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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-04-24 09:30
Subject: [links] Link salad wants to declare jihad on the antivax movement
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Tags:culture, healthcare, links, personal, politics, publishing, religion, science
Going Out of PrintThe new generation of e-book reading gadgets will transform the troubled book, magazine, and newspaper industries. But it's uncertain what that transformation will look like. Um, yeah.

DeluxeComfort.com Girlfriend Body Pillow — Umm. Umm. Umm. (Thanks, I think, to garyomaha)

New York Times depicts life on Venus and Mars… in 1912 — Both cool and hilarious.

Airborne Fungus Expected to Spread in U.S.About 10 People Have Reportedly Died in Northwestern U.S. After Infection With C. gatti. Another Pacific Northwest contribution to American culture.

Jenny McCarthy body count — Antivax is murder. Your opinions are not facts. Speaking as someone with an immunodeficient family member, your antivax fantasies about your child's medical risks put my family at factual, serious medical risks. This isn't even a debate. It's like evolution denial, it's emotional idiocy that's somehow become privileged as a legitimate viewpoint. Teh stupid doesn't just burn, it kills. (Thanks to threeoutside.)

slacktivist on the first Amendment and established religion — He really smokes the Right in this post. My personal favorite bit: A shared opposition to the rights of women -- and to modernity as a whole -- trumped any secondary disagreements, much the same way this shared antipathy toward women and modernity has set aside the longstanding feud between conservative Catholics and Protestant fundamentalists. Bonus points for introducing me to the noun phrase "hegemonic religion", then effectively deconstructing it.

Profiling CEOs and Their Sociopathic Paychecks — I've worked for these guys, more than once.

The Lowden Plan — Nevada Republican senate candidate Sue Lowden says the solution to healthcare issues is to bargain with your doctor for chickens. This site informs me that my colon cancer treatment would cost 8,738 chickens. Uh, yeah. Your Republican Party — always looking out for the needs of the individual voter.

Have Conservatives Gone Mad? — Mark Ambinder on the politics of the right wing echo chamber.

Elton John's letter to Ryan White, 20 years after his death from AIDS — Moving. And if you don't remember the Ryan White story, go look it up. Very instructive about the conservative response to tragedies, and one of a myriad reasons I will never be a conservative.

The Conservative Family Feud — Ta-Nehisi Coates on the intellectual collapse of the conservative movement.

Republicans push for Minnesota sovereigntySenate Republicans introduced a constitutional amendment Wednesday that would make Minnesota the first state to require a two-thirds majority vote in the legislature to approve federal laws affecting the state. Hmm. The last time I checked, the GOP was all about strict Constitutionalism. Which this most decidedly ain't. Federalism is a settled issue, conservatives. We even had a little war about that 150 years ago, remember? You lost. The Constitution won.

?otD: Would you kill, or threaten to kill, for an insult to your religion or politics? Why?



4/24/2010
Writing time yesterday: none (family disruption)
Body movement: brief suburban walk later
Hours slept: 10.25 (solid)
This morning's weigh-in: n/a (scale is out of batteries)
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 7/10 (fatigue, on the pump)
Currently (re)reading: Night Watch by Terry Pratchett

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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2010-04-24 17:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
/bemusedoutsider here/

I'm sorry, but do you REALLY think that might makes right?

Suppose the South had won the Civil War, so conclusively that they conquered the North and mandated slavery to continue forever. Would you then say "That question was decided 150 years ago"?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-04-24 17:32 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
No, I really don't think might makes right. But the South as wrong on the face the law, and wrong morally and ethically, and picked the fight they eventually lost. So, yes, it's a settled question. If the South had won, the issue would simply have been raised again and again politically and militarily.
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markbourne
User: markbourne
Date: 2010-04-24 17:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
For me, the key oh-hell-yeah in Slacktivist's fine post is:

Hegemonic religion is the religion of the faithless. Only the faithless feel the need for it -- for the promise that one's fragile, brittle faith will be reinforced at every turn throughout society, reinforced by the state itself with the force of law. If you're scared that your faith cannot stand on its own -- that it cannot withstand exposure to a science textbook or to a woman not clad in a burkha -- then hegemonic religion promises to protect you from losing what little faith you have. It promises that you will never be allowed to wander off on the rumspringa from which you know you would never return.

What's been clear to me for years is that the rising volume and shrillness of the "movement conservative" Religious Right represents the wail and cry of a faction that's actually weak of faith and without confidence in its own beliefs. So as it loses the (wholly unnecessary) battle against modernity and an assertively omni-minded culture, the RR clearly sees that it's losing, is kicking and screaming like a five-year-old acting out when it doesn't get its way, and -- like a five-year-old -- desperately wishes it could impose its "way" on all the adults who think contrarily.

Plus, now I want to name a cat Rumspringa.
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David Moles
User: scarypudding
Date: 2010-04-24 18:22 (UTC)
Subject: 8,738 chickens OR...
...one chicken thirty feet tall weighing twenty-two tons.
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Max Kaehn: Economics
User: slothman
Date: 2010-04-24 19:12 (UTC)
Subject: Re: 8,738 chickens OR...
Keyword:Economics
Yes! Clearly, we need chickens in multiple denominations!
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threeoutside
User: threeoutside
Date: 2010-04-24 18:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Re: the sociopathic CEO story. One factor they left out that also reduces the number of available sociopaths "right" for the job, is that few of them can hold their antisocial proclivities in check long enough to function in society in such a way that no one finds them out. They just have to kill, rape, rob, *somebody* RIGHT NOW. The ones who are both smart enough and self-disciplined enough to "pass" as human beings are thin on the ground - for which I am profoundly grateful because obviously these are the most dangerous of all.
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Max Kaehn: Teach the Controversy
User: slothman
Date: 2010-04-24 19:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Teach the Controversy
Killing, or threatening to kill, for an insult implies that the insult has power. If my beliefs are true, I can just laugh at insults, because I know they’re wrong. Overreaction is a sign of weakness.
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martianmooncrab
User: martianmooncrab
Date: 2010-04-24 20:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Antivax is murder

I think its too many ultrasounds myself, if sonar interfears with marine mammals what does ultrasound do to growing fetuses?
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Menolly
User: nolly
Date: 2010-04-26 20:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I've been comparing anti-vaxers to flat-earthers. Yeah, you can find some books people wrote "proving" the earth is flat. That doesn't make it true, or even unknown or debatable.

The problem is too many people have no idea how to evaluate the reliability of a source.
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