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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-05-25 05:45
Subject: [links] Link salad wants to go to Mars
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Tags:books, links, mainspring, media, personal, politis, race, religion, reviews, science, videos
A reader reacts to Mainspring — Interesting, positive review.

Little Dog — Oi, robots. (Thanks to shelly_rae and willyumtx.)

NASA Lunar Analog Testing in Moses Lake, WA — I've been to Moses Lake. I believe this. (Thanks to lt260.)

Looking Back Across Mars — Opportunity's backtrail, on Mars.

Toward an Abstract Courage — Ta-Nehisi Coates on the Civil Rights era. In that sense, Goldwater is the more appropriate hero for today's generation of blissfully ignorant ("How did that 'White slavery' sign get there?") non-racist Republican. It's not so much that they hate you, it's they are shocked--shocked--to discover that some of their fellow travelers hate you. I can never understand why this sort of thing surprises conservatives. Their entire worldview is based on fear of the other, the new, and halting change. Not much more other and worldchanging that brown people getting some of what white people have.

Mark Souder's downfall shows virtue knows no ideologyEnough with pretending that personal virtue is connected with political creeds. Enough with condemning your adversaries, sometimes viciously, and then insisting upon understanding after the failures of someone on your own side become known to the world. And enough with claiming that support for gay rights and gay marriage is synonymous with opposition to family values and sexual responsibility.

The ACORN Case and the Bill of Attainder Clause — Yep. Principled consistency on the American Right, assuming that by "principled consistency" you mean "media fraud" and "counterfactual paranoia." As Scrivener's Error says: "...it is impossible to foresee Congressional action being taken during the reign of George III, and under a Heffalump majority, against a pro-Tea-Party group that expended similar efforts and used similar tactics to (a) prevent them newcomers from registering to vote and/or (b) did the same thing in Appalachia... among folk of Northwest European descent."

?otD: Would you have sat in at a lunch counter, back in the day?

Writing time yesterday: none (chemo exhaustion)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.5 (solid)
This morning's weigh-in: 230.4
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 8/10 (fatigue)
Currently (re)reading: Mirror Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold

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User: etcet
Date: 2010-05-25 13:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Re: the comic about that asshole doctor, there's some good news:


He's been... whatever the medical equivalent of "disbarred" is ... in the UK.
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User: madrobins
Date: 2010-05-25 14:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The "Little Dog" robot is the coolest thing I've seen this morning--although, spending as much time at the dog park as I do, it reminded me forcibly of a pug wearing a harness: Oh, look! Convenient carrying handle!
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Max Kaehn: Politics
User: slothman
Date: 2010-05-25 18:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I have great respect for people who are willing to risk jail time for peaceably breaking a law they see as unjust. I’m a sole breadwinner at the moment, and I prioritize my family above those kinds of protests; I won’t be good at paying the mortgage if I’m in the clink.

(Warning: thirdhand story, errors may have crept in.) A friend of mine tells a story of her father being on a Marine base back in the heyday of the civil rights movement, where the enlisted men all decided to go into the nearby town in mixed-race groups to sit down at various segregated establishments. The base commander carefully withheld comment on this idea and coincidentally issued leave for as many people as possible. The result was that the town jail was completely overwhelmed as the police kept arresting the Marines; it was impossible to keep them all locked up, so they started letting them go, at which point they went out again and re-offended.

I would be much more likely to join that kind of organized stunt than be a lone Rosa Parks.
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User: catjuggling
Date: 2010-05-25 20:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That Mars picture just sends chills up my spine.
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2010-05-26 03:01 (UTC)
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So have I, and I'm not surprised, either.

And yes, I like to think I would have.
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