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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-04-13 05:38
Subject: [links] Link salad for another hump day
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Tags:cool, culture, links, nature, personal, photos, politics, process, publishing, religion, science, sex, tech
How not to bug the fuck out when writing a novel — (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

Scrivener's Error with an especially interesting roundup of publishing related links on several topics

How to Teach Books to Kids — Ta-Nehisi Coates on high school reading.

A sweeping question for colleges that embrace quidditch — Uh...

7 Basic Things You Won't Believe You're All Doing Wrong — Including pooping. (Via Tim Keating.)

The Scary Reality of a Real-Life Barbie Doll

Rocket Plume — Art guru James Gurney with a fascinating analysis of a fascinating photo.

Could aliens be living on planets deep within black holes?At the centre of some black holes is 'an area where space and time exists'. Hmmm. (Via [info]madwriter.)

Is inequality a hazard or an indicator?An interesting IMF analysis finds that growth spells tend to last longer in places with relatively low levels of income inequality.

As Mammals Supplanted Dinosaurs, Lice Kept Pace — Mmm, lice.

Batteries that Recharge in SecondsA new process could let your laptop and cell phone recharge a hundred times faster than they do now. Fascinating. In some ways, batteries are still the most retrograde major technology that we have. (That being said, I also like the idea that trees are solar energy batteries.)

The Prosecution Rests, but I Can’t — A man, wrongfully convicted, speaks out. Worth the read, especially if you're a law-and-order type.

Judges Who Are Hungry, Fatigued More Likely to Deny Parole — Wow. I mean, not exactly surprising, but wow.

BirtherismI think the thing that pisses me off the most about the birtherism and the coverage is that no one will come out and state that what is obviously motivating this crap is racism. Period. End of story. Yep. This. Birtherism is the Intelligent Design of electoral politics. A foolish, stupid stalking horse that manages to lend credibility to people's superstitions/prejudices.

The 0.014 percent solution — Slacktivist on Federal budget dollars. [M]embers of Congress have been lying about funding for the CPB, NPR, PBS, etc. National Public Radio actually received fewer federal dollars last year than Jerry Falwell’s private conservative sectarian college, Liberty University. You'll never hear any conservative admitting that little fact. GOP 1, Reality 0.

NOM Leader Supports Same-Sex Marriage — What happens when a conservative actually pays attention to the reality around them. Their mind changes.

?otD: Whose idea was it to spell this 'Wednesday' anyway?



4/13/2011
Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hour (WRPA, revisions and submittals)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.5 hours (solid)
Weight: 249.4
Currently reading: Nifft the Lean by Michael Shea

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ericjamesstone
User: ericjamesstone
Date: 2011-04-13 13:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
> Birtherism — I think the thing that pisses me off the most about
> the birtherism and the coverage is that no one will come out and
> state that what is obviously motivating this crap is racism.
> Period. End of story. Yep. This. Birtherism is the Intelligent
> Design of electoral politics. A foolish, stupid stalking horse that
> manages to lend credibility to people's superstitions/prejudices.

While I have no doubt there are some birthers whose belief that Obama is not eligible to be President is rooted in racism, I don't think it's anywhere near as obvious and simplistic as you and Balloon Juice make it sound.

Remember all the conspiracy theories about Bill Clinton and Mena airport/drug smuggling/Whitewater/Vince Foster & other people connected in some way to the Clintons who died? (Frankly, I was starting to buy into some of that in the mid-1990s until my parents talked some sense into me. And I'm not including Monica Lewinsky, because in that case it's undeniable that there really was a coverup.) There was a lot of hatred on the right for Bill Clinton. Was that motivated by racism? For the most part, I don't see the hatred for Obama as any different. (Yes, there will be some people whose hatred of Obama is based in racism, but I don't think that's the motivator for most -- anti-Democratism is the main motivator.)

You liberals love to just blame things on racism, because that makes for a nice, simple morality play in which you are obviously good and conservatives are obviously evil.

But I think the more correct theory as to why birtherism has caught on is it's an easy narrative: if Obama wasn't born in the U.S., he can't be President. And since it looks like Obama is hiding something, there must be a conspiracy! If Obama were white, and everything else about his birth the same, I think birtherism would still exist. And if Obama had been born & raised in Chicago to long-time Chicago residents, birtherism would not exist but conspiracy theories about him would still abound.

PLEASE NOTE: I am NOT a birther. In fact, I blogged against birtherism on Monday. http://ejs.me/95
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-04-13 13:32 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I do take your point, but given the racially tinged politics of the GOP base, I don't think it's as simple as not being racism either.

The really odd thing is that even if he wasn't born in the US, with an American mother he's still a citizen, and just as eligible to be president as John McCain. Or me, for that matter. So even if the Birthers were somehow absolutely correct, it's still a red herring.
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Andrew Trembley
User: bovil
Date: 2011-04-14 01:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm waiting to see someone call Mitt Romney an anchor baby.
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rekre8
User: rekre8
Date: 2011-04-13 13:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
AotD: Woden.
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curious Eve
User: curiouseve
Date: 2011-04-13 16:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Maybe Woden's Day was too hard to say.

But still, why not Wendsday? That's how we say it these days, right?
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oaksylph
User: oaksylph
Date: 2011-04-13 22:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thanks for the IMF study link. To quote you, "I mean, not exactly surprising, but wow."

I don't know why it isn't obvious to everyone all the time that things are only worth what someone will pay for them, an amount necessarily affected by what they have and how much of that is disposable, but then, I have skewed vision when it comes to economic principles, too.... Economic growth happens when things and ideas and places and developments move through an economy, and they can't do that if not enough people have disposable income and feel they are getting fair prices. Also problematic if someone manages to corner a market or a delivery system - monopolies, toll roads, political lobbies, and big-box retailers being examples thereof - and then, of course, the bubble pops, because it always does, and whatever 'growth' could have been measured during the monopoly/toll/lobby/chain erodes.

Could I successfully petition Daniel Abraham to write a set of young adult novels exemplifying these concepts, do you think? (I'd ask you, but if I were going to plead with you for a YA series, it would be for one about interlocking/overlapping cultures of religion/spirituality/ceremony/faith in large cities, so that I could administer it to help check the spread of monoculturalism.)

PS, fog is thinnest at ground level. Duck?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-04-13 22:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Ducking...

And Daniel could do that, yes.
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Andrew Trembley
User: bovil
Date: 2011-04-14 00:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Birtherism is based on xenophobia. Racism is just a conveniently exploitable facet of xenophobia.
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Kenneth Mark Hoover
User: kmarkhoover
Date: 2011-04-14 03:59 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Some really great links, thanks for providing them. :)
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