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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-05-22 05:38
Subject: [links] Link salad for a high altitude Wednesday
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Tags:art, climate, cool, culture, healthcare, links, personal, photos, politics, religion, science, weird
Cloned video GIFs — This is so cool. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

The Phosphorous Atom Quantum Computing MachineAn Australian team unveils the fundamental building block of a scalable quantum computer that could be embedded in today’s silicon chips.

New Efforts to Overhaul Psychiatric Diagnoses Spurred by DSM Turmoil — (Via Marta Murvosh.)

If the Earth had rings — (Via Lisa Costello.)

Red Sprite Lightning with Aurora — A strange photo from APOD. Well worth reading the write-up.

Had the Cookie Crumbled Differently: East and West Dakota

Pat Robertson shrugs off adultery, CBN regrets the misunderstandingRobertson said the “secret” was to “stop talking about the cheating. He cheated on you. Well, he’s a man. OK.” So glad religious conservatives had this viewpoint during the Clinton years. Imagine the political circus if they'd taken adultery seriously back then.

Asked by Wolf Blitzer if She Thanked God for Surviving the Tornado, Oklahoma Woman Responds: ‘I’m Actually An Atheist’ — Heh. It's a stupid question on the face of things. If we're supposed to thank God for surviving such an event, aren't we equally blaming God for the lives lost? (Via [info]shsilver.)

Anti-Sandy-relief Oklahoma Senator: Aid for Oklahoma is “totally different” than SandyThe only difference is that the tornado victims vote in Oklahoma. Just like government support for hard working farmers is totally different from food stamps for the lazy urban poor. Ah, that justly famed conservative intellectual consistency.

Oklahoma GOP Sen. Tom Coburn Will Seek To Offset Tornado Aid — At least he's being intellectually consistent in his conservative cruelty, unlike Senator Inhofe cited above. Unusual for a Republican, that.

Fisheries could be in hot water due to climate changeWarming waters are altering the distribution and abundance of fish species. Amazing, the lengths liberals will go to for their global warming hoax. Even to warming entire oceans. Thank god for Rush Limbaugh and the Republican party, otherwise we might have to do something about this.

Will Republicans Screw Up Again? Some Are Already OverreachingRepublicans allowed themselves to look as if they were primarily interested in scoring political points and overturning the results of the 1996 election, even if it meant paralyzing the government. That same danger exists once again for the GOP. "Look as if…" That's remarkably kind to a party whose top legislative priority was ensuring that Obama was a one-term president. Not jobs. Not the economy. Not healthcare. Not our foreign wars. No, overturning the results of the 2008 election. And now, the 2012. They're practically built their entire brand and message around it.

QotD?: What did you read yesterday?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (workshop)
Hours slept: 5.5 hours (fitful)
Body movement: n/a
Weight: n/a
Number of FEMA troops on my block scamming disaster aid slush funds: 0
Currently reading: Night Watch by Terry Pratchett

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Kevin Roche
User: kproche
Date: 2013-05-22 12:50 (UTC)
Subject: You've got a malformed link up there...
The Wolf Blitzer link is missing the http://
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Kevin Roche
User: kproche
Date: 2013-05-22 12:52 (UTC)
Subject: Re: You've got a malformed link up there...
so is the last one.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2013-05-22 13:15 (UTC)
Subject: Re: You've got a malformed link up there...
And fixed! Thank you.
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User: scarlettina
Date: 2013-05-22 13:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Re: If the Earth had rings: Have you seen the 2009 video animation about the Earth having rings? It's made to explain how things would look and why, and it's quite beautiful.

Re: Wolf Blitzer: What's a reporter doing asking someone if they thanked the Lord? Why is that relevant? It's not news and it's not his--or anyone else's--business. It's been a long time since anyone could take Blitzer seriously, which is really a shame, since he seems to be the face of CNN and he keeps getting egg all over it. As for the woman being interviewed, she handled it well and was respectful. Good for her!

Edited at 2013-05-22 01:06 pm (UTC)
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User: asakiyume
Date: 2013-05-22 13:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I read three unpublished things, by friends and acquaintances. One of those was an exceprt from an unpublished novel, and wow, was I impressed by the way the author carried off the unreliable narrator and played with lies and truth. The excerpt was really moody and atmospheric, and if the author can carry it off and fulfill the promise she's made, it'll be an excellent book.
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Larry Sanderson
User: lsanderson
Date: 2013-05-22 13:42 (UTC)
Subject: East and West Dakota?
Now there's an idea who's time is past. ;-)

Grew up east o' that river (Missouri)and still just west o' the other (Mississippi)in the rolling flat lands o' NoDak.
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2013-05-22 18:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I visited North Dakota last year, and I've driven across South Dakota several times and spent time in the Black Hills and the badlands (the latter in both states), and it is singularly striking how the entire landscape changes when you cross the Missouri River. It's as if there's an invisible climatological wall separating the dry rolling ranch lands to the west from the green, flat, humid farms to the east.

The discussion reminds me of the arguments for splitting California into two states, which it basically is already, but which will never happen because Southern California needs Northern California's water to survive.
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