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Don’t forget the name Jay’s tumors poll.

Man behind bars 2 years after judge orders releaseDaniel Larsen was found ‘actually innocent’ of carrying a concealed knife, but the attorney general’s appeal is keeping him in prison, claiming that he missed a key deadline. Feel safer now? What if this was you trapped in prison because someone else missed a paperwork deadline? Tough on crime makes for a great campaign soundbite, but the nuances ruin people’s lives. Too bad half the American voting population doesn’t do nuance.

Charles Negy, Professor, Says Students Showed ‘Religious Arrogance And Bigotry’ In A Letter Later Posted On Reddit — Interesting read. (Thanks to [info]controuble.)

The CheckpointTerror, Power, and Cruelty. An IDF soldier on working a Palestinian checkpoint. (Thanks to David Goldman.)

In Congress’s Paralysis, a Mightier Supreme Court — Which fits in well with the Right’s anti-government agenda, given the conservative loons now in control of the Supreme Court. (Thanks to Dad.)

Todd Akin’s comment brings ‘war on women’ back to prominenceAt least until Election Day, Republicans were supposed to pretend that their party’s alleged “war on women” was nothing but a paranoid fantasy stoked by desperate Democrats. Obviously, Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) didn’t get the memo. Yep. This. Which is why I’m quite surprised by all the crocodile tears from the GOP over Akin simply stating what the party has been pushing for years.

Republican Party approves strict anti-abortion platform, earning rebuke from Scott Brown — Despite all the mock outrage from the GOP, Akin really was just speaking the Republican mind. What Romney et al are horrified about isn’t what he said, it’s that he said it so plainly that some swing voters might actually notice what’s really going on in their long term assault on women’s health and reproductive freedoms.

Todd Akin Fallout: Rape, Abortion and the Dark History of Qualifying Violence Against WomenThe “forcible rape” canard has been around for a while. The problem is in trying to police the kind of trauma that merits the right to an abortion.

One little adjectiveLanguage Log (of all places) with some good detail on Akin’s position on rape. And remember, per the party platform just adopted, his remarks represent the core GOP view of the issue. Akin’s mistake was in being a little too honest, instead of using the usual conservative code talking to permit plausible deniability of their real intentions. Slacktivist Fred Clark extensively documents how mainstream Akins’ views are within the GOP.

Soledad O’Brien tries to get Christine O’Donnell to define the word ‘Marxist’ — Your Liberal Media actually does its job for once, and calls out a conservative on their lies. Good luck keeping that job, Soledad. (Via [info]scarlettina.)

Are ‘Swift Boat’ attacks on Obama bogus? — By definition. ‘Swift Boat’ attacks are knowing lies and character assassination. Imagining them to be genuine is like imagining the Tea Party to be a politically independent, grass roots movement.

Hurricane Isaac may Threaten RNC convention of Climate-Change Deniers in TampaSo, it is at least a little ironic that the largest convention of professional climate change deniers in the world should be menaced by an extreme weather event. Nature is not impressed by Big Oil lobbying dollars.

Hank Williams Jr. calls Obama a Muslim who ‘hates the U.S.’ at Iowa concert — Because when you’re a conservative, evidence-based reality takes a distant back seat to good old “Real American” hate.

In Praise of Fact-Checkers — Ta-Nehisi Coates on Newsweek and Niall Ferguson’s blatant dishonesty there. Oddly enough, Ferguson was arguing a conservative perspective when he lied in Your Liberal Media. This is why Sarah Palin’s “Real Americans” vote Republican: because of the lack of ethics among liberals.

We Are Two Countries Now. It’s the Space Between That’s Scary. There Are Guns There. And No Laws. — Speaking of conservatives deliberately isolated from reality. Charles Pierce with a long, fascinating essay.

The convenient untruth of GOP lies on abortion, climate change, tax cuts, and vote fraud Common wisdom on the left is that Mitt Romney has decided to lie his way to the Presidency. But there is another explanation, one that is much worse: Romney may actually think he is telling the truth. Ideologues don’t live in the same world as the rest of us. If the facts don’t fit the ideology, then the problem must be with the facts, as the ideology can never ever be wrong. This is precisely what lies behind the wholesale conservative rejection of the reality-based community. Thirty years of cynically deliberate cultivation of counterfactuals in pursuit of the loyalty of the GOP base has produced a culture of anti-intellectualism that will someday be seen as breathtakingly dangerous and wrong-headed in historical terms.

Will anyone say “Mormon” at the Republican convention?

Prime Time for Paul Ryan’s Guru (the One That’s Not Ayn Rand) — Ah, Hayek. (Thanks to Dad.)

?otD: When’s day?


8/22/2012
Writing time yesterday: 0.75 hours (WRPA)
Body movement: 60 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 5.75 (solid)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: Heartland by Mark Teppo

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[cancer|polls] Various updates, plus help Jay name his three tumors

Tough day yesterday. I had a long talk with my parents about mortality, disease progression and my specific fears mostly around finances and lifestyle for [info]the_child. They were quite supportive.

Also had a number of difficult interactions with [info]the_child, who continues very stressed in all the obvious and expected ways. She’s a great kid and a magnificent human being, and she is carrying such a load right now, generally with a lot more grace than I could have managed at her age. I am so grateful to all the friends and family who are supporting her.

On the fun and funny side, my parents got together with a number of my friends and family to buy me a new recliner. This came about because we discovered last week that my old recliner had broken springs which could not easily be repaired. At the time, I commented that if I had the money, I’d buy a well-built La-Z-Boy or some such. Quite literally under my nose they organized this group campaign to supply me with a good quality substitute. We went to the showroom late yesterday afternoon and bought a powered recliner with lift assist — as I said at the time, the chair will drive healthy me a little nuts, but it will be a huge benefit to sick me. And to be blunt, sick me in the ascendancy now.

In other news, I’ve decided to name my three tumors. They have become very important citizens of my body, and achieved an outsized significance in my life. So I need a way to talk about those three little bastards.

I have been collecting suggestions in comments [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]. Now I’ve made a poll with a list filtered from the suggestions, based solely on the criterion of what I liked or found amusing. Help me decide! Drop in on the poll and click a favorite.

Do good, be well, and hug someone you love.

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[food] The One True Girl Scout Cookie

Hard on the heels of the recent Pop-Tart fracas, the question of the One True Girl Scout Cookie has arisen, whilst on a recent hiking trip. Disagreements were expounded. Hard words were said. Faces were turned away.

Once again, the mighty power of the Internets must be invoked to deal with a critical question of our times. What is the One True Girl Scout Cookie?

The poll is here.

Once the poll has run for a few days, I’ll make a post tallying up the results, and also revealing which Girl Scout cookie I personally favor.

Mmm, Girl Scout cookies.

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[polls|food] The One True Pop-Tart poll results

Last night at 9:23 pm Pacific, I declared the One True Pop-Tart poll to be over. I left the poll open in case anyone else wants to drop by, but here is the winning screen shot:

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Frosted Brown Sugar and Cinnamon wins by a nosehair over Frosted Strawberry, 97 votes to 93, with a total of 254 votes cast.

I do believe this was my post popular poll ever. Jersey Girl in Portland and I will have to review the comments to identify our favorites, and determine an appropriate prize. My thanks to everyone who participated.

As for the original issue? I am pleased to say that my pick prevailed, as I am a Frosted Brown Sugar and Cinnamon aficionado. Jersey Girl in Portland favors that strawberry crap. Though in all fairness, it was pretty much a dead heat throughout the life of the poll.

Clearly we are a nation divided.

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[links] Link salad knows there will be phantoms and fires by the road

If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to vote in the One True Pop-Tart poll — Feel free to boost the signal on this one. I’ll close it in another couple of days.

I will be your dancing monkey, hat on the table. — Scott Lynch is helping people.

Parents can inflict emotional harm, not realize itParents and other caregivers who demean, bully, humiliate or otherwise emotionally abuse children may not know the harm they can cause and often do not get the help that they and their children need, says a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The fact that some reporter felt it necessary to write that lede makes me cringe, both as a parent and as a human being.

Steam powered USB drive — This made me laugh. Both cool and funny. (Thanks to David E. Vincent.)

Fire Tennis — The Slo Mo guys play around… (Thanks to [info]willyumtx.)

Vanishing VoicesNational Geographic with a photo essay on language loss.

Microbial Life In An Undersea Volcano, New Limits Of Life Defined — Mmm, extremophiles.

NASA releases low-res video of Mars rover descent — I think this is about two frames per second. Pretty cool stuff.

Curiosity update: Heat shield spotted! — In case you missed it, this is darned cool as well.

Obedience on the Job — Interesting squib about workplace relations.

US precipitation trends to drain 7 million jobs by 2050 — Nothing to see here, citizen. Move along. Don’t mind those lying climate change scientists in their government Ferraris.

Climate change is here — and worse than we thought — There goes that pesky reality again, interfering with the conservative narrative.

White Terrorism at Oak Creek: The Paranoid Style in American Violence — Remember just a few years ago when conservative outrage forced the Department of Homeland Security to withdraw a report on right wing terrorism in the United States? Yeah, neither does anyone else. Including Your Liberal Media. Because Real Americans with guns aren’t terrorists. Or something.

O’Connor: Declining approval for high court a ‘disappointment’Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor called the declining public approval of the high court a “great disappointment” and suggested the ruling in Bush v. Gore may have sparked the public’s loss of faith in the judicial branch. Ya think? Bush v. Gore, that travesty which you voted for, Madame Justice? Maybe if you’d been a little less nakedly partisan and little more focused on Constitutional jurisprudence back then, the Supreme Court wouldn’t have quite the black eye it does now.

Dick Cheney clarifies criticism of Sarah Palin: Process was a mistake — What I find hilarious about this article is the quote from Palin defending herself, near the top of the piece. It’s classic Palin word salad: barely intelligible, defensive and resentful. A brilliant way to confirm Cheney’s original point even while reporting on his FOX News apology tour.

Harry Reid’s Master Plan — Ta-Nehisi Coates on Harry Reid and Mitt Romney.

Why Romney and the Rich Will Never Really Get It[W]ealth and status decrease our feelings of compassion for others.

?otD: Have you seen the future?


8/7/2012
Writing time yesterday: 1.75 hours (WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.75 (solid)
Weight: 236.0
Currently reading: The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems by Henry Petroski; Near + Far by Cat Rambo

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[links] Link salad comes home from Mars

The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 141): Cherie Priest, Jay Lake, Gail Carriger, Paul Di Fillipo, Phillipa Ballantine and Tee Morris Talk Steampunk

The Rule of Names — Aliette de Bodard on the perils of cross-cultural naming. (Snurched from Cora Buhlert.)

Pop Tarts: Which flavor Reigns Supreme?Jersey Girl in Portland with her own comments on the Pop-Tart issue. [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] See also The Pop Tarts World Store, courtesy of [info]danjite.

First Driving Lesson — A video from yesterday’s Washington and Oregon coast ramble. Shot by me on my iPhone, produced by Waterloo Productions. Hahahah.

Howl’s Moving Castle in Shockingly Good Papercraft Form — This is pretty neat. (Thanks to [info]willyumtx.)

Cats, whales and empty seats: The best nonhuman Twitter feeds

NASA rover Curiosity makes historic Mars landing, beams back photos — Just in case you somehow missed this…

SMBC on the gay force that holds the universe together — Hahaha. Especially check out the mouseover text.

Fred Phelps: Why it is not possible to believe that you ate Chick-fil-A because of ‘freedom of speech’Slacktivist Fred Clark is once again delightfully snarky.

Voting Rights and Reproductive Rights for Artificial Intelligences[info]ericjamesstone is both funny and interesting with a very SFnal question and accompanying thought experiment.

Rick Warren and the “Finer Points of Christology” — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison on religion and the GOP. I generally have a lot of respect for what he has to say, but in this case, I think he gets it flat wrong in dismissing the theocratic underpinnings of the current Republican coalition on the basis of the McCain and Romney nominations. Probably because Larison’s own deeply religious perspective makes it difficult for him to acknowledge the depths to which the GOP has sunk in this respect.

?otD: Got Curiosity?


8/6/2012
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (day off)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 5.0 (fitful)
Weight: 237.2
Currently reading: The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems by Henry Petroski

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[food] The one true Pop-Tart

Jersey Girl in Portland and I were recently discussing the fact that she had made Pop-Tarts at home. Not toasted the store-bought kind, but actually fabricated her own toaster pastries from scratch.

I offered the observation that there was only one true Pop-Tart flavor, of which all others were pallid imitations and ersatz pretenders to the breakfast throne.

She agreed whole-heartedly.

I named the flavor in question.

She demurred with some vehemence.

An argument ensued. I believe at one point, I actually said, “One Pop-Tart to rule them all, One Pop-Tart to find them, One Pop-Tart to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.”

Forthwith, she and I have agreed to lay aside our mortal dispute and ask the readers of this blog to vote on the one true Pop-Tart flavor. Your input in comments is appreciated as well. There may be prizes.

The poll is here.

Once the poll has run for a few days, I’ll make a post tallying up the results, and also revealing which flavor I personally favored, and which pretender to the Pop-Tart throne that Jersey Girl in Portland mistakenly supports.

Mmm, Pop-Tarts.

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The original Pop-Tart post that sparked this poll can be found here: [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

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