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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-07-14 08:05
Subject: [links] Link salad has a chrome steel heart
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Hugo nominated novella: The Stars Do Not Lie, by Jay Lake — An interesting review.

Emoji Dick; — Lit-choo-a-chur!!! (Via [info]corwynofamber.)

Potosi miners' language — For those of you interested in using argots, creoles and secret languages in your fiction, this is a must-read.

The Pixar Theory — The Grand Unified theory of Pixar movies. Weird. (Thanks to [info]scarlettina.)

The Top F2P Monetization Tricks — Some pretty deep gaming geekery here. (Via David Goldman.)

Here's How to Wash Your Hair in Space — Because you might need to know this.

Congressman who used to be a high school English teacher irks GOP by marking their memos with a red pen — Hahahahahah. (Via Scott Frey.)

GOP House members from districts most affected by climate change cast 96% anti-climate votess residents of these often deep red districts struggle to cope with extreme temperatures, they need to know that while the science on climate change is overwhelming, their Congressional representatives are doing their best to make things even worse. It's hard not to say those conservative voters deserve what they are getting — the deep anti-science, reality-denying bias built into the GOP will come home to roost very, very painfully — but nobody deserves what is going to happen to these people. Not even the intellectually dishonest and willfully ignorant who vote this way.

Jury finds George Zimmerman not guilty — So a white guy chases a black neighbor kid around, picks a fight, shoots his unarmed victim, then successfully pleads self-defense. Yes, this is justice all right. I am ashamed. Ta-Nehisi Coates on this. Slacktivist Fred Clark also has a round-up. This outcome may be legally correct, but it is a moral and ethical disaster.

Undocumented Immigrants In Oregon Paid About $94 Million In Taxes — This is another thing the immigration bigots on the Right never seem to understand. Undocumented immigrants pay a hell of a lot more taxes than any benefits they receive. They're a net benefit to the economy.

QotD?: Got polish?

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User: mmegaera
Date: 2013-07-14 20:49 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:True Gold
My first -- and rather selfish -- thought about undocumented immigrants is to want to thank one every time I eat a piece of fruit or a veggie.
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User: jordan179
Date: 2013-07-14 21:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
So a white guy chases a black neighbor kid around, picks a fight, shoots his unarmed victim, then successfully pleads self-defense.

No, a Hispanic guy follows a black guy around, asks him what he's doing here, gets an angry answer, and when the Hispanic guy breaks off the confrontation, the black guy doubles back to confront the Hispanic guy, attacks him, throws him on the ground, and begins to beat him to death. The Hispanic guy then pulls out his gun and kills the black guy in self-defense.

Why are you consistently mis-identifying Zimmerman as "white" and Martin as a "kid?" And why do you keep not mentioning that Martin threw the first punch?

Maybe you should examine your own motives here, for repeating and spreading a false version of what happened that night?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2013-07-14 21:41 (UTC)
Because we only have the word of the defendant for what happened. A man literally on trial for his life, who had every motive for perjury and every confidence his perjury could not possibly be caught out. A man with a documented history of violence, confrontation and inappropriate racially charged behavior. A man who explicitly refused direct police advice to not pursue the situation which resulted in the escalation, and therefore by any moral or ethical standard own substantial responsibility for the outcome of the situation.

A man who shot and killed an unarmed child.

So, no, I don't believe Zimmerman's story because he's not a credible witness in his own defense.

Or do you really think there's absolutely no cause to doubt Zimmerman's testimony?
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russ: polska walczy
User: goulo
Date: 2013-07-15 05:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:polska walczy
I don't have polish, but I have some Polish.
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