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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-04-05 04:21
Subject: [links] Link salad looks up to see what's coming down
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Tags:cool, culture, gay, links, media, personal, photos, politics, religion, science, stories, weird
A New Novelette by Mary Robinette Kowal Just Posted at Subterranean Online — "Water to Wine", from METAtropolis: Cascadia, in which I had a small hand.

Teaching, the most important professionAn average high school graduate has spent 10,000 hours at school in the company of 20 teachers. It's no wonder almost everyone has a story about a teacher who changed his or her life.

Ever wondered why Mars is red? — Nukes on Mars?

The Milky Way Over Tenerife

Genetically modified cows produce 'human' milk

German Press Corps Can't Handle Government's Switch to Announcements via Twitter

States of educational decayYou know what happens when you cut education in your state? Businesses may start to leave. It's interesting to see the blatant anti-science, anti-education, anti-reality platform of the conservative movement finally generating some observable real world consequences. Sad, but interesting.

Donald Trump Gets Weirder — Heh.

RNC thinks gays shouldn't be permitted to visit their partners' death bed — Are you proud of your Republican Party?

MONTANA: House Blocks Bill To Decriminalize Homosexuality — Because in these troubled times, this is precisely what the Republican party should be most focused on — government intrusion into private life and marginalization of minorities. Core conservative values, demonstrably so.

?otD: Hot air balloon or dirigible?

Writing time yesterday: 1.25 hours (revisions, submittals, WRPA)
Body movement: 70 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 6.0 hours (solid)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: Between books

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Jim Hetley
User: jhetley
Date: 2011-04-05 11:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Hot air. Helium is a scarce, non-renewable resource, while hydrogen has the Hindenburg Problem. Hot air, worse luck, is abundant . . .
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Steve: Hal 9000 (2001)
User: anton_p_nym
Date: 2011-04-05 12:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Hal 9000 (2001)
Nukes on Mars?

It's absolutely true because I read it in the Daily Mail.

Mind you, it makes for an interesting backstory for ripping tales about lost Martian civilizations and stalwart explorers of the ruins... but given my limited understanding of the physics, I don't see this as a compelling answer for why Mars is red.

-- Steve thinks the Oklo natural reactor is about as "hot" a reaction as you could get. There's zero chance fissiles could spontaneously detonate... if it was that easy, the world would have a lot more countries with nuclear weapons.
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User: joycemocha
Date: 2011-04-05 12:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Good teacher article. Thank you for posting the link.
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User: cathshaffer
Date: 2011-04-05 14:22 (UTC)
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Okay, who is the marketing genius who thought creating chimeric cows that produce human milk would be a good thing to sell to health conscious parents of infants? "Worried that your baby isn't getting the optimal nutrition for his needs from formula? Let me just show you this product I created from mutant cows. In my basement. Yum!" LOL.
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User: emmainfiniti
Date: 2011-04-06 11:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
This comment really did make me laugh out loud.

AotD: Balloon
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selfavowedgeek: Blade Runner eyeball
User: selfavowedgeek
Date: 2011-04-05 19:42 (UTC)
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Keyword:Blade Runner eyeball
Jay, thank you for posting the link to the article re: teachers. It's refreshing to read a positive article about the profession for a change.
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User: randy_smith2
Date: 2011-04-05 19:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The article among these links that caught my eye was the one about gay partner hospital visitation rights. The RNC site is using the issue as an example of how Obama is slowly increasing gay rights. While the site does not directly oppose the issue (it's intention is to oppose Obama) it is using this as a "wedge" issue.

A few years ago, one of my parishioners who was a gay man was dying of AIDS in a San Francisco hospital. The hospital allowed his partner to set up a cot in the room and he stayed with him nearly 24 hours a day until he died. It was a wonderful and beautiful thing.

After the man's death, his sister took his ashes back to Georgia for burial. The partner wanted to attend the service there, but the family would not even tell him when it was happening!!! I was never so angry at a family as I was over this. They did everything they could to keep the partner away. It was as un-Christian an attitude as I have ever seen.

On the other hand, we had a very wonderful service for the man here in California. His life was celebrated. His partner and his friends here were able to grieve. I was proud to be a part of it.

I still get angry when I think about what the family in Georgia did.
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User: cuddlycthulhu
Date: 2011-04-05 22:15 (UTC)
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Dirigible, because you'll never complain if things go wrong.

Re: your links - I don't get why there are homosexual GOPers. Is being a conservative really worth supporting a group that hates them and wants to keep them, at best, second-class citizens?
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