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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-06-05 05:25
Subject: [links] Link salad for a slow moving Tuesday
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Tags:art, china, culture, economy, healthcare, links, personal, politics, process, religion, science, weird
Content for writer blogs?[info]safewrite with some good advice.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No … it's a dead cat with propellers stuck on it! — Because, um… Yeah. I got nothing here. (Snurched from @lilithsaintcrow.)

Dispatches from the birth of the Universe: sometimes science gets lucky

Mysterious radiation burst recorded in tree ringsSpike in carbon-14 levels indicates a massive cosmic event — but supernovae and solar flares ruled out. (Snurched from @jeremiahtolbert.)

Astro-Porn of the Day: Venus Transit, Solar Eclipse, Cap'n Cook's Adventures[info]mckitterick with a terrific round up.

Kids, wear your sunblock — Wow, this will make you think. (Via [info]icedrake.)

Unlimited arm-swinging is not a credible religious doctrine — Further reason why I am an atheist. I just cannot bring myself to be as immoral and destructive as people of faith can be in the name of their religious beliefs. As an atheist, I have no possible justification for this kind of behavior.

Judy Wilyman, PhD candidate, Wollongong University ‘false, dangerous, misleading and disrespectful’ — Vaccine deniers explicitly rejecting pertussis as a cause of death. (Via [info]shelly_rae.)

Shanghai stock market closes with a spooky echo of Tiananmen Square

‘Tank Man’ stood tall in Tiananmen Square — yet remains unidentified more than 20 years later

Poll: Party-Line Divides Have Grown More Intense Over Last 25 Years — Gee. I wonder which party has aggressively pursued divisive partisanship, eliminationist rhetoric, and dedicated their legislative agenda first and foremost to removing the sitting president from power? After all, we know both sides are just as bad, right?

Why I Stopped Being a Right-Winger -- Modern Conservatism Has Become a Form of Mass HysteriaA former conservative who worked for Reagan and wrote for National Review says the new hysterical right cares nothing for truth or dignity. I don't think this guy is a "former" conservative, in that he indulges in the same intellectual dishonesty common to virtually all conservative rhetoric (for example, his deliberate and casual misrepresentation of Sandra Fluke's testimony before Congress), but this is still a fascinating read of someone on the inside of the conservative movement complaining about their tactics. (Via [info]biomekanic.)

Obama and Romney shun confrontation on religionNeither campaign sees an upside, and polls show it's a low priority with voters, especially compared with the economy. I'm pretty sure Jeremiah Wright's name will come out sooner or later from the very same Republicans who will cry "foul" if anyone mentions Romney's Mormonism.

This Republican EconomySo the Republican electoral strategy is, in effect, a gigantic con game: it depends on convincing voters that the bad economy is the result of big-spending policies that President Obama hasn’t followed (in large part because the G.O.P. wouldn’t let him), and that our woes can be cured by pursuing more of the same policies that have already failed. Also, does anyone in this country remember the Bush administration? We had Republican leadership, not that long ago. It was an unmitigated disaster. Hello, America? Anyone?

Meet The Romney Birthers“I find it unacceptable that we cannot find a qualified American.” Chester Arthur's legitimacy also in question.

?otd: How was your Monday?

Writing time yesterday: 1.25 hours (Working on the Going to Extremes outline)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.5 (solid)
Weight: 239.0
Currently reading: Shattering the Ley by Benjamin Tate

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User: daveraines
Date: 2012-06-05 15:10 (UTC)
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>> I just cannot bring myself to be as immoral and destructive as people of faith can be in the name of their religious beliefs.<<

Me either, I think, although I do have a healthy respect for the allure of "immoral and destructive" behavior.

>>As an atheist, I have no possible justification for this kind of behavior.<<

Not sure it's the atheism that does it though. There have been lots of atheists who have been immoral and destructive to the max. I hasten to add -- before the flames start -- that religious people are of course capable of immoral and destructive behavior, as the story you referenced demonstrates. I don't understand how following Jesus -- who held up "love your neighbor" as one of the two most important guidelines for living -- leads to denying medication to an HIV-positive gay man.
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