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[links] Link salad missed out on the apocalypse again, darn it!

In praise of … roquefortJust in time for Christmas comes news the cheese harbours anti-inflammatories that work wonders for the heart. Mmm. (Via Scrivener’s Error, among others.)

Megapiranha, Prehistoric Piranha, May Have Had Strongest Bite Ever — 1.3 meter long piranha? Wow…

Hawaiian Islands ‘dissolving from within’ — Oh noes Runa away!

The 12 Instruments of Deathmas (Fa-la-la-la-la!) — Implements of pre-anesthetic surgery. Really, don’t click through to this unless you have a strong morbid streak and a good stomach. On the other hand, if you can hack it (see what I did there?) this is pretty amazing stuff. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Boston Priest to Lead Vatican’s Oversight of Sexual Abuse ClaimsPope Benedict XVI on Saturday named a priest from Boston, the epicenter of the sexual abuse crisis in the United States, as the Vatican’s new sex crimes prosecutor. Also known as the Vatican office of “La la la I can’t hear you, and besides it’s the fault of those sultry boys and the dirty hippies”, or for short, “Suffer the little children.” I’d be a lot more impressed with the Vatican’s efforts in this regard if anyone in the Church’s senior leadership had ever taken responsibility or accepted punishment, rather than simply being transferred out of the relevant jurisdictions.

Scrivener’s Error on sociopathy and the NRA — With documentation. This.

The NRA and the positive good of maximum gunsIn short, the NRA has become a neo-Confederate movement that sees Federals as foes, and that stokes the paranoia of its followers by claiming, as LaPierre did this year, that Obama’s re-election marks “the end of our freedom forever.” That’s more or less what Fire-Eaters said about Lincoln in 1860. And alongside the dominant right wing of the Evangelical movement, the NRA is pretty much the face of evil in mainstream America today.

Random Thoughts on the Ramblings of a Mad Man — Steve Buchheit says a lot of what I would have said (if my brain weren’t so fogged by illness) about the moral depravity and political insanity of Wayne LaPirere and the NRA as evidenced by Friday’s press conference. Yes, I have a bias here. My bias is people should be safe to live in peace.

U.S. Shooting Deaths Since Sandy Hook Top 100 — Your gun rights have cost 100 more lives since Sandy Hook. I sure hope you feel safer, because I sure as hell don’t.

?otD: Everyone still here?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 11.5 hours (10.5 hours solid, 1.0 hour napping)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (30 minutes on the stationary bike)
Weight: 212.2
Number of FEMA troops on my block confiscating firearms and shutting down the Internet: 0
Currently reading: The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks

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[links] Link salad knows that ain’t ain’t a word ’cause ain’t ain’t in the dictionary

Oregon passed ballot measure to copy edit state constitution — On copy editors and Constitutions. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Andy Serkis: The actor inside a character’s skin

The Keep Calm-O-Matic — For all your icon and avatar generating needs. (Snurched from the Velveteen Rabbi.)

Sworn Virgins: Intimate Photos of Women Living as Men in the Balkans — Interesting gender constructs from an almost vanished era. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Ladies Dressed as Appliances — Because reasons!

Hono­lulu after Pearl Harbor: A report published for the first time, 71 years later — (Via my Dad and my brother.)

Can you start the baby on soda too early? — It scares the hell out of me that anybody, ever thought this was a good idea. Also, the ad copy is hilarious is a dark way.

End-of-Year Follies (Again)Scrivener’s Error on, among other things, the Supreme Court’s recent decision to review both the DOMA and Proposition 8 cases. He makes an interesting point that would have completely escaped me as a non-attorney.

Strong opinions on climate change are self-reinforcingDon’t believe it’s real? You won’t see local effects. As George Banks said in Mary Poppins, “Kindly do not attempt to cloud the issue with facts.” Which is pretty much the motto of the conservative movement these days, sadly for both them and the rest of us. Unfortunately, while its point is interesting, this article makes the far too common journalistic mistake of false equivalency, in attempting to appear balanced on a factual issue where there simply is no balance.

‘Barack the Destroyer’: Bryan Fischer’s Grand Unified Theory of Obama — See. This is why the reality-based community thinks conservatives are crazy. Bryan Fischer is a major figure in a major conservative organization saying things that would embarrass a strung-out bus stop mumbler with their batshit, wall-eyed insanity. And millions of his fellow conservatives believe him. There simply is no liberal-progressive equivalent of this kind of widespread conservative paranoid lunacy.

Republican Staffer Khanna Axed Over Copyright Memo — This how conservative epistemic closure is perpetuated at the policy level. A GOP staffer writers a memo analyzing an internal conflict between Republican positions on free market ideals and copyright law. Instead of responding to the critique or reconsidering conservative positions on the issue, the staffer is fired at the request of upset GOP officials. This is not the response of a political party interested in evidence-based reality. This is the response of denialist ideologues. At least Republican are consistent. Conservatism cannot fail you, only you can fail conservatism. (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

GOP’s politics unraveling before our eyesAs it approaches its rendezvous with the fiscal cliff, the Republican Party in Washington shows all the signs of a national nervous breakdown. I must confess that a lot of my schadenfreude in observing Republican disarray is colored by the unbearably smug Republican triumphalism we all had to endure during the heady days of the Permanent Majority. (Or as I like to call it, the Dozen Year Reich.) Which pretty much left me with a permanent bad taste in my mouth for the character of conservatives and their discourse. How’d that work out for you, Karl?

Arithmetic on Taxes Shows Top Rate Is Just a Starting Point — Yep. And budget math has never been the GOP’s strong point. Not with actual, you know, numbers. They got addicted to fantasy math as a result of the supply side economics fairy and Bush era spending sprees. As Paul Ryan said, it’s too complicated. Not only to explain, but to even perform. But then actual arithmetic is much like “facts” and “data”, it almost never favors the conservative view, and therefore can be disregarded.

?otD: Descriptivist or prescriptivist?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 9.5 hours (very fitful)
Body movement: 0.5 hours stationary bike ride
Weight: 215.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block dissolving traditional marriages and plastering OBAMA bumper stickers on SUVs: 0
Currently reading: The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks

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[personal] Another day flows past

Worked my usual Day Jobbe schedule yesterday. Spent 2.5 hours editing Kalimpura. Helped [info]the_child finish her draft of her school report on Nigeria.

Today, she has a lacrosse game, then she’s singing in the choir at the memorial service for her friend’s mother. I had to think pretty hard about whether I would attend that service myself. I finally reluctantly decided that it would be too difficult for me emotionally. Not an easy decision. Not at all.

Instead I’m going to have lunch with my parents, then pack for my trips to Las Vegas for work (Sunday through Wednesday) and Kauai with [info]the_child (Thursday through Sunday). I’m flexible for dinner in Las Vegas Monday night, while [info]the_child and I are available Thursday and Saturday nights in Kauai, if anyone there is interested in meeting up.

The following week, cancer follies begin in earnest. For now, I am living my life.

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[photos] Your Saturday moment of zen

Your Saturday moment of zen.

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Me in Hawaii. Note the styling cell phone and the hair and glasses. Photo by my mom. © 1991, 2010 J.A.K. Lake.

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[photos] Your Sunday moment of zen

Your Sunday moment of zen.


Me in 1971, probably Hawaii. © 1971, 2009 J.A.K. Lake

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