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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-12-19 05:34
Subject: [links] Link salad for a winter hump day
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Tags:christianists, cool, culture, gay, guns, iraq, links, nature, personal, photos, politics, publishing, religion, science, sex, space, weird
Spy Fiction For One — This is cool. Dennis Wheatley and Ian Fleming writing for the war. (Snurched from Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Why White Tigers Should Go ExtinctEverything you’ve been told about this exotic, royal, endangered species is wrong.

Frost Flowers: Nature’s Exquisite Ice Extrusion — (Via [info]willyumtx.)

Scientists find 'habitable' Tau Ceti planet

A City Built on Dredge — A long piece on harbor dredging and the history of New York as a port. Plus the new-to-me concept of post-Panamax shipping. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Intelligent design think tank's "institute" is a Shutterstock imageA green screen plus a stock image of a lab equals instant credibility. It's kind of hard for the Liars for Jesus to do good PR about the science they can't do. My Bibles have a commandment against bearing false witness, the Discovery Institute's clearly do not.

Today and foreverThe Bloggess on mental health and suicide. This one's serious and tough.

Persecution is Not an Evangelical Value"As a conservative evangelical, I can say without hesitation that evangelicals unanimously oppose the very idea of persecuting people for their sexual identity or practices." Wow, I don't know what color the sky is in this guy's world, but here on planet reality where conservatives have been running on "God, guns and gays" for years, sexual persecution has become a core Evangelical value. Christianists are one of the most destructive forces in American civil society precisely because of this. (Snurched from Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Why James Dobson is unable to speak of the actual murder of actual children — So far as I'm concerned, Dobson, Fischer, Huckabee and the rest can crawl back into the moral cesspool they came from.

Ah, eliminationist rhetoric — Hates it, I does, on all sides. Even when it occasionally slips out of my mouth in frustration. And yes, there's a difference between occasional angry hyperbole and the relentless drumbeat from certain quarters. (Via [info]ericjamesstone.)

'Order At Universal Gunpoint' — Ta-Nehisi Coates on what's so very wrong with the "more guns are needed" approach to gun violence. (Besides the obvious common sense and moral issues, of course.)

The Acceptable Cost of the Right to Bear Arms — Warren Ellis with a UKanian (and sane) view of the cost of US gun rights. We’re talking about the acceptable cost to you of being able to bear arms without infringement. When you make this argument, you are telling me that you’re OK with some people being dead, because you think that lax gun controls ensure that not everybody is dead. This. (Via Steve Buchheit.)

NRA promises "meaningful contributions" to avert another Newtown — Psst, NRA: STFU with the paranoia would be a meaningful contribution.

The Woes of an American Drone Operator — (Via [info]danjite.)

?otD: Got snow?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 10.0 hours (9.0 hours solid, 1.0 hour napping)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (30 minutes on the stationary bike)
Weight: 214.0
Number of FEMA troops on my block confiscating firearms and shutting down the Internet: 0
Currently reading: The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks

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User: daveraines
Date: 2012-12-19 15:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Re: ID and screen of green - their translation of the Bible says, "you can bear false witness if it helps the brand." (They follow Humpty Dumpty translation methods, that is, "when I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less." Rather like Humpty Dumpty biology, actually.)
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russ: quo vadis
User: goulo
Date: 2012-12-19 17:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:quo vadis
"Eliminationist rhetoric?" What? You and Eric are agreeing that Joyce Carol Oates is saying that she wants NRA members to get shot and killed? Is there some context or subtext I don't know about?

It honestly wouldn't have occurred to me to read that Oates twitter as eliminationist rhetoric. To me it sounds analogous to statements like:

* "If all the religious right anti-gay crusaders had gay children, maybe they would quit fighting against equal rights for gays." (I suppose we agree that this fairly common sort of statement is not really expressing a desire for all their children to actually be gay - indeed the people saying often also add "I sure hope their kids aren't gay, because it would be awful to be gay children of such anti-gay parents".)

* "If the people voting to cut any kind of public health support all lost their health insurance and were diagnosed with a deadly disease..." (Again, not really a desire for all of them to lose their health insurance and get a deadly disease.)

I.e. to me it was an expression of frustration at the NRA's lack of empathy and willingness to accept tens of thousands of gun victims yearly as the "price" of their "right to bear arms", as long as those victims are "other people" and don't really directly affect the NRA, and wondering if that's a significant factor, or if their pro-gun ideology is overriding and there's nothing that would change their minds.

I.e. analogous to frustration at anti-gay activists who easily demonize gay people because it's not personal for them; the people getting hurt by it are less valuable "others", and at a comfortable distance.

If it was eliminationist rhetoric, it was sure less direct than a lot I've seen...
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2012-12-20 00:48 (UTC)
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AotD: Did yesterday, but it's all melted today (and just as well).

Meg remembers the day (before moving into a condo with a shared, curved, hilly, shady driveway) when snow was wonderful and not a way to keep me from getting out of my house.
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