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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-10-29 05:27
Subject: [links] Link salad polishes that faint sheen
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The greatest science-fiction story ever written — My friend ericjamesstone in Nature. Very much worth a couple of minutes of your time.

Meat: Grab a Fistful Today — Classic advertising from Vintagraph. Work-safe. Really. I swear.

Star Trails and the Captain's Ghost APOD gets all Halloween on us.

Zombie — WW II bomber nose art.

In Icy Tip of Afghanistan, War Seems Remote — Interesting. I would love to visit here. (Thanks to Dad.)

Warrior Nation — In modern, American, the old men sending young men off to die have little experience of war. Of course, this is the country where a successful draft dodger manged to tar a decorated war hero as a coward in a recent election, so why would that be surprising? (Via Scrivener's Error.)

American Noir: Arizona anti-Immigrant Law penned by Private Prison Industry, says NPR — Yep. Definitely grassroots here.

Republican Victory, Conservative LossI had assumed that the near-total, staggering failure of the Bush administration and movement conservative complicity in that failure would force significant changes. Conservative commentator Daniel Larison on the GOP's stakes in the forthcoming election.

?otD: Charlie or Martin?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (medical follies)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (interrupted)
This morning's weigh-in: n/a
Yesterday's chemo/post-op stress index: 3/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy)
Currently reading: I Wonder by Marian Bantjes

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User: mikandra
Date: 2010-10-29 12:46 (UTC)
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I read that story on the Nature site yesterday and also linked to it from my LJ. It's hilarious!
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User: mastadge
Date: 2010-10-29 14:01 (UTC)
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As far as "Warrior Nation", Cheyney Ryan has a book out called The Chickenhawk Syndrome that looks at what he calls "alienated war" and the problem of personal responsibility for war. In addition to the problem of the men in charge having little experience in war, there's the problem, especially in this post-conscription world, of who "we" are in "we have a responsibility to fight this war." If "we" have a moral imperative to fight in certain situations, then why are the children of the people talking up "our" responsibility the least likely to be the people who end up fighting and dying? Add the declining standards and the targeted recruitment that allow them to keep enlistment numbers up to the increasing use of PMCs to fight our wars, and there's a huge disconnect between the "warriors" and the people at home when it comes to who's fighting, for what, who's justifying war to whom and why, and what a patriotic responsibility to fight even means when the demographics of those on the ground are so far out of whack with the demographics of the nation as a whole.
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User: mastadge
Date: 2010-10-29 14:17 (UTC)
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Oh, and Martin.
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russ: lyles constant
User: goulo
Date: 2010-10-29 14:21 (UTC)
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Keyword:lyles constant
Ha! Enjoyed Eric's story, and it felt somehow appropriately Asimovian to me. :)
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zxhrue: nuisance
User: zxhrue
Date: 2010-10-29 18:07 (UTC)
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that american noir piece is pretty disturbing. of course I thought that the whole active-duty military as private security for a congressional candidate was disturbing too.

?otd: emilio
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User: ericjamesstone
Date: 2010-10-31 05:15 (UTC)
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Thanks for linking to the story, Jay. Glad you liked it.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-10-31 16:32 (UTC)
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It was a very cool story in a very cool venue. And I really dug the meta-humor. Well done!
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