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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-08-31 03:29
Subject: [links] Link salad wakes up, still at Worldcon
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Tags:christianism, links, personal, politics, race, religion, science, tech, weird
Apple rejects app for tracking U.S. drone strikesDrone+, which tracks media reports of casualties and maps locations of drone strikes, was rejected by the App Store for "objectionable" content. This is a very American attitude, objecting to the discussion of terrible behavior while letting the behavior go unchallenged.

A Statuette of Your FetusExpectant mothers can now order a custom three-dimensional model of their unborn child. ZOMG, that is bizarre. ETA: Technology Review has apparently taken this story down. See the screenshot of their headline here, to prove it was really there.

Bill Nye: creationism is bad for childrenBad Astronomer on Bill Nye's recent comments on the profoundly self-evident social and cultural destructiveness of Creationism. Oddly, I'm pretty sure the vast majority of evolution deniers would also identify as patriots, or "Real Americans", despite their savage efforts to destroy our educational and intellectual infrastructure.

Abortion: The Republicans and Personhood, Mitt Romney and Me — An anguished conservative at Feminist Mormon Housewives actually thinks through the real meaning of the Right's simplistic moralism. I wish more conservatives would think about the terrible consequences of so many of their beliefs.

Why We Have Sexual Harassment Laws — Ta-Nehisi Coates on Democrats behaving badly. Notably badly. (I don't link to nearly so many of these stories about Dems as I do about GOoPers for the simple reason that the Democrats have not founded their political fortunes on a knowingly hypocritical mantle of moral rectitude. But this one is egregious.)

As Republican convention emphasizes diversity, racial incidents intrude“The demographics race we’re losing badly,” said Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.). “We’re not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long term.” Well, that pretty much says it all about the GOP. No racism here, citizen, move along.

Fraud — Wow. This is good. There are two explanations for Barack Obama winning the Presidency in 2008, for instance. One explanation is that a majority of Americans thought he was a good candidate and saw something in him that led them to vote for him. But that explanation requires you to understand that some people like him and value his values and some people don't, and (broadly speaking) you're in one group or the other (n.b. you may also accept there are thousands or millions of groups, loosely or closely aligned with one of the binary options). The other explanation is that there are shenanigans at work, that millions of votes were the product of fraud and/or that millions of voters were deceived; this explanation, you know, is curiously comforting even if it seems it shouldn't be, because while it postulates wide-reaching evil, it also means you're right, and your values could only be thwarted through deception and treachery. (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

What to Make of Mitt Romney's Birther Joke?I suspect many Republicans who continue to subscribe to the birther lunacy do so because it bothers liberals and because it's an act of symbolic defiance of a president they dislike. The problem with birtherism, however, is that the underlying assumptions driving it have always been broader than the president. Birtherism is more than just a conspiracy theory about the president's birth. Its underlying principle is a rejection of American racial pluralism. The refusal to believe—in the face of all evidence to the contrary—that Obama is an American reads to many as saying black people don't really count as American unless they talk like Herman Cain or Allen West. (Snurched from Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Trouble with the chair: Clint mocked for RNC bitClint Eastwood earned plenty of bad reviews for his latest performance: a bizarre, rambling endorsement of Mitt Romney.

The Obnoxious Foreign Policy Ideas in Romney’s Convention Speech — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison on everyone's favorite GOP presidential candidate and his elastic relationship with the truth. (Or principles. Or, well, really, anything at all.)

?otD: Fantasy or science fiction?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (running on Con time)
Body movement: 60 minute urban walk
Hours slept: 5.5 (interrupted)
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Steve: Hal 9000 (2001)
User: anton_p_nym
Date: 2012-08-31 13:52 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Hal 9000 (2001)
The more I look at the evolution of Republican foreign policy over the past thirty years, the more I sound like a crazy-eyed conspiracy theorist because it seems to increasingly go out of its way to create enemies and antagonise allies; whether to set up scapegoats, or to keep lucretive defense contracts flowing to GOP supporters, or to fulfill paranoid eschatological prophecies, or merely out of colossal hubris.

The alternative, that it's merely incompetance, isn't terribly comforting.

-- Steve thinks that the best thing that could happen to the GOP would be a defeat at the polls so humiliating that it discredits the current powerbrokers within it. Sadly for everyone, that probably won't happen.
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User: icedrake
Date: 2012-08-31 16:47 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:The Sign at the End of the Universe
FYI: The fetus statuette article is up on TR again.
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2012-08-31 22:32 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
My mother still comments occasionally in a bewildered voice about how she can't believe two of her children would be misguided enough to be Democrats.

I do not discuss politics with anyone I'm related to, out of sheer roaring self-preservation.
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