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¡Número Especial de Fin de Año de Asimov’s! — A positive Spanish language review of my recent Asimov’s novella, “The Stars Do Not Lie”.

Author D&D Video Now Available! — From Epic ConFusion. In which I played a minor and transient role. (I don’t actually appear in the video itself to the best of my knowledge.)

‘Talking’ elephant can parrot Korean words — And more here from Language Log. (Via David Goldman, in part.)

Male DNA in Female Brains Revisited — Microchimerism? (Snurched from Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Apple pulls Samsung ‘apology’ statement from UK site – but where’s the replacement? — Classy, Apple. Classy. Speaking of thinking with your dick, how’s that whole Google Maps/Apple Maps thing working out for you?

New Yorker Sean Bailey accused of pulling gun in gas line — Thank God for the NRA and the Republican Party. How else would this poor man have been able to defend his essential liberties by pulling a gun in a gas line except for conservative America’s brave defense of every citizen’s right to threaten with deadly force when they feel inconvenienced? Feel safer now?

Businessweek Hurricane Sandy Cover: ‘It’s Global Warming, Stupid’ Bloomberg Businessweek editor Josh Tyrangiel tweeted, “Our cover story this week may generate controversy, but only among the stupid.” (Via my Aunt M.)

Politics 101 BC: Voter Fraud In The Ancient World

The States with the Riskiest Voting TechnologySome states—including swing states—are more vulnerable to glitches that could tip the election. But the lack of a paper backup means such errors can go undetected.Gee, I wonder which party always seems to benefit from this confusion. Would that be the same party that has major backers who also happen to manufacture electronic voting systems?

Broward elections supervisor explains changed vote tallies — Oops. Minority votes wiped out in Republican dominated Florida. What are the odds, given the squeaky clean and fair reputation of the GOP?

Late Super PAC Ad Buy Urges African Americans In Ohio To Vote Republican Because Lincoln Freed The Slaves — Because, um. Nope. I got nothing. Wow.

Either I Win or You Cheated — Fundamentally, that’s been the conservative view since at least the election of Bill Clinton. On the right, voter fraud is an actual issue, and voter-ID laws are endorsed by basically every organ of the conservative movement. On the left, the notion that Bush stole Ohio was debunked by Mother Jones. The difference between left and right isn’t the lack of appetite for intrigue and conspiracy. It’s that the left has a partisan press, whereas the right has a partisan press office.

Together We Stand, Divided We Fall — This article is interesting, but with too much pretense of balance. False equivalency rides again, as it so often does in Your Liberal Media when straining for an appearance of balance in the face of all facts. Obama was so exciting in 2008 because he not only promised to transcend this divide, but actually seemed capable of doing it. He’s since given up, and Romney isn’t even saying he’ll try. In other words, Obama is responsible for the scorched Earth intransigence of the GOP and conservatives’ twisted notions of unilateral bipartisanship? I really don’t think so.

Election predictions from the sub-Christian religious rightElection predictions from the sub-Christian religious right. In case some of you wonder why I think conservatives, and especially religious conservatives, are crazy. Literally, clinically, pathologically crazy. No human being with even a decently tenuous grip on reality could possibly believe this crap, yet millions of Americans hang on these words as if their lives depended from them. And there is never any accounting after the fact for the never ending depth and degree of conservative wrong-ness. They just all go on to the next wave of fear and panic without ever stopping to think, “Hey, I was wrong every single time I believed this crazy thing about liberals in my lifetime, maybe I should reconsider.”

Carl Bernstein on Mitt Romney’s RadicalismPundits and voters persist in believing that Mitt Romney is a covert moderate. But as Carl Bernstein reports, it’s far more likely he’ll enact the Tea Party’s far-right agenda.

?otD: Chimps or bonobos?


11/2/2012
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Body movement: 0.5 hour stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
Weight: 222.6
Currently reading: The Vor Game by Lois McMaster Bujold

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