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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-06-16 05:11
Subject: [links] Link salad knows that with a word it can get what it came for
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Tags:cancer, conventions, funny, healthcare, links, personal, photos, politics, process, science, trains
catsparx is on a mission to bring Peter Watts to AussieCon — Go check it out, and help if you can. Given how ill-served he was by America, I hope some of us Americans can help make it up to him a little tiny bit.

False documentsThe Edge of the American West on E.L. Doctorow on the psychology of fiction.

Westinghouse Air-Brake: 1905 — I love this photo. Trains. Infrastructure. Industrial history. Architecture. What's not to love?

Startup to Offer Patients a Genetic Profile of their Cancer — If this were commercially available, I'd be very interested.

750 Planetary Candidates from KeplerThe number of planet candidates here is actually greater than the number of all the planets that have been discovered in the last 15 years. We could conceivably double the list of known exoplanets with these 43 days of data alone. Article also discusses statistical approaches to identifying exoplanetary biospheres.

"Both unjustified and unjustifiable"Making Light with a fantastic summary of events around the Saville Report in the UK, including the PM's response to it. This is how politicians should act.

markbourne with a Grand Old Snail — Heh.

They can pry the NRA's donor list from its cold, dead hands — Congress exempts the NRA from disclosure rules intended to improve political transparency. Seen much media play on this yet? As the article says: Thought experiment: If Democrats wrote this bill and created an exemption that only applied to the AFL-CIO, how would that play in the media? And why would it be substantively any different? Remember this the next time you worry about how liberal the media is.

?otD: Is there a bustle in your hedgerow? Are you alarmed now? Do you even have a hedgerow?

Writing time yesterday: n/a (15 minutes of WRPA, however)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.5 (fitful)
This morning's weigh-in: 229.6
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 5/10 (exhaustion)
Currently (re)reading: The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

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Elf M. Sternberg
User: elfs
Date: 2010-06-16 13:51 (UTC)
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That Shorpy photo makes my day, thanks.
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Sean P. Fodera
User: delkytlar
Date: 2010-06-16 14:24 (UTC)
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No bustle in my hedgerow now. We took care of it during the spring clean for the May Queen.
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User: threeoutside
Date: 2010-06-16 15:01 (UTC)
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The Grand Old Snail pix are great! In a few of them, the light is showing through its body, and it looks like it has a light on inside the shell! Awesome.

And I hope your informal title doesn't portend the same fate for the snail as that article does for the GOP...
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Twilight: RachelTalkMeDown
User: twilight2000
Date: 2010-06-16 15:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
They can pry the NRA's donor list from its cold, dead hands — Congress exempts the NRA from disclosure rules intended to improve political transparency. Seen much media play on this yet?

I did see it on the front page of the Seattle Times this morning - which is a start...
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Andrew Trembley
User: bovil
Date: 2010-06-17 00:49 (UTC)
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It was second page in the Merc. Then again, print media tends to be a bit more balanced and in-depth.

If I was a cynic (and I am, to some degree), I would bet the folks in Congress making this deal fully expect the exemption to be overturned in court.
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User: twilight2000
Date: 2010-06-17 21:17 (UTC)
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I wouldn't be the least bit surprised...
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2010-06-18 01:45 (UTC)
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I wish I had a hedgerow [sigh].
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