Fusina: I want to live in your parallel universe. This one tends to suck a lot.
Um, are there kitties in your parallel universe?
SmogMonster: There are kitties in all universes. Sometimes the same kitty is in several universes. Kitty mysterious powers, don’t ask me. But that is why they sometimes run around in the middle of the night like the house is on fire or stare intently at blank walls.
esmerelda_ogg: It’s also why one cat, weighing only a few pounds, can sound like a herd of galloping horses during those house-on-fire runs. You’re hearing all the instances of that one cat in all the universes, not just the kitty you see.
Fusina: I knew there had to be an explanation. At one point I apparently had two cats with only one iteration each, and one with lots. This explains why two of them could walk down the stairs and no one heard them, while the smallest of the three sounded like she was stomping down the stairs.
Also, yes, the galloping herd of one cat noise.
Laurent Weppe: Yeah, it must be those multiversal cats’ fault: see, my garden used to be a place where cats loved to hang out, until my dog kicked them all out in 2002: they must have retaliated by sending me to this universe.
VMink: Schroedinger’s Cat is never killed by radiation. It just chases a ball of yarn through a wormhole to another quantum world.
hummusrevolutionaryfront:'Just had my day brightened up. Big Caribbean army bloke in front of me on the DLR knitting. Old lady turns to him and says “I didn't know men could knit”. He turns to her and in his best Caribbean accent says “No ma'am, the only thing men can't do is have babies. And there's nothing women can't do.” '
DLR= Docklands Light Railway, London
knittingcountess:My kind of man!
Whatever you now find weird, ugly, uncomfortable and nasty about a new medium will surely become its signature. CD distortion, the jitteriness of digital video, the crap sound of 8-bit - all of these will be cherished and emulated as soon as they can be avoided. It’s the sound of failure: so much modern art is the sound of things going out of control, of a medium pushing to its limits and breaking apart. The distorted guitar sound is the sound of something too loud for the medium supposed to carry it. The blues singer with the cracked voice is the sound of an emotional cry too powerful for the throat that releases it. The excitement of grainy film, of bleached-out black and white, is the excitement of witnessing events too momentous for the medium assigned to record them.
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BigHank53: The world has provided us with numerous examples of what happens when religious dogma is interpreted as secular law. The term of art is “hellhole”, and most residents of modern polities would rather not live in one.
N_B: I am anxiously waiting for the failed utopian community of pastafarians. I have a picture of the overlords stuffed to the gills with gnocchi seated in front of a scaffold containing the bloody remains of the heretics who have put through the dough cutter.
Warren Terra: Not to mention the bloody conflict over whether gnocchi even are pasta, as versus dumplings.
N_B: They are pasta if the overlords say they are pasta.
rm: Right — just ignore the vast body of scientific evidence that pasta and other noodles share a common dumpling ancestor, with all that that implies for the categorization of gnocchi. I suppose you think it’s impossible to believe in the FSM and culinary science at the same time.
Malaclypse: The Sacred Writings of the Supermarket Aisle clearly state that gnocchi are pasta and not mere dumplings.
Regarding "More Hugo Award Blogging", specifically the disgusting Vox Day quote about women writing romances in space because they can’t hack physics…
Has this man never heard of Catherine Asaro? Award-winning science fiction author? Ph.D. in physics? Writes BOTH hard sci-fi AND romances in space? I’m particularly fond of The Quantum Rose - a romance story where the relationships parallel a particular phenomenon found in quantum physics.
Seriously, this “women can’t hack physics” stuff is bullshit.
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Econ 101 vs. Physics 101:
“If these people are earning that much, that must be the price the invisible hand of the market has decided they’re worth. It’s Economics 101.”
“If you’re already going almost the speed of light, and you accelerate more, you’ll go faster than the speed of light. It’s Physics 101.”
One lane open on an access ramp
And sorry I could not use the other three
One of many commuters, in place I stood
And looked down the others as far as I could
to where they joined the GWB
All four lanes that morning equally lay
in asphalt smooth, in faded black
Oh, Christie kept the three for another day!
Fort Lee’s mayor had got to pay
Decreed Christie’s crooked claque
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Trying to make it make some sense
Four lanes accessed a bridge and I,
I took the only one traveled by,
Chris Christie made all the difference
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There’s an appeal to martyrdom that the GOP contracted from the fundamentalists they recruited in the eighties. There are two ways to be like Jesus: the first one is pretty explicitly laid out in the New Testament: give everything to the poor, etc. This is hard work and not much fun. The other one is sympathetic magic: create a situation where you can claim that you are (1) on the side of God*, and (2) being persecuted for this. Instant martyr points! You have no doubt noticed that many of the “culture war” battles have been played to lose by the right, i.e. school prayer.
So now they have clearly laid out an ironclad syllogism that puts them at Jesus’ right hand, battling the inherent sinfulness of the world.
One of the very deep archetypes of human behavior states that cheating is acceptable when (1) you’re on the side of good, and (2) you’re losing. This is deeper than religion. Look at every culture’s trickster stories. Review The Three Billy Goats. Watch a few screwball teen comedies, or any movie with an underdog character.
Framing the debate in these terms grants the ‘persecuted’ person moral license to cheat. On their taxes, with the babysitter, in the election, whatever. It doesn’t matter what they do, because the alternative (for them) is that Satan** wins.
*Or von Mises, Rand, etc. **Or that 47%.
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"Why is the U.S. falling behind in life expectancy?’
What AREN’T we falling behind in these days?
Maybe the problem is that not falling behind in things, not to say leaping ahead in things, requires effort. It requires organization, planning, coordination, activist government, and a focus on national goals and the common good.
Americans used to have a taste for this sort of thing when we were a go-getter nation that wanted to be number one in everything, and expected our government to lead the way. But then we decided that all that organized effort meant that we don’t have enough FREEEEEEEEDOM! We decided de-regulated, de-governmentized, de-supervised, post-industrial, free-wheeling, financialized freedom to hustle and swindle was more important than national success in achieving national goals.
When Clinton, signing on to the Reagan Revolution, declared that the era of big government is over, he might as well have declared that the era of exemplary national progress and achievement was over.
America, why won’t you listen to conservatives?
Let’s look at the record, shall we?
When the income tax was enacted, conservatives predicted an economic catastrophe.
When the Federal Reserve was created, conservatives said that this monstrous socialization of our system of credit spelled our ruination.
When legislation was passed for the health and safety of employees at the workplace, conservatives predicted it would have a disastrous impact on our economy.
When minimum wage laws were passed, conservatives predicted economic havoc.
When labor unions were permitted, conservatives predicted it would severely hamper our capitalist system.
When child labor was prohibited, conservatives predicted dire economic consequences.
When Social Security was enacted, conservatives predicted tremendous damage to our sense of responsibility.
When unemployment insurance was introduced, conservatives predicted chaos in our labor markets.
When the GI bill was passed, conservatives predicted a lowering of educational standards.
When the Interstate highway system was constructed, conservatives predicted it would be a wasteful extravagance.
When Medicare was passed, conservatives predicted it would be a socialist catastrophe.
When consumer product safety legislation was passed, conservatives said that this unwarranted interference in the workings of the free market would have serious deleterious consequences.
When the Food and Drug Administration was formed, conservatives warned it would imperil our prosperity.
When food stamps and other public nutrition assistance programs were developed, conservatives predicted they would destroy the incentive to work.
When the Environmental Protection Agency was established, conservatives predicted it would undermine the competitiveness of the U.S. economy.
In each and every instance, conservatives have turned out to be right. The American economy has undergone staggering decline, investment and innovation have plummeted, and profitability has almost been destroyed. And from the heights achieved in the early 19th century, America has been turned into an impoverished wasteland and a byword for economic ruin.
Why, America, why didn’t you listen to conservative warnings?
If only you had, you could have had a vibrant, thriving 19th century economy, instead of the misery you now endure…
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