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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-10-22 05:26
Subject: [links] Link salad wishes the Child a Happy Birthday
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Cliff Nest> — The shadow hunters of underground Thailand. Wow.

A Space Shuttle on the Streets of Los Angeles — Cool time lapse video.

Fish Can Cloak, Become Invisible to PredatorsSilver-colored fish, such as herring, sardines and sprat, are bending the laws of physics, according to a new study published in Nature Photonics. The ability allows the fish to become invisible to predators. Ye canna' break the laws of physics, Jim.

Spa Massacre By Estranged Husband With Restraining Order — So, how many of your essential liberties did your guns defend yesterday? Were they worth these lives, too? Because that's what your guns cost every day: other people's lives. Thank god for the NRA and the Republican party: protecting the right of the angry to massacre.

Romnesia — President Obama, on fire. Romnesia, in case you missed it over the weekend. This is hilarious.

Issa defends releasing documents — This would be the same Congressman Issa who promised Congressional investigations of the Obama administration on virtually everything. Because reasons! More on the sterling qualities of this leading conservative.

Undecided Voters That Have No Business Being Undecided — I have to admit, I find the whole undecided voter phenomenon more than a bit baffling. On the other hand, I find likely Republican voters baffling, too, on the basis of logic, sheer common sense, and the GOP's actual record in office. (Look at the balance of the budget and the overall deficit the day Bush took office and compare those to the day he left, for one of the simplest and least controversial measures of the colossal failure of conservative governance and values that I can imagine.) But I suppose that's my own confirmation bias speaking.

The feedback loop catches up with Romney — Regarding Romney's constant lying. The question is: Why shouldn’t he do it? Republican-aligned media surely aren’t going to call him on it. Indeed, within the GOP political loop, there’s no one who is even going to realize that they have a basic factual thing wrong; that’s what happens when you convince yourself that the neutral press is out to get you, and you’ve trained your supporters to only pay attention to what they hear on Fox News and the Rush Limbaugh program, so you had better stay tuned to them yourself or else you won’t be able to talk the way you need to. Of course, that’s how a candidate winds up insulting half of America, because that’s what high-level party donors expect to hear. I'm old enough to remember when Republicans loudly proclaimed that "character counts". Not anymore, clearly. Or perhaps character only counts for Democrats and liberal-progressives. Especially in a post-truth world where conservatives cannot win on their ideas, and so must lie. ("I don't have time to go into that", "we'll tell you after the election", etc.)

?otD: When is your birthday?

Writing time yesterday: 2.5 hours (Sekrit Projekt, 0.25 hours revisions on "A Stranger Comes to Kalimpura")
Body movement: 0.5 hour stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 9.0 hours
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User: twilight2000
Date: 2012-10-22 13:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Undecided Voters That Have No Business Being Undecided
I've finally figured it out - it's the Republican Obama voter who's frustrated that it wasn't all fixed in 4 years and the Republican voter who's frustrated that the tea party has stolen his party.

Or at least that's the folks who are loud enough on my twitter feed that I know about them :>
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User: threeoutside
Date: 2012-10-22 13:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The Thai shadow hunters photos remind me even more strongly of the 18th century drawings/etchings of Giovanni Battista Piranesi, one sample of whose work is linked here. He did a series of fantastical underground prison prints that still has the power to make me queasy even with very few human figures in them, and those hard to see and their activities ambiguous.
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User: goulo
Date: 2012-10-22 15:19 (UTC)
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Yes indeed! Piranesi's art is awesome. It's probably my favorite architectural art.
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Danny Adams
User: madwriter
Date: 2012-10-22 19:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
"I'm old enough to remember when Republicans loudly proclaimed that "character counts"".

I remember when Rush Limbaugh used to regularly say, "Words mean things".
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houseboatonstyx: smaller-healing-buddha
User: houseboatonstyx
Date: 2012-10-22 23:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Depending on what options the survey gives, some of us Leftists are still 'undecided' whether we can safely vote for Jill Stein or Whosis the Socialist till we see what the polls say at the last minute. In 2000 we sent a message that the Democratic nominee wasn't far enough Left -- and so we got Bush and a calamity no one had dreamed of: 9/11, war on Iraq....
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User: blue_23
Date: 2012-10-26 13:07 (UTC)
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Talking to people, many I know are voting against, not for. On both sides of the street. Problem is when people want to vote against both major parties, but don't want to "throw away" their vote on a 3rd party. Hence, undecided.

I know who I'm voting for, but it's not an untroubled thought that I'm supporting this politician. However the other choice has so little overlap with my wants that it's clear.
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