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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-05-02 06:58
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Recommended Review in LOCUS for “Devil on the Wind” — Per Mike Jasper, our little collaborative story is out in the world doing good.

Criggo has my favorite headline of the past few weeks

What's in a Tweet? — Interesting squib on machine analysis of Twitter topics. I especially like the reference in comments to Twitter as an example of "terse media". What a useful phrase.

Apollo 7 in flight over the Atlantic — This image from Vintagraph is pure Southern fried awesome sauce.

Evidence based smear campaigns — The most cogent explanation I've ever seen of the conservative media strategy of the past thirty years. In a nutshell, why the outragous deliberate counterfactuals stick.

In Defense of Arizona — Ta-Nehisi Coates on David Frum's laughable justifications of the new Arizona immigration law. Racism is racism people, you can cloak it in principled rhetoric all you want.

Candidate says GOP liberated Europe in WWII — What does that even mean? Among other things, substantial portions of the GOP opposed our entering the war. More Tea Party nonsense, from a NY congressional candidate. For people who like to stand on history and tradition, their ignorance is appalling.

Police Find Car Bomb in Times Square — I will bet money on conservative terrorism, probably Christianist. Islamicists know how to build a working car bomb, for one thing.

Cuccinelli targets UVA papers in Climategate salvo — So according to conservatives, using public grants to research climate change is fraud. This is weirder, worse and more alarming than the usual textbook defacing and media manipulation of the Right. Now they're using the power of the government to directly suppress inconvenient facts.

?otD: Will there be phantoms and fires by the road?

Wrting time yesterday: none (chemo brain)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.75 (like a rock)
This morning's weigh-in: 234.0
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 5/10 (fatigue)
Currently (re)reading: Maskerade by Terry Pratchett

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User: barry_king
Date: 2010-05-02 14:23 (UTC)
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Islamicists know how to build a working car bomb, for one thing

I wouldn't count on that. If I could offer: July 21, 2005 bombers, the Haymarket Fiasco, and my favorite, the "do you suffer from excessive foot perspiration?" shoebomber as evidence, I'd say all religious fill-in-ists are equally affected by a distain for basic materials science irrespective of their background or education. ;)

If you have the time and/or inclination, I found this online docu by Frontline about the Taliban interesting re: just how amateurish and theatrical the Islamist movement can be. It's actually rather sad and depressing a peek into the psychology of jihad.
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User: cj_ruby
Date: 2010-05-02 19:14 (UTC)
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Pakistani group claims NYC car bomb responsibility http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jFOVhFy6si7fR4CQDL8xaOHVHbHwD9FESIA80

Officials said the device found Saturday was crudely constructed, but Islamic militants have used propane and compressed gas for years to enhance the force of explosives. Those instances include the 1983 suicide attack on the U.S. Marines barracks at the Beirut airport that killed 241 U.S. service members, and the 2007 attack on the international airport in Glasgow, Scotland.

The theater district in London was the target of a propane bomb attack in 2007. No one was injured when police discovered two Mercedes loaded with nails packed around canisters of propane and gasoline.

In 2007, the U.S. military announced that an al-Qaida front group was using propane to rig car bombs in Iraq.
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User: shsilver
Date: 2010-05-02 15:04 (UTC)
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Kristia Cavere, the Candidate who claims the GOP liberated Europe was also asked "who are two people you admire most" at a meet the candidates event. She responded "Jack Bauer and Audrey Hepburn."
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User: bemused_leftist
Date: 2010-05-02 17:07 (UTC)
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A clearer example of corrections not changing people's minds is when Al Gore was misquoted as saying he "invented the internet." This was promptly disproven: the actual tape was run. But people just shifted their grounds: "Well, that's what he meant" or "Well, it still shows what kind of person he is; people wouldn't have believed it if he weren't that kind of person."

A similar thing happened to Sarah Palin. She was misquoted as saying she could see Russia from her home. What she actually said was that Russia could be seen from some islands off the Alaska coast (true). Instead of accepting the correction, some people still act as though it were proven, or shift to some other version: "Well, she thinks seeing Russia is important, isn't that silly."
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