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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-06-30 04:56
Subject: [links] Link salad eats badly, lives to regret it
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Spam for sale — Ah, the magic of self-published ebooks.

Apple vs. the world: App Store showdown looms — Ebooks and more.

What we believe inLanguage Log on the linguistics of belief. Or, as I say from time to time, just because you believe it doesn't mean it's true.

Civil War submarine rotated to upright position

Nighttime or violent TV tied to tots' sleep woes — Science fiction's very own Miki Garrison is the author of this study. Cool.

Why I'm raising my son to be a nerd — (Snurched from Scrivener's Error.)

The Hajnal Line — Fascinating bit of sociology.

Fossilized eyes reveal a predator's sharp vision515 million-year-old shrimplike beast with compound eyes just discovered.

Awesomely weird expanding halo of light seen from Hawaii

Tom Petty's War On Michele Bachmann

Constantine is dead — Slacktivist Fred Clark on Evangelical Christian morality. A bit inside baseball for this atheist, but still pretty interesting. And a real strong commentary on the Christianist minority who dominate politics on the American Right.

While Fighting To Block SEC Investigation Of Goldman Sachs, Rep. Darrell Issa Bought Goldman Sachs Bonds — All my life I've heard that conservatives vote Republican because of ethics and family values, that godless liberals and unprincipled Democrats can't be trusted. If this is Republican trustworthiness, y'all are fucking idiots. (Snurched from @twilight2000.)

U.S. foreign policy: War fever subsides — Remember the period of time where if you opposed the Iraq War, you were "objectively pro-Saddam." US war hawks on both sides of the aisle have a hell of a lot to answer for. What most Americans have never understood is that the Iraq War especially was a creation of Republican think tanks for political gain. Despite the vicious faux-patriotic rhetoric, the real, underlying logic for attacking Iraq was never about national defense or 9-11, it was about GOP electoral gains and affirming the conservative worldview. Google "Project for a New American Century", or "Iraq Study Group" if you don't believe me. Thanks, GOP. Besides a second term for George W. Bush, what did we get for our $4 trillion and our thousands of dead and the hundreds of thousands of civilian dead?

?otD: Chocolate or bacon?

Writing time yesterday: 1.5 hours (Sekrit Projekt)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.75 hours (solid)
Weight: 230.4
Currently (re)reading: A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin

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Jim Hetley
User: jhetley
Date: 2011-06-30 12:01 (UTC)
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Elf M. Sternberg
User: elfs
Date: 2011-06-30 15:05 (UTC)
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If you think Daryl Issa is a schmuck for abusing his position, consider that of Republican leader Eric Cantor. According to his 2010 Financial Disclosure Statement, he has a $15,000 position in an "Ultrashort Treasury Hedge Fund." This fund shorts US Treasury Bonds.

Cantor was the man the Republicans entrusted with the responsibility of negotiating over the debt ceiling. But Cantor stands to make a frack-ton of money if he fails to save the US's debt worthiness.

Compared to Daryl Issa's position, Cantor's is positively treasonous. The man has money in a fund that stands to profit handsomely if the United States fails to fulfill its global financial responsibilities.
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User: madrobins
Date: 2011-06-30 16:42 (UTC)
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a predator, likely a giant shrimplike creature.

Will they take my SF-writer card away if I admit that the idea of a Giant Predator Shrimp just makes me giggle?

Chocolate or bacon?

The ritzy grocer down the street sells bars of dark chocolate with bacon in. Mmmmm.
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User: alumiere
Date: 2011-06-30 18:14 (UTC)
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Bacon. Occasionally dark chocolate covered bacon, but that's when I'm having a real sweet tooth day (I almost never eat chocolate).
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curious Eve: dancing Jedi
User: curiouseve
Date: 2011-06-30 19:27 (UTC)
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Bacon is good, chocolate is better by far.
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User: yourbob
Date: 2011-06-30 19:59 (UTC)
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Chocolate COVERED bacon, like any decent county fair-goer

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Kari Sperring
User: la_marquise_de_
Date: 2011-06-30 20:32 (UTC)
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I do so love Tom Petty.
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2011-07-01 03:45 (UTC)
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Chocolate. No contest.

I sort of lost my taste for bacon a few years ago when I was still working for the library, when I found a slice in a returned book. It was raw. And green. Somehow I never got my taste for it back.
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