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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-11-27 05:14
Subject: [links] Link salad's head is humming and it won't go
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Inclusion Linkfest — Jim C. Hines with some important links on diversity and inclusion in SF. And, I suppose, life in general.

Subterranean ProspectorHere are some pen and marker sketches for the cover of James Blaylock's 1984 science fiction novel "Digging Leviathan."

Former OED editor covertly deleted thousand of words, book claimsEfforts to rewrite the dictionary in the 70s and 80s to omit entries with foreign origins described as 'really shocking' by author. Oh, good lord almighty. Talk about a trust betrayed.

Five Leadership Lessons From James T. Kirk — (Via Dave Raines.)

Astronaut, Cosmonaut to Spend Year in Space

Aircraft Graveyard — God, do I love this image.

First Observation of Gravitational Waves Is 'Imminent'Astronomers have underestimated the strength of gravitational waves, which means they ought to be able to see them now, say astrophysicists.

Namib Desert beetle inspires self-filling water bottleA US start-up has turned to nature to help bring water to arid areas by drawing moisture from the air.

Isolated patch of water, trapped under ice, sustains bacterial communitySalty, ice covered lake may help us model life elsewhere in the Solar System.

Traffic pollution tied to autism risk: study — I wonder if the anti-vax lunatics will pay any attention to this?

Fischer on Rubio: ‘Eyewitness account’ in Bible proves Earth created in 7 days — Not only is Fischer divorced from reality, he's divorced from his own Bible. Pretty sure the competing and mutually-contradictory-but-literally-true-and-infallibly-correct creation stories in Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 are not eyewitness accounts, even when viewed from the internal perspective of Christianity or Christianism either one. Also, to state the obvious, this link contains more of the intellectual cesspool of the Religious Right, so be warned. (Snurched from Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Saudi Arabia implements electronic tracking system for women — This is what happens when you run your government on religious principles. And no, in this context there's no difference between Christianity and Islam from a secularist point of view. Both are religious systems that in certain incarnations feel compelled to control all of civil society according to their parochial and potentially toxic views. (Via David Goldman.)

Ugly lawFrom the late 1860s until the 1970s, several American cities had ugly laws making it illegal for persons with "unsightly or disgusting" disabilities to appear in public. Ah, those good old days Republicans are always longing for. (Snurched from Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Your daily stupid — In which many angry conservatives are too historically ignorant to know that the Pledge of Allegiance didn't mention God until 1954, 62 years after its introduction.

Why Climate Deniers Have No Scientific Credibility - In One Pie Chart — Yep. Pretty much tells the story in one go. No one comes to climate change denialism on the basis of the evidence, any more than anyone comes to evolution denial on the basis of the evidence. Those are both faith-based delusions for which people madly search for post facto justification of in order to rationalize their position.

U.N.: Thawing permafrost to cause increased warmingThe United Nations is warning that a thawing in the permafrost that covers almost a quarter of the northern hemisphere could "significantly amplify global warming." Amazing what those greedy liberal scientists will do to justify their lavish government grants. Actually arranging to thaw permafrost to keep their worldwide climate change conspiracy going. Thank God we have the Republican party and Rush Limbaugh to keep us straight in the face of those "facts" and "data".

High Places, Low ExpectationsThese are two unrelated issues that illustrate how standard misrepresentations and ideological clichés get woven together into resentment narratives that are rarely challenged in the conservative media, and never in the conservative evangelical media. And very often, they’re the work of people who should know better. Yup. This. Conservatism thrives on resentment narratives — that's the entire raison d'être of politicians like Sarah Palin, and is precisely how the GOP goes about generating those angry white men they need to keep Republicans in office. Not good ideas or constructive narratives or hope for the future. Resentment and fear. (Snurched from Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Former Florida GOP leaders say voter suppression was reason they pushed new election lawFormer GOP chair, governor - both on outs with party - say voter fraud wasn’t a concern, but reducing Democratic votes was. That's why people vote Republican: for the principled consistency and unwavering commitment to the democratic process. Unlike the ACORN scandal, which never existed except in GOP fever dreams, this is real voter fraud, from the other direction. Too bad they'll never be called to account for it.

The 47 Percent for Mitt RomneyOf the 10 states that receive the most federal spending relative to how much they contribute in taxes, Romney was the victor in all but New Mexico and Virginia, and in the end, he got his 47 percent. So the moochers did vote for Money Boo Boo.

Tom Ricks finally Tells Fox News (“GOP TV”) off on the Phony Benghazi “Issue” — More on why this nothingburger scandal is a nothingburger. Unfortunately that doesn't stop the GOP, especially Senator John McCain (R-Palin), from wasting words, airtime and political energy. That worked so well for another nothingburger scandal called Whitewater, after all, that they just can't help themselves.

?otD: Can you hear the wind blow?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (brain break after finishing "Rock of Ages" in first draft)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (30 minutes on stationary bike)
Hours slept: 8.0 hours (fitful)
Weight: 220.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block forcing people to accept healthcare and committing voter fraud: 0
Currently reading: The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett

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User: jordan179
Date: 2012-11-27 16:00 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
And no, in this context there's no difference between Christianity and Islam from a secularist point of view.

... between the Christianity of several centuries past and the Islam of today, which for those of us not worried about invasion by time-machine is a rather important distinction. You're also ignoring the role which Western relgious reformers played in the women's suffrage movement: so far, Muslim religious reformers have been mostly concerned with restricting female rights even further.

So aside from those huge and glaring differences, no difference, right.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-11-27 16:05 (UTC)
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You have heard of the Christian Right? Or the Republican party? But I repeat myself...
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User: jordan179
Date: 2012-11-27 16:35 (UTC)
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I have heard of them. I have known members of them. They want to re-criminalize abortion; they do not want to impose Saudi style male domination over women. You have to go back to 16th-17th century style Christianity to find much sentiment for such extreme male domination amongst Christians. By contrast, you need merely travel to any Muslim country (or even Muslim neighborhood in a non-Muslim country) to find such sentiment among Muslims.

Look: I'm an atheist. I'm neither Christian nor Muslim, and I was raised in a Jewish family. To some extent I consider all religions a bit toxic. But there is a difference between, say, a rum and Coke and a glass of botulin. Islam, as it exists today, is anti-female (and indeed anti-life) to a degree far beyond Christianity, as it exists today.

When you argue that the modern Christian Right, let alone the Republican Party as a whole, is just as bad as the Saudi theocrats, you are being as silly as the conservatives who assume that Obama, or the Democratic Party as a whole, are just as bad as Stalin or Communism. And by making a false equivalence between modern Christianity and modern Islam, you give modern Christians no credit for a long moral evolution, and give modern Muslims absolutely no motive to similarly evolve, since you demonstrate that they will not be thought of any better by non-Muslims for it.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-11-27 16:44 (UTC)
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What you're talking about is merely a difference of degree, not of intention. My basic point stands, which is that legislating from a religious perspective has no place in a civil society.
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2012-11-28 01:29 (UTC)
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I'm dubious about the pollution study, if only because, having grown up in Southern California in the 1960s, with the smog alerts that kept us off the playground during recess, it seems like LA would have a much higher autism rate than it does.

Or maybe it really does and I'm unaware of it [wry g].
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