[links] Link salad with your morning brew

Austen’s alleged failings in style and grammar: we need examplesLanguage Log with a painful story about academic analysis of literature. Or not.

Cthulhu Mythos, As Imagined By Kids — (Via a mailing list I am on.)

Moon Crater Contains Usable Water, NASA Says…wetter than the Sahara (Thanks to Dad.)

Bucket wheel excavator — Not sure why APOD is running this photo, but it’s pretty cool. Reminds me of the big drag-line excavators they used in Nigeria when I was a kid.

The Shield from Reality — Anthroslug pins down the conservative mindset in a nutshell. (Via lt260.)

What If “The Biggest Tent” Falls Short? Worse For Republicans, What If It Succeeds? — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison on GOP fortunes in the upcoming elections. I was particularly struck by this line in his closing paragraph: If Republicans do manage to eke out a House majority, the electorate won’t have provided them with even the illusion of a mandate So what? Republicans always govern as if they have a mandate, regardless of the electoral reality. Viz Bush after the 2000 election. That, in a sense, is what the unnamed senior Bush aide meant by the “we create our own reality” comment. Projecting the appearance of strength is often convincing, a lesson the Democrats have either never learned or forget repeatedly. In politics, perception is everything.

George W. Bush Says His “Biggest Accomplishment” Was Keeping Us “Safe” — Uh. Yeah. Coz 9-11 and Katrina happened on Clinton’s watch. Or maybe Obama’s. Yeah.

Eight False Things The Public “Knows” Prior To Election Day — This, in a nutshell, is why I think the Tea Party is so patently either a gang of wilful idiots or conservative racists. Almost everything they’re so angry at the black Democratic president about is a result of Bush’s policies — the trillion dollar deficit, the bank bailouts, the wars overseas. Yet not a peep out of those guys back when these now thoroghly despised decisions were being made and implemented by a white Republican. The things on their shit list that Obama has done — HCR, changes in the tax code, the economic stimulus — the Tea Party is simply wrong about on the face of the plain facts. Today’s Doonesbury on the closely related issue of alleged Republican spending cuts.

?otD: Joan or Vernor?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (medical distraction)
Body movement: suburban walking to come
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
This morning’s weigh-in: 243.8
Yesterday’s chemo/post-op stress index: 4/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy, emotional distress)
Currently reading: I Wonder by Marian Bantjes

3 thoughts on “[links] Link salad with your morning brew

  1. Cora says:

    Regarding the Jane Austen link, it seems that this is yet another attempt to deny or dilute the authorship of a female writer. Joanna Russ already described this tactic in How to Suppress Women’s Writing and it’s still in full swing. Aside from Austen (her editor did most of the work), recent victims include Mary Shelley (Percy and Byron did most of the work) and Louisa May Alcott (her Dad did most of the work).

  2. Vernor, only because I hate to admit it, but I haven’t read Joan. I liked Vernor’s Zones of Thought books very much.

    As for the Shield from Reality, I’ve seen that mindset at work in equal amounts on both the Left and the Right. Granted, the host is Left, so he sees the Right’s shield-mind more easily than the Left’s. But the Left’s does exist. We’ve seen just such a thing boil over in SF several times the last two years. Those who fail to acknowledge the “ism” are obviously “ists!” And so forth.

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