Though I saw it all around
Never thought I could be affected
Thought that we'd be the last to go
It is so strange the way things turn

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Linkee-poo takes a flying leap

Still trying to catch up with things. So much to do and only so many hours to do it in.

For every action, there is an opposite and equal(?) reaction. In response to Amazon throwing an 800lb gorilla tantrum removing ebooks distributed by IPG, SFWA is redirecting their "buy this book" links to other vendors when possible. Wasn't it about this time a year or two ago that we did this with Houghton Mifflin books? Not to mention I missed where B&N dissed Amazon Publishing titles.

In case you missed the Monday Night Daily Show, here's the best part. Although the Neil DeGrasse Tyson interview was also a hoot.

Well, that didn't work out so well, did it? Lots of establishment GOPers are crying in their beers over how their revamped primary process has been going. I guess they forgot that their own party played by different rules than the progressives do. See, the Obama/Clinton primary was also played against a GOP primary. But you might remember that while the primary was contentious and had some hard hitting ads, it wasn't a content to see who could be the most bat-shit insane on social issues, or whom was the most pure. IIRC, it was mostly about who can you trust to run the country. There was an exchange of ideas. The GOP thought, "Hey, we can do that, too," but now they begin to realize that conservative politics in this day and age ain't about ideas. It's about who can run the farthest to the right. This is the bed you made, conservatives. Now you need to lay in it. If you think things are bad now, just wait until the contested nomination convention when even more people will be watching.

The slactivist on the evolution of what the Bible says on conception and abortion. So what's the difference between 1971 and 2012? Well, all those women got liberated during the 70s, 'natch. But there's the drumbeat of "We have always been at war with Eastasia." Also, let's not forget that in the early 80's, after accomplishing their goal of making sure Bob Jones University didn't lose its tax exempt status (with the election of Ronald Reagan) the evangelical leaders, fearful of losing their newly gained political power as the faithful went back to their lives, chose abortion as the next great crusade. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Everybody is a conservative, shouting, "Drill, baby, drill" with the best of them. until it's your land they're doing it on. When I loaded that article, the ads were from the Oil & Natural Gas Industry about how it'll be the safest pipeline EVAR! and that jobs can't wait. You got that right. You get a month to accept their offer or they're just going to take you land. And the last two paragraphs are priceless.

A somewhat interesting squibb on advertising. I'm not sure all that that Banksy is railing about, but I suggest they first research Fair Use, specifically for parody and commentary. That doesn't mean you can steal from advertising (it's protected under the various copyright and trademark laws), but you can appropriate images to create a parody, or something that can be defined as "social commentary." You can also incorporate items into "art" (as long as it isn't "commercial art"). Then they need to look up Public Square, or shared spaces. Sorry, no one person controls all the public space, and people do own walls and other surfaces. There's been some specious commercial victories lately that have removed some of the "public" from "public space." But it's not as bad as what has been done to Commercial Speech (which advertising used to fall under). Every time I hear of an advertiser (or more than likely, corporation) suing under Free Speech I just cringe. No, fucktards, it's Commercial Speech and it isn't protected speech (or at least that's the way it was, now a days, I don't even know where the line is because of all the court cases decided by activist conservative judges - see Citizens United for an example). Actually, while I agree with the sentiment of Bansky (Christ on a pogo-stick, do we really need to cover every surface with advertising? And can we stop with the "My girlfriend is better" crap already?), I disagree with the sense of entitlement that pervades the rant. (Grokked from Paolo Bacigalupi)

Santorum is wrong about religion and college? Well slather me in honey and call me biscuits. Actually, what he's really upset is as people learn more about the world, they tend not to be conservative in their outlook. So his brand of politics, where he makes his money, is in jeopardy. But he'll never admit to that in public. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

The lunatic fringe is now after Toy-R-Us because they're selling the Life with Archie comic that features a gay couple on the front. Yes, if kids see this image, they might grow up with the wrong ideas that gay people are human, deserve to be as happy as the rest of us, oh and serve in the military. Can't have that in their impressionable little minds before we instill their parent's hatred and fears. Because even if they're our heros who save our lives we need to kick their gay asses out of our company once we know they're gay. Because if they're not around we can stick our fingers in our ears and "Lalalala" all the way to happiness in Mother's Little Helper. (Grokked from Tobias Buckell)

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