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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-10-10 05:08
Subject: [links] Link salad rises early in the morning
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Tags:contests, links, personal, politics, polls, tech
Don't forget the latest caption contest voting poll — I will be closing this out shortly.

Secretariat was not a Christian — Roger Ebert on another critic on the new movie. Weird. Just weird. And especially odd in light of this article mocking conservative messages in movies, highlighting the same film. (That last via markbourne.)

Heavy Lifting: 1908 — I do loves me some big, clanky engineering.

Get the anti-science bent out of politics — Michael Mann, subject of the Virginia AG's anti-science witch hunt, responds. We have lived through the pseudo-science that questioned the link between smoking cigarettes and lung cancer, and the false claims questioning the science of acid rain and the hole in the ozone layer. The same dynamics and many of the same players are still hard at work, questioning the reality of climate change. The basic physics and chemistry of how carbon dioxide and other human-produced greenhouse gases trap heat in the lower atmosphere have been understood for nearly two centuries. The deliberate, aggressive know-nothingism of the modern GOP, purely for political purposes, will be one of the things history judges this era's GOP most harshly for.

Scrivener's Error on (among other things) the difference between liberalism and libertarianism — I will add that these days libertarianism seems to have become synonymous with being a Republican. Which is odd, because many of the Libertarian Party's stated policies are very much anathema to conservatives. It's all about the taxes, I guess, at least when it's not all about the faux-Fox outrage du jour.

Energized GOP can thank the tea party[T]he interest and commitment among many tea party supporters still appear likely to be a big asset to GOP candidates as they seek to turn out a big vote. At some point this pretense of the independence of the Tea Party movement will collapse. Funded by Republicans, populated by Republicans, voting for Republicans.

Being Glenn Beck — A lengthy and interest profile of Glenn Beck from NYT. Seems to confirm what I've thought about him for a while — where Rush and O'Reilly seem to be rank opportunists who know exactly what damage they are doing (and don't care so long as they profit by it), Beck actually believes in his own tripe.

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Kenneth Mark Hoover
User: kmarkhoover
Date: 2010-10-10 17:15 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
"The deliberate, aggressive know-nothingism of the modern GOP, purely for political purposes, will be one of the things history judges this era's GOP most harshly for."

Not if we allow them to write the history, without calling them on it and holding them accountable.

And, quite frankly, I don't see that happening right now. They pretty much drive the political conversation in this country and are rarely, if ever, held accountable for their destructive, divisive and intolerant beliefs and policies.


For the moment that's the true face of America.
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User: ericjamesstone
Date: 2010-10-10 19:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Jay, while you're right that the Tea Party is not just a bunch of independents, you're wrong to think that it's not acting independently of the Republican Party.

If the Republican Party controlled the Tea Party, then incumbent GOP senators Bennett and Murkowski would not have lost to Tea-Party-supported candidates. Castle would have won the Delaware primary instead of O'Donnell, which would have made it much more likely that the Republican Party could win control of the Senate.

I personally know some of the people who are Tea Party leaders here in Utah. They're highly conservative and most likely voted for Republicans in the past and will do so in the future, but they're genuinely grass-roots activists, not Republican Party hacks following orders from D.C.
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User: lt260
Date: 2010-10-11 10:11 (UTC)
Subject: Per the Shorpy Photo
Striking how this apparatus looks so much the container cranes in most American ports circa 2010. Then again, physics is physics, and this design may be optimal. For that matter, this hoist may be the basis upon which the modern day ones are based.
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