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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-12-07 05:13
Subject: [links] Link salad looks into tutelary dentistry
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Tags:books, cancer, cool, culture, healthcare, links, occupy wall street, personal, photos, politics, religion, stories
The Fathomless Abyss is now on sale for all your holiday reading needs — A shared world anthology from Mike Resnick & Brad R. Torgersen, Mel Odom, J.M. McDermott, Cat Rambo, and me, edited by New York Times best-selling author Philip Athans. More details here. Go check it out.

Jonathan Lethem on The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick...a fascinating new 1,000-page record of the iconic sci-fi author’s attempt to explain a series of mystical revelations that happened to him towards the end of his career.

Cancer cells poisoned with sugar — (Via both [info]e_bourne and [info] markbourne.)

Secrets of the asteroid belt: Vesta actually more like a planet

10 Creepiest Abandoned Water Parks on Earth — Urban decay. (Via [info]danjite.)

Rent-Free Religion in New York's Public Schools — Church planting does not strike me as a good thing, in the short or long run. I'm a big believer in the Establishment Clause, which oddly does not appeal to the strict constructionists on the Right. (Via [info]scarlettina.)

‘60 Minutes’ Shames Justice Dept. Over Wall Street

Where I stand on the Occupy movement — Roger Ebert is eloquent and measured, as usual.

Jon Huntsman Flip-Flops On Climate Change — And so the last rational GOP candidate surrenders to the Republican primary crazyfest.

?otd: Vandemar or Croup?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 10.25 (solid)
Weight: 210.8
Currently (re)reading: Komarr by Lois McMaster Bujold

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User: joycemocha
Date: 2011-12-07 14:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Ebert....meh. Just another Democratic party shill waxing eloquent about how everyone should be doing the same old stuff that hasn't gotten the DP anywhere. Same old line that, back in the 90s, had Clintonistas smugly telling folks to the left of them "We don't have to cater to you, you're going off to the Citizen's Party anyway" and shutting down opposition mikes at the National Convention.

That cocky arrogance and the manipulations of the Democratic Leadership Council led to the Bush presidency...and by extension, to the mess we're in now.

Am I bitter about it? Hell, yes. Enough that I'm probably going to blow the dust off of some of my old radical essays from the 90s and start putting them up once I get my website rolling.
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Kari Sperring
User: la_marquise_de_
Date: 2011-12-07 18:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Applauds. I look forward to reading them.
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User: scarlettina
Date: 2011-12-07 17:03 (UTC)
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I have to admit, I'm surprised at your mild reaction to the church-planting story. When I read it I was appalled from start to finish: from the ruling that allowed it to the situation that it's created. What I'm even more surprised by is that we haven't seen other religions taking advantage of the ruling, given both the economic times and the movement of conservative theology regardless of flavor. This may have to do with, for example, Judaism's strict philosophy of non-evangelizing; I don't know what the Muslim position on it is. But I guess, with a conservative SCOTUS in place, overturning the initial ruling may take a while. I was gratified to see SCOTUS rejecting an appeal on the appellate-court ruling that determined that a worship service has no place in a government-run public building. I hope that precedent stands and carries forward a wave of change. The Establishment Clause should have nipped this in the bud at the start.
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Kari Sperring
User: la_marquise_de_
Date: 2011-12-07 18:18 (UTC)
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Ebert has some good points, but he is stuck inside the box of modern western thought, in that he seems to assume that electing representatives is the only really effective way to bring about change. But the modern oligarchies that disguise themselves as democracies make this extraordinarily hard to do and even if one or two people are elected on a wave of populist support, they will still tend to be isolated by the political mainstream. Sometimes mass protest movements are the only accessible method left.
I read somewhere recently that some of the Occupiers are calling for an independent body to represent them, a kind of third House, and was reminded of the events leading up to the French Revolution. This movement is all about how modern politics *excludes* many, many people and their interests and continues to do so, and that so many people feel this way is a sign that the system isn't working in the ways it was once expected to. The riots we had over here (UK) during the summer expressed the same sense of exclusion and alienation. More and more people feel the system doesn't care about them, doesn't help them, doesn't hear them. Ignoring and marginalising this is not wise.
This has been a broadcast from a Pinko-Feminist Briton.
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