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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-09-28 05:10
Subject: [links] Link salad has got computer, is tapping phone lines
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Mainspring, by Jay Lake — A mixed (at best) review, with some interesting observations.

One does not simply use iOS6 to walk into Mordor — Hahahah.

Things For Christians Not To Say To Someone Who Has Cancer — Yep. This. And frankly, speaking as an atheist, if God has anything whatsoever to do with my dancer, then He's a cruel manipulative bastard who doesn't deserve either my respect or my belief. (Snurched from Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Canada cheese-smuggling ring busted - policeman chargedA Canadian police officer was among three people charged as the country's authorities announced they had busted a major cheese-smuggling ring. Mmm, cheese.

Police: Minn. office shooter among "several" dead — Thank god for the NRA and the GOP, or this shooter would not have been able to exercise his defense of essential liberties. Aren't gun rights grand?

Conn. Man Kills Masked Teen, Learns It's His Son — Ah, guns.

Curiosity Rover Steps Right Into Ancient Riverbed on Mars

Biologists Replay 500 Million Years Of E Coli Evolution In The Lab Astrobiologists have recreated 500 million year-old bacteria then watched them evolve. The plan? To look for universal laws of biological evolution.

Bitter Pill — An interesting conservative analysis of how contraception affects women's welfare across society as a whole. (Snurched from Freakonomics.)

If N.J. archbishop John Myers is right, then only Catholic marriage should be legal (and all Protestants are living in sin) — Yet another of the many reasons I am an atheist: the profound, myopic arrogance of so much of America's alleged moral leadership.

Scenes From a Multiverse on Biblical ethics — Yep. Pretty much this. Per the above link.

Forget What You've Heard. Abortion Does Not Hurt the Democrats — Yep. Let's actually stand for human rights and full healthcare and gender equality, instead of running from the conservative boojums.

Not The Election They Were Expecting — What do you know? When you run on liberal-progressive ideas, and actually stand behind them, you can even win on them.

New Data Show Net Job Growth Under Barack Obama — So, how did that whole jobs/economy thing work out under the last Republican president?

Don’t Expect a “Sharp Right Turn” in GOP After a Romney Loss — I disagree with Larison on the piece. If nothing else, he assumes that the movement conservatives who dominate the GOP would react logically to a Romney loss. Movement conservatism is proudly illogical and anti-intellectual, right on the place face of its own words, and will seek answers in belief while explicitly rejecting evidence that fails to support those beliefs. Ideology is privileged over reality by definition within the current conservative worldview. To believe otherwise is to credit intellectual honesty and self-awareness to a dominant political group that long ago consciously abandoned precisely those virtues.

Liz Cheney accuses Obama of abandoning non-existent country ‘Czechoslovakia’ — The stupid it would burn, except stupid has become a proudly held core value of conservatism.

RNC-Backed Company Accused Of Voter Registration Fraud — Oh, look. Actual voter fraud. By conservatives. But ACORN!

RNC cuts ties with firm over voter fraud allegations — Good for the GOP for doing the right thing.

?otD: You know that ain't allowed?

Writing time yesterday: 0 hours (post-chemo recovery)
Body movement: 0.5 hours stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.0 (interrupted, with napping)
Weight: 229.8
Currently reading: Heartland by Mark Teppo

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andelku: Apu
User: andelku
Date: 2012-09-28 14:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The contraception is a social ill is a load of utter crap. Why did you post it? What was interesting to you about it?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-09-28 14:34 (UTC)
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I agree it was utter crap. What was interesting to me was the approach. Ie, not just screaming "evil ladyparts unauthorized sexytimes Bronze Age tribal law because God said so and He told me!"

That was sort of the equivalent of Creation science applied to women's health and sexuality.
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andelku: Apu
User: andelku
Date: 2012-09-28 14:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oh, okay, yeah that's totally what it was. ;)

But, the author's disclaimer aside, its not new. They've been doing this kind of things with the circles and graphs and the paragraphs on the back of each one blah blah blah since the 1980s.
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User: mcjulie
Date: 2012-09-28 18:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The birth control thing was an interesting example of what passes for reasonable thought among conservatives (and economists) but it's riddled with unsupported underlying assumptions that ultimately render the whole thing nonsense -- a fancy economic-speak way of saying, essentially, "women give sex to get marriage, men give marriage to get sex -- but contraception messes that all up! And that's bad!"

The big glaring omission to me was the failure to acknowledge the emotional life partnership aspect of marriage. His view of marriage would *never* have couples who can't or don't wish to reproduce getting married -- and not because it's illegal (as in same sex marriage) but because they have no motivation to do so. And that is obviously ridiculous on the face of it.

Further evidence that you can't trust conservatives or economists when they theorize about human nature.
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