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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-10-07 07:24
Subject: [links] Link salad's father was quite surprised to find it in the county jail with the working girls
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Oregon authors' creativity shines in science fiction, fantasy books — Hey! It's us! (Via @ahsimlibrarian.)

Laughing at Cancer — Jim C. Hines talks about his new story in which I play a tangential role.

Matchstick-sized sensor can record your private chats — Oh, how nice. (Thanks to David Goldman.)

Wrap Your Head Around These Gears — Mechanical weirdness. (Via David Goldman.)

Tower-High Channels Gouge Antarctic Ice

Ayn Rand Railed Against Government Benefits, But Grabbed Social Security and Medicare When She Needed Them — Just a little reminder that no one likes conservative policies when applied to them personally. Especially not conservatives, those paragons of intellectual consistency and public virtue.

American healthcare was already socialized by Reagan, we’re just fighting about how to pay for it — Luckily for the GOP and their shills in Your Liberal Media, no one in America remembers this.

Putting It Into PerspectiveUsing the government shutdown and the debt ceiling as leverage to force a minority favored outcome is not how our system is supposed to work. Democracy is not a process of hostage taking to get a outcome which cannot be achieved at the ballot box. It is if you're the ultimate sore losers, as the GOP are.

Dear President Obama: don't cave to the GOP's extortion politicsUnless the GOP's brand of extortion politics is thwarted, America's democratic institutions will be so badly subverted that the nation will simply find itself in the position of staggering from one manufactured crisis to another with potentially both political parties threatening economic and political Armageddon if they don't get their way. That is, quite simply, no way to run a democracy and it's why the only option facing President Obama and the Democratic party is to win this showdown and force the GOP to concede defeat. From the Guardian. Yes, this.

?otD: Are you ever going back to your old school?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: n/a (overslept)
Weight: 242.0
Number of FEMA troops on my block enforcing laws passed under the Constitutional process and fully subjected to judicial review: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

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Danny Adams
User: madwriter
Date: 2013-10-08 01:07 (UTC)
Subject: Railing against benefits
The people I know who are angry about the FDA not doing some of its inspections because of the shutdown are the same people who not too long ago were complaining that food and drugs would be so much better off if the FDA was shut down and its regulations shot down with it.
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Danny Adams
User: madwriter
Date: 2013-10-08 01:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
BTW, you might like this if you haven't seen it already (I'm still catching up on old posts). It's an explanation of why you really, really don't want the Republicans to win this shutdown battle no matter what you think of Obamacare: http://www.stonekettle.com/2013/10/deadlock.html
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houseboatonstyx: smaller-healing-buddha
User: houseboatonstyx
Date: 2013-10-08 04:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Rand, like most people, paid into Social Security and Medicare. Why shouldn't she get some of her own money back?

Cheap shots unworthy....
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2013-10-08 12:24 (UTC)
Well, sure she did. But she and her modern followers feel that others who have paid in shouldn't get their own back. Repeated attempts in her name to dismantle the system that helped her when she needed are much, much worse than cheap shots.
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User: houseboatonstyx
Date: 2013-10-08 18:14 (UTC)
Subject: Re:
For the record, Rand died in 1982.

I'm closing this window.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2013-10-08 18:22 (UTC)
Subject: Re:
Yep, I'm aware she did. Nothing I said was intended to indicate otherwise.

Be well.
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