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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-10-12 05:47
Subject: [links] Link salad thinks about postage
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Prose to Poetry and an Interesting Technique to Evaluate Your Own Writing[info]jimvanpelt with an interesting proposition.

Book Jackets Defaced by Playwright Joe Orton in 1962 on Display in London — This is interesting at several levels.

No Cause to Fear an Attack — A hilariously strange 1952 magazine cover for Weird Tales from the Future.

“Am Bodensee. Großflugzeug “Do X” und Luftschiff “Graf Zeppelin” — Aw, man. Two of my favorite pieces of technology in one rather curious photo. This is so awesome.

Three years on Mars … in 3 minutes — A wow video.

Saturn: Shadows of a Seasonal Sundial — A pretty nifty photo of Saturn’s rings from APOD.

Mississippi Personhood Amendment[info]fledgist on a particularly disgusting piece of legislation from the forced pregnancy enthusiasts in conservative America. Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages.

We Need a New System — As someone recently observed to me, conditions in the United States today have some striking parallels to conditions at the start of the French Revolution.

Why Occupy Wall Street isn’t about a list of demands — The tone of at least some media coverage seems to be improving. Still, compare with the effusive fawning the Tea Party, which was only ever (and literally) a production of FOX News at its beginnings.

Occupy Wall Street shifts from protest to policy phaseProtesters face the difficult and interesting task of leveraging their influence to achieve concrete policy changes addressing their concerns.

Is an Iranian Drug Cartel Behind the Assassination Plot against the Saudi Ambassador? — Juan Cole on the unlikely ins and outs of the alleged plot.

A GOP assault on environmental regulationsRepublicans, though correct that environmental regulations cost money, are oblivious to the public health consequences of pollution and the economic costs of inaction.

Dead Letter OfficeThe case that has even Antonin Scalia wondering what to do about incompetent lawyers in death penalty cases. When even that lunatic archconservative ideologue Justice Scalia thinks a capital defendant has been mistreated, you know something is seriously wrong.

Wagner’s Insane Demonology — Just read this, and reflect that people who think like this are important players in the conservative movement, their blatant insanity privileged by religious belief rather than on court-ordered medication.

Cain and “Gotcha” Questions[Cain] has already been asked, and completely failed to answer, “gotcha” questions on such obscure topics as the war in Afghanistan and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Ah, the “gotcha” question. Claiming that is the refuge of the incompetent candidate.

Misrepresentations, Regulations and Jobs[Republicans] assert that Barack Obama has unleashed a tidal wave of new regulations, which has created uncertainty among businesses and prevents them from investing and hiring. No hard evidence is offered for this claim; it is simply asserted as self-evident and repeated endlessly. Which is of course true of most Republican assertions, equally baselessly and endlessly propagated to the angry low information voters so zealously nurtured by their media strategy.

?otD: When’s the last time you licked a stamp?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (2,100 words of outline)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (solid)
Weight: 222.2
Currently reading: The Sky Road by Ken MacLeod

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Larry Sanderson
User: lsanderson
Date: 2011-10-12 14:03 (UTC)
Subject: ?otD
In the main Sai Gon (HCMC) post office after buying a bunch of stamps to send Xmas cards back to the USA, December 2008. After one or two, I thought the sponges they had on the table made more sense.
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David D. Levine
User: davidlevine
Date: 2011-10-12 14:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That "No Cause to Fear an Attack" cover is by Basil Wolverton, one of my favorite unknown artists.
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User: jordan179
Date: 2011-10-12 15:45 (UTC)
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The tone of at least some media coverage seems to be improving. Still, compare with the effusive fawning the Tea Party, which was only ever (and literally) a production of FOX News at its beginnings.

There are a heck of a lot more Tea Partiers than there are Occupiers, despite the fact that the Tea Partiers are obviously far more likely to be employed.
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Jay Lake: politics-rifleman
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-10-12 15:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Well, yeah. And the media has loved them some Tea Party, while largely treating OWS like a bunch of screaming hippies. Are there nuts at OWS? Yep. Are there nuts at Tea Party functions? Yep. The focus is different is what I'm saying.
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Danny Adams
User: madwriter
Date: 2011-10-14 15:38 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
A lot more Tea Partiers than Occupiers who are physically present at occupied locations, anyway. This doesn't mean that there aren't people who aren't sympathetic with them out there, or that they wouldn't vote for Occupy Party Democratic candidates in a future election.

>>despite the fact that the Tea Partiers are obviously far more likely to be employed.<<

Maybe. A lot of Tea Partiers come from Southern states with high unemployment rates.
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scarlettina: WW: Level of discourse
User: scarlettina
Date: 2011-10-12 17:49 (UTC)
Subject: Random responses to links
Keyword:WW: Level of discourse
Prose to poetry? You're not a poet.... Oh, wait...we've had this conversation, you and I, haven't we? ;-)

Re: No Cause to Fear an Attack: What I love about these old magazine covers is that our ships land on apparently barren, resourceless worlds only to be set upon by fully dressed and armed aliens who clearly are supported by some kind of economic, social, and military infrastructure (not to mention a habitable environment of some kind) but none of that is apparent in the landscape background at all. They popped up fully developed from the head of Zeus or something.

Re: Shadows of a Seasonal Sundial: I am immediately sent to that place where we think about what this sort of seasonal shadow-casting would do to the environment and culture of an inhabited planet. I am also put in mind of that beautiful video that made the rounds online last year that inserted rings into the sky over major cities on Earth. The universe is an awesome place.

Re: Mississippi: I've already donated in support of their fight against the amendment. I hope enough people do the same to really make an impact on the campaign to stop it.

Re: "Gotcha" questions: I'll fully admit to not being able to answer questions like "Who's the president of Uzbekistan?" But I'm not running for office. If you're running for office, you'd better damn well know who's who. At least, that's one uninformed citizen's opinion. God damn Fox News and its proudly ignorant audience. It's poisoned our society with its pride in know-nothingism.

Edited at 2011-10-12 05:49 pm (UTC)
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Coffee Shop Whore
User: skidspoppe
Date: 2011-10-12 20:30 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I licked stamps two days ago in Sweden... no stickers there
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User: goulo
Date: 2011-10-13 11:59 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I licked a stamp sometime in the past month or so. I don't mail many things, though.
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