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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-11-14 05:19
Subject: [links] Link salad rises up early in the morning
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Monopoly Is TheftThe antimonopolist history of the world’s most popular board game. Weird, interesting article on social and business history. (Via Lisa Costello.)

Apple Store Floor Space Remains the Richest Land in Retail — Wow. I'm not so keen on the whole small, overcrowded aesthetic of Apple Stores, but it does lend them a certain frantic busy-ness. (Via [info]garyomaha.)

'Rogue planet' spotted 100 light-years away

One Dead Media — Edge-notched cards. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Motives Questioned in F.B.I. Inquiry of Petraeus E-Mails — I was especially struck by this: That agent, who had previously pursued a friendship with Ms. Kelley and had earlier sent her shirtless photographs of himself, was “just a conduit” for the complaint, he said. He had no training in cybercrime, was not part of the cyber squad handling the case and was never assigned to the investigation. But the agent, who was not identified, continued to “nose around” about the case, and eventually his superiors “told him to stay the hell away from it, and he was not invited to briefings,” the official said. The Wall Street Journal first reported on Monday night that the agent had been barred from the case. Later, the agent became convinced — incorrectly, the official said — that the case had stalled. Because of his “worldview,” as the official put it, he suspected a politically motivated cover-up to protect President Obama. The agent alerted Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, who called the F.B.I. director, Robert S. Mueller III, on Oct. 31 to tell him of the agent’s concerns. So a case that wasn't being handled politically got politicized by the paranoia of a conservative FBI agent (himself a sender of shirtless photos, and therefore a model of conservative moral probity) who had been directly ordered to cease and desist?

The Arab Reading of the Petraeus/Allen Affair: Jill Kelley is Gilberte Khawam, a Lebanese — Huh. I wonder why the American Right hasn't run screaming with this? Would seem to fit conservative paranoias quite nicely.

Conservative Leaders Reject Secession Talk In Wake Of Obama’s Election — Considering that the red states in general spend a lot more Federal tax revenue than they take in, I don't see how they think this makes any sense.

Republicans have no excuse for exec branch filibusters — They never did before, either, but that didn't stop them.

Push Expands for Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage — Sometimes arrant bigotry doesn't win. Sometimes we are better than our hatreds. While there are a number of conservative positions I can see the merit of (regardless of my own opinions), opposition to gay marriage has never been anything but screaming bigotry combined with political opportunism. None of the dire predictions about what would happen where it was enacted, or the disaster that was supposed to the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell have come true. Not a single one. Just conservative hysteria, trolling for votes. And like all conservative hysteria ever, completely free of accountability after the fact for the massive wrong it represented.

?otD: What do you with a drunken sailor?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Hours slept: 9.5 hours (8.5 hours solid plus napping)
Weight: 219.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block confiscating guns and enforcing gay marriage: 0
Currently reading: Memory by Lois McMaster Bujold

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Jim Hetley: Powers
User: jhetley
Date: 2012-11-14 13:28 (UTC)
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My mother used to spend an hour a day at work, sorting edge-notched cards used to track library books. She called it "knitting books."
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russ: quo vadis
User: goulo
Date: 2012-11-14 13:49 (UTC)
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Keyword:quo vadis
Glenn Greenwald also wrote interestingly about the implications of that FBI investigation and the US surveillance state:
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User: scarlettina
Date: 2012-11-14 15:47 (UTC)
Subject: The Petraeus thing
What I want to know is why this FBI agent's name is being withheld. Everyone else has been named loudly across this story, but this one guy, this one guy, no ethical arbiter himself, is being fiercely protected. What's the story there exactly?
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just a bear whose intentions are good
User: two_star
Date: 2012-11-14 16:49 (UTC)
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Possibly Lebanese Maronite Catholics are not the sort of folks the American Right has a problem with.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-11-14 16:52 (UTC)
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I'm afraid you're making the grossly mistaken assumption that the American Right can tell the difference... Given that conservatives can't keep Shia and Sunni straight, nor Persian and Arab, that's an awfully fine nuance.
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User: mevennen
Date: 2012-11-14 21:57 (UTC)
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Half of them can't seem to tell the difference between Arabs and the French, let alone anyone else.
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User: a_cubed
Date: 2012-11-15 01:28 (UTC)
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Nor Sikhs and Muslims - all "towelheads" to them.
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User: a4nightblade
Date: 2012-11-14 19:14 (UTC)
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Heh, the seccesionist stuff kinda reminds me of this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyqzPu5pX6U&t=1m28s
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User: dsgood
Date: 2012-11-14 21:54 (UTC)
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Put him in bed with the captain's daughter.
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2012-11-15 01:38 (UTC)
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You know, now that everyone knows Petraeus had an affair, it's kinda hard to blackmail him for it...

I know I'm missing something important here, and I really would like an explanation that doesn't include "since he had this secret he must have others."
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