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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-01-29 06:38
Subject: [links] Link salad gets political for a change
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The Race for the Future — Adrienne Kress on ebooks versus paper. Both funny and thought-provoking.

Leave the libraries alone. You don’t understand their value. — First, you'd have to be someone who reads. (Via @lilithsaintcrow.)

Opportunity at Santa Maria CraterAPOD wins the Internets again.

The Fate of the Kilo Weighs Heavily on the Minds of Metrologists

Law and the Multiverse: Superheroes, supervillains, and the law — A law blog for those so inclined. (Nicked from comments on the LJ of james_nicoll.)

Ayn Rand and the VIP-DIPers — The founder of Objectivism took advantage of Social Security and Medicare. More conservative this-is-right-for-me-but-not-for-thee-ism. I love the smell of principled consistency in the morning. (Ultimately via @MarkWaid.)

Don’t Know Much About HistoryIs Michele Bachmann the new Sarah Palin? I'd ask what was wrong with the old Sarah Palin, but that question answers itself.

How the Right and Left View America — Put more simply, moral clarity versus nuance. As an exercise for the reader, which position requires careful thought to maintain, and which position provides comforting certainty?

Why History Matters — Linda Chavez reports in from OppositeWorld, saying, There is no question that a double standard exists — the media is much quicker to draw attention to conservatives' faux pas than to liberals'. If only this were true, we never would have had the Bush 43 administration in the first place, and a lot of people would be in jail today who are walking free on the $50,000-per-gig speaker circuit. I get that it's real important to Republicans to feel victimized by the national discourse they've controlled for the past 20+ years, that's how they keep their voting base inspired, but this is just silly. Conservatism: where you get to invent your own facts!

Rachel Maddow: In America Today, Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower Would Be Bernie Sanders in the U.S. SenateBut the whole of American politics has shifted so far to the right in the last 50 years that what used to be thought of as conservative, what used to be thought of as a conservative position, is now considered to be off-the-charts lefty. I've been saying for years that the greatest victory of the Reagan-era GOP was shifting the American political center far to the right.

?otD: Buy partisan much?

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Jim Hetley
User: jhetley
Date: 2011-01-29 14:44 (UTC)
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I have not seen many partisans offered for sale.
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scarlettina: WW: Learning is delightful
User: scarlettina
Date: 2011-01-29 16:13 (UTC)
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Keyword:WW: Learning is delightful
Haven't been paying attention to American politics much, have you? ;-)
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Jim Hetley
User: jhetley
Date: 2011-01-29 16:19 (UTC)
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I try not to. Bad for my physiology.
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User: scarlettina
Date: 2011-01-29 16:12 (UTC)
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Maddow's been saying, for as long as she's been on the air, that American politics as a whole has shifted toward the right, and that today, the Republican party wouldn't have someone as liberal as Reagan as their candidate. I think she's correct and I think it's fascinating. (Of course, as I've said elsewhere, I'd totally jump the fence for gorgeous, brilliant, funny Rachel, so maybe I'm biased.)
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User: emmainfiniti
Date: 2011-01-29 17:17 (UTC)
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I am trying to figure out what us lefties can do to create a gravitational force in our direction. We don't generally like to promote our causes by promoting lies and unfairly vilifying people who disagree with us, but that seems to get results on the right. What can we do to get some results while maintaining the rationality, compassion, and integrity that we stand for?
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User: voidampersand
Date: 2011-01-29 20:53 (UTC)
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There have been many gains in civil rights, human rights, environmental responsibility, and so on, since the New Deal. I don't like it that these gains are under assault from the right, but they wouldn't be under assault if they weren't there. The lies and vilification are desperation tactics. The right can't win fairly. They know the current generation doesn't tolerate racism, so they have to present their racist agenda as being against "reverse discrimination." They know the next generation is much less homophobic. Yet another reliable right-wing wedge issue is slipping away. Their only hope is to keep expanding their propaganda and money machine. What can we do? Stop the machine. Support fair taxation, effective anti-trust enforcement, and local control of media. Without the blaring megaphone, it will be much easier to have some of those real conversations that we've been needing to have.
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Kenneth Mark Hoover
User: kmarkhoover
Date: 2011-01-30 19:00 (UTC)
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There is no room in the modern day Republican party for Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Goldwater and even Nixon who was heavily into conservation when he wasn't bugging Democratic headquarters. Hell, even Reagan, their goddamn patron saint, would be viewed with suspicion by the modern Tea Baggers.

Because of the Tea Bagger influence the GOP has morphed into a shrill, shrieking party of fear, hate and collective racism. That's who they are and they're not going to change because you know what? It works with their base.

It works.
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User: fledgist
Date: 2011-01-30 22:41 (UTC)
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Collective racism primarily directed at "Mexicans". With token blacks to deflect criticism.
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