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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-05-20 05:35
Subject: [links] Link salad greets the morning without queasiness
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The Periodic Table of Storytelling — (Via SF.)

Characteristic Ages of Genres — Andrew Wheeler is amusing while making an interesting point.

Call Michael Brotherton the Roger Ebert of science fiction movies — I remember him when he was was just a punk kid grad student.

Social Media: Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse — (Thanks to [info]lillypond, a/k/a my sister.)

New Findings on Rogue Planets

Scientific Process Rage — Snerk.

“Women making barrage balloons in a German factory, circa 1943” — A curious photo.

Disappointment, despair and Harold CampingI stopped thinking of his “Bible prophecy” obsession as a kooky, but mostly harmless set of beliefs. I began to realize that it was a framework that burdened its followers with the inevitability of disappointment, false hope, denial and an inconsolable fear. Its adherents were its victims. There were other victims, too, but its main damage was wrought in the lives of those who most believed it. I am not so evolved as Slacktivist Fred Clark, and have more difficulty summoning his genuine sympathy for the self-inflicted victims of willful idiocy.

Newt: I'll Make America Just Like TexasTexas is dead last in the percentage of residents without health insurance, dead last in the number of children insured, and dead last in the number of women receiving early prenatal care. Texas is 44th in the number of children living in poverty, 45th in having the highest percentage of infectious diseases and 36th in high school graduation rate. Reminds me of my Texas Republican friend years ago who really wanted the US to go back to the way it was in the 1950s, when the country was free, safe, and prosperous. Except for the part where her divorced self wouldn't have had her job because a man needed to feed his family and wouldn't have been allowed in the door of her Bible-believing Church because she lived in sin with her boyfriend. (Not that she appreciated me pointing any of that out. I ruined a perfectly good rant against the evils of the same liberalism that made her divorce and her lifestyle socially possible and acceptable in the first place.) The bad stuff doesn't count in conservative mythmaking.

You’re So Brave To Expose All Those Popsicle Woes — Islamic terrorism and urine-soaked popsicles. More intellectual leadership from the American Right. Christ, you guys would be hilarious if you weren't so disastrously destructive.

The Year of Living AdulterouslyWhat is it with Republicans lately? What does she mean, lately? The family values crowd never has been either.

?otD: Satay or sautee?

Writing time yesterday: 0.5 hours (revised and submitted a short story)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.5 hours (fitful)
Weight: 232.2
Currently (re)reading: A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

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User: madrobins
Date: 2011-05-20 15:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Re: the Rapture--it hadn't occurred to me the damage done to school age kids through all this. Like the first cited family here. The parents believe the world is ending tomorrow, so they've stopped taking care of the house, they've stopped saving for college for their children. Imagine applying to college and asking for a scholarship because your parents (who didn't think you were going to join them in Heaven, by the way) thought the world was ending. Ech.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-05-20 15:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That's where my fervent, atheistic belief in freedom of religion (everyone is free to be wrong in their own way) conflicts with my fervent, liberal belief in the rights of parents.
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User: ulfhirtha
Date: 2011-05-20 22:31 (UTC)
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Yeah..I've also seen stories of families spending all their money as they expect not to need it after tomorrow. Geez.

It is especially baffling as the Gospels quote Jesus as basically saying you won't know when it will come. So there.
(let alone dwell on Jesus' own claims for the Kingdom coming in the lifetime of some of his audience...um...)

Then again, with the week I've had, I could almost hope they are right. :-P
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User: dr_phil_physics
Date: 2011-05-20 16:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
"The bad stuff doesn't count in conservative mythmaking."

Au contraire -- there is no bad stuff. Those blessed with perfect hindsight also have very effective selective vision.

Dr. Phil
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