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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-10-22 08:52
Subject: [links] Link salad says Happy Birthday to the Child
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Tags:christianists, food, healthcare, history, media, occupy wall street, personal, politics, process, religion, science, videos, writing

Daring to Delve Deep Into Emotion — Urban Fantasy author J.A. Pitts on writers and emotion.

The Moon, waxing poetic — A gorgeous orbital photo of the Moon over the limb of the Earth.

The Falling German Satellite ROSAT: Biggest Questions & Answers

Amusing Burger King Billboard Hack

What English sounds like if you have Wernicke’s aphasia — This is very strange to watch and listen to.

Dear Anonymous: Keep on Shining — A librarian talks very kindly to a narrow-minded Christianist loon.

Bible warning sticker — Hahahahah. For people who, you know, actually read it. As I have several times through over the years. (Via someone who would probably prefer to remain nameless.)

‘In American history, the monsters are real’

Why Rush Limbaugh Is Freaking Out About Occupy Wall Street — Mostly because it isn’t a wholly owned creation and subsidiary of GOP-FOX like the Tea Party. This is a control issue for a man who in many ways has been setting the terms of the national political discourse for the better part of two decades, and finally finds something he can’t readily mock and distort into submission.

Is Occupy Wall Street Changing The Discourse?

What Are the Wall St Protestors So Angry About? — A beautiful, simple graph that tells the story. (Hint: American income inequality is worse than Burkina Fasso’s.)

How News Media and Blogs Have Eyed the Presidential Contenders During the First Phase of the 2012 Race — Note the numbers for Obama’s negative coverage. The truly great victory of conservative political discourse over the past twenty or thirty years has been the pernicious ‘liberal media’ meme. Combined with the wholesale rejection of evidence-based thinking on the American Right, it has brilliantly inoculated the Republican base against any idea, concept or factual information that doesn’t conform to their ideology. Brilliant political strategy for their party, cultural and social disaster for the country as a whole.

Marco Rubio: Son of Cuban Exiles — The GOP’s great brown hope is a son of immigrants who’s lied about his family history to valorize his biography. Cognitive dissonance much?

Why Republicans don’t trust Romney

?otD: Got any birthday girls in your life lately?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.75 hours (solid)
Weight: 215.6
Currently (re)reading: Small Gods by Terry Pratchett

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

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User: adelheid_p
Date: 2011-10-22 16:02 (UTC)
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My birthday is in exactly one week! Happy Birthday to the_child!
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-10-22 16:16 (UTC)
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And Happy Almost Birthday to you!
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User: adelheid_p
Date: 2011-10-22 16:36 (UTC)
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Thank you!
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Danny Adams
User: madwriter
Date: 2011-10-24 02:03 (UTC)
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>>Why Rush Limbaugh Is Freaking Out About Occupy Wall Street<<

I just figured it was because he's afraid they'll succeed.
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That Which Fights Entropy: fourth doctor crazy pills
User: amberite
Date: 2011-10-24 09:32 (UTC)
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Keyword:fourth doctor crazy pills
Ahh, the Bible. I haven't read the whole thing - grew up with some Old Testament stories from my slackadaisical-Jewish background, and later went through a phase of reading bits of everyone's religious books, in which I discovered that Ezekiel is some trippy fucking shit, dude.

It always amuses me to see Ezekiel 4:9 bread in the supermarket, given that in the next verses he's going on about the LORD telling him to spread human dung on it and him objecting and the LORD consenting to cow dung instead.

Despite my sarcasm, though, I rather respect the Bible. It's like one of those enormous hippy binders of xeroxed songs and stories and such, but from an era where life was sadly cheaper than in our own. I fully approve of religious books that contain records of schizophrenic hallucinations and I don't believe that schizophrenic hallucinations are inherently non-sacred. I just advocate an approach in which people remember to treat unverified personal gnosis as exactly that, even when recording it in a holy book or reading it from one later....
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