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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-11-04 05:35
Subject: [links] Link salad has got your number
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Oxen and Sociopaths: Writing Endurance — A squib from me in the Tor/Forge newsletter.

How Amazon Can Afford to Give Away Books, FreeAmazon makes so much on Prime that digital media has become the perfect loss leader for the company. What about the authors>

Is Sitting Too Long a Major Cancer Risk?Study Shows Inactivity and Excess Sitting Linked to an Estimated 100,000 Cancer Cases a Year. (Thanks to David Goldman.)

Saber-Toothed Squirrel Lived Near Dinosaurs — Really? Saber-Toothed Squirrel? Heh.

Pale-faced Mars crew "lands" after 520 days in isolation

IBM Open-Sources Potential "Internet of Things" Protocol — More fascinating near term futurism. (Via [info]danjite.)

Changing Youth Migration Patterns: So Long New York, Hello... Portland? — Well, duh.

Conservatives Discover America — An entertaining and thought-provoking liberal rant from driftglass. He's got it nailed, too.

Does the 1% Distract from the Next 19?

Looking beyond their needs to determine faultSlacktivist with an interesting perspective on the morality of the foreclosure crisis.

America's 'Oh Sh*t!' MomentHas the U.S. deleted the very things that made it great? Niall Ferguson on how America can avoid imminent collapse. Fixing the toxic dysfunction in conservative politics would go a long way...

Red vs. Blue: Do Democrats Subsidize Republicans? — An interesting piece on the relationship between unionization and net tax burdens. Hint: the Red states benefit directly at the expense of taxes paid in the hated Blue states.

America: With God on our sidePresidential candidates feel no shame in asserting divine purpose in U.S. policies and actions. In this ubiquitous view of American exceptionalism, the nation is not bound by rules to which others must submit. (Snurched from Dispatches From the Culture Wars.)

Condi Rice Just Forgot About Pearl Harbor on Letterman — 9-11 was the first attack on American soil since the War of 1812? Really? Hey, GOP, this is reality calling. Anybody home?

?otD: 867-5309?

Wriing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.5 hours (solid)
Weight: 212.6
Currently (re)reading: Hogfather by Terry Pratchett

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Kenneth Mark Hoover
User: kmarkhoover
Date: 2011-11-04 13:25 (UTC)
Subject: Reminds me of an encounter with a Bush apologist
The idea America was never attacked on home soil since 1812 was/is a common meme with baggers and GOOPers alike. I got into it with one at a Starbucks before the 2008 election when she tried to tell me Bush was the only (yes, only) president to face an attack on America.

I reminded her about Pearl Harbor. Bush wasn't special in anyway as regards American history, I said. You conservatives like to jabber how much you love this country and you're standing right there and you didn't even know or remember how we were attacked at Pearl Harbor in 1941. As far as that goes you didn't even mention Fort Sumter being fired upon. You have no regard for American history when it doesn't fit your narrow ideology. (As you can see I'm not interested in finding common ground with these people. I approach them with the contempt they deserve.)

But, yes, Bush was the ONLY president to face an attack on American soil you commie hippie socialist tree-hugging traitor, you. That's truly what many of them believed, and still believe to this day.

And that's the fundamental problem I have with these dangerous people. They really are that f'ing ignorant and, frankly, I've got way better things to do than educate them in basic history and science. So I just blast 'em with Liberal facts and verifiable evidence and leave their eviscerated ideology to slowly cool in the morning air. It's all they deserve.
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miki garrison: bridge troll
User: mikigarrison
Date: 2011-11-04 17:11 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Reminds me of an encounter with a Bush apologist
Keyword:bridge troll
For many people (including most Republicans I know), the fact that Hawaii wasn't a state yet when Pearl Harbor happened is a critical difference. I actually heard someone make the incredibly crass and offensive analogy that "it's the difference between someone bombing your house and someone bombing the dog house in the backyard."
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-11-04 17:13 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Reminds me of an encounter with a Bush apologist
Bizarre, I'd always thought the convenient conservative forgetting of Hawaii was a function of the Obama birth certificate thing, not a longer running issue.
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User: halloranelder
Date: 2011-11-06 01:50 (UTC)
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