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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-10-24 07:37
Subject: [links] Link salad with your morning brew
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Tags:cool, links, personal, photos, politics, process, publishing, science
Austen's alleged failings in style and grammar: we need examplesLanguage Log with a painful story about academic analysis of literature. Or not.

Cthulhu Mythos, As Imagined By Kids — (Via a mailing list I am on.)

Moon Crater Contains Usable Water, NASA Says...wetter than the Sahara (Thanks to Dad.)

Bucket wheel excavator — Not sure why APOD is running this photo, but it's pretty cool. Reminds me of the big drag-line excavators they used in Nigeria when I was a kid.

The Shield from Reality — Anthroslug pins down the conservative mindset in a nutshell. (Via lt260.)

What If "The Biggest Tent" Falls Short? Worse For Republicans, What If It Succeeds? — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison on GOP fortunes in the upcoming elections. I was particularly struck by this line in his closing paragraph: If Republicans do manage to eke out a House majority, the electorate won’t have provided them with even the illusion of a mandate So what? Republicans always govern as if they have a mandate, regardless of the electoral reality. Viz Bush after the 2000 election. That, in a sense, is what the unnamed senior Bush aide meant by the "we create our own reality" comment. Projecting the appearance of strength is often convincing, a lesson the Democrats have either never learned or forget repeatedly. In politics, perception is everything.

George W. Bush Says His "Biggest Accomplishment" Was Keeping Us "Safe" — Uh. Yeah. Coz 9-11 and Katrina happened on Clinton's watch. Or maybe Obama's. Yeah.

Eight False Things The Public "Knows" Prior To Election Day — This, in a nutshell, is why I think the Tea Party is so patently either a gang of wilful idiots or conservative racists. Almost everything they're so angry at the black Democratic president about is a result of Bush's policies — the trillion dollar deficit, the bank bailouts, the wars overseas. Yet not a peep out of those guys back when these now thoroghly despised decisions were being made and implemented by a white Republican. The things on their shit list that Obama has done — HCR, changes in the tax code, the economic stimulus — the Tea Party is simply wrong about on the face of the plain facts. Today's Doonesbury on the closely related issue of alleged Republican spending cuts.

?otD: Joan or Vernor?




10/24/2010
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (medical distraction)
Body movement: suburban walking to come
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
This morning's weigh-in: 243.8
Yesterday's chemo/post-op stress index: 4/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy, emotional distress)
Currently reading: I Wonder by Marian Bantjes

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jwjohnson
User: jwjohnson
Date: 2010-10-24 15:16 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
"Uh. Yeah. Coz 9-11 and Katrina happened on Clinton's watch. Or maybe Obama's"

Well, yea. Didn'nt everything else happen during Obama'swatch? You know, crappy economy, global warming, etc.
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User: nicosian
Date: 2010-10-24 15:47 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I seem to recall Mayor Guiliani riding 9/11 like it was his personal pony for nearly a decade then recently saying that NYC has never experienced a terror attack on HIS watch.

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Renfield
User: cuddlycthulhu
Date: 2010-10-24 16:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You'd be remembering correctly.
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Renfield
User: cuddlycthulhu
Date: 2010-10-24 16:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Each President keeps us safe since the last President. We could just as easily say that Obama has kept us safe since Bush and that he's kept us more safe since we're year two into his presidency and we haven't been attacked yet, but that's fairly ridiculous.
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User: nicosian
Date: 2010-10-24 16:29 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yeah, not like one's gonna say "yeah, I really screwed the pooch there, didn't i?"

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Jay Lake: politics-upsidedown_flag
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-10-24 16:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:politics-upsidedown_flag
The truly sad part is that I expect Bush honestly believes what he says there. A lifetime of privilege without ever being held accountable for any of one's words or deeds can distort anyone's thinking, I suppose.
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User: nicosian
Date: 2010-10-24 16:52 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
yeah, that's my thinking too.

Im sure they all honestly believe themselves but his actions and words seem to reveal a certain lack of...depth, or whatever the word is that is just not coming to mind....

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Renfield
User: cuddlycthulhu
Date: 2010-10-24 16:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Nope, but I find it useful to remind people of that. Tends to shut them up pretty quick.
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Dan/Дмитрий
User: icedrake
Date: 2010-10-24 16:38 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
On the topic of the APOD: I actually get to be knowledgeable about something!

First, it's known as a dragline. Draglines can go up to 13,000 tonnes. Surface mining (actually, pretty much all mining) is pretty much the textbook definition of "economies of scale," so how scary is the thought that draglines aren't the most efficient way to do it?

The most modern surface mining method (AKA strip mining) is via the Truck and Shovel method. Of course, this is the truck, and this is the shovel.
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Kenneth Mark Hoover
User: kmarkhoover
Date: 2010-10-24 17:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
"In politics, perception is everything."

This is what most Democrats fail to understand, more's the pity.
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