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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-06-27 05:20
Subject: [links] Link salad was young and beautiful once
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Tags:books, christianists, cool, economy, gay, gender, links, movies, nature, personal, politics, race, religion, science, sex, space, texas
A medieval book mended with silk thread — This is so cool.

Scholar Asserts That Hollywood Avidly Aided Nazis — Those whacky Hollywood liberals.

PayPal trailblazing payments in space

Spotting individual molecules with quantum optics — One is boggled.

700,000-Year-Old Horse Genome Shatters Record for Sequencing of Ancient DNA — Can Mr. Ed be far behind?

Fairy Circle Mystery Solved By Computational ModellingThe explanation of the mysterious barren circles that form in the middle of fertile grasslands hints that similar circles may show up in other systems, say complexity scientists.

Mormons and Gay MarriageFeminist Mormon Housewives struggles to find some good in the Mormon church's morally vile stance on gay marriage. Nobody's going to forget LDS support for Proposition 8 for quite a while.

Two Major Rulings Back Gay Marriage — SCOTUS got something right, though Roberts was on the wrong end of this one. His tenure is still marred by radical partisanship and what conservatives would call an activist bench, except the activism is on their side, so it doesn't count as bad.

Did the Supreme Court strike down DOMA because it was Theocratic? — Hmm.

Antonin Scalia develops split personality disorder — With the usual Republican intellectual dishonesty, he offers precisely opposite reasoning on his votes against the VRA and for DOMA. Basically, whichever ruling benefits angry white men is Constitutional for this marvel of conservative legal probity.

Texas Near-Ban on Abortion foiled by People’s ‘Gallery Filibuster’ — I find this story amazing. For many reasons.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry calls 2nd special session to pass abortion bill — And the inevitable smackdown from the vicious-cruelty-to-women wing of American politics (a/k/a the GOP).

Who will stop Google?Snowden revealed what many of us already suspected: Google completely controls the web. (Via [info]danjite.)

Two Hours After The Supreme Court Gutted The Voting Rights Act, Texas AG Suppresses Minority Voters — Because democracy! (Via [info]danjite.)

QotD?: Well, no. Not really. You?

Writing time yesterday: 1.5 hours (WRPA of various sorts, plus another 90 minutes giving my library talk)
Hours slept: 6.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 247.2
Number of FEMA troops on my block persecuting conservative political groups on behalf of the IRS: 0
Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg; Snuff by Terry Pratchett

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scarlettina: Fountain of smart
User: scarlettina
Date: 2013-06-27 13:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Fountain of smart
From the Feminist Mormon Housewife blog post:

Mormonism is a religion that puts a lot of emphasis on obedience. We are expected to make big sacrifices. We are expected to give our time and our money and even our comfort. Being asked to support prop 8 for most Mormon folks was just one more unpleasant task they cheerfully accepted atop all their other Mormon tasks.

How sweet and terribly earnest. Except for the whole "we were only following orders" thing. Please. Give me a break.

Sure, she says this, too:

Let us talk to each other and try to understand each other and love each other. If you are happy about today’s decisions, please listen to your family and friends who are sad and ask them to help you understand. And if you are upset about today’s decisions, please listen to your family and friends who are happy and ask them to help you understand.

Laudable, absolutely. But then she goes here and my skepticism kicks in:

And no matter what side of the issue you fall on, please let’s not spread fear and ugly words about each other. We have nothing to fear.

She's a person of good faith and I respect that good intention. But what I fear is that the Church, which is clearly sticking to its guns based on her report of their statement on the remanding of the Prop 8 case, will continue its campaign of hate and command its people to be obedient again. We don't need to spread fear; the Church has already done it and it looks like they plan to continue.
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User: kshandra
Date: 2013-06-27 15:15 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
AotD: Depends on what metric you're using for "beautiful." An Olan Mills studio once asked murphymom for permission to use one of my baby portraits in their display, so I was at least young and marketable.
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