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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-09-26 06:39
Subject: [links] Link salad looks to the West
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44 out of 72 of the world's tallest buildings are cheating — Vanity height? Really? (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

11 Terrific Online Video Sites That Aren't Netflix, Hulu, or iTunes — (Thanks to [info]lillypond, a/k/a my sister.)

Motorized Bar Stool Was "Not Road-Legal," Say Police

Earth Had Oxygen Much Earlier Than Thought

Fish with oldest known 'face' may reshuffle evolutionary family tree

Thousands of Dino Tracks Found in Alaska

Ant drinking from a raindrop — Wow. (Via David Goldman.)

The Twisted Trees of Slope Point — Wow. (Via Lisa Costello.)

Box — Some pretty astonishing art on video. (Via Ellen Eades.)

Why Today's Inventors Need to Read More Science FictionMIT researchers Dan Novy and Sophia Brueckner argue that the mind-bending worlds of authors such as Philip K. Dick and Arthur C. Clarke can help us not just come up with ideas for new gadgets, but anticipate their consequences. Also, water is wet. I'm glad people in the real world are seeing this. (Via both AH and [info]threeoutside.)

First computer made of carbon nanotubes is unveiled

What Apple’s M7 Motion-Sensing Chip Could Do Apple’s always-on motion-sensing M7 chip points the way to an era of mobile gesture-recognition and “ambient intelligence.”

Somebody Stole 7 Milliseconds From the Federal Reserve — This is a big deal. And weird as heck. (Via [info]danjite.)

H.W. Bush witnesses same-sex marriage — Who knew Reagan's vice president and the father of the sainted Dubya was also a Kenyan Muslim socialist out to destroy America? Too bad he didn't show any of this compassionate and social awareness any time in the last thirty years, when it might have made a fucking difference.

Christian history, and other oxymoronsThe press’s acceptance of the dishonest self-label “Christian” for this bunch of loons has a bad impact on religion as well as on politics. Welcome to conservative America. Here's your tinfoil hat and your Republican Jesus cross. Pay no attention to that New Testament pinko with all his talk of helping the poor and giving away your worldly possessions. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

My medical tourism days may be over, thanks to Obamacare — Another wretched Obamacare victim benefits from Kenyan Muslim socialism. Where are the patriotic Americans who can stop this national nightmare of widespread, affordable access to healthcare?

Why Ted Cruz Should sit down and Shut Up: Countries with Social Safety Net HappiestIn a performance that the rest of the world could not even comprehend, a wealthy, Ivy League-educated Texan talked until he was blue in the face to prevent poor children from seeing a doctor. Welcome to conservative America, where punishing the less fortunate is a patriotic, Christian value.

Subsidizing Farmers But Not the Poor Still EvilI will concede that there is a moral principle at work here in the right-wing position. The principle is that people who have lots of money work harder and are more deserving than people who have very little of it, and it’s wrong for the government to support the latter at the expense of the former.

Colorado Lawmaker: Democrats Using 'Mind Control' to Make People Accept 'Homosexual Marriage' — The conservative "mind" is a wonder to behold. This is mainstream Republican thought. There simply is no equivalent to this kind of toxic idiocy in what passes for the left in America, at least outside the odd fringes.

Top Nevada GOPer Brags 2014 Will Be ‘A Great Year For Republicans’ Because Minorities Won’t Vote — A bit of unusual honesty from a Republican. They can't win on their own merits, so they have to pray for the electorate to stay home.

?otD: Is your spirit crying for leaving?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 242.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block violating religious freedom by treating LGBTQ people like human beings: 0
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Matt McIrvin
User: mmcirvin
Date: 2013-09-26 14:07 (UTC)
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One thing I liked about the Burj Khalifa was that it did end the simmering arguments about which building is really the tallest building in the world.

Not for long, though, I suspect.
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shelly_rae: Sassy
User: shelly_rae
Date: 2013-09-26 15:04 (UTC)
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Vanity height should come as no surprise. People are always exaggerating the size of fish caught, how tall they are, and how long nine inches is.
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Danny Adams
User: madwriter
Date: 2013-09-26 21:43 (UTC)
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"Yet pseudo-historian David Barton..."

Barton is the same pseudo-historian responsible for most of the pro-Christian fake Founding Father quotes on the Internet, many by invention or paraphrasing to what they "really meant", to passing along older fakes ones like the Washington quote about the Bible being the best basis for government.

Christian history isn't what many Christians think it is anyway--not if you read the ancient Christian historians. They'll point out to you that Revelation was written by neither John the Apostle or John the Baptist, but John the Presbyter, someone else entirely...and add that most Christians didn't care much for Revelation until the 4th century anyway. They'll tell you that Mary had other children, and that decades later Jesus' nephews were persecuted by Domitian Caesar. They'll admit that the early Gospels weren't named, but were given names based on tradition linking a particular Apostle's missionary "region" to what Gospel was the most popular in that region. And so on.

Edited at 2013-09-26 09:44 pm (UTC)
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