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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-06-22 04:17
Subject: [links] Link salad wanders into summer
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Tags:books, cool, gay, healthcare, language, links, nature, personal, politics, reviews, science, trial, videos
Some favorable reviews of the Polish edition of Trial of Flowers: [ QFant | Fantasta | Ksizki Polter ] — Courtesy of my Polish translator.

The Sun Is the Best Optometrist — So that's why I drive a ragtop... (Via David Goldman.)

Robot Hand Design — This is cool.

Star Found Shooting Water "Bullets"Stellar sprinklers may help irrigate cosmos, study suggests. Huh? What?

A Feat of Engineering That Doubles as a Home — I've been on dates like that. (Thanks to Dad.)

Living the Good Lie — Therapists who help gay and lesbian clients stay in the closet. Hmm...

Shame Of America: Desperate Man Robs Store For One Dollar In Order To Go To Jail To Get Health Coverage — Best healthcare system in the world. Ask any Republican. (Via [info]willyumtx.)

Two more pundits who don't count — More on the irrational and counterfactual pundit obsession with politicians and personal pronouns. Seriously. Yes, these comments are made by adults with ready access to objective information that disprove their assertions.

Tory MEPs defy David Cameron over greenhouse gas targets — Though this seems to be based on an issue of economic policy (ie, something that liberal-progressives and conservatives can and probably should disagree over), it's worth noting that conservatives in the UK are also anti-science loons. What is it with you guys and reality?

For Press, Secession No Longer Campaign "Roadblock" For Gov. Rick Perry — Ah, yes. Conservatives and their deep reverence for the Constitution.

?otD: Do you remember the summer of '69?

Writing time yesterday: 2.0 hours (Kalimpura revisions, WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 5.75 hours (solid)
Weight: 229.8
Currently (re)reading: A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin

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User: msconduct
Date: 2011-06-22 12:10 (UTC)
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The article about getting kids out into the sun to improve their eyesight is weird reading from my part of the world, where the UV is so strong kids are encouraged to wear sunglasses at all times outside.
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User: barbarienne
Date: 2011-06-22 17:02 (UTC)
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I haven't read the original study. I want to know if they controlled for the notion that outdoors, you look at much longer distances than you do indoors. I doubt it's just the brighter sunlight alone.
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User: shsilver
Date: 2011-06-22 12:49 (UTC)
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Despite the fact that the media is currently ignoring Perry's treasonous speeches of the past, I'm sure that sound bites of Perry advocating secession will be used by the Democrats should he win the nomination.

And think how that would look...

On the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, a white southerner threatening to secede from the Union which is led by a black man.
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User: barbarienne
Date: 2011-06-22 17:00 (UTC)
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Re the man who robbed so he could get health care in jail:

My sister was an ADA in Brooklyn for five years during the 90s. She saw similar things a lot, where guys would commit a misdemeanor so they could get a bed to sleep on and a couple of solid meals. They wouldn't even try to post bail, since the whole point was to be somewhere with a roof on it.
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User: lindadee
Date: 2011-06-22 19:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Re the man who went to jail for the $1 robbery so he could get health care: see Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut. I no longer recall if that's the name of the short story itself, but I know it was in the book of short stories with the same name
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