[links] Link salad believes that Green is more than a color

The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 151): Interview with Author Jay Lake — They interviewed me at Worldcon.

Jay Lake, “Hnacie pero” (2007) — A review of Mainspring. I’m not sure of the language. Romanian or Hungarian, possibly.

With a Nasal Drawl — A discussion about writing about language. (Found at Language Log.)

Sturgeon’s Law — Hahahaha! (Snurched from @jackwilliambell.)

Vintage Tin Toys

Elephant, Ranger Protections Endorsed—But Do They Have Teeth? — Warning, triggery photographs.

Woolly Mammoth Tracks Prove Beasts Once Roamed Oregon

We’ll have to get used to this idea — Roger Ebert with a somewhat lateral take on vegetarianism.

The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife and Sacred History from Judaism to Islam

Some Religious Leaders See a Threat as Europe Grows More Secular — I can only see deprivileging religion as a good thing, personally. Not delegitimization, just deprivileging.

Researchers track evolution through snapshots of 40,000 generationsThe experiment, bane of Conservapedians, traces evolution to the DNA level.

Looking down on the snow of Kilimanjaro The ice is receding, and it’s expected the volcano will be ice-free in as little as ten years. While the recession has been going on for a century now, the past couple of decades have seen phenomenal acceleration in ice loss. It’s amazing, the lengths liberals will go to to perpetrate their global warming scam. Even to removing tons of snow from an African volcano. Good thing we have the GOP to tell us the truth, despite our lying eyes.

Chick-fil-A to stop giving money to ‘anti-gay organizations,’ according to reports — I am rather suspicious of this story, especially given the transparently disingenuous statement from the company at the end of the article, but I am cautiously optimistic.

A Brief Black Liberal Rant — Ta-Nehisi Coates is, as usual, interesting.

One More Reason to Distrust Romney — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison on R. Money’s ongoing campaign woes.

Mitt Romney pulled up from his bootstraps: ‘I have inherited nothing.’ — The lack of self-awareness inherent in privilege is stunning.

What Mitt Romney Doesn’t Get About Responsibility — A devastating critique of the idiocy of the worldview from Romney’s money tower.

Romney Taking Hits in Republican Party as Polls Show Obama Edge — WHat astonishes me is that through my political lifetime, the GOP have been absolute masters at messaging and party discipline. Did the Bush administration wreck the Republican party as badly as it wrecked the country as a whole?

Mitt Romney says half of Americans are immoral parasites who think they’re ‘victims’Slacktivist Fred Clark with a terrific rundown of solid links on Romney’s inadvertent moment of conservative honesty.

Mitt is down; out looms next — The country can only hope.

?otD: Would you go to Kalimpura?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (2,000 new words on a Green novelette)
Body movement: 60 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 5.0 (fitful)
Weight: 238.2
Currently reading: Heartland by Mark Teppo

One thought on “[links] Link salad believes that Green is more than a color

  1. Cora says:

    The review is in Romanian. Hungarian looks completely different and is not even remotely related.

    About the circumcision issue, I am very strongly opposed to circumcision for any other than urgent medical reasons (and the circumcisions routinely performed on newborn boys in the US are not carried out for urgent medical reasons). And while I have no problem with anybody exercising their religion, exercising your religion does not give you the right to mutilate the genitals of children too young to consent. Just as your religion does not give you the right to withhold lifesaving treatments from your child (and German courts have no problem revoking custody in such cases). Religious freedom ends where it violates the laws and the rights of others. Never mind that no one cares about the religious freedom of the children who may want to leave or change their religion, when they get older and would prefer to live without a permanent reminder of their parents’ religion.

    In retrospect the circumcision debate in Germany could have been handled better. Rather than putting all the responsibility on the courts, politicians should have met with Jewish and Muslim leaders and tried to find a solution satisfactory to all, e.g. that circumcisions carried out only when the child is old enough to consent (The age of religious consent in Germany is 14). But I’m totally behind the principle of the court decision and disappointed that our politicians chickened out of banning the practice for fear of being labeled anti-semitic (because let’s face it, no one cares about what the Muslims think). But to many people worldwide, Germans are considered to be anti-semites by default, no matter what we do.

    Now I am not religious and am probably the least spiritual person alive and I freely admit that I never really understood the purpose of religion even back when I was still formally a member of the Lutheran church. But most of the Jewish and Muslim commentators who declare that they cannot possibly practice their religion, when not allowed to circumcise their sons, don’t adhere to many other commandments of their faith, many are obviously liberal. The rabbi from the article could be a exception, since he seems to be orthodox, but liberal Jews or Muslims have no problems ignoring plenty of other commandments, so why should circumcision be sacrosanct?

    Besides, I actually think that religion, at least as long as it’s Catholicism, Lutheran Protestantism, Judaism and to some degree Islam, is still way too privileged in Germany. Particular the Catholic and Lutheran church has a lot of political influence and sits on ethic committees on all sorts of medical and biotech issues (abortion, stem cell research, fetal gene tests). The church also uses its influence to keep shops closed on Sundays and to ban all sorts of things such as concerts, dancing, fairgrounds, etc… on Good Friday and a couple of other religious holidays (and there are always complaints when there is a horror film on TV on a religious holiday). So IMO we’re not secular enough yet – and I’m not one of those arsehole atheists and skeptics who flat-out hate anything religious.

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