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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-10-05 05:35
Subject: [links] Link salad counts its scars and counts itself lucky
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Don't forget the new caption contest [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] — I'm going to close this out in the next day or so and open the poll. So if you want a shot at winning a free book, click over there now and leave your entry in comments.

Salon Futura features a video interview with mecherylmmorgan and I did this at the Worldcon in Melbourne.

Photos and video on a 102-year-old lens — This is some cool stuff. Video is worth watching. (Via Gizmodo.)

High court hang-ups — I haven't the slightest idea if this is real or a spoof, but it's awfully funny in either case. (Thanks to willyumtx.)

Europa's Hidden Ice Chemistry — Cool space science. (Nicked from james_nicoll.)

The Post-Singularity Future Of AstronomyAstronomy could be the first discipline in which the rate of discovery by machines outpaces humans' ability to interpret it.

Assessing Beck and Hannity — Ed Brayton on the Right's talking heads. He also says some interesting things about O'Reilly.

Your tax receipt — In case you were wondering where the money goes. (Via garyomaha.)

Environmental campaigners axe gory filmEnvironmental campaigners 10:10 have withdrawn a film showing a teacher graphically exploding two of her students who refuse to reduce their carbon emissions, after complaints. Um, yeah. ericjamesstone first brought this to my attention, pointing out that I frequently claim that liberals don't use eliminationst rhetoric, yet here is a film with an eliminationist message. I'll argue that this was obviously satire (and even as such, inappropriate), rather than the apparently serious "get the liberals" messaging emanating daily from conservative media, but fundamentally he's right. Satire or not, the liberal-progressive world is better than this.

Fear and Favor — Paul Krugman on Tea Party finances and the payrolling of candidates. But look! Over there! George Soros!

The Very Useful Idiocy of Christine O'Donnell — Frank Rich focuses on similar themes. Personally, I find the O'Donnell candidacy mind-boggling. It's a badly broken electoral process that produces candidates like her. Even by conservative standards, she's a severely underqualified loon.

Tennessee County's Subscription-Based Firefighters Watch As Family Home Burns Down — Welcome to conservative America. If you vote Republican or are a Tea Partier, this is exactly what you stand for. You can have this future, but please keep it the hell away from me.

?otD: Are you missing any internal organs?




10/5/2010
Writing time yesterday: 1 hour
Body movement: 40 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 6.75 hours (solid)
This morning's weigh-in: 238.4
Yesterday's chemo/post-op stress index: 3/10 (post-op pain, fatigue, peripheral neuropathy)
Currently (re)reading: The Exile Kiss by George Alec Effinger

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Twilight
User: twilight2000
Date: 2010-10-05 13:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Salon Futura features a video interview with me — cherylmorgan and I did this at the Worldcon in Melbourne.

cherylmmorgan is a working rss feed :>
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-10-05 14:23 (UTC)
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And fixed! Thank'ee.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-10-05 14:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I would think progressives would applaud this story. It shows we must use the power of taxation to provide services, that the libertarian fantasy of private contracts for necessary services doesn't work.

I suppose you're right, but I find the thought of having a house burn down while firefighters stand idly by to be horrifying. I don't want that, even for people who for some reason think it is a good idea.
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Kenneth Mark Hoover
User: kmarkhoover
Date: 2010-10-05 14:32 (UTC)
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"When political semantics trumps human compassion, we've got a problem."


Welcome to modern day America.
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Renfield
User: cuddlycthulhu
Date: 2010-10-05 14:50 (UTC)
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Do you feel that way about people who's cars are totaled in an auto-collision and didn't buy auto insurance?
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Renee Babcock
User: renegade500
Date: 2010-10-05 15:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The homeowner did have insurance, and it is paying out, but it won't be enough to cover all his losses. BTW, he lost 4 animals in the fire, not quite what I'd call no lives lost.

He did pay taxes to the county, and the county should be providing public safety to its citizens with those tax dollars. That they aren't is the crux of the issue for me.
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Renfield
User: cuddlycthulhu
Date: 2010-10-05 15:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
BTW, he lost 4 animals in the fire, not quite what I'd call no lives lost.

Fire-fighters concern are for human lives.

He did pay taxes to the county, and the county should be providing public safety to its citizens with those tax dollars. That they aren't is the crux of the issue for me.

But the reality is that none of the taxes he pays go towards any kind of fire response; the county has had proposals before it to set up a fire response system and how to pay for it but hasn't done anything about it.
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Renfield
User: cuddlycthulhu
Date: 2010-10-05 14:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The thing about the fire-fighting story that a few of the liberal news sites are leaving out is that the man lives in the unincorporated portions of the county and that the County itself has refused to figure out what kind of fire services it wants.

That being said, he lives outside of any fire area, doesn't pay any taxes that go to fire services, and the more I read about this "subscription" the more it sounds like what the mayor (callously, but still) put it: insurance. It also sounds like the man knew about the $75, didn't pay, but still expected to get the service that he knew he had to pay for.

While I think it's a kind of a dick move that the fire department didn't put out his house, they came to the scene, saw no one was in danger, and then let the guy's history of payment dictate what service he received.
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Renee Babcock
User: renegade500
Date: 2010-10-05 15:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
This man (and others in his community) paid taxes to the county. It is up to the county to figure out how to provide essential services (including fire) to the county residents via those tax dollars. The county could set up a volunteer FD (hello, TN, aren't you the *Volunteer* State), the county could contract with neighboring towns on behalf of county residents using those tax dollars - there were options, and this falls on the leadership of the county. Public safety should never be an opt-in service. Ever.

The man lost his home, everything he owns, and his pets (but since those were "just animals" perhaps they don't really count as no lives lost). I saw an interview of him last night where he said it's being misreported that he refused to pay the fee - he had planned to, and had forgotten. Have any of us had life get in the way and forgotten to pay a bill, or maybe been late on a bill? I have. He offered to pay them on the spot, and was told too bad. He also said last night that the policy hasn't always been uniformly enforced in the past, that sometimes the FD has come out and worried about the payment issue later. That sounds to me like a good reason to have a conversation with an attorney.

The fire dept refused to come out when he called, and he called them 3 times. He offered to pay them anything to come out, and they refused. They only came out when the fire moved to his neighbor's property. The neighbor asked the FD to put out the house fire, and they still refused (they only hosed down the neighbor's property). What do you think a burned out house does to everyone's property values? Not to mention the neighbor's property sustained unnecessary damage. The lack of action on the FD's part put *others* at risk.

The question for me is this: what is the county doing with the taxes that this man (and others) paid them? They should be using it as a highest priority for public safety, and if they aren't, then why not?
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ulfhirtha
User: ulfhirtha
Date: 2010-10-05 15:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Couch it as you will as "he got what he (didn't) pay for" & so on, it is still reprehensible.
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theresamather
User: theresamather
Date: 2010-10-05 21:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
As an aside to the "pay to play" fire fighting service thing, a region here in Utah decided to bill people for police service coverage. They hired an out of state billing firm to do the billing without successfully informing people that law enforcement was now a subscription service. So most people threw out the bills from an unknown California firm asking them to pay up or lose law enforcement coverage, thinking they were a scam. I'm not sure how this was finally resolved.

Edited at 2010-10-05 09:28 pm (UTC)
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