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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-05-27 08:23
Subject: [links] Link salad clocks in from Portland once more
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Tags:cancer, culture, health, healthcare, language, links, personal, politics, radiantlisa, religion
When present tense gets strangled in the woes, made of our future foe scenarios Lisa Costello talks more about my prognosis and next steps from her perspective.

Day By Day: A Mother's Life With Cancer — (Via [info]shellyrae.)

Bequeathing the Keys to Your Digital Afterlife — Highly relevant to me right now. Probably potentially relevant to anyone reading this. (Via my Dad.)

Reflections on Death, God, and Sunshine — I like this.

On "blogs" and "posts" — An, language neepery.

'Month in the life of Twitter' survey shows network's distribution of languagesLeetaru used the Twitter 'decahose', a feed of 10 percent of all tweets not available to the general public. "Decahose?" Wait, what? (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

If everything fades into the background, you may have a high IQIgnoring a specific visual distractor correlates with IQ scores. Hmm. If true, this implies a number of odd and interesting things.

Should Memorial Day include Commemoration of Thoreau? — Huh. Some things I did not know.

Who’s the Threat? Western Powers have invaded and Killed Millions of Muslims — The West is far more of an existential threat to Islam than the other way around, based simply on the numbers.

Bob Dole says he, Nixon, Reagan wouldn’t make it in today’s GOP — Given that it was Dole, Powell, Reagan and that entire generation of post-Nixon Republicans who knowingly made the GOP into the madhouse it is today as part of the effort to continue generating enough angry white guys to stay in business, it's years too late and trillions of dollars too short for them to be complaining about it now. Senator Dole, you assclowns very much on purpose shit this political bed. Unfortunately, all of America has to lie in it. Maybe you should have thought of this twenty years ago? Conscience always comes too late to conservatives.

QotD?: Are you home today?




5/27/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (travel day)
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (fitful)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 251.2
Number of FEMA troops on my block scamming disaster aid slush funds: 0
Currently reading: How to Be Sick by Toni Bernhard

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jordan179
User: jordan179
Date: 2013-05-27 18:30 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Who’s the Threat? Western Powers have invaded and Killed Millions of Muslims — The West is far more of an existential threat to Islam than the other way around, based simply on the number.

To begin with, you can't simply base it on the numbers in the sense of sheer numbers killed, because of the issue of aggression versus self-defense. A lot more Germans, Italians and Japanese died at American hands between 1941 and 1945 than Americans at Axis hands -- should we conclude from this that America was to blame for World War II?

Secondly, while it is true that we are by far more effective killers, especially man-for-man, than the Muslim terrorist states and organizations, that does not make us the aggressors. Normally, of course, our greater effectiveness at killing would result in the Muslims refraining from attacking us -- the whole reason for these wars however are that the Muslim fundamentalists are intolerant fanatics who are willing to die if it means that they get a chance at taking some of us with them. We should not feel guilty for our superior competence at killing.

Finally, the "millions" figure includes not only Muslims killed by Western forces, but also Muslims killed (as collaborators, collateral damage or rivals for power) by other Muslims during the wars that Muslims started which involved Western forces. Why are Western forces to be blamed for the Muslim deaths caused by both sides?

The Muslim terrorists chose to start this war, they choose to continue it. They can stop it at any time simply by ceasing their attacks upon us. Why don't they?
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houseboatonstyx: smaller-healing-buddha
User: houseboatonstyx
Date: 2013-05-27 18:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:smaller-healing-buddha
If everything fades into the background, you may have a high IQ — Ignoring a specific visual distractor correlates with IQ scores.

Well, being able to ignore distractions helps you score well on IQ tests. Both while taking the test, and while doing all the studying that gave you the skills and facts that the IQ test measures.

So which causes which, to what extent?
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