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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-07-13 04:45
Subject: [links] Link salad sleeps like the undead
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Tags:culture, food, links, news, personal, politics, science, tech
When Fatty Feasts Are Driven by Automatic Pilot — Boy do I know this feeling.

Phone apps can let users outsmart the law

Automakers Give Flywheels a Spin — If memory serves, flywheel-equipped buses have been around for a while.

Risk-free energy technology currently insufficient to fulfill needs — A Japanese editorial on nuclear energy.

Atlantis' Last ApproachAPOD with a beautiful, sad photo.

More on the Neptunian year from Bad Astronomy — What is a year, you ask? Ah, nuance.

1957 Frederick's of Hollywood Ad

14 Propaganda Techniques Fox 'News' Uses to Brainwash Americans — Remember, fair and balanced. (Via [info]shsilver.)

The Dirty Digger — Roger Ebert on Rupert Murdoch. What I can't figure out is why the Murdoch scandal is a scandal. There's nothing new or surprising about News Corp's conduct. It's like being shocked to find out that FOX has an editorial slant, or that water is wet. Juan Cole with more on this, including an interesting thesis.

Angry Tea Party Stirring up GOP Revolt — Doesn't "angry" pretty much describe the Tea Party? Enraged, low-information, counterfactually obsessed conservatives.

Marriage Equality = Republican Albatross — And it couldn't happen to a more deserving bunch of venal, opportunistic hypocrites.

Real Dems Beat Fake 'Dems' In Wisconsin Recall Primaries — Ah, the GOP. If you can't win on ideas or by sowing panic, just cheat. Look! Over there! Voter fraud! ACORN!

?otD: Do you know where you're going to?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hour (Sunspin)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.5 hours (badly interrupted)
Weight: 227.2
Currently reading: Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord

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User: lil_shepherd
Date: 2011-07-13 12:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Quite simply, the Guardian's work has done something no-one would have believed possible - it has stopped British newspapers, broadcasters, the police and, above all, politicians being scared of Murdoch. Earlier scandals were bought off or hushed up - and politicians were threatened. No-one (or very few) people dared call Murdoch's bluff, in case it wasn't a bluff.

I have heard it said that the person to blame for this was Thatcher, who got into bed (figuratively) with him because she didn't think she could win an election without aid from The Sun to balance the influence of The Mirror (which told its readers to vote Labour) and the BBC (with its supposed Liberal bias.)
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-07-13 12:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That's sort of what I meant. There's nothing surprising about News Corp's conduct except, as you point out, that they finally are being held accountable. Maybe. For now. But why is everyone so shocked?
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User: martyn44
Date: 2011-07-13 13:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The tipping point is the hacking of Millie Dowler's phone while she was still missing, before her body was found, making her parents think she was still alive (when Levi Bellfield had already murdered her) However cynical you may be about Murdoch, everyone but his most obsequious minions think that is a long, long way beyond the pale. Maybe even them.
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User: lil_shepherd
Date: 2011-07-13 14:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Because in the past he's had the political parties in his back pocket - they went to consult with him, not he with them. No-one has ever been able to deliver the goods on him. He was regarded as untouchable.

That's the reason for the shock. Not that News Corp and News International did these things - we all knew that - but that when the Guardian came up with proof of acts everyone condemmed, the politicians turned on him. They turned out to be more scared of public opinion than they were of Murdoch, which rather surprised this member of the public, at least.

The Guardian has also been very clever with its timing; News International's bid to take over the rest of the money-spinning BSkyB, in which it owns a large minority stake, was about to go through on the nod, though there was a huge campaign to stop it. Over the last couple of weeks Ed Miliband, the leader of the Labour party, has also shown an unexpected strategic talent, which has basically made it impossible for Cameron to stick with Murdoch, even if he wanted to.
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Kari Sperring
User: la_marquise_de_
Date: 2011-07-13 18:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Plus, of course, that NotW tried very hard to identify itself with policies around the public outing of supposed paedophiles and similar initiatives, in line with the perceived beliefs of its core audience. Hacking celebrities' phones and even paying the police for tips didn't really dent its credibility with that audience (because celebrities are deemed to be fair game and the police are deemed to be a fair target). But the Milly Dowler thing blew up the paper's supposed pro-child, pro-family stance wholesale, even in the eyes of its biggest fans. The NotW played hugely on sentimentality and easy morality ('but what about the children!') and this is a monumental own goal. If you like, we knew they were dirty, but we didn't think they were also that stupid. Because this was a deeply, deeply stupid thing to have done, on top of the immorality of it, because it's precisely the kind of thing the paper claimed to stand against and which their readers really despise. It's like all those tv evangelists found in bed with prostitutes. And yes, the Guardian is playing politics, too, over Murdoch (always a target for them) and finding a way really to embarrass Cameron, who has decidedly Teflon tendencies in most areas, but who cannot wriggle out of his associations with Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks.
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Kenneth Mark Hoover
User: kmarkhoover
Date: 2011-07-13 16:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Hey, RepubliKans, it's not all bad. You'll still be a footnote in history...right next to the Whig Party. And the rest of us who use facts and verifiable evidence to live our daily lives can get on with the future of this country, and the world, without you.

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Danny Adams
User: madwriter
Date: 2011-07-13 19:07 (UTC)
Subject: 14 Propaganda Techniques Fox 'News' Uses to Brainwash Americans
And some of us haven't forgotten that a Fox News affiliate in Florida won a lawsuit a few years back where they argued that they had a First Amendment right to distort the truth.
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mlerules: Safe Travels
User: mlerules
Date: 2011-07-13 22:41 (UTC)
Subject: Qx o' Day
Keyword:Safe Travels
By and large, although I'm not always sure how best to get there...
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2011-07-14 00:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Please, someone tell me the title and singer of the song in QotD. I've got bits of the melody going around and around in my head now, and I can't place the bleeding song!

Never mind. Diana Ross. Theme from Mahogany. And I just had a lovely trip to my past, thxmch, Jay!
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When life gives you lemmings...
User: danjite
Date: 2011-07-14 02:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Flywheel cars have been around for ages.

My favourite was American Flywheel Systems out of Seattle, who were bought - including patent portfolio - and shelved by Chrysler.
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