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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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Kari Sperring
User: la_marquise_de_
Date: 2011-12-07 18:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
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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