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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-05-05 04:27
Subject: [links] Link salad likes living in Portland
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Tags:conventions, culture, interviews, links, personal, politics, process, religion, writing
The Two Bucket Theory of Language and Writingjimvanpelt is wise.

SiWC Tips 'N' Tricks — Me, featured on the Surrey International Writers' Conference blog.

Dark Faith Roundtable — A group interview with Gary A. Braunbeck, Nick Mamatas, Catherynne M. Valente and me.

FogCon — I've been asked to mention a new con in the Bay Area, FogCon, March 11-13, 2011. I might actually managed to be there.

The Straight Dope is deeply snarky about D&D — A classic column from 1980. (That's the dateline, internal text suggests later in the 1980s.) He's talking about my era of D&D/AD&D, and it's stupidly funny snark.

joe_haldeman explains the economic stimulus — Heh. (Thanks to lt260.)

Truman's Moral CourageHe signed the first executive calling for "equality of treatment for all persons in the armed services, without regard to race, color, religion or national origin" on July 26, 1948 -- a scant few months before a presidential election, with polls showing 82% opposition to the idea in the country. Can you imagine a president today having the courage to do such a thing under those circumstances? Are you listening, Mr. Obama? Do the right thing, not the expedient thing.

Michael Brown: Obama Wanted The Oil Spill To HappenEx-FEMA director Michael Brown today claimed that President Obama waited to respond to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico because he wanted an excuse to shut down offshore drilling. Is there some kind of a contest for how crazy you have to be in order to be a conservative? Heck of a job, Brownie. And they say irony is dead.

The authors of Arizona's immigration law retreat — A good read for those of you who persist in the delusion that the Arizona immigration law was anything but racist grandstanding.

Conservative Latinos Rethink Party Ties — Strangely enough, racist grandstanding has consequences. (Thanks to shsilver.)

Not All Americans Are Equal — More principled consistency from conservative America. Yet you think you're the good guys?

Christian right leader George Rekers takes vacation with "rent boy" — Loves me some family values. Look, over there! Teh gay! Let's persecute! I see nothing but bigotry and hypocrisy in the anti-gay movement. (Thanks to danjite.) And a bit more of a funny on this from Language Log.

Secret Christian donors bankroll Tories — Christianism in the UK. My favorite bit: [Philippa Strud] once explained that it was "massively important" for Christians to engage in politics because "we have a unique understanding of the value of human beings". Right. Because no one who isn't Christian can understand the value of a human being. At least she's honest in her bigotry. And what is it with conservatives and the word "unique"?

?otD: What's your favorite city?



5/5/2010
Writing time yesterday: 2 hours (WRPA, not new wordage)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.5 (interrupted)
This morning's weigh-in: 235.6
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 4/10 (fatigue, GI issues)
Currently (re)reading: Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett

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jimvanpelt
User: jimvanpelt
Date: 2010-05-05 12:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
How cool! I'm the leading entry in the link salad.

When you did your blog poll a few days ago, I listed link salad as one of my favorite parts. It starts my day and broadens me. For example, I've never been a particularly informed person of political thought. Following the links to the political articles has given me more food for thought.

Jay Lake, cruising the web for interesting information so you don't have to.
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S-47/19-J
User: shsilver
Date: 2010-05-05 13:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
As you may know, people have been picketing and boycotting the Arizona Diamondbacks games. The D-backs owners claim to not support the Immigration law, but are known to have contributed massive amounts to Republicans who support the law.

However, in today's Western Conference Playoff game, the owners of the Phoenix Suns have announced their players will wear jerseys that say "Los Suns" to express their displeasure with the law and show solidarity with Hispanic=Americans on Cinco de Mayo.
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S-47/19-J
User: shsilver
Date: 2010-05-05 15:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
And the Tucson and Flagstaff City Councils have approved lawsuits against the Arizona Profiling Act of 2010, which they say is an unfunded mandate to do the federal government's work. The mayor of Phoenix tried to file a lawsuit but was denied with the claim that in order for it to have standing it needed to be supported by the Phoenix City Council.
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paulcarp: pic#67230600
User: paulcarp
Date: 2010-05-05 16:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
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My favorite city is not Phoenix.
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auriaephiala
User: auriaephiala
Date: 2010-05-05 18:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Re Michael Brown: ignoring Brown's sheer effrontery and hypocrisy, I think it's interesting to look at the timeline that President Obama released about his government's response to this explosion followed by oil spill:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/05/05/ongoing-administration-wide-response-deepwater-bp-oil-spill

After reading most of it, I wondered if there had been sufficient advance planning (i.e. well before anything happened) for this type of particularly nasty blow-out in an ecologically-sensitive area. But, once the event happened, I have to say that they did react immediately and at a high level.

Seems to be the same sort of reaction that Canadian government made with the sinking of the Ocean Ranger a few years ago.

I absolutely think your government has to contain that oil, and then figure out how to avoid this happening again (maybe even doing a cost-benefit on drilling in that area), and how to make sure nothing like this escalates. But that's not the same thing as being asleep at the switch, like Brown was.
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User: copperwise
Date: 2010-05-05 20:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Bad seed
My favorite city is Portland. I love it here.

Also, "carrying my luggage" is a fabulous new euphemism for teh sex. I'm going to ask my wife if she'd like to carry my luggage. Really. Way to go there, Rekers.
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John A Pitts
User: bravado111
Date: 2010-05-06 00:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
D&D article is from September 26, 1980
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-05-06 00:51 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yes, but internal evidence within the article suggests it was written in the mid 1980s or later. Or possibly revised.
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