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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-05-16 08:04
Subject: [links] Link salad wants to go on the Ed Sullivan show
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Tags:books, culture, funny, grief, links, personal, politics, reviews, stories
A first review of The Specific Gravity of Grief — The reader likes it.

The Future is Written in Fat-Bellied Red Across Every Morning Sky — A positive review of the Escape Pod version of "On the Human Plan".

Reviews of the DAW anthology Is Anybody Out There? — Including my story "Permanent Fatal Errors".

SMBC on why there are so few female engineers

A Hidden History of EvilWhy doesn’t anyone care about the unread Soviet archives? (Thanks to danjite.)

Palin pushes abortion foes to form 'conservative, feminist identity' — I'm confused. Isn't this what the Right calls "feminazis"?

Rachel Maddow on GOP reactions to Elena Kagan versus GOP reactions to Harriet Miers — Bald-faced hypocrisy in their own words. Ah, the justly famed principled consistency of the Republican party, for which so many hopefully vote in order to avoid those nasty situationalists on the other side.

?otD: Does anyone even have blue suede shoes anymore?

Writing time yesterday: 2 hours (editing and WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 11.5 (interrupted once; yes, not a typo)
This morning's weigh-in: 232.0
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 7/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy)
Currently (re)reading: The Warrior's Apprenctice by Lois McMaster Bujold

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User: autopope
Date: 2010-05-16 15:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Pinch-of-salt alert: "A Hidden History of evil" is published in the City Journal, a publication of the Manhattan Institute, who appear to have a slightly rightward-leaning bushel of axes to grind.
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User: goulo
Date: 2010-05-16 15:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The "Hidden history of evil" seems to me to exaggerate and go a bit histrionically McCarthyite with "It is not nearly as well understood that Communism led just as inexorably, everywhere on the globe where it was applied, to starvation, torture, and slave-labor camps."

E.g. when we visited the Kerala region of India, where the Communist party has been in control since 1957, things were fine there. No gulags, censorship, death camps, etc. It was like other parts of India, but with higher literacy rates and life expectancies. San Marino also elected communists to power in 1948.

Nazism seems far more explicitly directly evil. There's nothing in communism per se that suggests that Jews are subhuman, that a given nation's people are inherently better than other people, etc. Torture and death camps seem a far more inherent and inexorable result of Nazi ideology than of communist ideology. Nazism seems to have totalitarianism as an inherent part of it.

Sure, communism has historically often led to evil totalitarianism, but to claim it's inevitably totalitarian and leads to torture and labor camps etc is demonstrably false. It's about like saying that Christianity inevitably leads to war and inquisitions and torture, just because historically it often has.
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scarlettina: WW: Learning is delightful
User: scarlettina
Date: 2010-05-16 15:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:WW: Learning is delightful
I've had a mad, bad girl crush on Rachel Maddow for a couple of years now. She never fails to impress me with her coverage and commentary.
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Twilight: RachelBase
User: twilight2000
Date: 2010-05-16 16:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That makes 2 of us :>
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User: joycemocha
Date: 2010-05-16 16:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I agree with the pinch of salt comments about "A Hidden History of Evil;" nonetheless, I think it's a worthy read. Maybe it's my Cold War upbringing but the fact that no one's jumping out there to translate and read these papers is a fact I find disturbing. Transparency and disclosure applies to all governments, as far as I'm concerned, and I'd like to have the opportunity to read and judge these papers for myself.

Thanks for the link, and I posted it to my Facebook. Hope you don't mind.
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User: joycemocha
Date: 2010-05-16 16:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
And on Palin--it was inevitable that sooner or later conservatives would find their own advocate for certain aspects of feminist ideology. The Sarah Palins of the conservative side have always existed, but they've always been downplayed and forced to hide themselves. Now it's politically expedient for them to come forward. We're just lucky the one that got thrust into the limelight is as flawed as she is.
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Twilight: RachelTalkMeDown
User: twilight2000
Date: 2010-05-16 16:38 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Palin pushes abortion foes to form 'conservative, feminist identity' — I'm confused. Isn't this what the Right calls "feminazis"?

Like the Phyllis Shlaffley's of the world, they argue that *their* brand of "feminist identity" is authored directly from the bible. They argue for living the life of Donna Reed as a Standard - as "real" feminism. and as joycemocha says, we're lucky the loudest one is so very flawed...
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User: dewline
Date: 2010-05-16 21:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Indeed. The women amongst their critics are the ones this particular branch of the right-wing community targets with that particular insult.
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2010-05-16 17:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thanks for posting a GOOD reason to oppose Palin (if the abortion quote checks out). Her Constitution/10 Commandments thing is another GOOD reason.

As for the RW Christians finding a leader, I suspect Palin would bring them toward civilization in a few ways (contraception, evolution, etc) that the male RW's would not.

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Lady Jestocost
User: ladyjestocost
Date: 2010-05-16 17:58 (UTC)
Subject: SMBC Cartoon
You know, if this weren't an anti-girl cartoon, it could be called "Why are men such self-centered jerks?"

It's not what a doll is or does, it's what a child does with a doll. Children (usually girls) play with dolls alone or with other children and their dolls. They tell stories with them. They make things, including clothes, houses, ranches, saddles and bridles (some dolls are horses), and telephone wire tiaras, for their dolls.

Should girls get computers and legos and science kits? Sure. But that's no reason to be dismissive of dolls.
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Danny Adams
User: madwriter
Date: 2010-05-16 23:08 (UTC)
Subject: Re: SMBC Cartoon
My sister's dolls usually shot at my action figures. :)
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User: autopope
Date: 2010-05-17 11:47 (UTC)
Subject: Re: SMBC Cartoon
You remember the Barbie Liberation Organization?
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2010-05-22 02:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
AotD: Yes. Easy Spirit used to make them, and I still have a pair.
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