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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-04-16 04:51
Subject: [links] Link salad watches the ash clouds rise over Iceland
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Tags:conventions, funny, healthcare, ipad, links, nature, personal, politics, videos, writing
A fan video about me, my shirts and my fiction — Funny stuff, courtesy of the inestimable jaborwhalky.

davidlevine with an update on A Writer's Weekend — Still two slots open to work with him and me this summer.

Octopus flees with camera — Cute and funny. (Thanks to danjite.)

xkcd on the iPad — As is often the case, the mouseover makes the strip.

Obama orders most hospitals to grant gays visitation rights — Sometimes the right thing is the right thing.

The View From Movement-World — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison on the "cocooning" of the conservative mind, with attention to the memory hole. (As I've commented before, I suspect Larison and I don't agree on very many points of politics or policy, but I respect his intellectual honesty and careful thinking.)

Tea party activists protest excessive taxation, government spending in D.C. — Which would make more sense, if, you know, 98% of Americans hadn't already seen their taxes reduced under Obama. But conservatives never were much for letting facts get in the way of their opinions. Besides, he's a secret Muslin Socialist, so it must all be true.

Have Republicans Been Out-Foxed?Some conservatives are beginning to question whether Fox News is good for their movement. This is hilarious: Bartlett wonders if ultimately "an inherent conflict of interest is growing, in which the very success of Fox makes it harder for Republicans to get out of the echo chamber, to have arguments that go beyond their base, and to reach out to independents and Democrats who might vote for them." No. You think? Liberal bias, obviously.

O'Reilly lies to Coburn: 'Nobody's ever said' at Fox you'll go to jail if you don't buy health insurance. Oh yes they have. — Shockingly, someone at FOX significantly misrepresented the truth. Equally shockingly, the sun rose in the east this morning. They distort, I deride.

?otD: What's the highest altitude you've ever been at, outside an airplane?

Writing time yesterday: 0 hours (day off)
Body movement: 30 minutes on stationary bike
Hours slept: 7.5 (solid)
This morning's weigh-in: n/a
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 5/10 (fatigue, GI issues)
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Kenneth Mark Hoover
User: kmarkhoover
Date: 2010-04-16 13:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It's a big bad world out there. You don't really expect conservatives to face it, do you? All that reality and verifiable evidence and science stuff that challenges their narrow-minded belief system. And now there's a black man in the White House. Scary.

Much easier to live in happy ignorance and let Fox do my critical thinking for me. I mean, they wouldn't lie to me. They'll tell me the truth. I know this is true because they believe the same way I do.
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User: barbarienne
Date: 2010-04-16 14:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I worry about FOX in that people who watch it mistake it for real news. But it does seem that as they get crazier and crazier, a certain percentage of rational conservatives are being put off. I am pleased with this development. As much as I hate FOX's utter insanity, I am kind of hoping they continue to get even nuttier, until the whole thing explodes (figuratively).

I watch McLoughlin Group regularly, and when Pat Buchannan is looking sane and normal, you know things have gone seriously off the rails for conservatives.

Oh, and to answer the ?otD: 9000 feet, give or take, in the Sierra Nevadas. Apparently I do not experience altitude sickness. Neither do my mom or sister.

Edited at 2010-04-16 06:33 pm (UTC)
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A large duck
User: burger_eater
Date: 2010-04-16 16:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
About the hospital thing, you know a policy is in the cultural mainstream when Obama backs it.
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Sean P. Fodera
User: delkytlar
Date: 2010-04-16 18:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Besides, he's a secret Muslin Socialist, so it must all be true.

What exactly is a "Muslin Socialist"? Someone who wants to unionize textile factories?
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User: barbarienne
Date: 2010-04-16 18:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I like to think that Jay is mocking this poster.
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Brother Flaming Sword of Moderation
User: johno
Date: 2010-04-16 18:41 (UTC)
Subject: ? of the Day
I went camping at 11,000 feet.

Did you know you can drunk off your Ass on 2 glasses of wine at that altitude?

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User: cithra
Date: 2010-04-16 19:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I had to bite my tongue very hard when a dear friend of mine, who morned the election of Obama because she was sure he would snatch away her house and livelihood nigh instantly, responded to my report of receiving a tax refund that, yeah, a lot of people she knew were getting money back for the first time in ages, wonder why?? Any downturn is the administration at work, but any improvement is random miracle, it seems. ::headdesk::
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2010-04-17 00:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
14,260 feet. Summit of Mt. Evans in Colorado. Reachable by paved road.

Which, it just dawned on me, is very close to the height of Mt. Rainier. Damn.
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Danny Adams
User: madwriter
Date: 2010-04-17 02:29 (UTC)
Subject: Fox
You did hear, didn't you, about Fox going to court--and winning--a few years ago to defend its First Amendment right to distort the truth? (Lots of links I can provide if you never heard that story.)
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User: catjuggling
Date: 2010-04-17 06:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
AotD: I've been over variuos passes on the West Coast, and up the sides of Mt. Rainier just above the Paradise campground. The most significant for me, however, is not having my fear of heights triggered while being a few hundred over the waters around Hawaii while parasailing. An amazing experience that I hope to repeat one day in the near future.
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