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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-10-27 05:46
Subject: [links] Link salad, right in the kisser
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Tags:culture, economy, healthcare, language, links, occupy wall street, personal, politics, process, science, sex
The Importance of Mind-Wandering — (Snurched from @lilithsaintcrow.)

How to spot psychopaths: Speech patterns give them away — Does this have implications for writing dialog?

France is bacon — Funny as hell. Paging Lady Mondegreen.

Giant Waterworld Confirmed Around Naked Eye StarThe innermost planet around 55 Cancri A is almost certainly an exotic waterworld with a radius about twice Earth's, say astronomers.

Dwarf planet Eris surprises astronomersThe planet that led to Pluto being downgraded is one of the brightest objects in the solar system, and smaller than expected.

FTC Study Finds that in FY 2011, Pharmaceutical Industry Continued to Make Numerous Business Deals that Delay Consumers’ Access to Lower-Cost Generic Drugs — Nope, no need for healthcare reform when the market is so efficient. Move along, citizen, nothing to see here but your rising insurance premiums. (Via [info]danjite.)

Oakland Police Turn on #OWS With Tear Gas, Flash-Bang Grenades — So armed Tea Partiers get a friendly smile from the police, but peaceful OWS'ers are rushed like bank robbers?

Income Inequality Is Not a Myth — Ah, facts. Juan Cole with a a striking graphic that illustrates this point.

Tea party hoopla fades on the Hill — We should be so lucky.

Paul Ryan and Social MobilityPaul Ryan reports on American and European social mobility c. 1900. Unfortunately, he seems to think that it still applies to the present. Hahahahahah. Conservative commentator Daniel Larison on Rep. Ryan's most recent ideologically-driven economic delusions.

I am a Scientist — Science and global warming. A terrific read that unfortunately will probably never be seen by the people who most need to.

The Republicans’ war on science and reason — GOP insanity by the numbers. To my conservative friends: What the heck is wrong with you guys?

The next front in the abortion wars: Birth controlMississippi debates a "Personhood" initiative that could ban the pill -- but ultimately aims at Roe v. Wade. Are you ready to give the Christianists this much control over your personal sexual choices? Not to mention the choices of all women regardless of their situation or personal beliefs? Because if you support conservative causes, this is your reality. It's wretched, inhumane ideas like this that make it very hard for me not to simply hate the conservative movement and everything it stands for. How do you people sleep at night?

?otD: Ralph or Alice?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (solid)
Weight: 218.2
Currently (re)reading: Guards, Guards by Terry Pratchett

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User: oaksylph
Date: 2011-10-27 23:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
"Does this have implications for writing dialog?"

Wait a minute:

"...more words known as subordinating conjunctions. These words, including "because" and "so that," are associated with cause-and-effect statements."

"Their analysis revealed that psychopaths used about twice as many words related to basic physiological needs and self-preservation...."

"The use of the past tense can be an indicator of psychological detachment, and the researchers found that the psychopaths used it more than the present tense when compared with the nonpsychopaths."

So the difference between a scientist's and a psychopath's diction is what? Passive voice?

Yeah, time to get a little meta- on that checklist.
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User: supersniffles
Date: 2011-10-28 11:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I had an abortion at 19 and a tubal ligation at 24. I have never been so thankful to be infertile as I am now, when I look at these 'personhood' laws.
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