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Has Fiction Lost Its Faith? — Sort of weird reading this critique of religion in fiction from my perspective.

The 13 Dwarves In The Hobbit, Ranked By Hotness — Uhh…

HammerspaceHammerspace (also known as malletspace) is a fan-envisioned extradimensional, instantly accessible storage area in fiction, which is used to explain how animated, comic and game characters can produce objects out of thin air. Huh. I didn’t know this. Makes sense, so to speak. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo flies with rocket motor for first timeThe hope is to start passenger flights as early as 2013.

Drastic cuts in fish quotas expectedWith fishery regulators poised to impose devastating cuts Thursday on the New England fleet, blame for the disappearance of once-abundant cod and flounder populations is shifting from fishermen to a new culprit: the changing ocean. Warming waters and an evolving ocean ecosystem possibly related to man-made climate change are contributing to the anemic populations, not just decades of overfishing, government officials say. Man, even the fish in the sea are responding to liberal lies about climate change. Al Gore must be the most powerful person on Earth. I’m sure Rush Limbaugh can explain this away. Probably black helicopters over the Grand Banks or something — that would make as much sense as any other conservative ideas on the subject, after all.

Newt Gingrich Supports “Reality” Of State-Sanctioned Marriage Equality — Wait, doesn’t this mean God has abandoned the Republic, and we’re due for rivers of blood in streets? I’m pretty sure that’s what the GOP’s been saying for years.

Government Mistakes Cartoonist’s Paycheck for Terrorist Funds — I certainly feel safer now. Don’t you? (Via [info]goulo.)

Misinformer Of The Year: Rush Limbaugh — The hilarious part is when Limbaugh claims to have acted with integrity. That delusion would be cute if it wasn’t so toxic, sort of like FOX News employees somehow imagining they are journalists.

To Keep and Bear Arms — A long article on the semantics of the Second Amendment. (From some time back, fwiw, this is not a response to recent events.)

The N.R.A.’s Blockade on ScienceThe Dickey Amendment is why we don’t have good science or public health info on gun violence. Because of the typical conservative response to actual data — an authoritarian shutdown of any discussion at all, while hiding the facts.

Do Armed Civilians Stop Mass Shooters? Actually, No. — Oh, those pesky little facts, getting in the way of the conservative narrative again. Not that we’d know for sure, what with the gun types getting laws passed to ban actual research on the topic here in the free marketplace of ideas.

Kids find gun, loaded and safety off, in cinema after concealed-carry guy “loses” it, doesn’t call copsA man carries around a loaded gun, safety off, then loses it in a public place frequented by children (it’s “The Hobbit,” of all movies), and doesn’t “think” to call the police. Oh, yeah, I feel hella safer now. Because nothing improves the public welfare like a lost handgun in a public space frequented by children.

Evil, Mental Illness, and the Responsibility of the Free[I]t could also be argued merely feeling the need to possess and bear a piece of artillery designed to kill a hundred human beings in a hot minute is actually a sign you have some kind of mental illness in the first place. Um, hell yes. This one of those things that’s painfully obvious unless you’ve already drunk the Kool-Aid and have convinced yourself that being a free and moral human being requires that you be able to deal death at the flick of a finger. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

The Connecticut school massacre: How the world sees us — I realize that to conservative Americans, the rest of the world is a series of Socialist hells that can be ignored, but a lot fewer people die in those Socialist hells of gun violence. Personal safety is a small price to pay for surrendering our gun pathology. Not that we likely ever will…

House Republicans Vote to Throw 300,000 Kids off Food Stamps In Order to Cut Taxes for Millionaires — Because that’s how conservatives roll. With justice and compassion for none.

?otD: Are you dancing in the dark?


12/21/2012
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 90 hours (9.0 hours fitful, 1.0 hour napping)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (30 minutes on the stationary bike)
Weight: 213.2
Number of FEMA troops on my block confiscating firearms and shutting down the Internet: 0
Currently reading: The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks

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