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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-04-06 05:26
Subject: [links] Link salad doubles down
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Hey lookie! The Book of Dreams is available for pre-order — Includes my story "Testaments".

E-Book DodgeThe New York Times ethicist says: An illegal download is — to use an ugly word — illegal. But in this case, it is not unethical. Wow, thanks for clearing that up. I'm glad a professional ethicist has weighed in. I was so confused about this point. (Thanks to my brother.)

Underground cities, and stranger things — (Via a fairly amusing post from The Edge of the American West.)

An economist's view of HCR — Hmm. I left a testy comment.

I patent your ass. And your leg. And your nostril. — Ben Goldacre on gene patents.

Where Is the Best Clock in the Universe? — Mmm, pulsars. I wonder how this affects Mainspring.

CNN vs al-Jazeera — Yep. Your liberal media, hard at work. The details here, if you need them. This pretty much says it all: "Well, it's their fault for bringing their kids into a battle." Actually, no, it's our fault for starting a trillion dollar war of choice on false pretenses against a country that wasn't threatening us.

A Bright Post-Hegemonic Future — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison with a fascinating analysis of long term American foreign policy and military posture.

Terreblanche party retracts revenge threatThe party of murdered South African white supremacist Eugene Terreblanche has withdrawn a threat to take revenge for his death. Conservatives worldwide: staying classy as always.

"No Lie Is Too Low For Them": What the Terri Schiavo Affair Can Teach Us About Today's Right-Wing Zealots — Moral leadership, principled consistency, and uncompromising honesty - the American Right. (Via flemco.)

Republicans Fear Undercounting in CensusSome Republicans are worried that an anti-government surge among conservatives will lead to lower participation in the U.S. census, which they fear could reduce the number of Republican seats in Congress and state legislatures. Hahahahah. Seriously, the conservative meme that the census is unconstitutional only makes sense if you've never actually read the Constitution. The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct. Admittedly, the Constitution uses the word "Enumeration" rather than "Census", which may confuse those educated from conservative-approved texts, and who confuse their opinions with facts. (And yes, I think everyone should be counted, even people I disagree with. Especially so. Otherwise, it's not representative democracy.)

Attn Media: "Tea Party" = GOPIt turns out the Tea Partiers are an overwhelmingly conservative bunch of "Republican-oriented conservative voters who are dismayed by the direction of the GOP and who don't want to identify with the party's brand." Also, this just in, sun rises in east.

Tea Party Movement As Popular As Socialism The Percentage of Americans viewing "The Tea Party movement" favorably: 37 percent. The Percentage of Americans with a positive image of "socialism": 36 percent. Hahahahaha.

?otD: What's your favorite photo, ever?

Writing time yesterday: 60 minutes
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.0 (interrupted)
This morning's weigh-in: n/a
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 3/10
Currently reading: [between books]

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Kenneth Mark Hoover
User: kmarkhoover
Date: 2010-04-06 12:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I hope RepubliKans are undercounted. They're the ones screaming about not participating in the census. What do I care if they cut their own throats?

They belong in the ash bin of history with the Whigs.
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User: chessdev
Date: 2010-04-06 14:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The Freakanomics moron just parroted a bunch of crap that is shameful to have come from an economist.

Completely missed the distribution of risk and cost which insurance is based on *in the first place* for a lame ass analogy. Furthermore, acted like extending insurance meant people paid nothing out of pocket -- it's INSURANCE, not "all care is free".

Just shameful to have an "economist" use such basic flawed arguments.
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2010-04-06 15:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
/bemusedoutsider here/

Haven't had time to verify this cite, sorry.

"nearly 40% of Tea Party members are either registered dems or Independents"

Here's a good NYT article about the Tea Party avoiding social issues so as to attract Democrats and Independents to their real issues, which are economic.

Published: March 12, 2010
Tea Party Avoids Divisive Social Issues
For decades, faith and family have been at the center of the conservative movement. But as the Tea Party infuses conservatism with new energy, its leaders deliberately avoid discussion of issues like gay marriage or abortion.
God, life and family get little if any mention in statements or manifestos. The motto of the Tea Party Patriots, a large coalition of groups, is “fiscal responsibility, limited government, and free markets.” The Independence Caucus questionnaire, which many Tea Party groups use to evaluate candidates, poses 80 questions, most on the proper role of government, tax policy and the federal budgeting process, and virtually none on social issues.
Tea Party leaders argue that the country can ill afford the discussion about social issues when it is passing on enormous debts to future generations. But the focus is also strategic: leaders think they can attract independent voters if they stay away from divisive issues.
“We should be creating the biggest tent possible around the economic conservative issue,” said Ryan Hecker, the organizer behind the Contract From America. “
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User: kellymccullough
Date: 2010-04-07 15:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Mark Blumenthal

"Back in February, a CNN survey found that on the first party question, 44% of Tea Party activists identified as Republicans, 4% as Democrats and 52% as independents. However, as I reported in a column last month, when CNN asked the traditional follow-up, nearly all the independents leaned Republican. Thus, with leaners included, 88% of CNN's Tea Party activists were Republican, 6% were Democrats and only 5% fell into the pure independent category."
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When life gives you lemmings...
User: danjite
Date: 2010-04-06 17:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I can't help but thinking about the Trillions on war vs. Nasa renting transport space from Russia or a zillionty other things....
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orangemike: religious left
User: orangemike
Date: 2010-04-06 19:38 (UTC)
Subject: Socialism?
Keyword:religious left
By a freak coincidence, the New York Times ran an article 100 years ago this morning, "SOCIALIST MAYOR FOR MILWAUKEE". To re-use my LJ post earlier today:

That was the New York Times headline one hundred years ago this morning, as the city best known for beer and gemütlichkeit made a clean sweep of it, electing not only a patternmaker (and small businessman) as mayor, but a majority of the city and county boards as well.

We were never a city where the majority of voters were convinced believers in socialism; but they were convinced believers in our Socialists, a party known for rigorous honesty and upright governance, in an era where such things were often in short supply. The boring probity of Milwaukee's Social Democratic party (the official name for many years) was to lead other city's more raucous factions to coin the term "Sewer Socialist" for the Milwaukee crowd, a group more prone to boasting about their public improvements like lakefront parks, world-class health departments and yes, state-of-the-art sewer systems than to running around bragging about how revolutionary and proletarian we were.

This may be why during America's darkest ages, of Babbitry in the 1920s and McCarthyism in the 1950s, Milwaukee kept electing and re-electing Socialists as Mayor. The most recent of these, Frank Zeidler, died a few years ago; and I miss him to this day.

When you hear Eisenhower Republicans like Obama and Harry Reid savaged as scheming Socialists, please remember that here in America's heartland, there was a time when that was a label worn with pride and honored with the people's votes.
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