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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-01-25 05:33
Subject: [links] Link salad dreams of sleeping
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A reader reacts to my Sunspin short story "Torquing Vacuum" — Which is mildly ironic because in yesterday's writing work session, I was cribbing furiously from the manuscript of "Torquing Vacuum" to get some stuff right in the book.

First RWA meeting, and Suhalia Salimpourcassiealexander on, among other things, seeing yourself as a working author. Good thoughts on the transition from aspiration to pro-dom.

Voyager and the Will to ExploreCentauri Dreams on spacecraft longevity.

Amazing powers of the octopus

Close Encounters of the Buddhist KindAn exclusive look inside a booming multibillion-dollar, evangelical, global Thai cult. Strange days indeed, but certainly no stranger than American megachurch evangelical Christianity. (Via Freakonomics.)

The Chiltern Hundreds — Ah, the bizarre arcana of British law.

You're thinking of Jesus... — Hahaha. Hilarious photo of a political sign. (Via @alexirvine.)

Clarence Thomas failed to report wife's income, watchdog says — Conservatives are against activist judges, but love them unethical judges. So long as they vote right. Hint: What would Your Liberal Media, and the radio/tv talking heads, do with this story if it were the wife of a leading liberal jurist? (Via shsilver.)

?otD: What's the place you've visited most but never lived in?

Writing time yesterday: 2.25 hours (2,700 new words on Sunspin book one, WRPA.)
Body movement: 30 minutes on stationary bike
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (solid)
Weight: 254.0
Currently reading: One of Our Thursdays Is Missing by Jasper Fforde

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User: cuddlycthulhu
Date: 2011-01-25 15:38 (UTC)
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Man, the Texas and Montana-state GOP platforms plainly state "We don't like activist judges." and later state "We support the election of judges who support our political view point."

The blatant hypocrisy is astounding.
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User: oaksylph
Date: 2011-01-25 17:47 (UTC)
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Sympathetic grimaces from Iowa, where voters unseated three judges for having ruled same-sex marriage constitutionally legal, and the GOP are now trying to ban not only same-sex marriage but same-sex financial protections such as domestic partnership insurance. The appalling injustice aside - way to stimulate the economy, boys.
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Danny Adams
User: madwriter
Date: 2011-01-26 00:45 (UTC)
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I'm guessing that they're unaware or don't care that the biggest activist ruling of 2010 (Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission) was not only one favoring conservatives, but likely was a major reason the Republicans retook the House in November.
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User: cuddlycthulhu
Date: 2011-01-26 02:55 (UTC)
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I'm pretty sure they're aware, considering how much money the raised because of it.
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Jay Lake: politics-upsidedown_flag
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-01-26 03:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It's only judicial activism if they don't agree with the ruling. if they do agree with the ruling, it's wise jurisprudence according to Constitutional principles. Because, you know, conservatives hate moral relativism so much.
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User: kellymccullough
Date: 2011-01-25 15:42 (UTC)
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Edinburgh. Spent probably two months there over the last 15 years, but haven't had a chance to live there.
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They Didn't Ask Me: union-jack
User: dr_phil_physics
Date: 2011-01-25 17:03 (UTC)
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Ah, thanks for the link to the Chiltern Hundreds. Always good to have more obscure info on how the British do things, then find ways to adapt it into my 29th century SF. (evil grin)

Dr. Phil
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User: suzan_h
Date: 2011-01-25 18:46 (UTC)
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Hmmm... I have yet to have a Buddhist banging on my front door at 8AM on a Saturday morning and handing out pamphlets on saving my soul.
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User: msconduct
Date: 2011-01-25 21:28 (UTC)
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I particularly like the bit on the sign about Jesus being brown-skinned. Centuries of Western art depicting him as lily-white are exasperating.
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2011-01-26 03:52 (UTC)
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AotD: Probably Yellowstone.
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