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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-04-14 04:47
Subject: [links] Link salad hies off to the medical imaging unit
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Writer Sonia Lyris corresponds with The Journal of Universal Rejection — That link is her initial post, there's a whole, hilarious sequence from there under her tag "rejection saga".

Magical Siberia: A Russian Take on Middle-earth Strange Maps strikes again.

Long Lifespan Linked to Poor Church Attendance — Huh? That cannot possibly be a causative relationship.

Is Sugar Toxic?

Old open air voyagersFreshwater eukaryotes may have ventured onto land nearly 500 million years earlier than fossil evidence previously suggested.

What Happens If You Get Sucked Out of a Plane? — In which our own Geoff Landis is quoted.

Nazi War Crimes as Described by German Soldiers — Going back to the primary sources. This is tough reading.

Lessons from Ivory Coast — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison on religious identity politics and the Peace of Westphalia.

The Great DebateRyan vs. Obama will be this year’s main event, if the president is up for it.

The Nostradamus Award Goes To...The Heritage Foundation, which predicted that the 2001 Bush tax cuts would bring on an economic boom, increase household income and reduce federal debt: When you do the numbers on the alleged fiscal conservatism of the GOP, it's an utter disaster for the nation as a whole as well as for individual households. That was true under Reagan, and it's been true ever since. So why do the Republicans keep getting the credit for something that's so objectively and abjectly untrue?

?otD: To CT or not to CT, that is the question.

Writing time yesterday: 0.25 hours (WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.0 hours (interrupted)
Weight: 247.8
Currently reading: Nifft the Lean by Michael Shea

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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-04-14 12:22 (UTC)
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You have a point. Healing through prayer would certainly be natural selection in action, wouldn't it?
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User: joycemocha
Date: 2011-04-14 15:19 (UTC)
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My suspicion is that the correlation has more to do with a relaxed attitude toward faith and life in general rather than anything else. Hard-core type A religionists tend to be obsessive about guilt details, which leads to all of those lovely side-effects of type A stress. They also don't tend to buy into the types of details of faith practice that would promote neuroplasticity and stress reduction, but spend too damned much time obsessing about their salvation or lack thereof. Or micromanaging their family's salvation, or other people's salvations, or so on....

Look at the studies of long-lived contemplative nuns. From the exposure I've had to long-term contemplatives in the Catholic Church, they tend toward a certain relaxed perspective that is not that different from less-frequent church attendees, and tend to have practices closer to those traditions that promote neuroplasticity.
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User: anton_p_nym
Date: 2011-04-14 13:36 (UTC)
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The impression I got was that, with longer life-spans, folks aren't in a hurry to have their souls rinsed clean... and so don't get as thoroughly indoctrinated at the formative stages of their personalities. In earlier times there were ample examples in one's own social circle of those dying young; these days, not so much. To quote the article:

Although other factors influence religious participation, age alters how people perceive the costs and benefits of religiosity through time. People may consider the time and effort taken to worship as a cost, while weighing the benefits of gaining a sense of community, greater spirituality and personal confidence in the afterlife.

In places with low life expectancies, the risk of dying is more of a reality, which may account for higher religiosity, the researchers say. The same can be said of older generations.

In other words, the causal relationship goes the other way. Lack of churchin' doesn't lead to a long life; long life leads to a lack of churchin'.

-- Steve doesn't feel the lack, himself.
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Steve: Gilgamesh Wulfenbach (Girl Genius)
User: anton_p_nym
Date: 2011-04-14 13:40 (UTC)
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Keyword:Gilgamesh Wulfenbach (Girl Genius)
On an unrelated note, I have to say that reading the Washington Examiner web site filled my mind with impressions of patriotic bunting, male choruses singing patriotic hymns, and the metronomic crash of jackboots.

-- Steve thinks that the real debate of the year would be Ryan vs. Krugman. He'd pony up for the pay-per-view on that one.
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Jay Lake: politics-rifleman
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-04-14 13:42 (UTC)
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Heh. Krugman would wipe the floor with Ryan. The substance imbalance would be tremendous.
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Kenneth Mark Hoover
User: kmarkhoover
Date: 2011-04-14 13:39 (UTC)
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Republicans get credit for these baseless policies because the Democrats won't stand up and call them out for the GD liars they are.

Republicans fight. Democrats cave.
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User: anton_p_nym
Date: 2011-04-14 14:04 (UTC)
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And, isn't sanity really just a one-trick pony anyway? I mean all you get is one trick, rational thinking, but when you're good and crazy, oooh, oooh, oooh, the sky is the limit.
- Karl Rove The Tick

-- Steve definitely would like to see the Dems be less spineless and approval-seeking, but understands the problems that come from debating with the rabid.
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User: mymatedave
Date: 2011-04-14 14:03 (UTC)
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With regard to Republicans getting the credit, it's because lying is not considered a bad thing on tv and whenever anyone brings it up some centrist will immediately say "both sides do it."
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