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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-10-30 07:17
Subject: [links] Link salad seeks out the Chaplin
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Tags:books, cancer, grief, health, healthcare, links, media, personal, politics, publishing, religion
You Can't Tell Authors You Love Themjimvanpelt on, well, me. (Among other things.) He's just read my book The Specific Gravity of Grief.

Do pink ribbon campaigns against breast cancer do any good? — I will also observe that while colo-rectal cancer (my own particular affliction) kills more people every year than breast cancer, I've never seen a brown ribbon campaign.

Degrees of ConsentBad Science on the sociology of pharmacuetical testing.

Sources: Fox Management Slanting D.C. Bureau's News Coverage — But...they're Fair and Balanced! Also, this just in, water is wet. Amazing!

Bill O'Reilly e-mail bombs Mike ThompsonWhat it all boils down to for people who behave like this isn’t defending the concept of free speech, rather defending free speech that agrees with their partisan point of view. Many of them decry Williams losing his job because, in their view, he was too conservative. But then want to defund NPR and cause everyone else at the broadcasting company to lose their jobs because, in their view, NPR employees are too liberal. Once again the justly famed principled consistency and intellectual honesty of the American right triumphs.

Former O'Donnell manager doubles down on the stupidChristine O'Donnell's 2008 campaign manager, Jonathon Moseley, is doubling down on her ignorance and making himself a buffoon by offering a $1000 reward to anyone who can find the phrase "separation of church and state" in the constitution. Okay Jonathon, I'll give you a million dollars if you can find the phrases "separation of powers" or "checks and balances" anywhere in the constitution.

?otD: Charlie or Oona?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (medical follies)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.25 hours (interrupted)
This morning's weigh-in: n/a
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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User: goulo
Date: 2010-10-30 15:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Another recent take on pink ribbon campaigns:

PS: Amusing notion about brown ribbon campaigns...
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User: nicosian
Date: 2010-10-30 16:30 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I specifically AVOID pinkribboned merch, especially since, reading the fine print they usually offer pennies on the purchase to the cause. I'm less enamored of Self and such, because it's turned into "breast cancer...and some fitness Monthly."

I'll just direct donate if I want, to the causes I prefer. The article is a little mistaken, we get some pretty crazy pinkwashing here too. Mixers, post it notes, pot scrubbers....ech.

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User: sheelangig
Date: 2010-10-30 17:09 (UTC)
Subject: Brown ribbons?

Breasts are more interesting/important/whatever than colons. In our culture, anyway.

"Save the Ta-ta's" is cuter than "Save the A**holes".

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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-10-30 17:17 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Brown ribbons?
Well, breasts are more interesting than colons to me, too. Except for my own colon, I suppose...
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