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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-05-31 05:26
Subject: [links] Link salad goes back to work
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Tags:cool, gay, healthcare, links, media, personal, photos, politics, process, reviews, science, stories, weird
A reader reacts to my short story at Daily Science Fiction, "Hello, Said the Gun" — Not so much with the liking, I'm afraid.

Sociopath World — For those of you doing research on the darker side of characterization. (Via [info]autopope.)

Terrorist 'pre-crime' detector field tested in United StatesScreening system aims to pinpoint passengers with malicious intentions. (Via The Law and Neuroscience Blog, recently recommended to me by the always excellent [info]e_bourne.)

Splashdown: 1904 — A ship being launched. Impressive photo.

x-planes with Sinday fantasy #321: The FH-XX, an incredible papercraft model submitted by it's creator necroscope — Holy cow, that is made of paper.

Utah Law Makes Coins Worth Their Weight in Gold (or Silver) — The Tea Party comes to your wallet. (Thanks to my Dad.)

Prop 8 Supporters: We Didn’t Really Mean What We Said About Same-Sex Marriage"It's a stunning admission that all the arguments they were making before are completely baseless..." Not like they weren't completely baseless along, the prop 8 lawsuit arguments were beyond laughable: just the usual conservative fearmongering in the face of fact and in support of bigotry.

Reality Bites: The GOP After Daniels, and After 2012The most important political story of the Obama era has been the Republican Party's growing defiance of reality—its denial of climate science, its denunciations of Medicare cuts while proposing Medicare cuts, its denunciations of debt while proposing debt-exploding tax cuts, its resistance to financial regulation in the wake of a financial meltdown, and so on. Now the GOP's most promising reality-based presidential candidate, Mitch Daniels, has passed up the race.

Rolling Stone: Roger Ailes' Bomb Proof Office Protects Him From 'Those Gays' — That would be the same Roger Ailes who believes Obama is forming a national police force. Oh, and the man who brought you "Fair and Balanced" FOX News. Fairly unbalanced indeed.

?otD: What's the weirdest job you ever had?

Writing time yesterday: 2.5 hours (finished non-fiction project, also quite a bit of WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 4.75 hours plus napping (fitful) [!]
Weight: 229.6
Currently (re)reading: A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

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Jim Hetley
User: jhetley
Date: 2011-05-31 12:43 (UTC)
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!otD = US Army . . .
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Amy Sisson
User: amysisson
Date: 2011-05-31 13:04 (UTC)
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A one-day temp job unfolding dollar bills.

Naturally I wrote a story about it. :-)
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User: anton_p_nym
Date: 2011-05-31 13:16 (UTC)
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AotD: A one-off job right out of high school; wrangling gear (and the crowd) at a municipal surplus auction, which had everything from leftover office supplies up to police Harleys (some with sidecars!) and an obsolete mainframe computer with authentic reel-to-reel tape drive. All held inside an empty road-salt dome and the surrounding marshalling lot.

-- Steve had a heckuva time getting those manual-transmission Ford Pintos lined up just right. Those gears were absolutely shot...
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mlerules: Cruella
User: mlerules
Date: 2011-05-31 13:39 (UTC)
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My 1st job in L.A. I was a bellringer for the Salvation Army one year from the day after Thanksgiving 'til just before x-mas. Somewhere there's a photo of me in the apron proudly exclaiming "I'm A Bellringer" and exceptionally silly army-of-God hat.
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Kenneth Mark Hoover
User: kmarkhoover
Date: 2011-05-31 14:00 (UTC)
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No way that plane is made of paper! WOW!
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User: barbarienne
Date: 2011-05-31 17:01 (UTC)
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?otD: Driving a bus. Oh, sure, it seems normal, but the passengers make it very weird.

The whole "gold coins" business is hilarious, in a scary, alarming, "we better laugh or we'll cry" kind of way. From the article:

"...one day soon Utah might mint its own coins, that retailers could have scales for weighing precious metals and that a state defense force could be formed to guard warehouses where the new money would be made and stored."

Yes, they're called strongholds, and they're guarded by the private armies of the local warlord. The local merchants have scales for weighing gold because paper money hasn't been invented in Europe yet.

Oh, wait, what, this isn't the Dark Ages?
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User: cissa
Date: 2011-05-31 22:01 (UTC)
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I'm a metalsmith and work with gold and silver a lot. And I have to say that any retail establishment would be an idiot to give the (supposed) current spot price of a precious metal in exchange for goods.

Firts off: it is not actually possible to buy precious metals for the spot price; there is always a milling fee. Secondly, if one is not just passing it on, actually getting dollars for it means taking a significant discount; I believe the best one can get from a refiner is about 85% of the theoretical spot price, and that's under fairly rare circumstances.

And if it's NOT based on what one can actually get for it as scrap... well, then, it's pretty much the same as normal coinage, isn't it? with a value based on a theory of worth rather than anything intrinsic?

Plus- the spot metal market is so volatile that it'd be really risky for someone to sell goods for gold etc.

And I'm not even touching here how hard it'd be for every retail clerk to have to be educated and skillful in doing metals-testing, to make sure that the solid-gold coin is not actually lead with a plating of 24k, or something. That's tricky business. And so someone can buy a Slushie????

If the economy actually collapses, I think we're going to see a lot more people with precious metals than with food... and if one has food, why would one trade it for something that can't support life?
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User: barbarienne
Date: 2011-05-31 17:20 (UTC)
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Re Prop 8: Well, I'm unmarried, and while I'm hetero, I haven't had any sex at all for a very, very long time. I think I qualify as a neutral judge. And I rule... in favor of stability via family groups built on a platform of mutual love and respect. Gays are allowed to get married.

Dear Mr. Ailes: If you don't want gays and Muslims and whoever else to hate you, maybe you shouldn't talk trash about them. Very few people hate me, and I'm pretty sure it's because I don't spend billions of dollars telling them they're unpersons.
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2011-05-31 23:38 (UTC)
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Bookkeeper for a hog farm. Oh, and jail secretary. Not simultaneously [g].
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User: msconduct
Date: 2011-06-01 04:34 (UTC)
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?otD: a temp job timing the length of breakdowns of a canning line in a brewery. The weirdest thing about it was that the line was entirely mechanised, so it was was just a vast factory, a lot of machinery, a lot of beer, and me and my stopwatch. It felt post-apocalyptic: the people had gone and only beer was left behind.
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