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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-03-22 05:15
Subject: [links] Link salad is dressed up like a million dollar trooper
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Why I don't self-publish — Charlie Stross is wise. Yes, this.

Writer's Call to Kill Feral Cats Sparks Outcry

Land of the K, Home of the W: America's Radio Nations — Huh.

Meet the 6-legged robot lizards that may one day roam Mars

Rockets to Reefs — More on the recovered Saturn V engines.

Comet Castle — Such a lovely photo.

Planck Telescope captures Universe's first light

The cycle of fear that drives assault weapon salesThe cause of gun control in the US is lost unless we address the underlying anxiety that makes people feel safer armed. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Boy kills Georgia infant in stroller, police say — Yep. Definitely safer with more guns. Absolutely. Nothing to see here, citizen, move along.

The Lyndon Johnson tapes: Richard Nixon's 'treason' — Reminds me of Reagan's October surprise. Republican have never failed to put partisan interest over national interest, have they? (Via [info]danjite.)

For Sen. Portman, Sen. Kirk and the rest of us: The next big step is the important oneIt’s the realization that because I didn’t understand others’ situation or others’ perspective until I myself faced the same thing, I should then strive to listen and to learn and to see the world through others’ eyes so that I can better understand the world without having to experience every situation, every injustice, every ordeal personally. One fundamental definition of conservatism is "lack of empathy".

Phil Donohue Recalls how he Was Fired From MSNBC for Being anti-war — Progressives really were right on that one, and conservatives dead, dead wrong. Not that any FOX News viewer will ever come to understand that.

QotD?: Who are you trying hard to look like?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hour (WRPA, revisions)
Hours slept: 6.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours stationary bike
Weight: n/a (away from home)
Number of FEMA troops on my block building solar arrays to undermine the American fossil fuel industry: 0
Currently reading: Guards, Guards by Terry Pratchett

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User: mevennen
Date: 2013-03-22 12:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I totally agree with Charlie as far as this goes - but he's got a choice. Those of us who have seen contracts cancelled - in my case, on the day I submitted the book - don't have that luxury. We either self publish or we don't publish at all.
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User: ericjamesstone
Date: 2013-03-22 14:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
> Republican[s] have never failed to put partisan interest over
> national interest, have they?

Nixon stepped down because enough Republicans were willing to impeach him over Watergate.

Now imagine what would probably have happened had enough Democrats been willing to abandon Bill Clinton for perjuring himself that he had been forced to step down:

1. Al Gore would have ascended to the Presidency.
2. The advantages of incumbency would almost certainly have tilted enough votes for him in Florida that he would have won the 2000 election.
3. He would have been President on 9/11. I think there's only a slim possibility he could have prevented the attacks, so the war in Afghanistan would probably still have happened, but the Iraq war would not.

Think how the world would be different now if Democrats had been willing to put the good of the country over partisanship in the same way as Republicans did a generation earlier.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2013-03-22 14:37 (UTC)
Your scenario assumes the Clinton impeachment had any merit other than naked partisan warfare on the part of Republicans...
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Dave O'Neill
User: daveon
Date: 2013-03-22 17:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Question: do you honestly think that Clinton should have stepped down over shagging an intern? As an outsider it looked like a witch hunt that was going to go on until they found something, anything that they could pin on a popular democratic president.
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User: ericjamesstone
Date: 2013-03-22 18:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
No, I honestly think that Clinton should have stepped down for lying under oath.
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Dave O'Neill
User: daveon
Date: 2013-03-22 19:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Meh. I think that would have been a ridiculous thing to have done myself.
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Mary Kay
User: marykaykare
Date: 2013-03-23 00:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It's true that our corporate masters have been training us in fear for a long time, and doing a dammed good job too. But most of the gun nuts I have known personally (I grew up in Oklahoma & lived in the southern gpGreat Plains until I was 32. My first husband was one.), well most of them have Other Issues. IYKWIMAITTYD

Did Clinton lie under oath? Depends what your definition of "lie" is.

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