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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-11-12 08:06
Subject: [links] Link salad spills hot tea where the sun rarely shines
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An Italian reviewer who doesn't like Mainspring so much — What amazes me is that he dismisses the book as "a pamphlet for intelligent design." Which is pretty much the diametric opposite of my intent for the text, in which I am mocking Intelligent Design. The story belongs to the reader, however much I may disagree with their interpretation of it.

Canary Islands Eruption: Undersea Volcano Now Just 70 Meters from Surface — It came from beneath.

Archeologists Discover Vampire Skeletons in Ireland — Or something. (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

Sunspot Castle — A lovely image from APOD.

Protesters occupy home facing foreclosureSlacktivist Fred Clark on a fascinating expansion of the Occupy movement. As the man says, If this becomes the next big wave of Occupy protests — fighting foreclosures house-by-house, then I can’t see the protesters losing the battle for public opinion, even if they don’t always defeat a particular foreclosure effort.

How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the OWS ProtestsMuch more than a movement against big banks, they're a rejection of what our society has become. (Via [info]tillyjane.)

Start-ups and Safety Nets — The United States ranks 23rd in business startups, specifically because of our lack of social safety net. The leader? New Zealand. Where a person can start a business without having to go without health coverage. Hardly the libertarian paradise so many on the Right long for.

Chart of the Day: Reagan Loved Tax Hikes

'Personhood' effort still alive after Miss. defeat — Apparently vicious, punitive vileness never goes out of style with the Family Values crowd. I think this is what Christianists call loving thy neighbor. Reason number 3,419 I'm not a conservative. I couldn't live with myself if I were on the same side as these lunatics.

Bushism vs. Conservatism — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison on W. The self-serving narrative was a way of claiming that movement conservatives had somehow managed to remain principled and conservative while the Republicans they supported had gone astray. This weird idea that Bush was some kind of leftist is one of the more bizarre things I've heard wafting over from conservativeland lately. The Party cannot fail you, only you can fail the Party.

How to be a Retronaut

?otD: Did time stop for you?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: n/a (too sick)
Hours slept: 10.0 hours (solid)
Weight: 211.2
Currently (re)reading: The Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett

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User: threeoutside
Date: 2011-11-12 19:15 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I almost missed your link to Retronaut! That would have been a shame - what a mother lode of the weird and wonderful! There's a set of pictures that includes Hugo Gernsbach wearing some kind of strange eyewear for Life magazine...

Thanks for this great link!
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2011-11-13 01:59 (UTC)
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Speaking as a small businessperson, they're right on about the safety nets. I would give my eyeteeth for a reasonable health care alternative.
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User: msconduct
Date: 2011-11-13 10:34 (UTC)
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The reason for such a large number of startups per head of population in New Zealand is only partially explained by the healthcare thing as there are plenty of other countries on the list with similar healthcare systems. Other reasons are probably our accident compensation scheme, which means businesses don't have to find large sums for product liability insurance, and our (relative) lack of red tape which makes for fewer administrative barriers. The tax system, for example, has been simplified and simplified over the years so that compliance costs are low (most employees don't even have to file a return).
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User: mrtact
Date: 2011-11-14 16:07 (UTC)
Subject: Re:Italian review of Mainspring
Is it really "intelligent" design if the whole thing can come crashing down if someone loses the key?
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