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Surviving the World on creative writing — Uh…

A Toast Story — You just have to read this one all the way through. I simply cannot do it justice in a couple of lines of commentary or throwaway snark. (Via David Goldman.)

What not to say to a transgender person — What a curious, and encouraging, thing to see on CNN.com, of all places. Slowly the culture moves in the right direction. (Assuming that you, like me, believe tolerance, inclusiveness and human rights for every American is the right direction.)

Thai graft body to probe rice subsidies, adding to PM’s woes amid protests — The story itself doesn’t mean much to me one way or the other, but it took me several tries to read the headline as anything other than some kind of incredibly creepy Dr. Moreau thing about grafting bodies together.

Can history leave towns struck in places with bad locational fundamentals?

34 nuclear missile officers cheated on tests, Air Force says — Well, that’s comforting as hell.

Energy Teleportation Overcomes Distance Limit The ability to teleport energy from one location to another could revolutionise the way quantum devices operate, but only if it can be made to work over practical distances. Now physicists think they know how. I love living in the future.

Why plural marriages make sense — An opinion piece connecting the interests of a certain stripe of the Mormon community with the interests of the polyamorous community. Not a usual conjoining, to be sure.

Vatican To Be Grilled By UN On Allegations It Enabled Rape Of ChildrenThe Vatican is gearing up for a bruising showdown over the global priest sex abuse scandal, forced for the first time to defend itself at length and in public against allegations it enabled the rape of thousands of children by protecting pedophile priests and its own reputation at the expense of victims. Calling the Vatican’s long-term campaign of protection of child rapist an “allegation” is astonishingly kind to one of the most vile action taken by a putative moral organization in modern times. I’m pretty sure the Catholic church’s wholesale ruination of children’s lives over decades has been exhaustively demonstrated beyond any reasonable doubt.

The Dark-Tinted, Truth-Filled Reading List We Owe Our Kids — A Christianist view of fiction. I especially like this observation: I would understand if hard-bitten secularists were the ones feeding narrative meringue to their children with false enthusiasm. They believe their kids will eventually grow up and realize how terrible, grinding, and meaningless reality really is. Wow. Has that author ever actually met a secularist? That is an amazingly smug, ridiculous caricature, though I suppose it’s pleasantly self-valorizing for a certain kind of faithholder to pretend that’s how atheists and secularists see the world.

Sen. Burr won’t say why he’s blocking a nominee he recommended — Once again the much vaunted intellectual consistency and sterling character of the American right is proudly on display.

So long, IRS ‘scandal’The IRS faux-scandal, which has died with a whimper, is actually in the news quite a bit right now for a couple of reasons. The first is the Republicans preoccupation with comparing President Obama’s handling of the IRS story with Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) handling of his bridge scandal. But as the FBI’s disinterest helps remind us, there is no equivalence here – the Christie administration, as the governor himself now admits, engaged in actual misconduct. The IRS story, on the other hand, is a mirage. And then there’s House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.). (Via David Goldman.)

An actual advance in human freedom in New Mexico. No surprise that conservatives hate it. — Ah, right to die.

Rush Limbaugh: If Christie was a true conservative, whether he lied ‘wouldn’t matter’ — Conservatives get a free pass on ethics. Duh. Also, water is wet. Why is this news? There has never been ethical consistency on the American Right. That’s why they yammer so much about character and morality: to cover up their own massive hypocrisy.

?otD: What will you drink today?


1/16/2014
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 238.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block BENGHAZI! BENGHAZI! BENGHAZI!: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

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