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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-01-13 05:23
Subject: [links] Link salad, dressed or undressed
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Tags:books, cool, culture, funny, language, links, personal, politics, publishing, religion, science
The New Adventures of Queen Victoria on censoring Mark Twain and one of the best black characters in 19th century American literature — Um, yes. :: laughing :: (Thanks to shsilver.)

The Unspeakable, in Its Jammies — Michael Chabon on censoring Mark Twain.

Report warns of 'digital Dark Age' if digitisation is left to private sectorResearch commissioned by EU urges member states to take greater responsibility. As I've said, the Google Books Settlement is a banal evil that content producers will regret heartily. The EU apparently agrees, at least in part. Note that I'm not saying the Google Books project is evil, quite the opposite — in that, I do not fully align with the EU's view. It's their profoundly retrograde approach to copyright that is the problem. (Via danjite.)

Tie-thulu, the most well-dressed of all the Elder Gods — Hahaha. (Via MH.)

Seriously questionable 1950s ad for Gold Medal flour

Antimatter caught streaming from thunderstorms on Earth — Not to put too fine a point on it, but, wow. (Thanks to lt260.)

Palin Borrows ‘Blood Libel’ from Israeli Far Right — A possible explanation for Palin's bizarre, profoundly offensive and historically ignorant remark. (Well, that one at least.)

Repeal DADT, God Kills Birds — And you people wonder why I think religious conservatives are a bag of nutburgers.

?otD: Green goddess or Dorothy Lynch?

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barry_king: 8.5
User: barry_king
Date: 2011-01-13 15:10 (UTC)
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Thanks for posting the Juan Cole piece. I stopped reading him a couple of years ago, so I would have missed it otherwise. Adler I need to read some of. He ties together some thoughts I've had about poisonous politics that have been brewing for a while.
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User: scarlettina
Date: 2011-01-13 17:12 (UTC)
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Cole's exegesis is interesting, but I think it's a serious stretch. First, I don't think La Palin herself has the political or historical awareness to make the kinds of rhetorical choices Cole is crediting her with. Maybe her speech writers do, but I doubt it. I think it more likely that they heard the phrase used by some other conservative media outlet (I hear the WSJ used it earlier) and decided that it sounded both good and inflammatory, with little understanding of its historical context or its potential impact, and lobbed it out there as carelessly as they lob other incendiary language. Besides, as Susannah Heschel points out, Palin's defense of herself was so full of pretzel logic (we have the right to say whatever we want to, but don't pin this blood libel on me--I'm innocent of provocative talk!) that the kind of forethought Cole seems to be arguing for is beyond any conceivable deliberate decision-making.

And I have trouble taking seriously anyone who calls the Palestinians innocent without some sort of caveat. Neither Israelis nor Palestinians are innocent in the conflict in Israel. It's not a black-and-white issue, and anyone who sees it that way is being willfully naive.
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