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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-10-13 05:42
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Don’t forget to drop me a question in my interview thread. [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

Hearing Bilingual: How Babies Sort Out Language

Black Death genetic code ‘built’The genetic code of the germ that caused the Black Death has been reconstructed by scientists for the first time. What could possibly go wrong?

Scrivener’s Error is contrarian (what else!?) about Steve Jobs

Graf Zeppelin vs Goodyear Blimp — A classic photo via x planes. No, they’re not dogfighting.

Seal Beach shooting: Death toll rises to eight — Another patriot exercises his Second Amendment rights in defense of his essential liberties. Guns don’t kill, just ask any conservative. It really is about the guns people. This has to stop somewhere.

Speaker at Occupy L.A. calls for violence, gets cheers from crowd[info]ericjamestone points to a counterexample of an OWS protestor advocating violence. Fair enough. How many OWS protestors bring firearms to the protests? How many talk about Second Amendment remedies? Does a rare counterexample balance against the violence-soaked eliminationist rhetoric of the American Right?

Occupy Wall Street: Who Are the 1%?

Open Letter to that 53% GuyI’m a liberal, so I probably dream bigger than you. For instance, I want everybody to have healthcare. I want lazy people to have healthcare. I want stupid people to have healthcare. I want drug addicts to have healthcare. I want bums who refuse to work even when given the opportunity to have healthcare. I’m willing to pay for that with my taxes, because I want to live in a society where it doesn’t matter how much of a loser you are, if you need medical care you can get it. (Via Via @gregvaneekhout.)

How I Communicate With People Less Right Than MeA Tiny Revolution on talking to the 53%’ers.

Occupy Wall Street: A Banker Explains What Really Happened to America

Wagging the Dog with Iran’s Maxwell Smart — Juan Cole with a takedown of the alleged Iranian DC assassination plot. Pursuing this as a grievance against Iran, as they are currently doing, is going to make the Obama administration look every bit as clownish and incompetent as the Bush administraton was with respect to Iraq.

Let’s go out to the lake, EarlSlacktivist Fred Clark on the social realities of the GOP blocking the jobs bill. You know, those real life stories conservatives never tell, or even believe. This is the kind of thing that stokes my notion that conservativism is rooted in a failure of empathy (for the problems of other people) and imagination (the inability to believe they might ever experience those problems for themselves).

The Tea Party vs. The Establishment — A conservative view of the GOP primary process. (Which includes the deeply hilarious assertion that 2010 Tea Party candidates like Christine O’Donnell and Sharron Angle were principled. That makes for a pretty warped worldview if you can believe that while also walking and chewing gum. Either that or you have a really strange idea of what principles are.)

?otD: What’s up, Tiger Lily?

Writing time yesterday: 1.25 hours (WRPA, including 1,000 words on two small nonfiction projects)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.0 hours (fitful)
Weight: 222.8
Currently reading: The Star Fraction by Ken MacLeod

Originally published at jlake.com. You can comment here or there.

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User: martyn44
Date: 2011-10-13 14:52 (UTC)
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'Principled' = 'someone who agrees with my wildest fantasies'
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User: jordan179
Date: 2011-10-13 15:59 (UTC)
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Seal Beach shooting: Death toll rises to eight — Another patriot exercises his Second Amendment rights in defense of his essential liberties. Guns don’t kill, just ask any conservative. It really is about the guns people. This has to stop somewhere.

What penalty do you propose to attach to gun ownership which will deter someone willing to face the penalty for multiple murders? The death penalty? Double-death? Death by slow torture?
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Jay Lake: politics-rifleman
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-10-13 17:51 (UTC)
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Nothing. People who will kill will kill. I'm far more interested in restricting availability of firearms, and in restricting carry laws. That's a position substantiated by any statistics that don't originate with the NRA and Second Amendment activists, not to mention common sense. People who can't get guns in the first place won't be so readily able to kill with them.
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User: cissa
Date: 2011-10-17 22:59 (UTC)
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My husband and I have somewhat recently gotten gun licenses in MA. And it is NUTS that the default, type-A license, gives us the right to do concealed carry.

We have no interest in concealed carry, and that ought to be a separate thing, with vigorous tests for need, available only to those who really request and need it, in my opinion.

We got the licenses for self-defense in our home, recreation (i.e. plinking), and possibly hunting. Concealed carry was NOT an enticement!
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