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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-10-19 07:46
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Centuries-Old Manuscript Reveals Love for Richard III

Bad ScienceLanguage Log on problems in science.

Your Liver May Be 'Eating' Your BrainNew research shows the liver and hippocampus (the memory center in the brain) share a craving for the same protein, and the liver wins out when there's extra belly fat involved. (Via David Goldman.)

The longest flight in the world

Poster Boy for Anti-Gay Campaign Against Military Religious Freedom Really Could Be Court-Martialed for This On September 6, 2013, the Family Research Council (FRC) launched a petition to "Protect Sergeant Phillip Monk from Air Force Court Martial." Incredibly, just over a month later, on October 12, the very same organization paraded Sergeant Monk out at its Values Voter Summit, a political event in which the participation of an active duty service member is strictly prohibited by military regulations, the violation of which could subject Sergeant Monk to punishment by ... um ... court-martial. Ah, those poor, persecuted Christianists. Merely having overwhelming cultural dominance is such a terrible, victimizing descent from absolute cultural supremacy. Meanwhile, they make up lies to self-valorize. Because bearing false witness against the people smug Republican Jesus tells you to hate is the Christian thing to do! (Thanks to David Goldman.)

Little Libertarians on the Prairie — Laura Ingalls Wilder and American conservatism.

What You Can Get For The Price Of A Shutdown — In case you somehow still imagined that Republicans were the party of fiscal responsibility. Though I suppose if you still imagine that at this point in American political history, no further evidence from the reality-based world is likely to change your thinking. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Are partisan news sources polarizing Americans? — Ya think? That's the whole point of FOX News. And there simply is no center-left equivalent that consistently fans fear and resentment through deliberate, wholesale lies and misrepresentation through a partisan lens. The right assumes all non-conservative media has a liberal bias, but that's a self-valorizing lie the right tells itself because reality doesn't comply with conservative ideology, so honest reporting is rarely satisfying to conservatives.

?otD: Gonna have a good time?

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User: mcjulie
Date: 2013-10-19 17:02 (UTC)
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As a child I was a big fan of the Little House books. I perceived them as being in the category of "girl's adventure" and liked them for that reason. I also liked their very detailed portrayal of an alien way of life -- tidbits about how to run a farm and churn butter and build a cabin in the woods seemed intrinsically interesting to a suburban girl in the 1970s.

I didn't perceive them as having a political agenda per se -- I do recall a sense of the romantic ideal of the pioneer spirit of self-reliance, but even as a kid I saw that it was, in fact, a romantic ideal -- not a practical or realistic viewpoint, and certainly not something that had any particular application in my world.

Although, when I put it like that, suddenly I see the connection between Little House libertarianism and science fiction libertarianism -- the idea of a frontier being conquered by bold and adventurous individuals.
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