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Summary: Asimov’s, 2012 — Rich Horton with a year’s summary, and kind things to say about my novella “The Stars Do Not Lie”.

China lands fighter jet on new carrier in show of force — Huh. No catapult?

The Pacific island that never wasSandy Island ‘may turn up nearby’ after geologists find no trace of it despite featuring on Google Earth and various maps.

Lost Galapagos Island Giant Tortoise Species To Be Revived Through Cross Breeding, Scientists Announce

The Cell and the Pyramid — Wow is this some cool microtech.

Scientists pioneer method to predict environmental collapse — Flickering ecosystems. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Electoral math for ‘all you climate people’[T]here’s important information in the fact that a senior reporter for a major network could dismiss climate change as essentially a special interest issue. The important information there is that in this area, at least, conservatives are winning their War on Reality. (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

Grand Old Planet — Paul Krugman: What was Mr. Rubio’s complaint about science teaching? That it might undermine children’s faith in what their parents told them to believe. And right there you have the modern G.O.P.’s attitude, not just toward biology, but toward everything: If evidence seems to contradict faith, suppress the evidence. Except I’d leave the word “seems” out of that last sentence. As for the GOP, likewise if evidence contradicts ideology. Speaking of the conservative War on Reality.

The science of antediluvian plushies — More on the marvelously endless idiocy of Biblical literalism.

We’re living the dream; we just don’t realize it — A commentary on the state of progress.

Five Things I Want My Daughters to Learn about Feminism — And one’s sons, too, I should think.

DesJarlais: Regret past actions, no plans to resign — Shorter GOP Congressman: I’m now going to punish you for doing things that I did back when it was convenient for me to do them. Mmm, unbending ethics and intellectual consistency, those hallmarks of the modern conservative.

?otD: Don’t the sun look angry to you? What do the trees look like?


11/25/2012
Writing time yesterday: 1.5 hours (3,000 words on “Rock of Ages”)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (30 minutes on stationary bike)
Hours slept: 9.0 hours (solid)
Weight: 220.2
Number of FEMA troops on my block shutting down Evangelical churches and closing gun shops: 0
Currently reading: Cryoburn by Lois McMaster Bujold

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