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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-05-21 06:45
Subject: [links] Link salad hits the rails
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WWI gothic — From x-planes.

New Theory Explains Superrotation on VenusAs a Japanese weather satellite heads to Venus, a new theory tackles one of the outstanding mysteries of the planet.

Should We BAC Down? — I find the conclusion of this piece sort of odd, as it seems to assume that drinking and driving is a public good the value of which should be balanced against reduced traffic deaths in the case of stricter laws.

Before He Hired an Escort, Rekers Tried to Spank the Gay Away — A look into homosexual deprogramming, Right wing style. Stories like this only deepen my conviction that the anti-gay movement is composed of bigots, barbarians and vicious fools.

Sanchez on Epistemic Bias and the RightJulian Sanchez of the Cato Institute has a podcast up on the Cato website talking about a phrase he recently coined -- "epistemic bias" -- to describe how the right-wing echo chamber has produced a large portion of the citizenry essentially immune to evidence that is contrary to their beliefs.

When and (to an extent) why did the parties switch places? — Some long-ago political history. The footnote is very funny and apropos to current politics, however.

The Proud Ignorance of Rand Paul — Ta-Nehisis Cotes on Rachel Maddow's Rand Paul interview. I love this bit: This isn't like not knowing the days of Kwanzaa, this is like not knowing what caused the Civil War. It's just embarrassing--except Paul is too ignorant to be embarrassed. I'm sure Paul's defenders will dismiss this interview as a lefty hit-job. But Maddow gave him every opportunity to correct the record, or defend it, and Paul answered with a series of feints and dodges. Not once did he stand up and throw a real punch. You're left wondering how he came to his position and what, precisely, is really at work here.

The Poor, Suffering "Centrists" — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison labors under the delusion that this country has been governed by centrists for the past ten years. Some of us actually remember the Bush administration, however, and their complete dominance of all three branches of government from 2000-2006. Sadly, no one in the Tea Party and few on the Right recall this long ago era of conservatism run amok with its trivial budget deficits and tiny, easy foreign wars, even telling us lately that 9-11 happened on Clinton's watch.

?otD: Diesel or steam? Show your work.

Writing time yesterday: none (chemo exhaustion)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.5 (reasonable)
This morning's weigh-in: n/a (forgot)
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 8/10 (fatigue)
Currently (re)reading: Brothers in Arms by Lois McMaster Bujold

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User: seventorches
Date: 2010-05-21 14:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I find the conclusion of this piece sort of odd, as it seems to assume that drinking and driving is a public good the value of which should be balanced against reduced traffic deaths in the case of stricter laws.

Well, it's simple enough to drink as much as you want without necessarily getting behind the wheel. Options include taxis, DDs, or just having your bender in the comfort of your own home.
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Kenneth Mark Hoover
User: kmarkhoover
Date: 2010-05-21 15:06 (UTC)
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Rand Paul had no problem going on The Rachel Maddow Show to announce his candidacy. Now he wants to blame Rachel for asking hard questions.

Journalists of the Lamestream Media should take notes from Rachel. THIS is how you are supposed to do your job.
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Kevin Standlee: Bullet Train
User: kevin_standlee
Date: 2010-05-21 15:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Bullet Train
Diesel or steam?
Neither: Electric for me!
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User: catjuggling
Date: 2010-05-21 16:53 (UTC)
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I remember how Bush ran as a centrist and then dropped all pretenses the first year. I even remember buying it before he actually got into office. Of course, now, compared to some of the Tea Party, he might look "more" centrist than them so they get to call him that, right?
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Max Kaehn: Science!
User: slothman
Date: 2010-05-21 18:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Diesel. We can already make diesel biofuel from algae, and it’s just getting cheaper.
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