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10th-Jan-2011 08:35 am
Over my shoulder - Yendi
Happy birthday to jaded_dreamer!

State of the 'Song
Oh, body, why have you fallen in love with 4 AM? What can I do to end this torrid affair? *yawn*

Gabrielle Giffords
I still don't have words for this tragedy that are not 90% profanity. Just. I'm not surprised, and you shouldn't be surprised either. Not with political discourse the way it is in this country, especially from the far-right-wing sociopaths. Dear right wing: When you tell your fans "don't retreat, reload", hold rallies at firing ranges, and post pictures of your political opponents with rifle sights over their faces, this is what happens.

Dear Writerbrain
I am not going to write the biopunk horror/redemption story you just dumped into my brain in response to a casual Gchat comment. Not right now. Stop that.

Is what I am actually going to write (probably with bits of Jessa's story as a unicorn chaser). Cicatrix is scary. Just in the stuff that fell out of my head during Blogathon, I see a lot of stuff I've been dancing away from exploring. Add to that the balancing act of the importance of doing this right and speaking my nakedest truth. But. Gotta do it. I work 1-5 today, so I have some actual writing time.

Link Soup: TRIGGER WARNING Edition
No, seriously, trigger warnings on this whole section.
* The Agonizing Last Words of Bill Zeller, programmer and rape survivor. This is a tough read, but an important one. I'll be posting thinky thoughts about it on the BARCC blog this week.
* Sady and Cara on their own experiences with rape.
* Naomi Wolf really is just trolling at this point.

Link Soup: Daily Science Edition
* Birds might actually be using quantum mechanics to find their way through the skies.
* Dwarf galaxy harbors supermassive black hole.
* Link between signaling molecules could point way to therapies for epilepsy, stroke, other diseases.

Writing til I have to leave for work! Work 1-5, then Peer Supe.
10th-Jan-2011 01:58 pm (UTC)
Naomi Wolf makes my head HURT.
10th-Jan-2011 02:20 pm (UTC)
*confused* Last I read, the shooter was into Communism and there was no evidence at all that he read anything Palin wrote, or that he'd want to?

All I'm saying is that lots of people are jumping to conclusions about what caused this, but the political rhetoric is inflammatory on both sides of the aisle. Let's blame the right people: that would be all our politicians and media, who are trying to create this divisive environment.
10th-Jan-2011 05:00 pm (UTC)

OK, this is NOT an attack on you or your sources; you're fine.
But here's a little more info.

Quoting from a Wiki article that may be deleted, but referenced his Youtube account:
He held a YouTube account under the name "ClassItUp10".[7][8][9] Loughner's YouTube profile stated among other things that some of his favorite books were Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf, Ayn Rand's We the Living, Plato's Republic and Karl Marx's and Friedrich Engels' Communist Manifesto. One video told viewers that they "don't have to accept the federalist laws," called for a return to the gold standard, and accused the government of mind-controlling and brainwashing the citizenry.[3][9]

If we use his Youtube preferences to say that he was into Communism, then we must also say that he was a Libertarian, and a Nazi. That is, unless we want to cut and parse the truth to meet an agenda on talk radio or what have you. I suspect that he was, instead, a wingnut with a gun (mind, I like both the first and second amendments, but I fully support ridiculing any lamer who does stupid and inhuman things like this). :(
10th-Jan-2011 02:25 pm (UTC)
I am shocked and startled and saddened by the death of Bill Zeller, but I'm somehow glad I read his suicide note. (Disturbingly, I am now wondering about my own reasons for being a programmer, going to grad school, and so on.)
10th-Jan-2011 05:03 pm (UTC)

Dear right wing: When you tell your fans "don't retreat, reload", hold rallies at firing ranges, and post pictures of your political opponents with rifle sights over their faces, this is what happens.

As you may have long ago guessed, no credit will be taken by right wing extremists (and maybe a few of the old "leftist" anarchists might have done the same, but most of them were more honest, and date to either a half-century or more than a century ago). Instead, they will try to make those who point this out feel ashamed for doing so. Talk about the emperor's new clothes... :(
10th-Jan-2011 07:04 pm (UTC)
"post pictures of your political opponents with rifle sights over their faces"

Who is accused of posting such a picture, and what evidence is there?

Palin posted a map with crosshairs over certain districts, not faces. A list of names was below, but no crosshairs on the list.

13th-Jan-2011 02:00 pm (UTC)
What?! 4 am is two-timing me? Oh yeah, different timezone so a different 4 am. ;-p

Seriously, I have always worked best at night be it knitting, programming, writing - my brain just works best at night for some reason.

/agree with marnanel
Me too.

Also, Sady and Cara's posts have made me think hard about my background/past. Sobering thoughts.

Edited at 2011-01-13 02:04 pm (UTC)
22nd-Jan-2011 10:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I wouldn't have known about Bill Zeller. Poor guy.

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