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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-05-04 04:50
Subject: [links] Link salad comes over all hopey-changey
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Your Government Will Kill You — Today is the 40th anniversary of the Kent State massacre. pnh says it far more eloquently than I ever will.

CoverFail RevisitedScrivener's Error with some data. Of interest to me personally for several obvious reasons.

Gorilla No-Threat Glasses — Man, I want some of these.

Sugar — An interesting post about sugar and high fructose corn syrup.

Astrobiology’s Far FutureCentauri Dreams with some cool speculation, and a bit of history. Must-read for SF writers.

A Hall of Mountain Glory — More awesomeness from APOD.

Will Quantum Money Breed Quantum Crime? — My bank account often seems to be in a quantum state.

Cardinal Levada Blames Celibacy for Clergy Sex Abuse — This is interesting and disturbing at a number of levels, but purely as a linguistic (and PR) matter I am struggling with the wisdom of having sexual misconduct investigated by a body known as the "The National Lay Review Board". The optics of that are challenging.

Who Can Mock This Church?Maybe the Catholic Church should be turned upside down. [...] if the top of the church has strayed from its roots, much of its base is still deeply inspiring.

Church Counsels Women Addicted to Pornography — "In the Christian culture, women are supposed to be the nonsexual ones." Man, am I glad I'm not a Christian. (Snurched from flemco.)

Internal GOP wars shaping policies nationwide — Conservative America, poisoning the well for everyone as usual.

Commemorating CHM: Terrorism — Ta-Nehisi Coates on the Confederacy, the Klan and the long, sordid history of conservative white terrorism in this country. I love how Ta-Nehisi Coates writes. His closing summary: Never fear talking to the willfully ignorant about their history. Soon enough, they'll be begging you to stop.

Sarah Palin: "Hope is one of America's unique virtues." — "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." Teh stoopid, it burns. Brightly in the hearts of conservative America, apparently. How is all that hopey-changey stuff working out, Sarah? Uniquely well?

?otD: What other virtues are uniquely American?

Writing time yesterday: none (chemo brain)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.5 (interrupted)
This morning's weigh-in: 235.6
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 6/10 (fatigue, emotional stress, GI issues)
Currently (re)reading: Mort by Terry Pratchett

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User: biomekanic
Date: 2010-05-04 13:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
My first memory is going to see Fantasia in '69, my 2nd memory is Kent State.
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it's a great life, if you don't weaken: criminal minds reid eat
User: matociquala
Date: 2010-05-04 13:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:criminal minds reid eat
Re: HFCS--there's actually some recent research that tends to indicate that it is, in fact, much worse for one than sugar. Table sugar is sucrose, which must be catalyzed into fructose and glucose by the action of sucrase.

HFCS is comprised of fructose and glucose. Your body, in other words, doesn't have to do any work to metabolize it.

Recent studies suggest a direct link between HFCS and weight gain not paralleled by table sugar.
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User: deborahjross
Date: 2010-05-04 16:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
What Sarah Palin means is that no other country, no other people is entitled to have hope. We've got it "uniquely."
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Gary Emenitove
User: garyomaha
Date: 2010-05-04 22:33 (UTC)
Subject: RE: HFCS
People who know me well know that I love to eat. Some of the things mentioned in the article -- orange juice and honey, for example -- are among my favorite things. A day is not a day if it isn't started with orange juice. I love carbs. Of the parts of the pizza, the crust is what gets me.

Here's something my friends know: I live to eat. And it is very, VERY depressing to read articles like this, compounding on each other. Yes, I am overweight. Yes, I could make some healthier choices (but I believe I do better than many on that count). But I would dare say that the combination of all the "don't eat this" information I take in is, for me, like telling many of those here that it's bad for you to read and write. It's too much.

On one hand, I want to wag my finger at so many "healthy eaters" who then go out and smoke and drink all night long. I say their habits are no worse than mine. On the other hand, my principles tend to discourage me from such wagging. Something is going to get us all. We might as well enjoy life the brief time we're here.

I shall repeat that: Something is going to get us all. We might as well enjoy life the brief time we're here. For me, I look forward to eating. I enjoy the experience and variety of it all. It is a very large part of my enjoyment in life, my entertainment, a good portion of my reason for being.

So many things I've loved have been taken away from me: Some of the people I've loved are no longer here. The career I so enjoyed was decimated by Large Evil Corporations. The blessing of good vision has been systematically taken from me. Still, I am glad to be in a loving relationship and have friends in my life. I enjoy several things very much with friends and loved ones, and high on the list is food.

I am sick and tired of hearing what I cannot eat. Somebody, please stop doing that. If necessary, tell me what I should eat and I will continue to add more of that to my diet. Feel free to stress exercise, which admittedly I get far too little of. But STOP CHIPPING AWAY AT ONE OF MY ENJOYMENTS OF LIFE.

Sorry, jaylake. Something snapped and I had to get this out.
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ironphoenix: flaming
User: ironphoenix
Date: 2010-05-05 14:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Cardinal Levada Blames Celibacy for Clergy Sex Abuse

Who Can Mock This Church?

...Thank you. I needed to read these articles around now.

(I ran across your post on my friendsfriends page.)
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-05-05 14:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You are most welcome.
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