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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-02-03 05:24
Subject: [links] Link salad watches the Child hit the boards
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Skungy Art. “Surfing the Gnarl.” Read Feb 7, Feb 11. — Rudy Rucker on (among other things) the February 11th reading in San Francisco, where K.W. Jeter and I will be sharing the stage with him.

Author C.J. Marsicano is running a Kickstarter campaign to get a book out — Go check it out.

Penguin Further Narrows Library Access, Suspending Availability of Audiobook Titles — Hmmm. (Via [info]danjite.)

25 Things I Learned From Opening a Bookstore — (Via [info]willyumtx.)

The Hill Approach — Seth Godin on creativity.

The Story of a SuicideTwo college roommates, a webcam, and a tragedy. Tyler Clementi and Dharun Ravi.

Brains may be wired for addiction

Blood test accurately distinguishes depressed patients from healthy controls — Interesting. (Via @jackwilliambell.)

The Secret of Ant Transportation NetworksJust how ants create the highly efficient network of trails around their nests has never been fully understood. Now researchers think they've cracked it.

With Risk, Japanese City Takes On Once Accepted Fact of Life: Its Gangsters

Restored Edison Records Revive Giants of 19th-Century Germany — Talk about your obsolete formats... (Via my Dad.)

A case study of the tactics of climate change denialBut notice what he’s done. He’s taken what is clearly a minor point and blown it up as if it’s my main point. He’s used shady words (predictions, models) to cast aspersions, and to make someone (me!) look bad. Then, by "refuting" this minor issue he can then poison the well, strongly implying that all my arguments are wrong. That’s kind of a big no-no when trying to argue a point. But it packages well. A pretty neat summation of typically wrong-headed conservative discourse on a lot of issues.

Happy days are here again — Roger Ebert on Newt, Mitt and the evolution of political party nominating conventions. Entertaining and interesting bit of history, regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum.

The Invincible Nobility Of The Middle Class — Ta-Nehisi Coates on a modern political meme promulgated by both major parties. But the implication of a middle-class patriotism holds that the poor do not work hard, and do not play by the rules. Their poverty is a moral stain. It's rather sad to see ostensible progressives reinforcing this message.

The Politics of Cancer — This Komen-Planned Parenthood business is one of the more disgusting maneuvers on the part of the conservative movement. I am beyond appalled. Bluntly, the Right has made it clear that they find it preferable for poor women to die of cancer than have any potential access to abortion. A stark indictment of the forced pregnancy movement.

Romney: Context for me, but not for thee — Typical Republican. "Do as I say, not as I do." Romney brags about mining Obama quotes deeply out context, but protests the unfairness when Gingrich does precisely the same thing to him.

Bush beats Obama's deficit spending by 5 to 1, but Romney targets the wrong guy to whine about — Much easier to complain about a black Democrat that acknowledge the Republican party's responsibility for its actions when last in power.

Mitt Speaks. Oh, No!

Blending politics and religion, Obama says his policies are an extension of Christian faith — Ok, I find this kind of thing alarming whether it comes from Republicans or Democrats. This is a secular nation in a secular world, and rational thought should be the basis of our governance.

?otd: What's the last game you played?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (Sunspin revisions)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.0 (solid)
Weight: 230.2
Currently reading: The Man in the Moone, and Other Lunar Fantasies ed. Faith Pizor

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User: radiantlisa
Date: 2012-02-03 13:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Re "brains may be wired for addiction": as a recovering addict who's successfully working a program that uses food to rewire the brain away from addiction, may I share a snotty "duh" ... :)
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-02-03 13:44 (UTC)
Heh. Duh, indeed. One assumes the point of the news is that this can now be empirically demonstrated...

And speaking as someone whose relationship to food borders on addictive, good luck to you.
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User: radiantlisa
Date: 2012-02-03 14:09 (UTC)
Subject: Re:
Thanks - I'm coming up on 4 years clean, so yay! And I now know more about brain chemistry than I ever imagined possible ...
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User: daveraines
Date: 2012-02-03 16:30 (UTC)
Subject: Obama's faith
>> This is a secular nation in a secular world, and rational thought should be the basis of our governance.

I feel compelled to argue with you even though I mostly agree with your conclusion.

It's not a secular nation: it's at least 80% religious. It's a secular system of governance, though.

However, that doesn't mean emotion, passion, values, mythos, and faith have no part in decision-making. We are not Vulcan. (At least I'm not.)

These value systems clash, e.g.the Christian concern for the poor that Obama mentions meets competing invisible-hand-of-the-market values. Therefore it is incumbent upon people of faith to make their arguments in terms that can be accepted across the board. And rationality is a big part of that.

However, what Obama says is that his faith *drives* his policies, gives them energy. He still has to sell them in other ways. And it sounds like he tests his faith against good "rational" policy concerns (and finds them congruent).

Edited at 2012-02-03 04:43 pm (UTC)
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User: redbendad
Date: 2012-02-05 15:59 (UTC)
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Your links provide access to some of my more interesting internet excursions. Thanks. Good health and fortune to you.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-02-05 16:18 (UTC)
You are most welcome!
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