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4 changes to English so subtle we hardly notice they’re happening — Hmmm. (Via David Goldman.)

Texas Germans: WWII and the End of a Dialect

Inner Sanctum: 1937 — A photo from old New Orleans.

Tiny Channels Take Salt From Seawater

Brain scans support controversial concept of ‘food addiction’The study examined how food consumption is controlled by dopamine-containing pleasure centers of the brain.

Three-person IVF should be ‘celebrated’

Happy Tweets: Christians Are Happier, More Socially Connected, and Less Analytical Than Atheists on Twitter — Hmm.

‘Power of ridicule’ – New weapon against climate deniers — Good luck with that. There’s way too much money and political capital tied up in climate change denialism for the actual facts on the ground to make any difference, not until it’s way too late. At which point conservatives will doubtless blame the sane people in our country for not trying harder to convince them earlier.

Top Texas Republican: Perry Crossed The Line With Remarks On Wendy DavisDisagreements over policy are important and they’re healthy, but when he crosses the line into the personal, then he damages himself and he damages the Republican Party,” Straus told The Texas Tribune. Um, you’re a Republican. Have you listened to ten minutes of conservative media or campaigning in the past thirty years? It’s nothing but ad hominem attacks. Which is what happens when your beliefs have no substance or grounding in objective reality. You wind up needing to attack your opponents, because it’s all you have. So why is this surprising?

QotD?: You are the wind. Can you feel yourself move?


6/30/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (at the Locus Awards weekend)
Hours slept: 5.5 hours (badly interrupted)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (in hotel)
Weight: n/a (n hotel)
Number of FEMA troops on my block attempting to secure minority voting rights despite the recent Supreme Court ruling: 0
Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg; Snuff by Terry Pratchett

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