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[cancer] Update on the Science Fiction Author on Trial fundraiser

Science Fiction Author on Trial (NIH trial, that is!)


Thank you very much to everyone who has donated to my fundraiser in support of my costs for the NIH study I am now enrolled in. Thank you as well to everyone who has provided promotion, cross-promotion and signal boost. And finally, thank you so much to those who have donated premiums to the fundraising process.

As of my writing this post on Monday morning, we are at almost two-thirds of goal. I cannot express my gratitude enough. These days, my life erodes in so many ways, growing smaller and smaller. At times like this, I am reminded how good my life still is, how large each of you help make it be.

The fundraising site was updated over the weekend with some terrific premiums. Kevin J. Anderson, Prime Books, and Clarkesworld Magazine have made generous donations for contributions at given levels. I’ve put a dozen copies of my private printing of The January Machine, to be awarded by random drawing. I also have something cool forthcoming for all donors at any level, though we’re not quite ready to announce it, and there’s a couple of more really neat things in the pipe as well.

Give a nod to Shlom Ster for pulling this together. And think of me this week, as I literally dedicate myself to science. I’m in for some difficult and painful times in the very near future.

See my original post here for a bit more background on the fundraiser, if you are interested.

[links] Link salad swears by its pretty floral bonnet

Der verborgene Hof — A review of the German edition of Green. Insofar as I can tell, the reviewer wasn’t too thrilled.

WCMX: Taking Wheelchairs To New Heights — I am boggled. (Thanks to Lis.)

Smoking Is Worse Than You Imagined

Manufacturing OrgansHarvard Bioscience spin-off is stepping up its production of synthetic tracheas to supply clinical trials.

Defying Japan, Rancher Saves Fukushima’s Radioactive Cows — (Thanks to Dad.)

What scientific idea is ready for retirement — This makes for some interesting reading. (Snurched from Scrivener’s Error.)

Is the Universe Made of Math?

Hibernating spacecraft Rosetta to awaken for comet chase

Rising Tide Is a Mystery That Sinks Island Hopes — Weird story about a Caribbean lake. (Thanks to Dad.)

Men with sledgehammers rob crowded Memphis mall — Proving that yes, you don’t need a gun to commit a crime. But how many people were killed with sledgehammers last year?

Whose Economic Recovery Is It?

19 things conservatives insist on comparing to slavery

?otD: How tight are your pants?


1/19/2014
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.75 hours (interrupted)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 239.0
Number of FEMA troops on my block BENGHAZI! BENGHAZI! BENGHAZI!: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[books|writing] The January Machine

Back in the 1990s, I wrote my first attempt at a novel. It was called The January Machine. I quote the opening paragraphs of the synopsis I retrofitted some years later…

The year is 2041. Global warming has arrived with a vengeance. Ocean levels are rising, temperature extremes are off the scale, and loss of the ozone layer is destroying entire ecosystems. The United States has fractured under green and Third World backlash, with multiple secessions and a major West Coast earthquake complicating recovery. Meanwhile a prosperous, fascist Poland has risen to world dominance on the ruins of the European Union.

In this setting, human-grade AIs are relatively common, although their application is heavily regulated. In response to draconian AI-control measures, a shadowy AI underground known as the “goldens” seeks civil rights. In addition, time travel, while not possible in 2041, figures into the story from the perspective of the world’s future.

Marcus Sharpton, affiliated with the goldens, stumbles on stolen Polish military data — control codes for the January Machine. The January Machine was a Soviet doomsday project, consisting of several hundred nuclear warheads lining a Mohole, or deep crustal excavation, near a Siberian tectonic plate boundary. When activated, it would create a mega-volcano several hundred times more powerful than the catastrophic eruption of Krakatoa, plunging Earth into a long-term nuclear winter, where superior Soviet arctic warfare capabilities would ensure their military dominance.

I was trying to write a science fiction thriller. I had a lot of fun with it. Frankly, The January Machine is a terrible book from a craft perspective, but there’s a lot of neat ideas and some cool tropes in there, and it’s recognizably a Jay Lake book.

Mother of the Child has been asking for a while if she can have a printed, bound copy of the manuscript so she can re-read the book. My friend SC offered to do the layout and get the project through a print-on-demand vendor. Thus, I give you The January Machine:

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As I’m trying to pull together a fund-raiser to help defray the substantial travel and lodging costs associated with my NIH clinical trial, I’m considering putting a few copies of the book in as premiums. I have some to spare, as the POD minimum order requirements were larger than my immediate needs.

It’s kind of fun to see that first effort from the mid-1990s have a print life, even one so small and odd.


Creative Commons License

This work by Joseph E. Lake, Jr. is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

[links] Link salad wakes up in its own bed

Jay Lake livre son génome — I love the translation of my attribution, The author of the largely unknown Jade…

Neanderthals ‘could speak like us’ — “Ooh-bi-doo, I wan’na be like you / I want to walk like you, talk like you, too…“ Everybody sing!

Dutch masters paintings deconstructed — This is pretty intense.

Will Commercial Space Travel Blast Off in 2014?

Big Dig West — Wow, this is serious stupidity up in Seattle, thanks to WSDOT.

Back in the Pulpit After Losing His Church, and Still Supporting Gay Marriage

Cosmas IndicopleustesCosmas composed his Christian Topography over a number of years, after he had retired to monastic life. He aimed at proving, contrary to prevailing Greek and some Christian theories, that the universe had the same shape as Moses’ tabernacle, that it was in the form of a cube and not a sphere. The earth was a flat, oblong table, 12,000 miles long and 6,000 miles wide, surrounded by ocean beyond which was Paradise, where Adam and Eve had lived (cf. II.43). The whole area was surrounded by high, perpendicular mountains on which the vault of heaven rested. Between heaven and earth lay the firmament, dividing the universe into two stages. God and the just dwelt on the upper level, to which man would be admitted after the Resurrection; on the lower was humanity in this life. And see here. (Thanks, ultimately, to Felix Gilman.)

Noah’s Extremely Bad Animal Husbandry AdviceBy their estimates, 16,000 land animals and birds, including dinosaurs, were on the ark. Uh, yeah. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Heat Wave Stifles AustraliaTemperatures topping 118° F, 48° C, baked eastern Australia during the final days of 2013 and first week of 2014.

Ford Exec: ‘We Know Everyone Who Breaks The Law’ Thanks To Our GPS In Your Car — Apparently there has since been a retraction. Gee, I wonder why. (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

Judge in “kids for cash” ruled liable for damage — It’s so rare for people who work in the judicial system to face consequences for misconduct, especially when the victims are essentially helpless and have no real social power. See our nation’s long and shameful history of essential zero consequences for prosecutorial misconduct, for example. This story continues to amaze me.

Freedom to lie[S]ome members of the court are concerned that the anti-abortion zealots are being obstructed from lying. You can’t blame them. Blatant dishonesty is a big part of the forced childbirth movement strategy and at least a handful of justices are undoubtedly fully on board with that tactic. Yeah, that whole Ten Commandment about not bearing false witness? Smug Republican Jesus gives His followers a pass on that one every time.

NJ Democrat lawmaker on traffic scandal: ‘I do think laws have been broken’ — As any Republican can tell you, rumors of a presidential blow job are far, far more politically important than abuse of power for petty political payback a part of a long term pattern of bullying and intimidation.

?otD: Did you walk alone in restless dreams?


1/12/2014
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (extremely fitful)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 240.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block faking evidence for evolution: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[links] Link salad heads back to the west coast

Bechdel Test Movie List — Huh. I think seven of my ten novels pass the Bechdel test. (Via [info]willyumtx.)

10 abandoned hotels

Blaze ravages ancient Tibetan town

Mmm, vintage coffee

Decline of large carnivores damages ecosystems, experts warnResearchers recently called for an international initiative to conserve large predators in coexistence with people.

Metamaterials could perform calculus with light wavesA properly structured material could convert a light wave to its derivative. Science!

New discovery could be a Thorne-Zytkow object — Astronomical turducken? (Via David Goldman.)

Rise of the distorporationA mutation in the way companies are financed and managed will change the distribution of the wealth they create. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

American Conservatives, Jewish Law, and Israel’s New Abortion Policy — In which the intellectual and moral consistency of the American Right is proudly on display once again. It’s so nice to know that our nation’s conservative religious leaders would never stoop to political expediency when Biblical principle is at stake. Wait, sorry, the sarcasm bit got stuck on and dialed up to 11. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

How Newsweek’s ‘global cooling’ story got its legsNine paragraphs written for Newsweek in 1975 continue to trump 40 years of climate science. It’s a record that has the author amazed. Conservatives are not interested in evidence, except that which supports their position. Contrary evidence is ignored because of the well-known liberal bias in reality. Meanwhile, science really does change its collective mind about things. That a theory being explored 40 years might have changed since then due to more compelling evidence to the contrary is apparently inconceivable to conservatives. Confidential to GOP in America: that flexibility is a feature, not a bug, in science. There really is no “gotcha” in pointing out that scientists changed their minds about something over time.

?otD: How far will you go today?


1/11/2014
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (fitful)
Body movement: n/a (airport walking to come)
Weight: n/a (traveling, no scale)
Number of FEMA troops on my block faking evidence for evolution: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[links] Link salad gets punctured

Fantasy Novels — A reader reacts to, among other books, my novel Green. Very much not with the liking. Hilariously snarky, in fact. I highly approve of this review.

Scrivener’s Error is grumpy about (among other things) the SF/F community’s awards nomination process — A topic on which Generalissimo (ret.) Scalzi was opining yesterday.

Historic, Eccentric Wills Go Online

Kraft says Velveeta running low; fans warn of ‘cheesepocalypse’

A Giant Twisting Serpent Skeleton Emerges from the Loire River in France — Oooh. (Via Lisa Costello.)

The Science Behind Ageing Sharks: Study Reveals Great Whites Can Live More Than 70 Years

Will We Find Habitable ‘Super-Earths?’

Search for exomoons turns up fluffy, Earth-sized planetIt’s so fluffy!

No, the Polar Vortex Does Not Disprove Global Warming — Unless you’re blinded by ideology and willful ignorance, of course, in which case the only evidence you’ll accept is negative evidence. Hello, conservative America.

Pastor tries atheism, loses jobs, gains $19,000 — Hmm. I’m not sure this is truly atheism so much as pretending to live as an atheist, but I am still impressed. (Thanks to [info]shsilver.)

Israeli government offers women aged 20 to 33 free abortions — Wonder how that will play on the American Right? (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Ohio police: Man stopped for speeding had 48 bombs — Hmm. A white conservative patriot with a carload of bombs. Heard this story? What if he’d been a Muslim? Think you would have heard about that? (Via Karen Williams.)

Top Christie aide linked to GWB lane-closing controversy — And people think this guy should be president? He makes Sarah Palin’s corrupt political pettiness during her tenure as governor look like Sunday school.

Christie says he was misled on GWB lane closures — If you believe that, I’ve got a bridge to sell you. Christie is infamous for his hardball vindictiveness and generally abusive approach to people he doesn’t agree with. This is a highly documented, long term character flaw. Who could possibly be fooled by his denials now? Well, other than pretty much every conservative voter in the country, of course. Remember kids, character counts… if you’re a Democrat.

?otD: Got apheresis?


1/9/2014
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (fitful)
Body movement: n/a (up too early for hotel gym)
Weight: n/a (traveling, no scale)
Number of FEMA troops on my block faking evidence for evolution: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[links] Link salad has another one, just like the other one

Hawaiian shirts, indeed — Hahahaha. (Thanks to Scrivener’s Error.)

Why tropical forests have more tree species than US and Canada combined

The Brain, in Exquisite Detail

Want Perfect Pitch? You Might Be Able To Pop A Pill For That — Really? (Thanks to [info]martang.)

The Environmental Disaster You’ve Never Heard OfAlbuquerque’s Kirtland Air Force Base jet fuel spill. Wow… (Thanks to GD.)

Global-warming-truthers, Donald Trump, Fox use record cold to `disprove` climate change“I think these scientists are laughing from their lavish laboratories and their vacations up at the arctic, and their nice boats that are well-equipped.” How do you even have rational engagement with stupidity this deep? Or willful ignorance this vile? Either way, there is no middle ground to speak of. It’s like arguing orbital mechanics with Flat Earthers.

Yes, the pope is still Catholic, despite what you heard — What I hear is not a liberal or a reformer. What I hear is a man who is calling for the Catholic Church to be humane and loving, rather than judgmental and punitive. It’s probably too much to hope for, at least here in the US given the makeup of the American bishops, but it’s a nice return to something at least vaguely resembling actual Biblical values, which I even as an atheist strongly prefer over the gospel of smug Republican Jesus.

Tripoli Residents Protest as 80,000 Rare Books in Lebanon Torched by Salafis — Another very good reason for being an atheist, given that this is the kind of conduct faith drives people to.

I Corrected a Misinformed Conservative About Obamacare. What Happened Next Will Neither Surprise You Nor Restore Your Faith in Humanity — Being a conservative these days means explicitly rejecting an evidence-based worldview in favor of ideological conviction. So there is no surprise at all that presenting a conservative with evidence that they are wrong will have no effect. It merely feeds their self-valorizing sense of injustice.

About that Country you Destroyed: A Letter to George W. Bush — It ain’t My Pet Goat, so this will be over Dubya’s head, but even if he could read it, he wouldn’t. More’s the pity.

GOP Memo Coaches Members To Show Empathy Toward Unemployed — Ah, the inherent compassion of conservatism.

Would the ‘first conservative’ recognize today’s right?

America’s real problem: Too much bipartisanship — Not how I would have thought to put it, but this article makes some interesting points. Another way to phrase the headline would have been “America’s real problem: Too much conservative consensus, not enough progressive values”, as all the examples given fit that bill nicely.

How the NSA Threatens National Security Our choice isn’t between a digital world where the agency can eavesdrop and one where it cannot; our choice is between a digital world that is vulnerable to any attacker and one that is secure for all users.

?otD: Is it espresso love?


1/8/2014
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: n/a (traveling, no scale)
Number of FEMA troops on my block faking evidence for evolution: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[publishing|repost] 2013 bibliography for award consideration

I may have missed one or two things, but here is my 2013 fiction bibliography, for your information, and by request, for award consideration. As my illness slows me down, this grows ever thinner of course. I will amend this list as needed.

Novels

Kalimpura, Tor Books, 2013 — Book three of the Green trilogy

Novellas

Hook Agonistes”, with Seanan McGuire, Subterranean Online, Fall, 2013 — A collaborative story of future human enslavement and an unlikely messiah

Love in the Time of Metal and Flesh, Prime Books — Horror or contemporary dark fantasy, depending on your perspective

“Rock of Ages”, METAtropolis: Green Space, ed. Jay Lake and Ken Scholes, Audible.com — Selected by editor Gardner Dozois for Year’s Best Science Fiction 31

Novelettes

“You Will Attend Until Beauty Awakens”, Clockwork Fairy Tales, ed. Stephen L. Antczak and James C. Bassett, ROC — A retelling of “Sleeping Beauty”

A Stranger Comes to Kalimpura”, Subterranean Online, Spring, 2013 — A Green story set long after the events of the novels

Short Stories

“King of the Kingless”, Hex in the City, ed. Kerrie L. Hughes, Fiction River — One of my Portland wizards stories

“Spendthrift”, Coins of Chaos, ed. Jennifer Brozek, EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing — WWII and zombies in New Guinea

“Monsters in the Mountains at the Edge of the World”, That Is Not Dead: Historical Lovecraft, ed. Darrell Schweitzer, PS Publishing — Romans vs Chinese vs Cthulhoid horrors in ancient Samarkand

[links] Link salad rings in the New Year

Jay Lake, “Escapement” (2009) — A Romanian review of Escapement, not so much with the enthusiasm.

Jay Lake Feed — At Dreamwidth, should you wish to follow me there. My thanks to [info]wild_irises for creating this.

My entire genome has gone open source — In case you missed it yesterday.

I Had My DNA Picture Taken, With Varying Results — Fascinating, and not terribly surprising. (Via Dad.)

Hamlet (Generic): A Map of Nowhere through Danish Eyes

In the Human Brain, Size Really Isn’t Everything — This is pretty damned cool. (Via Dad.)

Jesse Willms, the Dark Lord of the InternetHow one of the most notorious alleged hustlers in the history of e-commerce made a fortune on the Web (Via David Goldman.)

New Utah AG: Cost to defend same-sex marriage ban worthwhile — For conservatives, no expense is too high in defense of bigotry and religious privilege.

The ugly collusion between ‘religious faith’ and bigotry[T]hose who are so damn eager to speak against the so-called sin of homosexuality would be best to remember the sin of lying, speaking ill of one’s brother, or bearing false witness. It is painfully self-evident that the commandment against bearing false witness is no longer important to most American Christianist leaders and politicians. Smug Republican Jesus gave them an exemption from Biblical inerrancy on that point, apparently. (Via Slacktivisit Fred Clark.)

Crude oil tanker derailment explosion town dodged bullet, Casselton, North Dakota mayor saysHe said it is time to “have a conversation” with federal lawmakers about the dangers of transporting oil by rail. Hmm. A small town mayor in North Dakota in favor of more Federal regulation? Really? Who knew liberal-progressives had such a hold there. No good heartland conservative could possibly be calling for increased regulation, after all.

On Christmas, Republicans Quietly Declare War on ThemselvesIf you spend years letting your voters think Saddam Hussein was an agent of al-Qaeda, that passing a national health care program will result in the formation of Stalinist “death panels,” or that Barack Obama is secretly a foreigner, you’re going to end up with some loopy candidates prone to saying crazy things that will turn off voting majorities, which in turn will make it hard to the deliver policy objectives you actually care about for your big-money donors.

Amazing details from the drunken Moscow bender that got an Air Force general fired — This is why good conservatives support our troops no matter what. So loyal, patriotic Americans like General Carey aren’t vulnerable to purges conducted by the Kenyan Muslim socialist usurper currently occupying the White House.

The Myth Of Western Civilization — Ta-Nehisi Coates is angry in some magnificent ways.

?otD: Did you party last night?


1/1/2014
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: n/a (traveling, no scale)
Number of FEMA troops on my block faking evidence for evolution: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[links] Link salad says, “Son can you play me a memory, I’m not really sure how it goes.”

Gimbling in the Wabe – My Favorite Reviewed Books of 2013 — In which my novel Green receives an interesting commentary.

“Human Cheese” Only the First Course for Odd CheesesAdventurous eaters have plenty of cheese to choose from. Lisa Costello claims these are cheeses even I would not eat.

When it comes to giving gifts, we’re hardly aloneThe drive to exchange presents is ancient, transcultural and by no means limited to Homo sapiens. Researchers have found striking examples of gift-giving across the phyletic landscape in insects, spiders, mollusks, birds and mammals. (Thanks to David Goldman.)

A Perspective on Time — This is pretty cool. Sort of like those “powers of ten” things floating around. (Via [info]garyomaha.)

OK, Glass: Show me what’s next for GoogleGoogle Glass is expected to reach store shelves sometime in 2014. When it does, the connected headset could do more than change the wearables market: it could change Google, too. If they ever release a version for prescription lenses, I’d be on this like white on rice.

The dark money in climate changeAbout 75 percent of the money backing climate-denial efforts is untraceable, primarily via conservative foundations and shadowy tax-exempt groups that obscure their funding sources. What’s notable is that many of the big industrial funders — ExxonMobil and Koch Industries chief among them — have withdrawn their publicly traceable funding in recent years, and that withdrawal tracked closely with an increase in untraceable funding. You don’t have to be a genius to figure out what’s happening there.

Study: Plants Might Lack Traits Needed to Cope With Climate Change — Thank God for Rush Limbaugh and the Republican party. Without their help, America might be tempted to take potential problems like this seriously.

Solar variability has a small effect on climate changeFor the last 1,200 years of the Northern Hemisphere, at least. Hey, look. Science, not ideological cherry picking. And yes, science is often wrong. But unlike ideology, it has mechanisms for self-correction.

Children’s Books and Segregation in the Workplace

Like a virgin (mother): analysis of data from a longitudinal, US population representative sample surveyObjective: To estimate the incidence of self report of pregnancy without sexual intercourse (virgin pregnancy) and factors related to such reporting, in a population representative group of US adolescents and young adults. Ah, the wonders of abstinence-based sex education. Like most conservative ideas, an utter failure even in terms of its own internal logic. (Via David Goldman.)

It’s Over — Josh Marshall on the continuing collapse of unconstitutional state-sponsored Christianist anti-gay bigotry.

For Team Jonah, the Bible condemns interracial marriageHere’s conservative columnist Dennis Prager saying something that isn’t true: No religion practiced in America –€“ indeed, no world religion –€“ has ever banned interracial marriage. Umm… Wow. That is so stupid it doesn’t really deserve comment.

Living with the threat of being blown upApparently we have reached a tipping point in which no American can be held responsible for the destruction of others’ lives by their fellow citizens, whether through economic ruin or the kind of violence perpetrated by the right wing gun fetishists. You want to live in the US? Then you obviously agree that your life will always be at risk from anyone who wants to make a buck. To do otherwise would curtail the efficiency of the economic engine of our society. Yep. Regulations bad, free enterprise good. Why I am not a conservative, part 2,074.

Benghazi Consular attack was Local, not al-Qaeda: NYT Correspondent Demolishes GOP Talking Points — What? Conservative talking points that turn out to be false? Impossible! Why, that hasn’t ever happened in at least hours!

?otD: Did you ever know it complete?


12/29/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: n/a (traveling, no scale)
Number of FEMA troops on my block falsifying climate change data: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[links] Link salad stumbles onward through the fog

Subruncinator — (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Neanderthals Could Talk Like Humans, Bone Reveals

Massive Lake Found Under Greenland Ice — It wasn’t me, I swear.

Study: Fall of the Soviet Union may have saved the Arctic

Billion-dollar climate denial network exposedA network of 91 think tanks and industry groups are primarily responsible. One of conservative America’s chief contributions to the decline of human civilization: putting us at inflated risk to extreme climate change through opportunistic denialism. Those responsible will of course never be held accountable, because conservatives never are.

Utah? Yes, Utah. Wow.Slacktivist Fred Clark celebrates the unexpected blow to bigotry in one of America’s most conservative, most religious states.

The cost of reading every book: We know their names — A sobering account of the history of the Library of Congress.

Classism in the Rise and Fall of the Duck Dynasty Patriarch — A sociological take on the Duck Dynasty kerfuffle. Interesting perspective, including a fascinating pair of photos.

Our God-Given Constitutional Right to a Television ShowThe writer Josh Barro has compiled a heart-warming collection of affectionate and supportive notes sent by loving Christians hoping to save him from his sinful and murderous ways. Barro’s writings on Phil Robertson provoked this joyous outpouring of excellent news.

When the Right to Bear Arms Includes the Mentally Ill — Because guns make us all safer. Duh.

The “War on Christmas”: On Ethnocentrism and Blasphemy But America never was a “Christian nation.” America was founded upon genocide and has chattel slavery enshrined in the Constitution. If anything, that makes our founding document satanic. Slaves built the White House and the US Capital for goodness sake. What is being “lost” in our nation isn’t Christianity but white hegemony (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Ooops, he did it againIf Rand Paul wants to avoid these questions, then he should avoid people who sympathize with white supremacists. And the same is true of the GOP writ large; if Republicans want to avoid accusations of prejudice or insensitivity, then the first step is to end the party’s association with lawmakers, officials, and activists who can’t help but indulge their worst instincts.

The Truth Behind The Lies Of The Original ‘Welfare Queen’ — Ah, the germ of truth behind one of Ronald Reagan’s most cherished and persistent lies. (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

?otD: Can you see your hands?


12/23/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.0 hours (interrupted)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 235.6
Number of FEMA troops on my block falsifying climate change data: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[links] Link salad for a rainy Solstice Saturday

In which our collaborate novel Our Lady of the Islands, written by me and Shannon Page, finds a home

Jade par Jay Lake — A French review of the French translation of my book Green. Some complaints, but I interpret the Google Translate version as generally positive.

Textopornographie: France creates its own word for ‘sexting’ — Of course they did. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Party Down: 100 Years of the Crossword Puzzle

Amazing Shadow Sculptures by Tim Noble and Sue Webster — Wow. (Via Lisa Costello.)

Photos: 2013’s Most Terrifying Weather Disasters

Scientists Send World’s First Text Message Using Vodka — Because reasons!

Algae go in, biocrude oil comes out

Damage suffered by Mars rover Curiosity’s aluminum wheels raise concern

‘Perfect’ Electron Roundness Bruises Supersymmetry

People worried about food poisoning, however, should treat chicken as a hazard in the kitchen.People worried about food poisoning, however, should treat chicken as a hazard in the kitchen. (Via David Goldman.)

New Mexico becomes 17th gay marriage state — Another bigotry domino falls. Another state abandons senseless hatred cloaked in religious privilege in favor of a sane and moral approach to its citizens.

Federal judge strikes down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage — Wow. I would have bet good money that either Utah or Nebraska would the last stand of religious bigotry in this country when it comes to persecuting gays. This is beyond shocking.

In Striking Down Utah’s Gay Marriage Ban, Judge Gives Scalia Big Bear Hug — Ah, legal trolling.

New Jersey Senate Passes Transgender Birth Certificate BillEarlier this week, The Advocate reported on the status of a bill intended to make the often-difficult and cost-prohibitive process of updating identification documents easier for transgender individuals in New Jersey. This in the state that elected Chris Christie as governor? Wow…

‘Duck Dynasty’: White evangelicals rallying for racism — It makes smug Republican Jesus smile.

Phil Robertson’s America The Duck Dynasty star’s warped vision of civil-rights history feeds his warped view of today’s gay-rights struggle. Ta-Nehisi Coates with some perspective that should shame any white person, regardless of your politics.

Is the “War on Christmas” about Christmas?For these commenters, the so-called War on Christmas is about much more than a competition between religious and secular forces, it’s also about the centrality of whiteness and a defense of “true” Canadianness against an influx of foreign cultures. It is worth considering whether, in general, this debate is really code for racism and anti-immigrant sentiment more generally. I dunno. Do conservatives ever fixate on race and immigration? Seems beneath them, somehow.

“You’re Days Are Numbered”: On Death Threats And Gun RightsSo what do you think about the NRA’s advocacy? Just curious, since their essay resulted in death threats to me, threats of rape to my wife, and threats of abduction and murder of my six-month-old daughter from the people who read the NRA’s column. Personally, I think a little bit less of an organization like the NRA, which incites their members to threaten rape and murder and the abduction of babies. Guns make us all safer. Especially in the hands of patriotic NRA members like these folks. Only liberal pussies like me could possibly doubt that tools designed for human death in the hands of angry, irrational people could possibly be any kind of threat in a society which cheerfully accepts 30,000 gun deaths a year without question.

Military retirees: You betrayed us, CongressMilitary retirees are outraged that Congress will start voting Thursday on a budget deal that trims military pensions, calling the move “an egregious breach of faith.” Actually, the weakening of any pension — city government, union, corporate, Federal, military — is an egregious breach of faith. But one that companies, courts and politicians are all to eager to embrace at any turn, especially when there are investors whose returns must be protected. Of course, that attitude almost certainly makes me a mouth-breathing Socialist. (Via [info]danjite.)

Wyoming Senate race 2014: Liz Cheney husband Phil Perry on vote rolls in 2 states — Imagine if you will for a moment if a Democratic Senate candidate’s spouse were registered to vote in two states. There would be calls in the House for a Federal investigation, and the story would top the cycle of Your Liberal Media for weeks, and the conservative echo chamber for months. But a Republican candidate’s spouse? This dog will be dead by Sunday. Because conservatism is more moral, dammit.

$22.62/Hr: The Minimum Wage if it had Risen Like the Incomes of the 1% — I cannot even bring myself to be sarcastic about this.

Did 17 Illegal Voters in Ohio Steal the 2012 Election?And a great deal of legal work has come up dry in the hunt for the mythical “buses of illegal voters” being spirited in from cities or campuses to stuff the polls. But if you just read Fox, you’ve learned that the voter fraud problem is very real. That’s because conservatives are almost always wrong both on the plain face of the facts, and on the basis their “ideas”. Lying is the only way to make the conservative case. Bearing false witness makes smug Republican Jesus smile, after all, because it’s one of those optional Ten Commandments. (Snurched from John Sapienza.)

?otD: Got your collar turned to the cold and damp?


12/21/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 237.0
Number of FEMA troops on my block falsifying climate change data: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)