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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-04-30 05:23
Subject: [links] Link salad has been telling you it's a genius since it was seventeen
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Omega Coaxial Ad — Which very much puts me (and others) in mind of my novel Mainspring. (Via OldMiser.)

Amazing potato salad minus the WOW factorJersey Girl in Portland on her potato salad and mine.

20 of the world's most beautiful World Heritage Sites — Bucket list stuff, if I had time and money for a bucket list before I die.

Army Airship: 1922 — A cool photo from Shorpy.

Crystal Puzzle Solved with Sea Squirt — The story's interesting in its own right if you're into biology or materials science, but you have to love the headline regardless.

Memory ImplantsA maverick neuroscientist believes he has deciphered the code by which the brain forms long-term memories.

Privately Financed Spaceship Roars Closer to Space — SpaceShip Two breaks the sound barrier.

ESA: Herschel space telescope blinded by heat, retires for good

The World's First Website Gets Its Original Web Address Back — It's not often you can follow something back right to the beginning.

Your Mac, iPhone or iPad may have left the Apple store with a serious security risk — This is mildly boggling. (Via [info]goulo.)

Seattle Police And Phoenix Jones – A New Chapter — Because, um, reasons. Nope. Come to think of it, I got nothing. (Thanks to my brother.)

About HistoryShortpacked is making fun of a specific subset of geekdom, but this pretty much captures the conservative mind in general.

Report: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's repeated requests for a lawyer were ignoredThere is zero legal or ethical justification for denying a suspect in custody this fundamental right Because reasons! After all, we treat white conservative terrorists exactly the same. Or we would, if there were any white conservative terrorists. "Patriots" like McVeigh and Rudolph certainly had a right to counsel. (Via David Goldman.)

Congress tries to reset science grants, wants every one to be “groundbreaking”If lawmakers get their way, research like recent Higgs findings could disappear. That's what happens when you put anti-science willful idiots in charge of national science policy.

Justice O’Connor: Maybe Bush V. Gore Was A Mistake — Gee. Ya think? Note: If you don't know who John Ellis is and when and why George W. Bush called him on election night, you really don't understand what happened in Florida and why people like me are still pissed about it. And believe you me, if the situation had been reversed, and a cousin of Al Gore's was involving in the media calling the election results prematurely in Gore's favor, this would still be a daily topic on conservative media over a decade later. Meanwhile, back in the reality-based community, Your Liberal Media never covered Ellis much, even at the time.

House Republicans Eyeing New Hostage OpportunityThe House Republicans are contemplating a new budget-hostage strategy, the the Washington Post reports in a story that is both highly useful and inadvertently Onion-esque. The hallmark of Onion news reporting is conveying insanity as if it were sane in a completely deadpan way. The Republican party isn't even pretending to govern any more, and no one cares. At least no one conservative. And they call themselves patriotic?

Maker of Useless Dowsing Rod for Bombs Convicted for FraudThere are an infinite number of flavors of this sort of nonsense, from astrology to homeopathy, from the antivaccination movement to global warming denial. While you might think some of these are harmless, they all have very serious ramifications: they lead to magical thinking. They tell people it’s OK to stop putting their trust in reality and science, and instead abandon it for nonsense. And that's my fundamental objection to the Republican party. Not to the theoretical foundation of conservatism, which in many ways is an admirable philosophy, but to the conservatism that requires the magical thinking of evolution denial and climate change denial and supply side economics to function politically, while proudly and explicitly rejecting the evidence-based world. How can you possibly make useful policy decisions when your entire intellectual infrastructure is a fraudulent house of cards? Yes, magical thinking is everywhere (the anti-vax movement is not a conservative fixation), but only in the Republican party and its annexes such as FOX News and Tea Party has such magical thinking been institutionalized and glorified.

QotD?: Are you quite sure what it means?

Writing time yesterday: 1.25 hours (WRPA editing work on METAtropolis: Green Space)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 247.8
Number of FEMA troops on my block helping welfare recipients buy cell phones and big screen tvs: 0
Currently reading: The Truth by Terry Pratchett

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User: mastadge
Date: 2013-04-30 13:15 (UTC)
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Do these politicians not realize that most science "breakthroughs" aren't the result of a Eureka! moment in the lab but the result of many years of mundane slogging, or as a side result of something else? The ecological insights gained by botanists surveying plants later become the basis of crafty new efforts to fight disease at the microbiological level. How many inventions and discoveries have been made because someone working on something else entirely accidentally made a byproduct that turned out to be useful, or noticed something in the process that led them on a completely different path? If funding is provided only so selectively, huge amounts of innovative potential will be squandered.
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Elizabeth Coleman
User: criada
Date: 2013-04-30 14:55 (UTC)
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Oh, Phoenix Jones. I have such mixed feelings about him. May 2 last year, he came into my work to pick up his print job, still in his outfit (mask off), covered in dirt, and his voice super gravelly. He's a nice guy, but...still young.
I got to witness an interaction between him and a Vietnam vet who was in my shop making copies for his VA claim. Said vet looks over at the posters Phoenix Jones (then out of costume) is getting, and says something like, "what the heck is that about?" PJ's incredibly awkward and sheepish response was basically, "um, I put on body armor and fight crime...for a hobby." The vet went on to tell him to go to the VA hospital and visit with some of the vets to "learn about real courage." Phoenix Jones never made eye contact the whole time. It would have been a good idea, too. He probably would have learned a lot, and a lot of the vets probably would have been entertained by a real life superhero paying them a visit.
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2013-04-30 16:52 (UTC)
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Most of us up here have no explanation for Phoenix Jones, either, but the stories about him on the local news are vastly entertaining...
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