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10 April 2013 @ 01:01 pm
Lasers, bird flu, and the Confederate flag  
SOME NEWS:
* "Cutting Social Security is the wrong solution to a problem that doesn't exist."
* Parsing the president's budget proposal to reveal his priorities.
* Daily Kos has an amusing guide to the conservative movement.
* What you need to know about the latest bird flu breakout.
* "This will indeed be the first, real world deployment of a directed energy weapon."
* Good reads on the Brad Paisley controversy: Miguel Centellas on why the Confederate flag is offensive. Ta-Nehisi Coates on the problematic assumptions in the song. Eric Weisbard on white southern musical identity.
* Nice! Zen Pencils gives Jack London a superhero twist. Commentary is well worth it, too.

 
 
 
squishydishsquishydish on April 10th, 2013 08:01 pm (UTC)
I liked the comic, and I liked the text twist at the end even more.
I've read a biography of Jack London, and although the writer seemed sympathetic to London, I was rather disliking London by the end. But I can see how some of the apparent flaws that made him annoying to me (uproarious, generous to a FAULT) would make for a great, complex superhero character.
Selkiselki on April 11th, 2013 12:58 am (UTC)
London Calling
I remember reading *White Fang* and *The Call of the Wild* and thinking they were both good. I'm pretty sure I've read *To Build A Fire*. I haven't read *The Sea Wolf*, or any London bios, the latter of which sounds just as well.
PMMJ: Slytherincheetahmaster on April 11th, 2013 01:06 pm (UTC)
Re: London Calling
Yeah, I don't think I've read anything by him since high school.
Selkiselki on April 11th, 2013 01:12 am (UTC)
I cracked up at the "Wolverines!" at the intersection of Guns and Paleooon on that chart guide to conservatism.
PMMJ: Fight!cheetahmaster on April 11th, 2013 01:05 pm (UTC)
One of my more revealing encounters in the recent past was talking with someone else who works at my company in the break room. He seemed like an otherwise average co-worker, but when the topic of guns came up, he explained how he felt it was important to own firearms to help fend off the upcoming UN-led takeover of America that would lead to a one-world totalitarian government. Like, this is what he rationally thought was the logical conclusion of firearms registration. I found a way to excuse myself from the conversation before things got worse.