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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-08-23 07:03
Subject: [links] Link salad will hold you in its arms
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An atheist’s guide to the good life — Yup. This.

Cancer Becomes Me — I love, love, love this essay about being a cancer patient. (Thanks to David Goldman.)

Most precise clock to watch tiniest ever time dilationsTime can now be divided into slivers hundreds of trillions of times smaller than a second, thanks to a pair of atomic clocks made from ytterbium that have just set a new record for precision.

Traffic Ghost HuntingSimulation: When the biggest problem with traffic is nothing at all. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

The Entire History of the World—Really, All of It—Distilled Into a Single Gorgeous Chart — Uh…

Paleo by Comparison: the Million-Year-Old Map — Interesting if more than a bit whacky.

Massive Himalayan gorge partly carved by Lake Erie-sized floodsWhen glacial dams upriver from the gorge failed, massive floods tore through it. Interesting reading, especially if you are familiar with the Missoula Flood.

Climate Change Archaeology — Interesting stuff from the real world of liberal "facts" and "data" where the ice is actually retreating.

Rich people are more likely to drive like assholesBy way of explanation, the authors wrote: “Upper-class individuals’ relative independence from others and increased privacy in their professions may provide fewer structural constraints and decreased perceptions of risk associated with committing unethical acts.” That is an excellent description of privilege in general.

Inquiring Minds Want To Know: TX Pols Knew What, When?That was the day I realized that God help me I hate rightwing Republicans. Hate them. Not what they do, but them personally. I know it’s wrong. But, if you’re willing to sacrifice a man and little children on the altar of morality and judgement then I chose to freakin’ hate you. How many children were they willing to sacrifice for a popular radio show? We don’t know, because the guy was 61 years old when he went to prison, so there could have been hundreds. Yup. Never can trust liberals because they don't have a moral compass. (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

Welcome to the Age of Denial — This is as much about Republican political strategies of the past forty years as it is about any underlying cultural trends. Cultivating resentment, paranoia and deep counterfactuals for the sake of continually manufacturing more angry white men has been electorally successful but profoundly destructive to our society and culture. The contemporary GOP's place in history will be one of deep, deep shame at best.

Republicans Move to the Center? Nope, They’re Crazier Than Ever[H]atred of reality itself, hatred of the unhappy truth that there are facts in this world that can’t be neatly arranged behind a worldview of rage and racial resentment

QotD?: Have you been a good boy?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (sick)
Weight: 246.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block forcing conservatives to enroll in Obamacare: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

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Danny Adams
User: madwriter
Date: 2013-08-23 14:19 (UTC)
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>>Rich people are more likely to drive like assholes<<

I certainly saw this play out a lot in Northern Virginia. Almost every day it seemed like the more expensive the car, the more assholish the driver.

In other news:

16 of your favorite things that climate change is totally screwing up
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User: daveraines
Date: 2013-08-23 16:14 (UTC)
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Re: an atheist's guide - seems to me PZ Myers violates your "be kind" rule. For rhetorical reasons, to be sure.
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User: daveraines
Date: 2013-08-23 16:32 (UTC)
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NPR had an interesting interview with Justin Barrett, psychologist and author of Born Believers, who argues that children are born with a bias toward belief, and that it requires added, sophisticated, thinking to change that. This is in contrast to Myers' idea that atheism is the "default position."
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User: daveraines
Date: 2013-08-23 16:32 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
... and I forgot the link: http://ttbook.org/book/justin-barrett-born-believers
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