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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-09-30 05:31
Subject: [links] Link salad sings over and over and over and over again now
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Tags:calendula, contests, culture, healthcare, links, personal, politics, science, steampunk, writing
calendula_witch recaps the last couple of years — The story of our relationship, cancer and her move to Oregon.

Don't forget the new caption contest [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

Terry Pratchett: 'I'm open to joy. But I'm also more cynical'Discworld's creator on his new novel, living with Alzheimer's – and why he should be allowed to decide when to end it all. Sigh. And a bit close to home. (Thanks to tillyjane.)

Multiculturalism for Steampunk — An idea whose time has long come. (Thanks to jaborwhalky.)

SETI: The Red Giant FactorCentauri Dreams on the tie-in between stellar evolution, interstellar propulsion and SETI. One thing I wonder about with these sorts of deep time speculations is how early intelligent life could have evolved in our galaxy, given the need for a Population I solar system in order to provide heavier elements.

A Finding on Malaria Comes From Humble Origins — Malaria and gorilla poop. (Thanks to Dad.)

Likely Losses of House Seats in Midwest Stir Partisan Feuds — Remember Rep. Bachmann telling people not to fill out their census forms, until it was pointed out to her that could imperil her Congressional seat? It's hard to stick to your principles when you're a total loon.

Why Are Conservatives Targeting Muslims? And Why Now?Conservatives can do without a god, but they can't get through the day without a devil. Their entire model of reality revolves around the existence of an existential enemy who's out to annihilate them. Take that focal point away, and their whole worldview collapses into incoherence. This need is so central to their thinking that if there are no actual enemies around, they'll go to considerable lengths to make some (or just make some up). (Thanks to lt260.)

Tea & CrackersHow corporate interests and Republican insiders built the Tea Party monster. A long article from Rolling Stone about the Tea Party movement. Rather deeply slanted snark (admittedly towards my own biases) but I still found it interesting and entertaining. (Thanks again to lt260.)

Proof that the Tea Party and GOP base are the same thing — Data from a leading Republican pollster. Also, this just in, water is wet.

Every single Republican Senate hopeful is against climate change action — The facts are biased against them, but that's never slowed the GOP for a moment.

?otD: Would you like to meet a spaceman who's got it going on?




9/30/2010
Writing time yesterday: 30 minutes
Body movement: 30 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 7.0 (solid)
This morning's weigh-in: 233.6
Yesterday's chemo/post-op stress index: 4/10 (post-op pain, fatigue, peripheral neuropathy)
Currently (re)reading: The Exile Kiss by George Alec Effinger

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Nathan
User: mastadge
Date: 2010-09-30 13:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
If you haven't read it, Taibbi (author of the Rolling Stone piece) has written The Great Derangement, a worthy and very funny look at this country's political situation.
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jimvanpelt
User: jimvanpelt
Date: 2010-09-30 15:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Hey, Jay, have you seen this? http://blogs.feministsf.net/?p=1438

It seems link-salad-worthy.
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jimvanpelt
User: jimvanpelt
Date: 2010-09-30 16:12 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
What really, really puzzles me about the Tea & Crackers argument is not that it is snarky (it certainly is), but that I can find no intellectual defense against it anywhere. None. Nothing. The tea party or the G.O.P. does not seem to be answering the charges. Their failure to engage in a reasoned debate of their own ideas is staggering. And this anti-examined, anti-data, anti-reality position is attracting what may be a majority of the voters. That is unbelievable! It shouldn't even be a close race. How can 50% or so of my fellow citizens fall for or be attracted to Tea Party activism? The situation is baffling.

I've been a staunch defender of public schooling in America, but a political situation like this makes me question whether our schools are teaching critical thinking skills thoroughly enough.
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fledgist
User: fledgist
Date: 2010-09-30 16:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'd have said that you wrote multicultural steampunk.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-09-30 16:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I would like to think I do, but a) it's not a conscious project of mine and b) I am surely not the judge of that. Thank you, at any rate.
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fledgist
User: fledgist
Date: 2010-09-30 18:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It's what that series looks like (inter alia) to me.
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