Jay Lake (jaylake) wrote,
Jay Lake

[links] Link salad for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Your Storytelling Brain — (Via Curiosity Counts.)

The Rise of the New Groupthink

Photographs Of Abandoned America Show Civic Problems, Engagement

Israelis Facing a Seismic Rift Over Role of Women — This kind of religiously-driven idiocy makes me glad I'm an atheist. What is it about faith that makes people want to impose their private values on everyone around them?

The Law Of Putin’s Jungle

Why Is Europe a Dirty Word? — Because low-information GOP voters are idiots.

Who’s afraid of “The Tempest”?Arizona's ban on ethnic studies proscribes Mexican-American history, local authors, even Shakespeare. Disgusting. This is what conservatism brings to America. Just disgusting. (Via [info]danjite.)

History vs. the Tea Party — Everything the Tea Party is mad at black, (somewhat) progressive Obama about was true under white, conservative Bush, who in fact caused most of those problems with his misguided policies. Yet the almost entirely white, conservative Tea Party was nonexistent until a black man was in the White House. Coincidence?

Is South Carolina the Last Gasp for Tea Party in GOP Nomination? — Independent voters my ass. Only four percent of those surveyed in a November poll by Clemson University opposed the conservative movement.

Santorum warns voters of scary rhetoricSantorum blamed the current national division on the president's failure to unite people behind a common vision. Really? The Republicans's self-declared "number one legislative priority" being throwing Obama out of office wouldn't have something to do with it, Senator Frothy Mix? Hard to build bridges with people who are setting fire to the piers.

Gingrich Suggests Illegally Firing Federal Employees Over Liberal Views“I think an intelligent conservative wants the right federal employees delivering the right services in a highly efficient way and then wants to get rid of those folks who are in fact wasteful, or those folks who are ideologically so far to the left, or those people who want to frankly dictate to the rest of us.” Um, Newt, if you want to fire people who want to frankly dictate to the rest of us, start with the entire conservative movement, which is about nothing more than dictating behavior and restricting personal freedom, right on the face of their stated goals.

?otd: Got the day off?

Writing time yesterday: 1.75 hours (4,400 words on short story)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.0 (solid)
Weight: 219.6
Currently reading: The Fuller Memorandum by Charles Stross<

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