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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-08-07 05:35
Subject: [links] Link salad says, oh, no, Guadalajara won't do
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The Inordinately Strange Life of Dyce Sombre by Michael H Fisher — Wow. (Via danjite.)

Go West — A mediation on the value of disruptive travel.

Project Argus: Finding a 'Benford Beacon' — Open source radio astronomy.

Making Spider-Strength MaterialsGenetically modified bacteria can produce enough proteins for super-strong spider silk.

Isn’t It Funny How Governments Loosen Their Morals When Cash Is Short?

Terrible Arguments Against Prop 8 Ruling — As I've said all along, political opposition to gay marriage has no objective or principled basis. The Prop 8 ruling, in a case where opponents had every opportunity to make legal and factual arguments in open court, roundly affirms that view. So has the conservative reaction to it. I say again, what harm to you if my gay friends can marry?

Race And Gay Marriage In Perspective — Ta-Nehisi Coates on comparisons between gay marriage and the civil rights movement. Thus gay marriage is, to me, not about relieving homophobes of their burdensome ignorance but about the right of gays to defend themselves against that ignorance. I largely agree with him, but the point he doesn't quite elucidate completely is very clear to me. Opponents of gay marriage, precisely like opponents of interracial marriage are simply wrong on the face of it. Morally, ethically and culturally wrong. Neither bigotry nor private religious belief, however sincerely held, is a fit test for the public interest. 40 years after Loving vs. Virginia, almost no one questions interracial marriage. Forty years from now, how proud will you be of your stance on gay marriage today?

Xenophobia: Fear-Mongering for American Votes — (Via Scrivener's Error.)

Bike agenda spins cities toward U.N. control, Maes warns — Um, yeah. Confidential to conservatives in America: You do your movement no favors by embracing people like this guy as a credible candidate.

The Flimflam Man — Paul Krugman on the specious math in the Ryan budget.

?otD: Are you ever going back to your old school?

Writing time yesterday: 3.0 hours (revisions, WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.0 (solid)
This morning's weigh-in: 241.0
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 3/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy, emotional distress)
Currently (re)reading: Inheritor by C.J. Cherryh

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User: dsgood
Date: 2010-08-07 17:32 (UTC)
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Something Freakonomics didn't mention: Nevada banned gambling in 1909; it took effect in 1910.
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