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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-02-17 05:28
Subject: [links] Link salad talks about politics for a change
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Tags:cool, history, iraq, language, links, media, nature, personal, politics, publishing, steampunk, tech
Borders Refuses to Pay the RentScrivener's Error with a cogent (and depressing) post on the Borders bankruptcy. A must-read if you're a working author or publishing industry type.

The Civil War tank? — Mmm, land monitors. (Thanks to [info]goulo.)

Mississippi Metro Map — An interesting way of looking at the largest river in the United States.

To Talk With Aliens, Learn to Speak With Dolphins — Scientists communicate with cetaceans.

You can help improve ASR — This is actually something I deal with in the Day Jobbe.

Presidential Medal of Freedom given to former president George H.W. Bush, 14 others — Hey, let's reward corruption and incompetence some more! Just like we did in the most recent elections! Oh, well, at least it wasn't Bush 43. (Via [info]danjite.)

Defector admits to WMD lies that triggered Iraq war — There were lies involved in our entry to the Iraq War? Inconceivable...

The Tea Party and civil liberties — Glenn Greenwald on the reauthorization of the so-called Patriot Act. The war on civil liberties in the U.S. is a fully bipartisan endeavor, and no effective opposition is possible through fealty to either of the two parties.

Boehner the budget hawk shifts his course — A million jobs to be lost, and he says "so be it". That's leadership. Are you proud of your Republican party?

Out of Control in the House"A lot of us freshmen don't have a whole lot of knowledge about how Washington, D.C., is operated," Representative Kristi Noem, a Republican of South Dakota, told the Conservative Political Action Conference last week. "And, frankly, we don't really care." Which is why electing you was such an excellent choice on the part of your constituents. I have never understood the political appeal of Know-Nothingism.

Why is Glenn Beck freaking out over Egypt and a caliphate?"For the first time, you began to see a lot of really serious conservatives taking on Beck and people like that, and saying, you know, your theories are just wacky," Brooks said. As opposed to the utterly reasonable theories of most of the Republican congressional delegation, or anyone else on FOX News? That's either hysterically funny or frighteningly sad.

?otD: Who would you vote for if the next U.S. presidential election were today?



2/17/2011
Writing time yesterday: 2.5 hours (copy edits on Endurance)
Body movement: 30 minutes on stationary bike
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (interrupted)
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Currently reading: Dead Iron by Devon Monk

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Jim Hetley
User: jhetley
Date: 2011-02-17 13:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Vote "No" for president!

(No matter who you voted for, the Government won.)
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ubiquitous_a: kitten-machinegun
User: ubiquitous_a
Date: 2011-02-17 15:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:kitten-machinegun
"There were lies involved in our entry to the Iraq War? Inconceivable..."

WMD? I do not think those letters mean what you think they mean. ;p
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Steve
User: anton_p_nym
Date: 2011-02-17 16:16 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Who would you vote for if the next U.S. presidential election were today?

Kodos.

-- Steve wasn't swayed by Kang's "abortions for some, tiny flags for everyone" platform.
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ulfhirtha
User: ulfhirtha
Date: 2011-02-17 20:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
At first glance I thought you meant Kodos the Executioner (from ST's "Conscience of the King")
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scarlettina: Lion of Kenya
User: scarlettina
Date: 2011-02-17 16:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Lion of Kenya
Re: dolphins: I've been saying this for years. We live with alien intelligences on our own planet: dolphins, whales, elephants. Their environments, body configurations, and frames of reference are all strikingly different from our own. This isn't new. The fact that it's news is what surprises--and, frankly, disheartens--me. The creatures that we designate as "animals" are treated, at best, like clever toddlers instead of being measured on their own terms; I hate that. What I like about this research is the researchers are going to them, interacting with them in their own environments. This, I think, is progress in how we learn and build relationships. It's what Dian Fossey did with gorillas, and she was a ground breaker. I'd like to see more of this sort of research.
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emmainfiniti
User: emmainfiniti
Date: 2011-02-18 03:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
AotD: I would vote for Jon Stewart, in a heartbeat. I don't agree with everything he says, but I trust him to be honest.
edit - and i trust him to poke fun at himself and us too.


Edited at 2011-02-18 03:28 am (UTC)
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thefaeway
User: thefaeway
Date: 2011-02-19 05:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I would actually vote if he were on the ballots.

and I'd trust him to tell us how stupid it is if he ever gets the Nobel for no reason.
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emmainfiniti
User: emmainfiniti
Date: 2011-02-20 03:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Amen!
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