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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-08-28 05:09
Subject: [links] Link salad gets ready to head for WorldCon
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Tags:christianism, climate, economy, funny, links, media, personal, politics, process, religion, science, weird, writing
Act Like a Writer — (Via Cora Buhlert.)

Learning in your sleep can really stinkLearned associations between odors and sound persist to the next day.

Matthew Tozer — Silent films from the Siege of Constantinople. Hahahaha.

A 1939 Map of Physics

Arctic sea ice reaches record low — Man, those liberals will go to any length to perpetuate their so-called climate change conspiracy. More here from a more technical source.

Creationists Vote to Ditch Genesis 1-3 for Being Soft on Evolution — Hahahah!

Bill Nye slams creationism — This really is an issue on which only side is right. There is no balance here. Yet Your Liberal Media, even when covering things like the Bill Nye story, provides aid and comfort to conservative idiocy.

Capitol Dome Is Imperiled by 1,300 Cracks and Partisan Rift — Because conservatives are so patriotic that they'd rather let one of our most important political and cultural symbols decay rather than, you know, spend money to fix it. (Thanks to Dad.)

Has the tea party 'sold out' to the mainstream GOP? — How can the Tea Party have sold out to the GOP, when they were nothing but an astroturf operation of the GOP from the very beginning?

Tampa Releasing Inmates to Free Up Jails for RNC Protesters — Because every one of Sarah Palin's "Real Americans" knows that angry liberal-progressives legally exercising their Constitutionally protected free speech rights are far more dangerous than actual criminals tried and convicted in a court of law. Not allowing themselves to embarrassed or held publicly accountable is what the GOP calls "tough on crime". (Via [info]danjite.)

Paul Ryan Said Something That Should Force Him Off the Ticket, But You Probably Didn't Hear About It — Your Liberal Media, enabling the conservative agenda since, well, forever. (Thanks to [info]danjite.)

The Comeback SkidMr. Ryan, as people finally seem to be realizing, is at heart a fiscal fraud, boasting about his commitment to deficit reduction but actually placing a much higher priority on tax cuts for the wealthy.

Forbes’ Shameful Piece on Obama as the “Other” — Yep, that mainstream media, dominated by liberal bias.

?otD: Going to sweet home Chicago?

Writing time yesterday: 1.5 hours (interview)
Body movement: 60 minute urban walk
Hours slept: 5.0 (solid)
Weight: 237.6
Currently reading: Heartland by Mark Teppo

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Dave O'Neill
User: daveon
Date: 2012-08-28 15:32 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I must admit I chuckle every time somebody talks about the liberal media in the US. And while I've seen some hopeful signs of journalists finally having enough of reporting outright lies as a 'position', it's still pretty poor by the standards of a Brit.

The dirty secret is they don't really want to report things that could make this anything other than a close race because that's the narrative and that's where their ratings are. I'm watching Chuck Todd side lined on MSNBC whenever he starts to point out that the data, no matter how you slice, is damn ugly for Romney and that there are very few credible paths to winning the Electoral College.

I've seen Nate Silver basically hamstrung since he joined the NYT into saying how close a race it is, when all his data says it's currently anything but. He's been using an amusing set of lines in his blog posts which go something like "Romney doesn't need to panic about [insert bad polling number] yet, but if these are still the numbers, in this very very stable race, in September then he really has to start worrying." - rather than "The polls, the odds, the Electoral College and every thing else have barely shifted from where they were in June, which is Obama is ahead in the popular vote by a whisker, and has multiple, credible Electoral College options, whereas Romney really only has a small number of scenarios."

It will be interesting to see how well the RNC can keep a lid on the insanity over the next 4 days.

I also wonder, in all seriousness, how a conservative person who is non-religious and socially liberal could vote for these clowns?
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jere7my: Glasses
User: jere7my
Date: 2012-08-28 16:47 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
D'Souza is promoting his new movie, 2016: Obama's America. It covers all the same points as the Forbes article, with a more red-meat, wingnut spin. The internet is crawling with astroturf "reviews" filled with nigh-identical talking points: "I was surprised at how even-handed it was," "I voted for Obama in 2008, but I didn't really know who I was voting for." This is a movie that explicitly accuses Obama of trying to bankrupt America so he can turn it into a Socialist state and create an anti-Israeli superstate in the Middle East. It's a down-the-rabbit-hole feeling.
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