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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-08-15 06:52
Subject: [links] Link salad returns from some other hemisphere
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Tags:books, cancer, climate, conventions, cool, health, healthcare, links, madnes, mainspring, media, personal, politics, reviews, science, stories
A reader review of "The Stars Do Not Lie"

Cesta kolem světa aneb přečteno za červenec — A nice review in Czech of Mainspring.

Mainspring – A review — Given his comments about the female characters, I hope the reviewer gets a chance to read the next two books in the series.

Jay Lake Pre-Mortem Read-a-thon, Review the Sixth: Madness of Flowers

Richard Derus Talks About His Jay Lake Reading Project

What Excites You Most About This Year’s Worldcon? — Including comments from me.

Jay’s Genome Project — Part 3 — More on the genome scarves from creator Astrid Bear.

F Cancer — On me, and cancer.

The Newly Discovered Fossil Snake That Makes an Anaconda Look Small — Wow. (Thank to MS.)

Tips on How to Become a Fossil

The bad faith of climate-deniers cannot be deniedIf what this senior member of the House Science Committee says is true, then by necessity, it must therefore be true that inanimate objects are acting in bad faith. Arctic sea ice must be acting, willfully, out of malevolent motives. Permafrost — non-sentient cryotic dirt — must be capable of duplicity and malice, secretly harboring a desire for “more and bigger control … by higher levels of government.”

Obamacare works where state officials want it to work — Gee, there's a shock. A program opposed by Republican officials in Republican-dominated states will fail on implementation. That's been the GOP's governing style in all the years since "drown it in the bathtub" become their political ethos. Politically profitable for them, but a social and cultural disaster for all Americans. (Via [info]shsilver.)

Missouri Citizens Face Obstacles to Coverage — Because being a patriotic American conservative means you never have to make any fucking sense at all.

The 'Refuse to Enroll' campaign gets to workDesperate right-wing activists know the law won't be repealed; they know it can't be stopped in the courts; and they know there's a limit to Republican efforts to sabotage the federal health care system. So they've been reduced to one last-ditch effort: convince people with no health care coverage to voluntarily turn down affordable insurance so as to advance their ideological cause. And why do conservative activists want this? It's not altogether clear, exactly, but apparently their hatred for President Obama has overwhelmed their judgment and basic sense of morality to a degree that can only be considered alarming. As with virtually all conservative ideals, Republicans cannot win on the merits. So they cheat and deceive, as always.

Susan B. Anthony List Petitions Supreme Court for Right to Lie in Political Ads — Once again, conservative who cannot win on the merits of their position must lie. In this case suing all the way to the Supreme Court for that "right". Unfortunately for truth, justice and the American people, with this Supreme Court they will almost certainly get their right to lie endorsed. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Social Conservatives’ 2016 Plea: Double Down!AMES, Iowa — Facing a generational divide that is sapping their relevance, a group of evangelical conservatives argued Saturday that they need to become even more vocal in their support for often unpopular social positions. Go for it, dudes. Anything that helps drub the modern conservative movement into its inevitable political irrelevancy all the more quickly can only be of powerful benefit to the entire nation, red and blue states alike.

QotD?: Did you miss me while I was gone?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (too jet lagged)
Weight: 246.6
Number of FEMA troops on my block forcing conservatives to enroll in Obamacare: 0
Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg

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Lucy Kemnitzer
User: ritaxis
Date: 2013-08-15 14:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Alas, I still can't really read Czech! It is a pretty page, though, and it has myvery own first name on it, so I'm forwarding it to my Czech-reading daughter-in-law.

I'm so glad you had a good time in New Zealand. I was thinking about you, while I was doing my own once-in-a-lifetime extended trip to Prague (at the home of the aforementioned Czech-reading daughter-in-law).

Czechs are tremendous readers. The Metro is full of people reading books all the time.
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Magenta: Witch's Hat
User: magentamn
Date: 2013-08-15 16:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Witch's Hat
I didn't realize how much I missed the daily Link Salad until I saw it again. Thank you!
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Jay Lake: graffiti-smiling
User: jaylake
Date: 2013-08-15 16:49 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You are most welcome!
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Dave O'Neill
User: daveon
Date: 2013-08-15 21:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I did think during the height of the 2012 nonsense that the GOP really did need to pick Santorum or Bachman just to get their crazy sorted, so they could go insane, get really badly beat and then start the road to civil war and recovery.

Sadly Romney just left the crazy wing thinking he lost because he wasn't crazy enough.
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