Jay Lake (jaylake) wrote,
Jay Lake

[links] Link salad wants to declare jihad on the antivax movement

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?

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

Tags: culture, healthcare, links, personal, politics, publishing, religion, science

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