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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-06-28 05:04
Subject: [links] Link salad walks narrow streets of cobblestone
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Tags:books, culture, funny, grief, links, media, personal, politics, publishing, reviews
tbclone47 with a review of The Specific Gravity of Grief

Book bloggers catch on with publishers — (Via a mailing list I'm on.)

Nimoy Sunset Pie — Hahah. (Via a mailing list I'm on.)

We are not time travelers — As willyumtx said in sending this to me, "Today is yesterday's tomorrow." Some great retro thinking here. Modern gadgets packaged for 1977.

The Stringer and the Snake-eater — A journalistic view of the McChrystal affair. (Thanks to joycemocha.)

Newspapers Retract 'Climategate' Claims, but Damage Still Done — This is fundamental to the Republican and movement conservative media strategies. Get the outrageous claims into circulation, then use the "liberal media" meme to discredit any walkback or retraction. Really, it's a brilliant cycle pioneered in the current form by Reagan strategists Lee Atwater and Roger Ailes. (The same Ailes who is News Director at FOX, in case you were wondering about such little details as objectivity — much of the dispute in the 2000 elections arose from a similar strategy of aggressive distortion involving VNS, John Ellis and Roger Ailes. Go look it up, very illuminating reading.) That such brilliance should be put to uses so destructive of American civility, power and potential is a shame. (Via suricattus.)

Oil spill hits Mississippi shore — Mississippi's Republican governor Haley Barbour has assured us all the oil spill will have 'minimal impact", ao I'm certain this is no big deal. For more on Barbour's remarks about the oil spill, see here. This really reminds me of the GOP position on climate change, except in the oil spill the counterfactuals move fast enough to be noticeable by the press cycle and public opinion. They've been getting away with ideological-driven lies about the environment for years simply because of the slow pace of change. Must be very puzzling to guys like Barbour that it's not working now.

?otD: What's your favorite city?

Writing time yesterday: n/a
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.5 (solid)
This morning's weigh-in: 225.2
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 8/10 (GI follies)
Currently (re)reading: Children of Dune by Frank Herbert

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User: shsilver
Date: 2010-06-28 12:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Another high-impact story is the death last night of Senator Robert Byrd, the longest serving member of the Senate and the only person to serve in the Senate for fifty straight years.
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Elf M. Sternberg
User: elfs
Date: 2010-06-28 16:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I especially enjoyed the retro design experiment. Perfect soundtrack for it: "The Device Has Been Modified," but probably only makes sense if you're a Portal fan. Maybe it was just coincidence.

As for the walkback thing, the only question now is whether or not we can create a generation that cares enough to construct a polity that can discern when this is happening to it. Given that you and I are in the 20% that actually care about politics out-of-season, I have my doubts.

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