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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-04-28 06:50
Subject: [links] Link salad only let them go so wrong out of kindness, I suppose
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Panel Discussion Moderated by Terry Bisson and Interviews with Rudy Rucker, K. W. Jeter, and Jay Lake — Rick Kleffel with a podcast of some of us Being Smart at SF in SF last February.

The Cultivation of ImaginationArt writing guru James Gurney with some interesting thoughts.

Emotionxkcd on cancer.

Monsanto Blamed For Bee Population Collapse, So It Buys Bee Research Firm — (Via [info]danjite.)

Pacific reef shark populations 'plummeting,' study says

Space shuttle with horse and rider — I find this photograph striking.

Big Bang Machine Discovers Brand New Particle

Asteroids Could Be Mined for Fuel, Says CompanyOrbiting spacecraft could be refueled with water taken from planetoids—but some experts doubt the economics.

Explaining the CISPA Cybersecurity Bill, the Latest Threat to your Privacy — Hoo boy.

White Privilege — Ta-Nehisi Coates talks about privilege.

Homophobic? Maybe You’re GayWhy are political and religious figures who campaign against gay rights so often implicated in sexual encounters with same-sex partners? Because water is wet. Typical conservative hypocrisy, in the same vein as "The only moral abortion is my own."

Legal discrimination, but no name-calling, please…a desire to avoid being labeled a bigot while defending legal discrimination Hello, Christian Right. Also, this: Christian petition affirms same-sex relationships.

The Public Doesn’t Share Romney’s Cold War Mentality on Russia — Ya think. Confidential to the Romney campaign: The Soviet Union hasn't existed for over twenty years. And they're really not a threat to Czechoslovakia, which hasn't existed for almost twenty years. Confidential to the rest of America: Tell me again why these GOP morons should be in charge?

John Boehner's poker faceIn January, John Boehner couldn’t have been more confident about the state of the GOP majority. It was “nearly impossible” that Democrats might win the House back in 2012. In fact, the Speaker said, Republicans were well positioned to hold the House for the next decade. Ah, for the heady days of the Permanent Majority, when the GOP turned a budget surplus into a frightening deficit, reversed our paydown on the national debt, and launched a reckless trillion dollar war of choice. All of which is now Obama's fault, of course. Just ask any Tea Partier. No wonder people want the Republicans back in power.

?otd: Where did Lefty get the bread to go?

Writing time yesterday: 1.5 hours (WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bicycle ride
Hours slept: 8.75 (solid)
Weight: 242.4 (!)
Currently reading: A Game of Thrones (graphic novel), George R.R. Martin with Daniel Abraham and Tommy Patterson

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User: mmegaera
Date: 2012-04-28 21:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I was at the Puyallup Farmer's Market this morning (mmm, asparagus and leeks!) when I had a brief encounter with someone trying to gather signatures for Initiative 74, the anti-marriage-equality thing here in Washington. He was waving his signature sheet and saying things like, "Wouldnt you like to sign this I-74 list so we can preserve marriage?" For once, I managed to say just what I wanted to say when I wanted to say it (and not, say, three hours later). I looked him right in the eye and said, "I believe in marriage equality." Then I walked away. That was all. It may not sound like much, but for me? It was a big deal.
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User: mmerriam
Date: 2012-04-28 22:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
?otd: Where did Lefty get the bread to go?

There ain't nobody knows.
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Andrew Trembley
User: bovil
Date: 2012-04-29 06:03 (UTC)
Subject: Blame Monsanto for what they deserve to be blamed for
The jury seems to actually be in on Colony Collapse Disorder. Usage of a new class of pesticides released about 20 years ago is implicated strongly. Science has articles on experiments involving both honeybees and bumblebees.

A few weeks ago on NPR I heard about another study that mapped the geographical use of these pesticides and the incidence of CCD over time, and all areas and times when CCD was prevalent so was the use of these pesticides.

So Monsanto GMO plants aren't implicated directly. Monsanto, not so much.

Monsanto was somehow wrapped up in the banning and unbanning of neonicotinoid pesticides in Slovenia. This looks kind of bizarre, as Monsanto doesn't manufacture these pesticides. They apparently are a big customer though, and do depend on pesticide-coated seeds, though. So Monsanto seed is a vector for the pesticide that causes CCD, but it doesn't have anything to do with whether it's GMO seed or not.
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