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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-06-12 05:11
Subject: [links] Link salad wishes its parents a happy anniversary
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Tags:books, christianists, climate, healthcare, links, mars, nature, personal, politics, process, religion, science, writing
What Makes Fiction Good? It's Mostly the Voice — Ta-Nehisi Coates on reading Slaughterhouse Five.

A Glamorous Killer Returns — Cougars in the east.

Marks on Martian Dunes May Reveal Tracks of Dry Ice Sleds — Calvin and Hobbes go to Mars?

New phylum of bacteria found lurking in hospital sink’s drainIts genome hints that it may live inside some other organism. Don't wash your hands!

Slaying the Zombie Ideas of Climate Change DenialThese are ideas that cannot be killed, no matter how thoroughly they are debunked. They always rise to shamble again, reanimated by the deniosphere. “The hockey stick is broken,” “the world hasn’t warmed in 16 years,” “Antarctic ice is growing.” These ideas are all wrong, demonstrably so, but they are still walking the countryside, looking to eat innocent people’s brains. Good luck with that so long as conservatives continue to have political and cultural credibility.

Parents to hear evidence in 2 faith-healing deaths — Child abuse and neglect are not First Amendment rights, no matter how sincerely held your personsal beliefs might be. It's extreme cases like this which highlight the fact that religion does not belong in the public square in a free and democratic society.

If work is a responsibility, then work is also a rightSlacktivist Fred Clark deconstructs yet another piece of pointless and cruel Christianist political lunacy.

Prostitution, drugs alleged in State Department memo — Hmm. A lot of people are out to get Mrs. Clinton these days. Wonder what they're scared of?

The Top 1% of U.S. Income Earners Receive 15% of Tax Breaks and CreditsPeople complain about government payments to the poor, but tax breaks are also payments, though less obviously so, to the rich. And those tax breaks cost the government a lot more money.

QotD?: Got celebration?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (too many errands, not enough time)
Hours slept: 6.75 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 246.2
Number of FEMA troops on my block leaking intelligence secrets: 0
Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg; Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett

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User: ericjamesstone
Date: 2013-06-12 12:51 (UTC)
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> The Top 1% of U.S. Income Earners Receive 15% of Tax Breaks and Credits

Or, in other words, the people who pay 35-40% of the taxes receive only 15% of the tax breaks and credits. Remind me why you're complaining about this?
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User: elisem
Date: 2013-06-12 12:59 (UTC)
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As the "Glamorous Killer Returns" article mentions, we've been having some mountain lion trouble in the Twin Cities lately.
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selfavowedgeek: Jeremiah Johnson
User: selfavowedgeek
Date: 2013-06-12 13:50 (UTC)
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Smack dab in the deepest, darkest wilds of SE GA, we have a panther--had for a few years--staking claim to woods, creek, and farmland. A panther will run out a pack of coyotes, and the coyotes have been silent a long time. Where I can step into my backyard and see across to the in-laws' place and see the beginnings of the oak hollow and creek there, that's where prints have been seen. Pretty robust on the fauna tip, so there's plenty to recommend that panther's staying although it creeps me out.
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User: joycemocha
Date: 2013-06-12 14:19 (UTC)
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I had my first mountain lion sighting (that is, definite and confirmed without anxious horse underneath me) last summer near Estes Park in Colorado. The thought process went something like--"Coyote--no, too long body, TAIL--COUGAR!"

Plus two years ago DH and I routinely saw cougar tracks around Timberline's furthest west ski run in the spring when we'd catch our first run of the day. Didn't see them this year.

There's been sightings near the barn where I keep Mocha (along with bears). I've not spotted one from her back, but when I was a kid out riding with the ex-sister-in-law and a friend, they spotted a cougar drinking from the river--on the other side. The other horses were freaking out, while my horse just got four inches higher and snorted. She was a dog stomper by inclination so I have to wonder if she thought she'd get a chance to stomp a cougar. Nonetheless, when the horse you're on suddenly gets the kind of nervous that you feel them get bigger, you prepare to ride, because if the critter bolts it's a blind panic. So I was more focused on that than the big cat.
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User: martianmooncrab
Date: 2013-06-12 18:50 (UTC)
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I have been waiting for the Reptilicans to claim that they are doing their part in climate control by eliminating our manufacturing base to not produce carbon emissions and that keeping folks unemployed means they arent using up resources to get to work.

Its all about the spin!
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