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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-06-14 04:58
Subject: [links] Link salad rises up through the air
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Why we're creating a 'chickenosaurus'

"The man who _____ed an entire country" — Found in translation. (Thanks to Scrivener's Error.)

Saudi Arabia's Freedom Riders — Saudi Wahabbiism is different from American Christianism only in degree. Just as culturally toxic, just as batshit.

politicaldictionary.com: "aadrdvarking" — Although amusing, I also find this both discouraging and unsurprising. (Via David Goldman.)

How Republican governors could help Obama in 2012 — Actual GOP governance isn't any more intellectually consistent than their political platforms. In the reality-based world that conservatives disdain, this stuff matters.

Global warming since 1995 'now significant'Climate warming since 1995 is now statistically significant, according to Phil Jones, the UK scientist targeted in the "ClimateGate" affair. Global warming denial is like evolution denial/Intelligent Design. No one comes to either position based on an objective review of the evidence. Both are fundamentally ideological perspectives unrooted in reality that desperately seek evidence to legitimize their irrationality. Both are essentially nonsense clothed in the language of science, and often backed by big money for related ideological reasons. But just because a lot of people believe that nonsense doesn't make it right.

Crazytown: Washington Times Yanks Post Suggesting Anthony Weiner Is A Secret Muslim — Accusations of being a 'Secret Muslim' is the Red-baiting of our time, and will eventually be seen as every bit as disgraceful and shaming to the character of the nation. Ah, conservatives.

Santorum's Wimpy Abortion Extremism — More intellectual consistency and moral leadership from one of the brightest lights of compassionate conservatism.

Michele Bachmann is the candidate Sarah Palin was supposed to be — Thank you, John McCain, for doing so much to legitimize the politics of resentment and proud mediocrity. You've certainly assured your place in history with the Palin nomination.

?otD: Ever tried to check out of the Hotel California?

Writing time yesterday: 1.25 hours (WRPA)
Body movement: 30-minute stationary bike ride
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Currently (re)reading: A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

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User: anton_p_nym
Date: 2011-06-14 13:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
AotD: Apparently I missed my chance. A college buddy of mine ran a role-playing adventure based on the players unknowingly waking inside a "literal, fundamentalist" interpretation of Hotel California's lyrics. (ie, it's run by vampires, it's built inside a tesseract, the lobby is guarded by combat robots with peculiar rules of engagement...) Alas, he ran it the year before he and I met.

-- Steve tried to measure up by attacking a party of Star Wars role-players with villainous aliens modeled upon the spoiled leftovers in the back of his roommate's fridge.
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When life gives you lemmings...
User: danjite
Date: 2011-06-14 13:52 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I call bad analogy.

Unlike climate change, "Intelligent Design" isn't going to result in a hundred-million or more deaths in the next 70 years-or-so,,,
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-06-14 14:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
ID/evolution denial leads to bad public policy decisions, bizarre educational restrictions and ultimately failures in the medical and social systems. While not on a par with global warming denial, it certainly has a toll in human suffering.
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User: kellymccullough
Date: 2011-06-14 18:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Further, it feeds into the conservative narrative of a distrust of science which helps enable the climate change deniers. I think that climate change denialism would be much harder to pull of if it didn't have the already established science denial narrative of intelligent design to build on.
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User: joycemocha
Date: 2011-06-14 14:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Re aardvarking: Years ago, there were bloody fights in the Lege about whether to retain name rotation on the ballot for this very reason. Rotation remained, which is why names on your ballot are not necessarily in alphabetical order (at least here in Oregon). They rotate by precinct.
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Max Kaehn: Politics
User: slothman
Date: 2011-06-14 17:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It’s the same here in California.
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Tim Lieder
User: marlowe1
Date: 2011-06-14 19:15 (UTC)
Subject: Secret Muslim?
As opposed to being Jewish? So Judaism is no longer the most hated religion? I can't wait to tell me rabbi!

But he seems to like Jews regardless -

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User: barbarienne
Date: 2011-06-15 02:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I almost wish I were famous such that someone would accuse me of being a secret Muslim. Then I could reply, "No, I'm an open atheist." And people would believe me, because who's going to claim to be an even worse thing than what they were accused of being?
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