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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-04-22 06:20
Subject: [links] Link salad likes both kinds of music
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Tags:books, cancer, climate, culture, endurance, funny, green, health, healthcare, language, links, mexico, nature, personal, politics, religion, reviews, science, weird
Endurance by Jay Lake — A review of my most recent Green novel from a feminist perspective. As it happens, this comes fairly close to my own view of the book.

Ancient language controls crime ringsSome gang members serving prison sentences are using an ancient language to try to keep control of their criminal organizations on the outside as corrections officers work fast to crack the code. (Via @lilithsaintcrow.)

Pop Culture's 40-Year Itch

Europe as seen by… — (Snurched from Andrew Wheeler.)

Can You Make Yourself Smarter? — Maybe.

It gets to me, sometimes — Anonymous Doc on the endless round of struggle and pain he sees in the hospital. This line caught at me: That there are lots of people out there living their lives and enjoying them, and not waiting for the next shoe to drop. People who aren't professional patients. People who aren't just biding their time until their diagnoses come to get them. I've been a professional patient these last four years, especially these past three, and even now am biding my time until my diagnosis comes to get me. I've seen this bitterly from the other side.

Silent Hives — Colony collapse disorder and pesticides, fifty years after Silent Spring.

Global Warming & Climate Change Myths — Denialism, whether of global warming or evolution or just reality in general, is like criminal defense. The denialist pecks away at the evidence in individual chunks, never responsible for providing a coherent framework to explain the aggregate hypothesis. Each point the denialist attempts to make is under no obligation to interact sensibly with any other point. So large, well supported bodies of evidence can be safely ignored by otherwise intelligent people blinded by ideology or faith, who are being manipulated by cynical opportunists. Sort of like the OJ trial. (Snurched from Slacktivist.)

Vast Mexico Bribery Case Hushed Up by Wal-Mart After Top-Level Struggle…a prolonged struggle at the highest levels of Wal-Mart, a struggle that pitted the company’s much publicized commitment to the highest moral and ethical standards against its relentless pursuit of growth. See, this is precisely why we need less government regulation of business, so companies will be free to cover up their misdeeds and protect their profits. Conservative paradise! Industry self-regulation for the win!

Can young evangelicals move beyond the Religious Right? — You know, it would be very easy for me to be snarky and cynical about the message of this piece, but I really want to take it seriously. Maybe this is a step in the right direction. (Snurched from Slacktivist.)

The Bourbon Democrats rise again?“The Bourbon [Democratic-written] constitution of 1875 was a victory for prosperous . . . Alabamians who did not want to pay taxes to improve the lives of those less fortunate than themselves and who did not want to finance commercial development that did not benefit them directly.” What contemporary political party comes to mind?

Romney blames Obama for factory that closed under Bush — Considering that the entire Tea Party movement is founded on blaming Obama for things Bush did, why is this even news?

Sheriff Joe’s world crumblesThe controversial Arizona cop is prepping for a possible trial. But already, his closest allies have fallen. This amazes me. I always thought Arpaio was one of those conservative Untouchables, the real life version of what Republicans liked to pretend Bill Clinton secretly was.

?otd: Country or Western?

Writing time yesterday: 1.5 hours (3,500 words on Their Currents Turn Awry)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.25 (solid)
Weight: 239.8
Currently reading: Somewhere Else by Sally McLennan

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User: autopope
Date: 2012-04-22 13:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Am I alone in finding the idea of the most hardcore criminal gangs catalyzing a revival of an Aztec battle-language kind of scary? Put it together with the Mexican cult of Saint Death, and the cultural implications are not nice at all. (Unless this is merely the emergent linguistic side-effect of what's already been happening all along.)

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User: joycemocha
Date: 2012-04-22 18:31 (UTC)
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I would lean toward it being an emergent side-effect of things that have already been happening. Doesn't make the cultural implications nicer at all, but it would make sense.

(I have limited exposures through my middle school teaching work, and that particular hypothesis seems quite plausible).
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selfavowedgeek: Blade Runner eyeball
User: selfavowedgeek
Date: 2012-04-22 14:05 (UTC)
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re: "It gets to me, sometimes"--The same quote you pulled is one I grew up identifying with (from age 10-26 and beyond). When growing up is defined by rounds of tests on a loved one (mother), then a sixteen-year law-of-diminishing-returns fight against MS, it does tend to color one's outlook. Once, she and my dad had remarked they wished my brother and I could've had a normal childhood.

I replied that it was normal for us. Our normal. For our family.

Still fight the resentment and cynical streaks to this day but am acutely aware of the need to find balance even in the little moments in life. And in this moment, the issues with which I had to contend growing up are _not_ the issues for Things 1 and 2.
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Jay Lake: child-on_plane_in_China
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-04-22 14:07 (UTC)
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And I look at your same issue with respect to my daughter. Sigh.
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selfavowedgeek: Conan and Serpent
User: selfavowedgeek
Date: 2012-04-22 14:16 (UTC)
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From where I've been sitting and reading these several years, your daughter has a real mensch in her corner. You have worked so hard informing yourself (and others) that she's armed with the opportunities to navigate such waters. Although I can't speak for anyone else, I can say my parents helped foster a sense of the calm at the eye of the storm.

A year after her diagnosis, the chance to take tae kwon do came up. It was a godsend and informed/impressed further balance as well. Quite concrete analogies for getting knocked down and right back up.

Looking back, though, as a family, we sure laughed a hell of a lot.
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User: melissajm
Date: 2012-04-22 14:59 (UTC)
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"It sounds silly, but I've thought about writing down the things that make me happy."

Not silly at all. My day job involves people who are at one of the lowest points of their lives because of illness, pain, poverty, all of the above...It gets hard to remember that not everyone's in this situation. I keep a file on my computer called Thank You, of notes where somebody's said that to me at work. It helps.
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User: joycemocha
Date: 2012-04-22 18:28 (UTC)
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The son is essentially a professional patient due to his Crohn's (in fact we're spending the lovely sunny day in the ER due to gut pain which could be Crohn's, could be appendicitis, could be....). It is not fun at all. But it's been his life since he was sixteen, and he's got reasonable coping strategies.
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