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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-12-27 04:49
Subject: [links] Link salad looks toward the end of the year
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A reader reacts to Green — Mildly with the liking, damning with faint praise one might say.

Blast Off! 36 Retro Sci Fi Book Covers — (From [info]willyumtx.)

The Muses of Insert, Delete and Execute — Writing in the digital age. (Snurched from [info]crowleycrow here.)

Navigating Love and Autism

Earth has two 'moons' right now, theorists say (Via David Goldman.)

The Mystery Behind AnesthesiaMapping how our neural circuits change under the influence of anesthesia could shed light on one of neuroscience's most perplexing riddles: consciousness.

The Underwritten States of America — 19th century medical insurance rate maps. Really?

Should Medical Journals Print Info That Could Help Bioterrorists?Scientists are butting heads with the government over whether scientific openness trumps national security. The fact that we're asking the question means the terrorists have won. Closing an open society is a victory for oppression.

FBI agent's journey from pulpit to prisonDarin McAllister's life unraveled as the housing crisis revealed inflated figures on his loan documents. The former LAPD officer sees his four-year sentence for fraud as another of life's tests. Why are we reading stories about fraudulent mortgage applicants when we should be reading stories about fraudulent mortgage executives?

Newly recovered court files cast doubt on Gingrich version of first divorce — I am beyond baffled at Newt's attraction to the GOP base. I think I understand why they liked Bachmann, for example (regardless of my own opinions of her, I mean), or even Romney, but Gingrich? Serial adulterer, serial liar, multimillionaire with a Trump sized ego who nearly wrecked the Republican revolution he helped launch? What's in him for them?

Springtime for ToxicsMindless opposition to “job killing” regulations is now part of what it means to be a Republican. Most conservative stances require mindlessness these days, not just opposition to environmental regulation.

?otd: Planning on any bonfires?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 9.25 (solid)
Weight: 204.4
Currently (re)reading: The White Dragon by Anne McCaffrey

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Chris Coen
User: clarentine
Date: 2011-12-27 13:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
What's in him for them?

IMO, in a word, fear. They're so afraid the GOP will lose again that they're grabbing any weapon that looks big enough to ensure a victory, no matter what they have to pay afterward.
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User: chessdev
Date: 2011-12-27 15:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Pretty much
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User: chessdev
Date: 2011-12-27 15:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Concerning the question with Newt:

Because Newt may be a corrupt, unscrupulous jerk with the empathy of a snake -- BUT he's
still coming across as more electable than most of the GOP field, which is why some of
these guys rally to him.

They're so desperate to win, they'll get behind *anyone* - and I believe to some of them
they think he's the "less" of evils.

OF COURSE, it's funny how an "anti-establishment" movement (that **COINCIDENTALLY** started after the election
and BEfORE Obama was actually sworn in) is now looking to back one of the biggest "establishment" names
on the field. But who needs "consistency" anyway?
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User: saoba
Date: 2011-12-27 18:00 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Re: what's in him for them?

Never underestimate the appeal of a guy they don't really like if they believe he pisses off liberals more. Seriously. It's, like, a thing with some GOP voters.

Sometimes it is nebulous- pissing off liberals in general. Sometimes it is almost scarily specific- I knew someone whose aged relative voted for W because the younger liberals in the family were agin him.

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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2011-12-28 00:57 (UTC)
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Not sure if you're aware of this, but your website is down and has been for a few hours now.

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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-12-28 01:15 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
And it is just now back up after being down most of the day. Sigh.
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