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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-05-11 03:42
Subject: [links] Link salad ties another one to the racks, baby
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Aussie Delicacy Vegemite Loses Some of Its Savory Appeal

Path Dependence and the Stupidity of LED Light BulbsWhy are we cramming 21st century technology into a socket designed by Edison? I found this pretty interesting.

The making of modern humansIf some of our ancestors interbred with Neanderthals, are we really modern?

Vesta asteroid is ancient protoplanet

Unprecedented Maya Mural Found, Contradicts 2012 "Doomsday" Myth — Yeah, because the course of the planet was otherwise going to be controlled by the myths of a long-decayed Mesoamerican civilization.

USB tampon flash drive — For when you never, ever want anyone else to touch your business. (Via David Goldman.)

Can I Trust Those Evil Pharmamancers With My Life?[info]cathshaffer (who knows whereof she speaks) on Big Pharma. Interesting read.

Someone has hacked Google News. Check out this screen shot I took this morning. Look carefully at the cutline beneath the headline, then check out the story. (Or, as Charlie Stross has pointed out, more likely someone has hacked the Seattle Times.)

Missing words from 9-11 tribunal: CIA and "big-boy pants" — Because, um, yeah. I got nothing. Feel safer? (Via [info]danjite.)

Romney Apologizes For Bullying In Prep School, Says He Didn't Know Victim Was Gay — I can and do say a lot of negative things about Romney, but I'm not sure very many of us could stand up to being accountable as mature adults for what we did in high school. (Via my Aunt M.)

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Twilight: Daria
User: twilight2000
Date: 2012-05-11 13:23 (UTC)
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Romney Apologizes For Bullying In Prep School, Says He Didn't Know Victim Was Gay — I can and do say a lot of negative things about Romney, but I'm not sure very many of us could stand up to being accountable as mature adults for what we did in high school. (Via my Aunt M.)

Sorry - but Bullshit. You can argue the average teen shit maybe, but he's being described as a bully and a terror by more than one school mate. You get to be guilty for assaulting kids and terrorizing them.
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User: jere7my
Date: 2012-05-11 16:07 (UTC)
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He was also eighteen at the time, and a legal adult. There are a lot of people sitting in jail for things they did at eighteen that weren't half as bad. (Of course, most of them aren't wealthy and white.)
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User: chessdev
Date: 2012-05-12 01:58 (UTC)
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Agreed. Additionally, it only took 40 years AND a Presidential campaign for him to see the light... and we should
commend his coming forward (when this was going to surface anyway most likely?)

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User: jimvanpelt
Date: 2012-05-11 17:51 (UTC)
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Like your other commentors here, I'm less likely to give Romney a pass on this one. As Frank Wu said in his blog today, "Would you want the bully of your sixth grade class elected President?"

I'm a firm believer in character change and redemption, so it's entirely possible that he's moved a long way from those days, but, since I already don't like or trust him, I'll keep this story as another data point.

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Max Kaehn: Politics
User: slothman
Date: 2012-05-11 20:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I’ll give Romney a pass on being young and stupid at 18; the human brain isn’t done developing then. What merits attention is how badly he’s handling it as a supposed adult.
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Elf M. Sternberg
User: elfs
Date: 2012-05-12 03:13 (UTC)
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It's not just that. What merits the attention is just how this is such a powerful example of Mitt Romney's character. How amused he is when telling a story about how his father had to lay off a bunch of people, how he likes firing people, how little he cares if poor people suffer, even how he finds it funny to remind one group of little people that he could, if he wanted to, fire another group of little people. He doesn't understand how the story about his dog on the roof of the car distresses other people. He doesn't understand why his "charity" (really: giving to the Mormon church to continue their conversion outreach and temple building) doesn't merit the respect giving to, say, Oxfam or Planned Parenthood deserves.

Romney demonstrates all of the characteristics of a Wall Street psychopath: a complete disconnect between his actions and the pain he inflicts: the only thing that matters is his success and the support of his tribe. Everything else really doesn't matter. This story is part of a larger pattern: Mitt Romney has always been a bully. He doesn't like "the little people." (He famously reserved, "for security reasons," an elevator in the Massachusetts Legislative Building that only he could use; people who knew him say he really just wanted to avoid legislators on the way to his office.)

The brain may not be fully developed at 18, but it always has tendencies. Romney's are demonstrably not toward confronting the powerful, or seeking the truth: they are about using, manipulating, and if necessary intimidating the weak and powerless for his own ends. When people his own staff called to cover for him instead described him as "evil" and prone to "Lord of the Flies moments," no, really, you're looking at a man's character.
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