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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-02-08 05:21
Subject: [links] Link salad hums the Queen of the Night's aria
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Macmillan posts an excerpt of my novel Green — In support of the forthcoming trade paperback release.

The Ads Were More Boring Than the Super BowlScrivener's Error with a number of interesting things to say about economics, publishing and the economics of publishing.

Welcome to Beautiful Jay Lake Family Campground and R.V.Park — I really need to go there. (Thanks to danjite.)

The Entabulator — A hilarious short video snippet of pseudobusiness/pseudotechnical B.S.

Waterloo Teeth — Ok, this is just weird. As so much of history is. (Via @lilithsaintcrow.)

Some fins up! 100,000 sharks mass off Florida's beaches — Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water.

Anonymous to security firm working with FBI: "You've angered the hive" — We are definitely living in the future.

Droughts, Floods and Food — Paul Krugman on the link between climate change and revolution. Warning: Facts and informed analysis not valid if you are a Republican.

Bachmann, congressional Republicans in political 'parallel universe,' says Bill Clinton[T]he new crop of Republicans in Congress are living "in a parallel universe divorced from reality with no facts." So are most of the old ones, actually.

Colbert on O'Reilly — The tides smugly and confidently presented as otherwise inexplicable evidence of God's hand? Also, this just in, Mars has no moons. And you people wonder why I think conservatives are basically nuts.

Faith Healing Parents Get Probation — I have always felt a very strong tension between my respect for religious freedom and the rights of parents on the one hand and the rights of children on the other. It's one thing for people to choose faith healing for themselves. Every adult has the freedom to be as wrong-headed as they wish to be in their private life. But to choose it for their children, who have no other recourse? Like vaccination denial, so far as I'm concerned, that's child abuse, pure and simple.

Fact Checking Palin on Reagan, Budget — Hmm. facts, meet perception. Perception for the win! Like I said before, Ronald Reagan was no Ronald Reagan. The man was a maundering fool who made no sense in 1980, he did not improve during office. He is virtually worshiped for things he is believed to have said by people who willfully ignore the deep and abiding hypocrisy of the man's actual historical record. I listened to the Reagan-Carter debates on the radio in 1980. I heard President Carter stammer and earnestly grope with facts to try to answer questions. I heard candidate Reagan genially thank the moderator for the question then go off on long, content-free riffs that neither addressed the issues under discussion nor made a whole lot of sense otherwise. But his smooth, confident delivery clinched the television audience. I have never, not from the very beginning, understood the cult of Reagan.

?otD: Can you hit the high notes?

Writing time yesterday: 2.25 hours (200 new words, revisions and editorial to Sunspin)
Body movement: 30 minutes on stationary bike
Hours slept: 5.75 hours (solid)
Weight: 252.8
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mlerules: Cruella
User: mlerules
Date: 2011-02-08 14:04 (UTC)
Subject: Qx o' Day
Give me a rubber mallet and I can certainly try...
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User: cuddlycthulhu
Date: 2011-02-08 15:59 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Faith healing and the harm it does always galls me. I grew up particularly devout and Bible-thumping and some of the ridiculous stuff I was spun growing up, even in fairly liberal if passionate churches I attended, was crazy.

I would agree that such things as vaccination denial would constitute child abuse but I do believe that parents who willfully chose to not take their child to a doctor when they are sick and instead pray, and that child dies, have chosen to murder their kids in a fashion that's no different than if I hit a guy with my car and left him half-hanging out of my windshield to slowly die in my garage.
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Kenneth Mark Hoover
User: kmarkhoover
Date: 2011-02-08 16:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
*walks on stage* Lights, please.

The cult of Reagan was (and is) about validating innate feelings of fear, hate, and racism.

That's what the cult of Reagan is really all about, Charlie Brown.

*walks off stage*
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User: mastadge
Date: 2011-02-08 18:38 (UTC)
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OMG! How did I not notice that the pilot who noticed the sharks was named Steve Irwin?! Steve Irwin, also the name of the Crocodile Hunter, who was killed by a stingray, which are related to sharks! It's all, like, totally connected!
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User: ulfhirtha
Date: 2011-02-08 20:52 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
"I have never, not from the very beginning, understood the cult of Reagan"

You are hardly alone there. I never have as well. But he seems to have set the tone for the current "thought & content-free" brand of conservatism that seems happy to blithely ignore inconveniences like reality & denigrate anyone who even partially knows what theyt are talking about. Not to mention that brand of "Christian" conservatism that talks a big game but seems to prefer Mammon instead and has their Matthew 25 Sheep & Goats completely mixed up.
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User: ericjamesstone
Date: 2011-02-09 01:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Jay, relying on Krugman for "facts and informed analysis" is like relying on Fox News for "facts and informed analysis."

Here's a post by an actual climate scientist (a political moderate who accepts that global warming is happening) regarding the connection between climate change and food prices and revolution:


Money quote: "Paul Krugman joins the crowd who think that they can see the signal of greenhouse emissions in noisy, short-term data on food prices, and then construct a chain of causality to the ongoing unrest in the Middle East. Such tenuous claims of attribution have about as much scientific standing as Pat Robertson saying that Hurricane Katrina was the result of the vengeful wrath of God."
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