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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-03-13 05:35
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All red meat is bad for you, new study saysA long-term study finds that eating any amount and any type increases the risk of premature death.

Before the Pacific: finding the lost islands of a Pangea-era ocean

Angry Birds in Space — And the physics thereof.

Long space missions 'may damage eyesight' — This makes me want to write a short story called "All the Blind Old Astronauts".

US manned spaceflight infographic

Artifacts Show Sophistication of Ancient Nomads

When Cultural Identity Is Denied — The dangers of classification by outsiders. (Via Scrivener's Error.)

The Reproduction of Privilege — Education and the class system.

It's un-American to silence LimbaughFree speech means tolerating views that you despise. Otherwise, one day, it will be your views that someone doesn't like. If you don't stand up for Limbaugh's liberty today, someone may come for yours tomorrow. Discredit him, but don't silence him.

Did 'Game Change' change anyone's mind about Sarah Palin?

Palin: The First Black President Wants to Revert to Pre-Civil War SocietyIn her view, the very act of acknowledging or talking about race's role in U.S. history makes one a racist. This is bizarre, even in terms of what laughingly passes for conservative 'thought'.

Poll: GOP Voters In Deep South Think Obama Is Muslim, Unsure On Interracial MarriageAsked whether Obama is Christian or Muslim, some 45 percent of Alabama Republican respondents picked Muslim; 14 percent correctly identified him as Christian. Another 41 percent said they were unsure. In Mississippi, a majority of Republicans, 52 percent, identified Obama as Muslim; 12 percent said he was Christian and 36 percent were undecided. This is what happens when conservatives control the media. Their lies are perceived as truth.

The Many Misleading Claims In Mitt’s Monday Medicare Memo — A GOP candidate lying about Medicare? Unpossible! Thelma, bring me my nitro.

Doonesbury strip on Texas abortion law dropped by some US newspapers[Governor Rick Perry's spokeswoman] Catherine Frazier, asked about the Doonesbury strip, said: "The decision to end a life is not funny. There is nothing comic about this tasteless interpretation of legislation we have passed in Texas to ensure that women have all the facts when making a life-ending decision." No, you've passed legislation ensuring that women have to conform to your particular narrow religious beliefs about their sexual lives and reproductive choices.

Will Deep South primaries deep six a candidate? — Oh, come on. Mitt's going to win this in the end. Slow, messy and damaging, but barring some truly bizarre developments, I don't see how he cannot.

?otd: Does time mean nothing? Will it ever again?

Writing time yesterday: 3.5 hours (1.5 hours on nonfiction first draft unrelated to Extremes; 2.0 hours of WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.75 (solid)
Weight: 236.8
Currently reading: Blood of Orange by Lizzy Shannon

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User: adelheid_p
Date: 2012-03-13 12:47 (UTC)
Subject: RE: Red Meat
NPR's story had a slightly different interpretation of the perils of red meat and seemed to emphasize that processed meats (sausages) were more of a danger. Years ago, I switched to the poultry versions of sausage and started eating more chicken and fish and less red meat (I might have beef or pork once every other week or less).
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They Didn't Ask Me
User: dr_phil_physics
Date: 2012-03-13 18:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Interesting that they talked about the percentage increase in the death rate during the 20 year study, but nowhere in the Tribune article did they mention the number of deaths involved. In other words, a 19% increase might or might not be a big deal.

Statistics and numbers. I do wish that the media would learn to use the tools that they flaunt all the time. (grin)

Dr. Phil
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2012-03-13 22:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
We're not "silencing" Limbaugh's hate speech, we just don't want to pay for it. He can talk all he wants on a street corner. You know, just like women can have all the sex they want with condoms from a restroom.

/bemused-leftist here/
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User: cissa
Date: 2012-03-15 07:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yep. Limbaugh is free to have a hate-filled blog, if he wants. BUT- no one is obligated to PAY him for it.

A lack of payment for one's art/views is not the same as censorship (which is forbidding it to be produced at any price).

I think it'd make a really interesting sf story, if we did start to equate a lack of support for "art" with censorship... and so legally enforced that not only must artists get paid for whatever they do, but that everyone must view or listen or whatever to their work, because otherwise they're CENSORED!
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Kate: puzzle button: do you know this symbol?
User: kateyule
Date: 2012-03-14 06:38 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:puzzle button: do you know this symbol?
No, no. Red meat isn't bad for you. Fuzzy green meat is bad for you.
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Jay Lake: food-ribs
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-03-14 17:48 (UTC)
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2012-03-15 00:42 (UTC)
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The red meat study is a prospective cohort study, which can demonstrate correlation only. Correlation is not causation. And the study involved was one in which participants were asked once a year to recall what they ate over the year. Such self-reporting is notoriously inaccurate. See http://www.gnolls.org/2893/always-be-skeptical-of-nutrition-headlines-or-what-red-meat-consumption-and-mortality-pan-et-al-really-tells-us/ for a thorough analysis of how to read such studies and the even less accurate media reporting of their results.
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