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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-07-26 06:32
Subject: [links] Link salad for a wake weekend
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Tags:books, cancer, cool, health, healthcare, links, nature, personal, photos, politics, race, radiantlisa, reviews, science, space, tech, travel, trial
There's little relief, give us reprieve — More from Lisa Costello on current cancer developments.

Jay Lake Pre-Mortem Read-a-thon, Review the Fifth: Trial of Flowers — Cool review.

Booted Off the Plane: How Normal Is That? — Air travel is an unusual social and legal space where many of the rights and norms of society do not apply.

The “Human Fly” atop a DC-8 at the Mojave 1000 (1970) — Whoa!

Let There Be Night — Escaping light pollution. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

NASA: Space centaurs are likely comets — My favorite headline today.

Gibraltar might be the beginning of the end for the Atlantic OceanThe small tectonic subduction zone there may grow and spread.

How Height Is Connected to Cancer

Fake memory implanted in mice with a beam of lightMice taught to fear a location after they were no longer in it.

Wearing Privilege — Does a hoodie make you a threat?

Anthony Weiner and Liberal MoralityThe New York mayoral candidate's two big failures: terrible political sense and a lack of compassion. Ta-Nehisi Coates is interesting.

Obama: Rest of my presidency is for working-class America — Given what a total corporatist and centrist he's been thus far, essentially a Rockefeller Republican, I will be surprised if this is more than empty words.

QotD?: Got morbid?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 248.6
Number of FEMA troops on my block conducting Department of Justice investigations of white patriots: 0
Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg

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Debbie N.
User: wild_irises
Date: 2013-07-26 14:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The air travel article is interesting to me, because a decade or more ago I witnessed a case of abuse of power by a flight attendant.

The passenger had a baby on his lap and the baby's head was protruding slightly into the aisle. When the flight attendant came by with the cart, he asked the man to move the baby. The man did so, but it took a little time to move the baby gently, and the flight attendant took umbrage.

He ordered the passenger to hurry, and words were exchanged. I was sitting directly across the aisle and did not hear the passenger curse (but he might have). The (male) flight attendant reacted by threatening, in front of the man's wife and two small children, to have him "put in irons" (which on aircraft means handcuffed with plastic restraints). The passenger, intelligently, instantly "backed down," except that he hadn't been refusing to do anything or being unreasonable in the first place. The attendant read to me as super-authoritarian and completely into being able to threaten people.

When we got off the plane, airline staff were taking the passenger away for questioning. I offered to testify on his behalf, but he told me he was afraid something worse could happen if he made a fuss, and he just wanted to get it over with.

I fly a reasonable amount for an affluent person in these times; I've never seen anything like that before or since, but I've also never forgotten the possibility.
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