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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-04-18 06:57
Subject: [links] Link salad's only goal will be the western shore
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Tags:books, culture, funny, links, personal, politics, reviews, science, stories
A rather nifty review of my story "Torquing Vacuum" — The reviewer makes some interesting comments on the Sunspin continuity.

A reader reacts to my Mainspring novella "Chain of Stars"

A reader reviews New Space Opera 2 — With a curious (and distinctly negative) reaction to my story therein.

Panty Raid — Presented without comment, but put down the coffee before you read this piece from Cherie Priest.

George Washington's $300,000 library book fineLibrarians in New York's oldest library have uncovered a surprising book thief: George Washington. Tsk tsk.

swan_tower responds to Roger Ebert's blog about videogames and art — Good comments thread as well. And 9 Chickweed Lane with yet a different take on games.

Eyafallajökull eruption — An astonishing photo of the volcano. Now I want to go play Led Zeppelin. (Via @Danjite.)

Light twists rigid structures in unexpected nanotech finding — Weird science. (Via dionysus1999.)

The past is a golden country, if you're an idiot, part 2 — An essay on what the Libertarian paradise of 1880 was like for anyone who actually had to live and work in it. Because, you know, this is a Republican dream. People want their idealized Golden Age (no taxes! no regulation!) without the costs associated with it. I realize that evidence-based thinking is virtually banned from the conservative mind these days (otherwise the cognitive dissonance would be overwhelming), but come on guys, try a little.

Conservatives, Not Populists (II) — More from Daniel Larison on conservatism, populism and the Tea Party. Well said.

Tea Party 'revolt' looks like a pity party to me My feeling was, heck, if staging public gripe fests gives these people something to do, then great. It's outside. It involves handicrafts, the making of signs and costumes. It's like Scouting for irked middle-aged white people. Hahahaha. And as I keep asking the Tea Party, if you guys are serious about this, where were you during the Bush administration?

?otD: Have you ever swept with the threshing oar?

Writing time yesterday: none (family disruption)
Body movement: forthcoming urban walk
Hours slept: 8.5 (solid)
This morning's weigh-in: n/a
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 5/10 (fatigue, GI distress)
Currently (re)reading: Feet of Clay by Terry Pratchett

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User: theresamather
Date: 2010-04-18 18:38 (UTC)
Subject: Conservative historical revision
We have a lot of "the old west was really peaceful because of open carry" mantra being passed around regionally. Which is really bizarre because hard evidence to the contrary exists everywhere. Take nearby Pioche, NV for instance. It was a mining town that still exists. These are just some of the obituaries of those buried in Boot Hill:
That's repeated over and over at regional mining towns. So they can blame non white people for violence in the contemporary US all they like while holding up the paragon of the white gunslinging west as the most peaceful era in US history, but it's pretty easy to prove that old west violence was more than just a " Hollywood invention".
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