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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-07-09 07:09
Subject: [links] Link salad redacts its title
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My Hugo votes 2013, part 1, novellas — Including a tepid review of my nominated novella "The Stars Do Not Lie."

Tor Books Announces Programming for San Diego Comic-Con 2013 — Including yours truly.

The Mom From 'The Cat in the Hat' Finally Speaks — The Man in the Yellow Hat answers. Hahahahaha. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Could Superman Punch Someone Into Space? — Because science! (Via David Goldman.)

The Science of Familiar Strangers: Society’s Hidden Social Network

Volkswagen XL1, wheeling a 262-mpg orb: Motoramic Drives — Wow.

Redesigned Window Stops Sound But Not Air

No Place Like Home GPS Shoes — Just click your heels three times… Really.

One grower’s grapes of wrath — The national raisin reserve? Uh, yeah.

The Unsung Heroes of the Crash Landing in San Francisco

The Real Reason Behind Public Smoking Bans — Hmm. Someone has an ax to grind, methinks.

Big Five personality traits — Huh. I never knew this. I'm pretty far along the axis on all five of these.

Federal judge temporarily blocks new Wisconsin abortion law — That's right. Can't have the government coming between you and your doctor! Unless you're a woman, of course.

The lies Christianists tell themselves — In item 2 of this post, Slacktivist Fred Clark takes on the homophobic lying from conservative Christians about the overturn of DOMA. My Bible says quite clearly, "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor." I guess that Commandment doesn't count for Christianists talking about gay people or the government or women's health.

Report: Bin Laden Wore a Cowboy Hat to "Avoid Detection From Above" — Man, I got nothing.

Insurer Refuses To Cover Gun-Carrying Kansas SchoolsAn insurance company based in Iowa has refused to renew coverage for Kansas schools that permit teachers and staff to carry concealed firearms on campus, the Des Moines Register reported on Sunday. When conservative craze collides with reality. I'm sure there will soon be a 'Second Amendment fix' to insurance regulations to put a stop to the anti-American notion that guns make schools less safe. Because free market!

QotD?: Did you notice the mistake?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (vacation)
Hours slept: 7.75 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (away from home)
Weight: n/a (away from home)
Number of FEMA troops on my block building mandatory gay marriage halls: 0
Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg; Snuff by Terry Pratchett

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User: joycemocha
Date: 2013-07-09 14:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The smoking story just makes me angry. As someone who's tobacco smoke sensitive, I can tell you it doesn't matter what the studies say--if someone lights up a cigarette near me and it blows my direction (which is likely to happen outside), I'm going to get choked up by it. Thing is, if I say anything, I get nasty blowback from many smokers and told that I'm the one who has to move.

Pfui. I think you're right about someone having an ax to grind.
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User: fledgist
Date: 2013-07-09 15:32 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Did Osama also sing "All of my exes live in Texas" I wonder?
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User: dionysus1999
Date: 2013-07-09 16:16 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Recently finished Asimov's Guide to the Bible, both Old and New Testament. While I'm sure the scholarship has progressed a bit (published 1968), on the whole it was interesting and informative.

According to ex-fundamentalist wife, neighbor doesn't mean the people who live next door, but more like fellow tribal members. The philistines or samaritians didn't count, no matter how good they were. Good luck getting a Christian to admit to it, though.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2013-07-09 16:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I do get that "neighbor" is a big giant escape clause that means the commandments don't apply to people Not Like Us. But given how exercised politicized right wing Christians get about what they perceive as unethical behavior in others who don't happen to be their kind of Christian -- ie, projecting their values and morals on those who are Not Like Them -- simple intellectual and ethical consistency would require that they apply those same values and morals to others.

Not that this will happen in my lifetime or yours.
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User: daveraines
Date: 2013-07-09 22:49 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
If your point is we only need to be truthful regarding other Israelites, that may be true if you read it in its most limited sense. There is this other thing though, the New Testament, where in response to a query "who is my neighbor," Jesus tells a story about... a Samaritan! A group that most Jews of Jesus' day hated. The context? "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Luke, chapter 10.
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