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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-07-09 06:20
Subject: [links] Link salad lazes on Saturday morning
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Outer Alliance Spotlight #83: Diversity is Hard

The Last Dollar on EarthScrivener's Error on, among other things, the latest in the Borders bankruptcy.

Translationese — Some language neepery from Language Log.

Atlantis Rides Into History

What happened to the American flags on the moon?

The World's Greatest Light Bulb

?What The Bleep Is the United Kingdom — In case you were wondering. (And btw, I am quite annoyed by blogs that use ALL CAPS for their heading, because it makes extra work to post a link. Totally unnecessary.)

Today's Special at Wal-Mart: Something Weird

Income = Happiness? — Which in turn reminds of me of the bizarre phrase, "Poor but honest". It seems to me that dishonesty is far more associated with ill-gotten gains than with lack of gains.

Japan's Kan says nuclear clean-up could take decades

Phone hacking: Police probe suspected deletion of emails by NI executive — So far as I can tell, the penalties for destruction of evidence are often less than the penalties for the crime being concealed. Remember Fawn Hall shredding the Iran-Contra documents while the FBI politely delayed their raid?

It's Like They're Proud of Being Ignorant — Ta-Nehisi Coates on Michele Bachmann. And they are proud of their ignorance. Willful ignorance and anti-intellectualism are a cornerstone of Palinite conservatism. C.f. evolution denial as a political issue. Conservative wisdom explicitly says that a regular guy you'd want to have a beer with is more fit to run the country than someone with an advanced education and political experience. That's pride in ignorance in a nutshell.

White Supremacist StampedeA startling number of white-power candidates are seeking public office. Hmm. I wonder how many of them are running as liberal-progressives?

?otD: Do you support further manned spaceflight?

Writing time yesterday: n/a (too tired)
Body movement: 30 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 8.5 hours (interrupted)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord

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User: history_monk
Date: 2011-07-09 14:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I don't think it's "pride in ignorance". That would require acknowledging ignorance. A possible actual cause is a slightly literal interpretation of "all men are created equal", to the point where all ideas are equally valid. Then add the positive self-image that is so socially encouraged, and the Dunning-Kruger effect and it becomes easy to see how these beliefs become obvious to the point where anyone who disagrees must be "conspiring against America".
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User: redbendad
Date: 2011-07-09 14:32 (UTC)
Subject: How about a new lobbying rule?
No corporation, lobbyist, or any of their representatives may provide benefit or communicate directly or indirectly with any member of the Court or Congress or any of their representatives or their family members while that member of Congress is a member of Congress. No member of Congress may encourage or vote for any law or regulation that benefits any person or organization that has provided benefit to that member of Congress in the last five years. No member of the Court or Congress nor their campaigns nor their family members may receive benefit from any person or organization that has benefited from a law or regulation encouraged by or voted for by a member of Congress while and for five years after they were a member of Congress.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-07-09 19:32 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oops. The phrase "manned spaceflight" has been in my head since I watched the moon landing with my grandfather in 1969. Sigh. Gender normativeness are us, apparently.
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User: silvertwi
Date: 2011-07-09 20:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I just watched all 68 minutes and 29 seconds of the first video on the Freakonomics (Income=Happiness?) article. It's pretty interesting to see, and the audience poses some intelligent questions at the end.

I'm *almost* tempted to take Intro to Econ but I've heard a lot of horror stories about one of the professors who teaches those classes...Apparently he's better with advanced students.
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Max Kaehn: Economics
User: slothman
Date: 2011-07-09 21:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I suspect we'll be needing human hands and reflexes in space for a good while-- imagine trying to fix the Hubble telescope via remote controlled waldos! And that would only get worse as the speed-of-light lag increases. I don't think we're seeing the end of humans in space, just the end of the heavily-subsidized space program, just as the cost of spaceflight is dropping to the range of affordability for private enterprise.
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User: fledgist
Date: 2011-07-10 01:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm in favour of sending Sarah Palin, Rick Santorum, Herman Cain, Tim Pawlenty, and Michelle Bachmann to Mars.
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oaksylph: wollemi
User: oaksylph
Date: 2011-07-12 03:45 (UTC)
Subject: toungue stuck to inside of cheek here
Mrm. I'm not up on my current procedures for treatment of chronic megalomania, but I think that might violate some sort of tenet about cruel disabusement, because of course all the proof of the divine right of humanhood is on Earth, if disguised by the devil between strata of dinosaur bones, right?

So you'd have to convince them, for their own psychological safety, that the flaming sword guarding the way back to Eden in the book of Genesis is in fact a rocket plume, ergo space voyages don't violate the divine laws of nature. You could accomplish this convincing by getting them to read C.S. Lewis' Out of the Silent Planet, except 1) they don't read and 2) if anyone told them he is a Christian Apologist, they would instantly object to reading him on the grounds that Christians should not have to apologize for their divinely right beliefs.

Tricky. It could work though, maybe.
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User: fledgist
Date: 2011-07-12 21:18 (UTC)
Subject: Re: toungue stuck to inside of cheek here
Explaining the apologist part could be tricky.
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User: oaksylph
Date: 2011-07-13 02:50 (UTC)
Subject: Re: toungue stuck to inside of cheek here
I know, right? Considering what they think a historical revisionist is, to say nothing of the confusion over the words "pagan," "heathen," etc. Pretty sad when you can't call something what it is because it isn't what it sounds like to the people who need to know what you're talking about.

Seriously, one of them yelled at me the other day for using the word "orison" in front of a kid. I guess she only knew one word that started with the letters "ori-" and thought that one was dirty.
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oaksylph: fig
User: oaksylph
Date: 2011-07-12 03:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
"Poor but honest" - alas, no longer true. While statistics do show that Americans distrust corporate "messages," on an individual level, on a quotidian interaction level, in my experience, anyone who looks poor must be looking for handouts and/or lying. I have shabby clothes and don't consume much, alimentarily or consumeristically, and it makes people think I'm stingy, because they know I own a business (which automatically means I'm rich enough to distrust - because used book dealers are so right-wing-donating Fortune 500, you know?). If they don't know I'm a business owner, they try to sign me up for crisis center support when I go to donate canned goods, hide their potato chips in case I ask for one, or even refuse to offer me goods or services on the grounds that they heard I got caught sleeping in my shop's furnace room and they won't do business with someone so dishonest.

Eh. People fear what they don't know. Most of them don't know real poverty and can't imagine that people live in it for any reason other than sheer laziness, any more than they would have guessed that the Elephant Man wrote lusciously verbose letters to nice ladies, a thing of which ugly people are surely incapable, right?
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mlerules: bunny clock
User: mlerules
Date: 2011-07-12 17:22 (UTC)
Subject: Qx o' Day
Keyword:bunny clock
I support further spaced (wo)manflight.
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