrisy and idiocy, in one fell swoop. With citations in case you want to think it's all made up. And as the author mentions, nothing on the American left approaches nearly this level of nuttery.

Roger Ailes to Fox News' Glenn Beck haters: Stop 'shooting in the tent' — Hah. And yes, that would be Roger Ailes, Reagan's political strategist, who is now news director at "Fair and Balanced" Fox News. Your Liberal Media.

http://www.amconmag.com/larison/2010/03/23/still-waiting-for-the-pushback/ — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison on that "single greatest pushback in American history" the GOP keeps talking about. When 50% of respondents say that they are pleased or enthusiastic about some high-profile, controversial thing the government has done, this is not normally the prologue to political annihilation for the people in charge of the government in that year’s election. Dream on, conservatives.

Frightening GOP behaviorOf course, the American people have spoken, and in November 2008 elected a Democratic White House and Senate and House of Representatives. But, elections and the workings of our democracy including the idea that the losing party respect the outcome of elections appear to be alien concepts to today's GOP. Yep. Elections have consequences. The GOP is happy with the system when they win. Sore Losermen.

chriswjohnson points me to "The Authoritarians" — A book on authoritarianism which explains the Palinite/Tea Party wng of the GOP more concisely than anything I've seen. You have to know a lot nowadays to stake out an intelligent, defendable position on many issues. But you don’t have to know anything to insist you’re right, no matter what. Dogmatism is by far the best fall-back defense, the most impregnable castle, that ignorance can find. It’s also a dead give-away that the person doesn’t know why he believes what he believes.

?otD: Have you ever driven through Paris in a sportscar in the rain?



3/24/2010
Writing time yesterday: 1 hour, 45 minutes
Body movement: 30 minutes on stationary bike
Hours slept: 7.5 (faily well)
This morning's weigh-in: 234.6
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 4/10 (but still sick)
Currently reading: [between books]

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S-47/19-J
User: shsilver
Date: 2010-03-24 12:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Ailes is simply trying to apply Reagan's Eleventh Commandment: "Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican."
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Kelly Green
User: saycestsay
Date: 2010-03-24 13:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
QotD: no, but I pedaled a bike through the Louvre in the dusk while listening to a flautist.
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Renfield
User: cuddlycthulhu
Date: 2010-03-24 16:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Another Cthulhu anthology? One may say that this is relevant to my interests...
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-03-24 17:16 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oh, you'll like this one...
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Renfield
User: cuddlycthulhu
Date: 2010-03-24 17:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The only anthologies I've picked up thus far have been High Seas Cthulhu (which was decent at best) and Shadows over Baker Street (which I declared to be the best birthday present I received a few years back). Was there a particular theme to this one or just stories set in the Mythos?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-03-24 17:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The theme is that all the stories take place after the complete victory of the Old Ones. The world has ended, the continents are being scoured as prophesied, and life is a desperate gamble.
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Renfield
User: cuddlycthulhu
Date: 2010-03-24 17:29 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
oO

Oh, this will be good...
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Max Kaehn: Amazing
User: slothman
Date: 2010-03-24 17:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Amazing
Not Paris, but I have driven in the rain in a convertible with the top down; the trick is going fast enough that between Newtonian relativity and the air moving over the hood, none of the rain winds up hitting the people in the car. And you get the strangest looks from the people you pass on the freeway.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-03-24 17:16 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
As an Oregon resident and year-round convertible driver, I know exactly what you mean.

Incidentally, serious icon love. I have slept through earthquakes, hurricanes and a four-alarm dorm fire myself.
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biomekanic
User: biomekanic
Date: 2010-03-24 17:50 (UTC)
Subject: re the open letter
A conservative acquaintance of mine on Facebook won't read the letter because it starts out negatively.

This from someone who's a self proclaimed Tea BaggerParty member and watches Limbaugh and Beck. I think the hypocrisy is so deeply embedded that it's become invisible to them.
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User: creed_of_hubris
Date: 2010-03-24 18:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The authoritarians book is pretty entertaining, as long as you're not one!

I've been a passenger on a motorbike in Paris in the rain. That was pretty crazy. Not Recommended!
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2010-03-24 18:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
/bemusedoutsider here/

Hearty agreement with you (for a change ;-) on the 'conscience' thing! People who have objections to contraception shouldn't be dealing with patients at all.


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User: mmegaera
Date: 2010-03-24 21:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Yellowstone
I've never been to Paris [pout].
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daveraines
User: daveraines
Date: 2010-03-25 15:36 (UTC)
Subject: Premarital sex
Got to the party late; sorry.

Re: premarital sex: >> full of unexamined cultural assumptions that are inherently stigmatizing

Unexamined by whom? And in what way is dropping the term NOT full of unexamined cultural assumptions?

For instance, dropping the term implies that marriage has no bearing on one's sexual status. If that's not a cultural assumption - even a stigmatizing one - I don't know what is!
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-03-25 17:35 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Premarital sex
So how about replacing it with a term that's more balanced? I don't assert that marriage has no bearing on one's sexual status (I'm all for marriage when people want it), but the term currently in use asserts that sex outside of marriage is somehow inappropriate, while also being utterly heteronormative. (Can people who are barred from marriage be said to engage in "pre-marital sex"?)

Sex outside of marriage may well be inappropriate depending on one's mores and ethos, but that judgment of inappropriateness is not a inherent feature of either sex or marriage.
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