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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-04-21 05:53
Subject: [links] Link salad is glad than kanly isn't real
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Tags:books, contests, culture, links, movies, personal, pinion, politics, publishing, race, religion, science, sex
J.A> Pitts is having a contest to celebrate the release of Black Blade Blues — Go check it out.

Only the Best Sciencet Fiction and Fantasy is giving away a copy of Pinion

Frank Herbert's 'Dune' holds timely - and timeless - appeal — A brief history of Dune. My favorite bit: Another early version [of the Dune movie adaptation] would've enlisted Orson Welles, Salvador Dalí, Gloria Swanson, Hervé Villechaize and Alain Delon in a 10-hour epic. ZOMG. I so want this to be real.

Who’s More Likely to Fake It in the Bedroom? — Hmm....

An Archaeological Approach to SETICentauri Dreams with an interesting article that lies pretty close to one of the core concepts I have for Sunspin.

A Softer World nail the difference between ebooks and print book — Especially important if you're a conservative.

Diversity Is Work — Ta-Nehisi Coates with one of the smartest commentaries on racism and diversity I've seen in a long time.

Having no use for religion — What he says.

GA Woman To State Judiciary Committee: DoD Implanted A Microchip Inside Me — Ah, conservatives. This story pretty much speaks for itself. If they didn't have political power, this would be sad-but-funny.

Tea Party speaker gay-baits Lindsey Graham — The story itself is par for the course; there's nothing surprising about the ugly undercurrents (and overcurrents) of bigtory in the Tea Party. But I'm fascinated by the term "herrenvolk democracy", which is a surprisingly useful description of contemporary conservative politics.

The Lost State of Jefferson — Secessionism by a slightly different flavor, from Strange Maps. Confidentlal to Tea Party in America: No, secession is still not patriotic. It wasn't in 1861, it wasn't in 1941, and it's not now.

Un-Christian Delusions — Daniel Larison writing about the sheer folly Christianist worldviews in foreign and military policy.

Why I'm Passing On Tea — Andrew Sullivan on the tea party. Most of the rational tea-partiers accept that the GOP has been as bad - if not worse - than the Democrats on spending, borrowing and the size and scope of government in recent years. They repressed this anger during the Bush years out of partisan loyalty. Now, they're taking it all out on the newbie. What, all three of them? Seriously, that's the biggest issue I have with the Tea Party's stated goals (ignoring their cultural baggage). Where were you under Bush? Why was it okay then but not now?

?otD: Ever seen the mythical 12-hour version of Dune?

Writing time yesterday: none (family disruption)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.0 (solid)
This morning's weigh-in: n/a (scale is out of batteries)
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 4/10 (fatigue, GI distress)
Currently (re)reading: The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett

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Michael Curry: minifesto brandeis
User: mcurry
Date: 2010-04-21 15:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:minifesto brandeis
I recently hit the term "herrenvolk democracy" in Richard "Lenin's Tomb" Seymour's excellent The Liberal Defence of Murder (an analysis of the "pro-war left"), and I agree that it seems to work especially well for describing what passes for the U.S. flavor of conservatism these days.
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2010-04-21 17:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
As far as I can tell, the Jeffersonians didn't want to leave the Union, they just wanted to leave California (and Oregon). There's a pretty good history for states being able to get away with secession. You have West Virginia (which was, albeit kind of a peculiar situation), and Maine, which split from Massachusetts.
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Kevin Standlee: Not Sensible
User: kevin_standlee
Date: 2010-04-21 22:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Not Sensible
That was my understanding as well. The people of far-northern California and southern Oregon have historically felt as though their respective state governments don't pay attention to them and therefore if they could form a new state out of the respective counties, they might be able to elect a government that was more responsive to their own local needs. They weren't disloyal -- note that they suspended the campaign shortly thereafter due to the greater threat of World War II -- and the new state would have become (at the time) the 49th US state. It would have required the agreement of the state governments of California, Oregon, and of the federal government, per Article IV, Section 3 of the US Constitution.

The Jefferson movement never died completely, I think. It has a web site. If you drive along Interstate 5 in the area, you'll see signs of the would-be-51st state, including a barn roof painted with the state seal. The NPR station whose network covers the area calls itself "Jefferson Public Radio."

I have no problem with this sort of movement, although I think it has little chance of success. The "Texas can split five ways" thing, by the way, is moot; I found the Texas annexation treaty language online somewhere once, and it turns out that it just restates the IV/3 rules again, so Texas can't unilaterally quintificate. Nor can it or any other state seceed from the USA, even if they did come in by way of a bilateral treaty and were indpendent for a while. (California and Hawaii could say something similar, after all, although Californian independence was pretty short-lived.) I thought we settled that issue for good in the 1860s, and it's not a bill I'd enjoy having to pay a second time.

Personal bias declarations: I was born in Butte County, California, and think that more counties than those shown in the linked map, including Butte, might want to take their chances with Jefferson if they could. I also think it would make a lot more sense if the counties of California that are mainly east of the Sierras -- Modoc, Lassen, Alpine, Inyo, Plumas, Sierra, and Nevada, or at least parts of them -- could be transfered to Nevada. (I lived in Lassen county for a while.) The main reason the line is drawn where it is was because the proto-State of California wanted to keep all of the gold for themselves and picked a line that was roughly 100 miles east of the crest of the Sierras to do so.
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Max Kaehn: Evil
User: slothman
Date: 2010-04-21 17:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Hmmm... It shouldn’t be hard to write a screen saver app that takes your credit card number, buys ebooks from a specified banned books list, and animates burning each page, destroying the bits as it goes, so you’re out one ebook the same way you’re out a physical book. Might need a bit of extra work to get the ebook stores to charge a second time for the next copy of the ebook. The question is whether rabid book-burners would actually pay money for it?
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User: shelly_rae
Date: 2010-04-21 17:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I do not understand "faking it" but then...well nevermind.
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