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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-11-13 06:30
Subject: [links] Link salad for an OryCon weekend
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Tags:art, china, cool, culture, food, links, movies, personal, politics, tech
Batman ReturnsDrawn! with a really awesome alternative movie poster.

A meeting of solitudes — Roger Ebert follows up his recent post on loneliness with a meditation on the responses he received.

In Chengdu, China, Remaking Sichuan Food — Having eaten in Chengdu, hmmm. (Thanks to Dad.)

Augmented Reality GogglesNew video glasses can produce dazzling special effects, but who'll wear them? Dept. of SF come to life.

Jonathan Storm: Alaska in Her Shadow — On Sarah Palin's new reality tv show. Sometimes the jokes just write themselves, and sometimes the jokes are on all of us.

This Week in Innocence: Why the Hell is Kenny Hulshoff Still Practicing Law? — Law and order conservatism, where some innocent go to jail that the rest us might feel safer. Unless you happen to be one of those innocents, of course. Why do so many conservatives never think they will be the one indefinitely jobless, or gravely ill without healthcare coverage, or falsely arrested, or... I've argued before that the conservative mindset is fundamentally a failure of empathy. Stories like this only reinforce that view. (Via Dispatches from the Culture Wars.)

?otD: What was your favorite con badge, ever?




11/13/2010
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (medical follies, convention time)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.5 hours (solid)
This morning's weigh-in: 245.0
Yesterday's chemo/post-op stress index: 5/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy, emotional distress)
Currently reading: Between books

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theresamather
User: theresamather
Date: 2010-11-14 20:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Living in a very red state, I can answer the "why conservatives don't care about misfortune" one. While many people here are compassionate and spend time packing care packages every time there is a misfortune anywhere in the world, another big chunk thinks God doesn't do anything mean to the righteous. So if something bad happens to you, you're either guilty of some sin or some misstep that meant you "took no personal responsibility" which led to your accident/ illness/ misfortune, or else it's punishment from God/ lack of faith. There is a certain contempt for people who have any misfortune happen as a result. The rationalization most often used for false imprisonment/ wrongful execution is that if the person wasn't already guilty of many other things or running with the wrong crowd, they would not have been picked up in the first place. So many of them assume the person deserves punishment for other things they didn't get caught for, so it doesn't matter if they're jailed for something they didn't actually do.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-11-15 14:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
All of which kind of boggles me. Like I said, a failure of empathy.
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