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What Makes Fiction Good? It’s Mostly the Voice — Ta-Nehisi Coates on reading Slaughterhouse Five.

A Glamorous Killer Returns — Cougars in the east.

Marks on Martian Dunes May Reveal Tracks of Dry Ice Sleds — Calvin and Hobbes go to Mars?

New phylum of bacteria found lurking in hospital sink’s drainIts genome hints that it may live inside some other organism. Don’t wash your hands!

Slaying the Zombie Ideas of Climate Change DenialThese are ideas that cannot be killed, no matter how thoroughly they are debunked. They always rise to shamble again, reanimated by the deniosphere. “The hockey stick is broken,” “the world hasn’t warmed in 16 years,” “Antarctic ice is growing.” These ideas are all wrong, demonstrably so, but they are still walking the countryside, looking to eat innocent people’s brains. Good luck with that so long as conservatives continue to have political and cultural credibility.

Parents to hear evidence in 2 faith-healing deaths — Child abuse and neglect are not First Amendment rights, no matter how sincerely held your personsal beliefs might be. It’s extreme cases like this which highlight the fact that religion does not belong in the public square in a free and democratic society.

If work is a responsibility, then work is also a rightSlacktivist Fred Clark deconstructs yet another piece of pointless and cruel Christianist political lunacy.

Prostitution, drugs alleged in State Department memo — Hmm. A lot of people are out to get Mrs. Clinton these days. Wonder what they’re scared of?

The Top 1% of U.S. Income Earners Receive 15% of Tax Breaks and CreditsPeople complain about government payments to the poor, but tax breaks are also payments, though less obviously so, to the rich. And those tax breaks cost the government a lot more money.

QotD?: Got celebration?


6/12/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (too many errands, not enough time)
Hours slept: 6.75 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 246.2
Number of FEMA troops on my block leaking intelligence secrets: 0
Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg; Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett

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