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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-06-15 05:42
Subject: [links] Link salad doesn't serve your country, doesn't serve your king
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Two Weeks to Viable Paradise Application Deadline — If you're interested, go go go! Despite a strong desire to do so, I never made it to Clarion/Clarion West (application rejected) or VP or Odyssey or any of the other workshops as a student. One of my few regrets in my career so far. I hope to someday be lucky enough to make it as an instructor, but that's a tale for another time.

The excellent Doug Lain is teaching a writing workshop with Portland Parks and Recreation starting July 1st — Guest instructors include MK Hobson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Eileen Gunn, Ken Scholes, Tina Connolly and me. If you're in the PDX area, check it out.

Joe Haldeman on writing — I'm impressed with this one.

What Did Jesus Do?Reading and unreading the Gospels. Part pop theology, part literary criticism, interesting reading in any case.

Windsor Shades: 1935 — Good gravy. Look at the chimneys on this thing.

Three Isn’t Always a Crowd: The Third Gender — The latest essay from Science In My Fiction, a fascinating survey of a complex, difficult topic. Which also led me to Sworn Virgins, which is a rich, strange story mine waiting to happen.

Arizona's Next Immigration Target: Children of Illegals — Given the widespread conservative rhetoric regarding strict Constitutionalism, why is it okay to throw out the parts you don't like? As in, say, the Fourteenth Amendment. If you're going to practice textual fundamentalism (Christian or otherwise), you don't get to pick and choose. If you're going to go for context and nuance, you've lost your claim to absolutist inerrancy pretty much by definition. If as some Arizona Republicans seem to be asserting, the meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment has changed with the times, why not the meaning of the Second Amendment?

The Hallmark of a black hole — This one boggles me. There's more than enough real racism in the world that needs dealing with. Why go looking for it in places where it just isn't there?

Because There Are No Racists... — Ta-Nehisi Coates on Rep. King's charges of black-on-black favoritism by Attorney General Holder. This reminds me of the conservative notion that gay-identified judges shouldn't rule on cases involving gay rights issues. Yet somehow, I've never seen or heard a conservative arguing that white male politicians favor white men, or that white male judges shouldn't rule on cases involving white men. Why is that?

?otD: How can we dance when our Earth is turning?

Writing time yesterday: n/a
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.5 (fitful)
This morning's weigh-in: 229.6
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 6/10 (exhaustion, irritation)
Currently (re)reading: Small Gods by Terry Pratchett

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Clint Harris
User: wendigomountain
Date: 2010-06-15 15:21 (UTC)
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Re: Windsor Shades...that thing is stacked! :)
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Elf M. Sternberg
User: elfs
Date: 2010-06-15 15:51 (UTC)
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Re: Tea Partiers and their supposed respect for the Constitution of the United States:
From clinical interviews and thematic apperception tests, Adorno and his co-workers found that their pseudo-conservative subjects, although given to a form of political expression that combines a curious mixture of largely conservative with occasional radical notions, succeed in concealing from themselves impulsive tendencies that, if released into action, would be very far from conservative.The pseudo-conservative, Adorno writes, shows conventionality and authoritarian submissiveness" in his conscious thinking and "violence, anarchic impulses and chaotic destructiveness in the unconscious sphere. The pseudo-conservative is a man who, in the name of upholding traditional American values and institutions and defending them from largely fictitious dangers, consciously or unconsciously aims at their abolition. ... The pseudo-conservative believes himself to be living in a world in which he is spied upon, plotted against, betrayed and very likely destined for total ruin. He feels that his liberties have been arbitrarily and outrageously invaded ... he is the most bitter of all our citizens about our involvement in wars past but seems not the least concerned about avoiding the next one.
- Richard Hofsteader, "The Pseudo Conservative Revolt", 1955 (reproduced in The Radical Right, Daniel Bell (ed), 2002, pp 75-96)
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shelly_rae: Grumpies
User: shelly_rae
Date: 2010-06-15 16:49 (UTC)
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How can we sleep when our beds are burning?
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User: martianmooncrab
Date: 2010-06-15 17:37 (UTC)
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Look at the chimneys on this thing

You have discovered the Missing Temple of the Great Slug!!
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User: randy_smith2
Date: 2010-06-15 18:07 (UTC)
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The "What Did Jesus Do?" article from The New Yorker is a good summary of the last century or so of biblical scholarship. It's kind of old-hat to me, but to those who are unfamiliar with how biblical scholarship works or what Bible scholars really think, it is a very helpful introduction. My only quibble is that the author completely ignores any references to the resurrection.
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User: barbarienne
Date: 2010-06-15 19:28 (UTC)
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The Hallmark situation reminds me of the fellow a few years back who got offended by a politician's use of the world "niggardly," meaning "cheap."
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