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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-05-25 06:13
Subject: [links] Link salad reads those words of wit
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'We Have Always Fought': Challenging the 'Women, Cattle and Slaves' Narrative — Kameron Hurley on non-furry cannibalistic llamas. And much more. (Via [info]rekre8.)

Remembering The Long Lost Germans Of TexasMore than a century ago, German settlers found a pocket of Texas to call home between Austin and San Antonio. And once the local lingo merged with their own language, it proved to be an interesting dialect.

The Princess — How old is 2? (Via [info]willyumtx.)

Defining My Dyslexia

2013 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest — Wow. (Via [info]tillyjane, a/k/a my mom.)

Lunar Corona over Cochem Castle — A gorgeous photo.

Measuring light in the universe since the Big Bang

Cosmic latteCosmic Latte is a name assigned to the average color of the universe, given by a team of astronomers from Johns Hopkins University. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

No Bail for Pa. Parents in Faith-Healing Death — Faith healing isn't religion, it's child abuse. Pure and simple. Adults are free to go to hell in their own way, but they are not free to take children along for the ride. In our Christianist-dominated cultural climate, I am nonetheless surprised to see prosecution.

When Politicians promise ‘Lower Taxes’ they are promising Collapsed Bridges — Infrastructure decay is the inevitable result of conservative tax policy. Unless you believe in the fairy tale of supply side economics, but that has neither theoretical support from objective economists who aren't already committed conservatives, nor any track record of success whatsoever in the real world. Me, I like civil society and public infrastructure, and it takes taxes to keep those things going. Hell, even Republicans drive over bridges.

Three reasons Congress is broken — Only three? There are 233 House Republicans and 45 Senate Republicans. That's 278 more reasons Congress is broken.

QotD?: What is your least favorite joke?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (WRPA, otherwise on workshop time)
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (interrupted)
Body movement: n/a
Weight: n/a
Number of FEMA troops on my block scamming disaster aid slush funds: 0
Currently reading: Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett

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mcjulie: McJulie
User: mcjulie
Date: 2013-05-25 14:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I hate blonde jokes. Yes, I take them personally, but I also think they're misogynist.

I'm curious what you think of Monstrous Regiment. A lot of Pratchett fans I know didn't like that one so much, but I loved it.
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Jay Lake: writing-bookshelf
User: jaylake
Date: 2013-05-25 15:20 (UTC)
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My third or fourth time reading Monstrous Regiment. I like it a lot, actually.
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2013-05-25 19:21 (UTC)
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Bridges don't seem to be that high a priority in Washington (this is only the most dramatic example since Galloping Gertie, but by no means the only one), but then this is a state with a legislature that was taken to its own supreme court for not sufficiently funding public education as provided for in the state constitution. And still hasn't come up to scratch on that one.

Also, we have one of the most regressive taxing regimes in the country. We already have one of the highest gas taxes in the country, and one of the highest sales taxes, yet every time anyone even breathes the concept of an income tax, they go down in flames.
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2013-05-26 17:57 (UTC)
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Yeah, and it got taken down by the courts, then he came back and did it again. This state would be much better, and I am convinced Tim Eyman would be much happier, if he moved to Texas.

He's spearheaded more crap and brainwashed more Washingtonians than I care to think about.
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User: skellington1
Date: 2013-05-28 18:24 (UTC)
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The 30$ thing was enacted by the legislature despite the initiative being struck down by the court, because surely that's what the 'people wanted.'

I really want to see Eyman run out of the state on a rail, tbh. And our current blue dog "in order to prevent deadlock I have to switch party affiliation and destroy the elected democratic majority" situation in the legislature. Egads.
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User: martianmooncrab
Date: 2013-05-25 19:47 (UTC)
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I am nonetheless surprised to see prosecution.

right here in Oregon City, we have this lovely family cult.. uh, I mean Christian Church that the county is watching like a hawk, and they have sent members to court and convicted them of faith based child abuse. Seems that when you get glasses and go to the dentist that disqualifies you from "faith based" solutions to health care.
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