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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-10-26 05:50
Subject: [links] Link salad goes right to the moon
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Sympathy for the Devil, ed. by Tim Pratt – Ray Gun Reviews — With a passing favorable mention of my story "The Goat Cutter".

Steampunk Ebooks for $2.99 — Getcher Mainspring ebook on the cheap from

Murakami on Fiction, Truth, and Lies

How translation software helped crack 'unbreakable' code in 1866 secret society manuscript

‘Android Dreams’: Time-lapse video of Tokyo set to ‘Blade Runner’ soundtrack — In case you needed some cool in your morning.

Why Names Matter — SCIENCE! It works, bitches. And a serious discussion of the same issue.

Time – and brain chemistry – heal all wounds

Panel recommends that 11- and 12-year-old boys get the HPV vaccine; now given to girls — I have a question for all you folks who oppose the HPV vaccine because "oh noes, kidz and teh sex!" We're talking about lifelong protection here. Do you seriously want your children to grow up and never have sex? Stunted lives and no grandchildren is the logical result of your objections.

US dismantles most powerful nuclear bomb

NASA Is Considering Fuel Depots in the Skies

In, Through, and Beyond Saturn's Rings — Another awesome APOD photo.

Hardiness Zone Changes — More liberally biased facts about climate change. Which is ridiculous. Climate change wouldn't be a partisan issue if right wing ideologues hadn't made it one. I can even understand why evolution denial, as fundamentally moronic as it is, has become an issue. But climate change denial? It doesn't even make as much sense as Christianist tripe, which at least comforts some wilfully ignorant people who are scared of the future.

Rand retracts report on pot clinics and crimeThink tank says researchers failed to realize that data used in the study did not include LAPD statistics. It plans to recalculate its analysis. WHo'd a thunk it? Distortion and hysteria over pot use. I don't do 420 myself, but I've never seen the point of criminalization of pot.

Chart comparing Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party — Heck, yeah.

Goldman Sachs Global Rage Fund — Some seriously funny snark.

Islamic Law not a problem in Bush’s Afghanistan & Iraq, but a Problem in Libya?If secular, communist Afghanistan was made fundamentalist by Reagan and Bush, or if the relatively secular Baath Party of Iraq was overthrown by W. in favor of the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq and the Islamic Call Party and the Bloc of Ayatollah Sadr II, that is unobjectionable and not even reported on. But if there’s a Democratic president in the White House, all of a sudden it is a scandal if Muslims practice Muslim law. Not a Democratic president, a Kenyan Muslim socialist president. Just ask our friends in the GOP and Your Liberal Media.

Televangelist Pat Robertson Calls GOP Field Too Extreme to Win General ElectionYou know you’ve hit rock bottom when one of the most radical, hate-spewing figures in America calls you “extreme.”

Michele Bachmann's misstatements may be catching up to herThe Republican presidential candidate's supporters seem to like her mastery of what she presents as facts — but they often aren't. Hey. Someone finally noticed.

?otD: Ralph or Norton?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (solid)
Weight: 217.4
Currently (re)reading: Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett

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Jim Hetley
User: jhetley
Date: 2011-10-26 13:18 (UTC)
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Ralph, definitely. Wife had a college roommate who owned an early-60s Volvo named Ralph. Hell of a good car.
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User: threeoutside
Date: 2011-10-26 17:36 (UTC)
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I haven't read Robertson's quotes but from another blogger I read that what he was actually saying was that they need to tone it down until they win their elections, THEN they can hammer down with the reactionary shit.
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User: history_monk
Date: 2011-10-27 00:03 (UTC)
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The motivations for climate change denial are fairly simple, although there are quite a few of them entangled.

The basic idea is that the denier is a good person and therefore his lifestyle can't be a bad thing; it must in fact be beneficial, for everyone. "Consumption is good for the economy, right? All the advertisers tell us so, so it must be true." It also makes the consumer feel good, by displaying his wealth and status.

Cars are especially important in this worldview. They bestow "freedom", by making it unnecessary to co-operate over transport. They provide great feelings of power and potency. They provide huge advantages over those too disabled or poor to have cards. And many people have built their lives around them to an extent that makes the prospect of not having a car literally life-threatening. I'd suspect many people don't really appreciate just how recently cars became commonplace, and regard them as a natural and indispensable part of life.

It's no wonder they try to deny ideas that threaten the car.
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