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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-08-03 05:29
Subject: [links] Link salad for a midweek
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Tags:cancer, cool, culture, healthcare, links, norway, personal, politics, religion, science, sex, tech, texas
With Cancer, Let’s Face It: Words Are Inadequate — More on this topic. (Via [info]rinolj, who knows whereof he speaks.)

New study finds giant impacts aren't periodic

Tech concern trollingPandagon on the privileging of older media and technology over newer developments. In other words, hey, you kids, quit digitizing my lawn.

Piece of doomed Shuttle Columbia discovered in drought dried lake

Astronomers Define New Class Of Planet: The Super-EarthRocky planets that are almost as big as Uranus seem far more common than anyone suspected.

The Cold War's Missing Atom BombsIn a 1968 plane crash, the US military lost an atom bomb in Greenland's Arctic ice. But this was no isolated case. Up to 50 nuclear warheads are believed to have gone missing during the Cold War, and not all of them are in unpopulated areas. (Snurched from Dark Roasted Blend.)

West Texas town faces looming prospect of dried-out reservoir — Weather is not climate, but changing weather patterns are. I'm sure Rush Limbaugh can explain this away.

'We too fall with it' — Slacktivist Fred Clark on the intellectual and spiritual poverty of Young Earth Creationism.

Is 'Christian fundamentalist' label correct for Norway terror suspect?

The Deficit Deal: We Got Taken — I really expected better from Obama. Unfortunately, I'm stuck voting for him in the next election, as the alternatives are unimaginably worse.

Fox 'Expert' Blasts Expanding Access To Birth Control: "Are We Going To Do Pedicures And Manicures As Well?"We're $14 trillion in debt and now we're going to cover birth control, breast pumps, counseling for abuse? Are we going to do pedicures and manicures as well? Ah, conservatism. Batshit cruel to the end.

Steve King: Covering Birth Control Will Make Us 'A Dying Civilization' — The rationalists on the Right check in on this topic. Not just cruel, but stupid, too!

Gingrich Accused of Twitter Fraud — The sterling ethics of conservatism are why so many heartland voters turn away from those venal moral relativists in the Democratic party.

?otD: Whereat?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (post-op recovery)
Body movement: 30 minutes stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
Weight: 225.2
Currently reading: Use of Weapons by Iain M. Banks

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russ: quo vadis
User: goulo
Date: 2011-08-03 16:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:quo vadis
Given that Obama seems to usually do whatever the Republicans want (if not more), alas, I grow increasingly uncertain that the alternatives are unimaginably worse.

And I start to think "Why should Obama get the performance validation of being re-elected?" Will re-election just convince him that his base is happy with him pursuing right-wing policies instead of the progressive policies he campaigned for and was elected for in the first place?
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User: tillyjane
Date: 2011-08-03 17:22 (UTC)
Subject: dry reservoir, a memory
When I was about ten years old, in the early 50s, our reservoir at Augusta Kansas dried up right down to the last cracks in the very center. We had seen it coming...people had wells dug so they could escape rationing. Then, when their neighbors dug deeper wells, the first ones went dry. And so on for a couple of years. Little signs in front windows "Private well" No car washing, no garden watering, 2 inches in the bathtub...which as far as I know most people adhered to. No bottled water on the shelves in the gracery stores. Finally we used water only for drinking, cooking, and washing. Those whose wells hadn't dried shared with their neighbors one pan of water at a time.

In the end, as all the wells were drying up, a converted oil line from a few scores of miles away was opened bringing us a small amount of very smelly water. From, as we were told, an underground salt deposit.

This is not something you forget.

It certainly isn't something you want to relive.

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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-08-04 03:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
(a) Yes.

(b) Darned if I know. I'd like to see an actual liberal-progressive running.
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