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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-12-11 05:39
Subject: [links] Link salad saw that she had such a pretty face
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Publishers Weekly reviews Kalimpura — A largely positive review, but sadly no star for me this time.

Haldeman's Marvelous Forever Warriors — Ta-Nehisi Coates on Joe Haldeman's classic.

Secret Space Plane Set to Launch on Mystery Mission Today

26 Amazing Facts About Finland's Unorthodox Education System — Almost all the student and classroom oriented assertions in this piece are also true of [info]the_child's Waldorf school, and of Waldorf schools in general.

Origin of intelligence, mental illness linked to ancient genetic accident — I want to know more about those mice using touchscreen computers. (Snurched from [info]deborahjross.)

The contract between science and society, plus a possible new RenaissanceGenomics may accomplish a lot, but could it redefine humanity's view of itself?

Yale scientists name Obamadon, a slender-jawed lizard, after the President — Rawr!

Mayan apocalypse: panic spreads as December 21 nears — Because people are stupid. This is dumber than believing in the lottery or supply side economics. At the least lottery entertains, and supply side economics is a feel-good fairy tale for low-wattage ideologues. I'm not sure what anyone gets out of faux-Mayan apocalypticism.

When is a religion not a religion?O’Reilly and Staver are both trying to justify Christian privilege. They want the free exercise clause of the First Amendment to apply to Christianity, and exclusively to Christianity (and maybe Jews, too, if they behave). And they want the no establishment clause of the First Amendment to apply to every religion except for Christianity.

'Like lesser Americans': Atheists face discrimination, persecution, report saysIn at least seven U.S. states, constitutional provisions are in place that bar atheists from public office and one state, Arkansas, has a law that bars atheists from testifying as witnesses at trials, the report said. It's much worse elsewhere in the world. But every time I see one of those polls that atheists are the least trusted group, or hear some Christianist conservative talking about how morality cannot exist without religion, I remember that Hitler and Pol Pot were Christians. And yes, I just Godwinned myself. (Via [info]shsilver.)

Scalia Defends Anti-Gay Quotes — In which his arrant conservative bigotry is laid plain. Again. And this man sits on the Supreme Court. Evaluating Justice Scalia on the plain face of his own words on this subject, he doesn't have the moral character, intellect, compassion or discernment to qualify as a dog catcher. So much for impartial justice. Or any justice at all, really.

Poll: Colbert The Most Popular Choice To Replace Outgoing Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) — Do people not get the joke? Colbert in character (and he always seems to be in character) is Poe's Law on the hoof.

How to Raise a Little Liberal or ConservativeIn short, authoritarian parents are more prone to produce conservatives, while those who gave their kids more latitude are more likely to produce liberals. This strikes me as painfully obvious, but I suppose the news is that there's evidence for the assertion.

Democrats and Republicans belong to different groups — (I think I got this from Fragano Ledgister, but I lost the source.)

How the Mainstream Press Bungled the Single Biggest Story of the 2012 Campaign[C]ampaign coverage in 2012 was a particularly calamitous failure, almost entirely missing the single biggest story of the race: Namely, the radical right-wing, off-the-rails lurch of the Republican Party, both in terms of its agenda and its relationship to the truth. Romney and the GOP lied knowingly, constantly, and unapologetically. They bragged about it. And they nearly succeeded with that strategy, displaying unambiguously the miserable public character of both Money Boo Boo his own self and the conservative movement as a whole. But the American Right is so worked up about Kenyan Muslim socialism that they neither noticed nor cared about the utter failure of their own leadership.

?otD: Did God in His mercy lend her grace?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 9.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours stationary bike ride
Weight: 216.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block enforcing international law and Kenyan Muslim socialism: 0
Currently reading: The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks

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User: daveraines
Date: 2012-12-11 16:03 (UTC)
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>> I remember that Hitler and Pol Pot were Christians.

But Stalin! But Mao! Atheists! This way lies madness. (A reference to Stalin is henceforth to be known as "Dave's Inverse to Godwin's Law.")

Hitler was (arguably) a public Christian, but apparently not one in private:

"Derek Hastings sees Hitler's commitment to Christianity as more tenuous. He considers it 'eminently plausible' that Hitler was a believing Catholic as late as his trial in 1924, but writes that 'there is little doubt that Hitler was a staunch opponent of Christianity throughout the duration of the Third Reich.' There's more at the link:

Didn't know about Pol Pot. I found a site protesting that he wasn't REALLY a Buddhist... he was clearly a communist, can you be communist and Christian?... he went to school in a Christian school, so maybe he was a Christian in the same sense that President Obama is a Muslim... I dunno. I don't know enough. The story of my life!
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User: daveraines
Date: 2012-12-11 16:04 (UTC)
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However, the main point about "atheists face persecution" is pretty clear.
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User: rovanda
Date: 2012-12-11 16:28 (UTC)
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I'm so impressed with how you keep up with your posting, in spite of chemo-brain and all the other side effects. I'm in the hospital right now with something much less serious, and have barely kept up with emailing my family.

Thank you.
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User: daveraines
Date: 2012-12-11 19:00 (UTC)
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Re Colbert: I get the joke, but I would totally be down with Colbert in the Senate. Maybe, with Al Franken, they could start a spinoff of Second City. Could the Senate be *intentionally* funny?
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2012-12-11 22:42 (UTC)
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My mother has wondered aloud repeatedly over the years about how I ended up being a Democrat, and who brainwashed me (her frontrunner on that score seems to be the union I used to belong to when I was a librarian).

So now you're telling me I can tell her it's all her fault??? (well, hers and my dad's) I can hardly wait [g].
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User: supersniffles
Date: 2012-12-12 08:20 (UTC)
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I like this interpretation of the end of the Mayan Calendar.

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