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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-02-11 06:03
Subject: [links] Link salad points up the folly of man
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The physics of funerals — I can't decide if this is hilarious or horrifying. (Via [info]danjite.)

Traveling Light in a Time of Digital Thievery

Putting the squeeze on planets outside our solar systemUsing high-powered lasers, scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and collaborators discovered that molten magnesium silicate undergoes a phase change in the liquid state, abruptly transforming to a more dense liquid with increasing pressure. The research provides insight into planet formation.

Watery Alien Planets Might Be Stripped Dry by Gravity

UK scientists create robot that uses loo like humans — What could possibly go wrong?

What Dr. Seuss Books Were Really About

Babies and Kittens Venn Diagram — Hahaha.

Karen Handel calls Planned Parenthood a 'gigantic bully' — Project much, Ms. Handel?

Manchurian Catholic Democrats and JFK's Speech about ReligionWhatever issue may come before me as president -- on birth control, divorce, censorship, gambling or any other subject -- I will make my decision in accordance with these views, in accordance with what my conscience tells me to be the national interest, and without regard to outside religious pressures or dictates. That's what religion in politics should look like.

Obama Plans Shift in Birth Control Fight, Aides Say — I can't figure out if this is a win for good policy or a surrender on women's health to the usual conservative false witness and religious idiocy.

The unconscionable consequences of conscience exemptions — Catholics respond to their hierarchy's role in the latest birth control kerfuffle. It's not kindly. (Via [info]houseboatonstyx.)

Obama and Purple America — Ta-Nehisi Coates on the politics of the last few years.

Repulsive progressive hypocrisy — Of Guantanamo and drones. Sigh. I hate it when my guys are the bad guys.

A political tip sheet for the rest of us — A lighter hearted rundown of the candidates to date. Laugh about it, shout about it.

Republicans Retreat on Domestic Violence — Why on earth is this a partisan issue? Disgusting, GOP. Just disgusting.

Quote of the Week: Creative Destruction — A squibs about the failures of Romney style capitalism.

Doing the math on Romney’s budget promises — Uh huh.

When will we get details from the Republicans? If the only goal of the Republican Party is to make sure that the president is either a one-term president or that he fails, what does this say about the party?

?otd: Where did Tokyo go?

Writing time yesterday: 0.75 hours (WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.0 (solid)
Weight: 232.6
Currently reading: Glamour in Glass by Mary Robinette Kowal

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User: keikaimalu
Date: 2012-02-11 16:58 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'd love to see Democrats take better advantage of Republicans' knee-jerk "No!" reactions to everything they say. Even if it's stuff they don't actually believe. Just to screw with them.

"This is the greatest country on Earth!" "No!"

"Beating people is wrong!" "No!"

"Helping the American people is more important than getting re-elected!" "No!"

"Republicans are awesome!" "No! Wait, er... can't do it... no! We suck!"
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User: chessdev
Date: 2012-02-11 17:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Stealing some of these links....nice stuff here
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User: cuddlycthulhu
Date: 2012-02-11 18:32 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Regarding the contraceptives thing: In short, Obama won.

Machiavellian plotting or no, here's how it breaks down:
-Obama says that all employers, regardless of who they are, must pay for contraceptives in their insurance plans regardless of said employers' views on contraception.

-Religious types, namely the Catholic Church, flip their shit because OMG CONTRACEPTIVES ARE BAD (despite almost every Catholic woman having used contraceptives at one point, and most still do).

-Sensing a place to hammer the President, the GOP gets up in arms about how the President is stepping on the neck of religious liberty by forcing people to go against their religious views regarding contraception by making them offer it when they don't want to.

-Other GOPers, who are sane, look at these moral majority idiots and are all, "WTF, mate."

-So everyone is yelling at everyone else while the President, largely, is quiet aside from slinging a few "This is for women's health."

-GOP spins up and up and up, getting more hysterical, vowing to over-turn this rule, yadda yadda yadda.

-Obama says, "Fine, here's a 'compromise'. The new rule is that the employer doesn't have to pay for it, or offer it, but all insurance companies must provide it free of charge if a woman asks for it."

This does a number of things:
1. It takes religion out of it completely by removing the employer from the equation. By removing the employer, the Catholic Church isn't forced to do anything, the insurance company is doing it, so they can pull a Pontius Pilate and wash their hands saying, "Well, we're not doing it so it's ok." despite the fact that they are still, in essence, providing contraception by providing medical coverage. However, hypocrisy aside, this is enough to satisfy many of the groups who had an issue originally that they've said they're for the new rule.

2. By taking the employer out of it, and appeasing the religious types (by still doing what Obama wanted to do anyway), the GOP has no more room to complain about it without looking bad. The anti-contraceptive GOPers built the entire argument around the "outrage" that it was an attack on religious freedom and now that the religious people are satisfied, they really can't object while looking like douchebags even more.

3. The GOP punched itself in the face yet again by having the Religious Right-types losing their minds while all the sane GOPers were giving them the side/stink-eye. Furthermore, a number of religious groups, some of whom were Catholic, weren't against this plan and were vocalizing "What are you people doing?"

4. Insurance companies are happy because abortions and births, especially births with all the well-baby visits and immunizations and what not, are a LOT more expensive than contraception. They buy that stuff in bulk.

5. The President got exactly what he wanted: women, regardless of their financial situation, will get contraception if the want it at little to no cost to them. This will give him a great tool to bludgeon whoever is the GOP nominee eventually because ALL of them came out against his rule. And women, those who know about it and pay attention anyway, will remember that.

Edited at 2012-02-11 06:36 pm (UTC)
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2012-02-12 01:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Is that really how it's going to work? Because if so, then I'm not mad at Obama anymore. At least not about that.
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User: ulfhirtha
Date: 2012-02-12 08:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That is pretty much the analysis I have been seeing as well, though the point might be a bit too subtle for visibility for quite some time. (providing that it's correct of course).

But till, getting the GOP candidates to loudly state a position most likely to do them no favors is a helpful result. It has also been interesting seeing which (i.e. most) relgious employers seemed to have no especial issue with it in the first place.
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User: cuddlycthulhu
Date: 2012-02-12 17:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I can understand, I was initially upset too thinking that he was going to let the Catholics continue to be asshats. Near as I can tell, from my understanding, this is how it is going to work. A few years back many of the major healthcare providers (in California at least) like United Heathcare, Kaiser, Blue Cross/Shield, etc. started making a move toward focusing on preventative medicine (i.e. making sure you are healthy and stay healthy) and this falls under it.

Now, that's not to say that some hardcore Catholic groups might say, "They're going to offer contraception at all? F-it we're not going to have any medical benefits!" but I wouldn't blame Obama for the Catholics throwing the baby out with the bathwater.
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Danny Adams
User: madwriter
Date: 2012-02-13 00:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
And as numerous commentators have pointed out when Republicans have accused Obama of being opposed to the (Roman) Catholic church, the Roman Catholic hierarchy has come out in support of universal health care and expanding unemployment payments.
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