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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-06-03 05:02
Subject: [links] Link salad looks forward to JayCon XI
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Tags:china, cool, culture, guns, healthcare, ipad, links, media, personal, politics, steampunk, tech
Right Tools Unleash Creativity on an iPad — Hmmm...

Helium Hokum: Why Airships Will Never Be Part of Our Transportation Infrastructure — Why let a little reality get in the way of a good steampunking? Some cool history and tech here. (Via David Goldman.)

Plan for China's Water Crisis Spurs Concern — (Thanks to Dad.)

'Global Commission' Of Former Officials Says War On Drugs Has Failed — Also, this just in: sun rises in east. More on this from The Independent.

Mudbugged: Crawfish shortage spurs shooting at business — Second Amendment right to an assault rifle, check. Defense of essential liberties, check. No background requirements for gun ownership, check. Exercising your Constitutional rights by shooting up the fish market because they're out of crawdads, check. Just another day in conservative America.

[NJ] Gov. Christie's proposed income limits would cut Medicaid for working poorAdults in a family of three that makes as little as $103 a week would earn too much to qualify for health care provided by Medicaid under a sharply curtailed program Gov. Chris Christie wants the federal government to approve this year, according to state officials and advocates briefed on the proposal. Now that's compassionate conservatism in action. Are you proud of your Republican party?

Straight from twitter - perception and reality about Obama — Conservative "thought" untrammeled by facts. It must be comforting to have a hermetically sealed worldview that is not intersected by reality. (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

Fact Checking Romney[H]e falsely said that President Barack Obama "has stood watch over the greatest job loss in modern American history," calling this an "inconvenient truth." Actually, the truth, inconvenient or not, is that more jobs were lost under President George W. Bush during the recent recession than under Obama. Those pesky facts, so often biased against conservatives. Luckily for Romney, his audience is far more interested in rhetoric than reality.

The Goodwin Liu nomination: Impaired judgmentHow times have changed. In 2005, when Democrats balked at confirming some of then-President George W. Bush's judicial nominees, Senate Republicans widely declared that filibustering a judicial nominee violates the Constitution. Late last month, however, Senate Republicans embraced the tactic, almost unanimously joining a filibuster of professor Goodwin Liu's nomination to a federal appeals court. Remember angry Republicans denouncing filibusters and calling for an "up or down vote"? Neither do they. Ah, conservatives, intellectual consistency is thy name.

?otD: Coming to JayCon tomorrow?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (revised non-fiction project, some WRPA, too brain-fuzzed to write first draft fiction)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.5 hours (solid, plus napping)
Weight: 229.8
Currently (re)reading: A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

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User: mastadge
Date: 2011-06-03 12:27 (UTC)
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calling this an "inconvenient truth."

That's a tic that drives me nuts. I have a conservative friend who can't seem to control himself -- every time we discuss anything the least bit partisan (or any of a number of things that really aren't), he has to start talking about the "inconvenient truth" of the matter.
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User: barbarienne
Date: 2011-06-03 15:41 (UTC)
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Chris Christie is like a walking political caricature. It's as if New Jersey send to central casting for "a smug, piggish, asshole-politician type." I don't think Christie is actually stupid, but he's certainly never thought more than two steps through any plan to consider its ramifications.
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Alan Yee
User: alan_yee
Date: 2011-06-03 18:53 (UTC)
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$103 a week comes out to about only $5,300 per year. Even if there are two working adults in the household working at that rate, that's less than $11,000 per year. What family of three can live decently, let alone afford quality health care, at that level of income? Ridiculous.
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