[links] Link salad reads the wires

Roger Ebert on Writing: 15 Reflections From ‘Life Itself’

The science behind pleasure-seeking

Small Factories Take Root in Africa

Washington state gunman shot dead after firing near school field — Nope. No connections between guns and violence. I’m sure it says that in the Second Amendment somewhere. This poor fellow was just defending his essential civil liberties from the menace of middle school children. Move along, citizen, nothing to see here but liberal propaganda.

Are Both Political Parties Science Skeptics?Sociological Images addresses this false equivalency. Topics such as evolution and climate change are subject to overwhelming scientific consensus. These aren’t “reasonable people can disagree” topics like tax rates or foreign policy. These are “the wilfully ignorant being exploited for political gain” topics.

Santorum asks Google to clean up search results for his name — Good luck with that, Senator Frothy Mixture of Lube and Feces Resulting From Anal Sex. This couldn’t have happened to a more deserving fellow. Well, okay, I can think of a few.

Texas GOP Rep On Cuts To Family Planning: ‘Of Course This Is A War On Birth Control’ — This should be a surprise to no one, of course. Are you proud of your Republican party?

Mitt Romney wins Michigan straw poll, Rick Perry a distant second — I really don’t have a dog in the Republican primary fight. I think they’re basically all nuts except maybe Huntsman, who doesn’t have a snowball’s chance. Romney, however, is marginally less nuts than the rest of that pack of baying fools. And I’m not one of those liberal-progressives cheering for the greatest nut to win the GOP nod so we can defeat them more easily. Fundamentally, that’s how we got George W. Bush, who came into office in an era of (relative) peace and (significant) prosperity, and a balanced budget, and brought us the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression, the worst erosion of civil liberties since McCarthyism, a trillion dollar war of choice launched on false premises, and the deepest deficit in American history. (All of which is retroactively Obama’s fault according to the Tea Party, of course.) Not to mention the national embarassment of having an incurious fool for a leader for eight long, miserable years.

Rick Perry: The HP of Presidential Candidates — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison with more on Perry and especially (despite the headline) on Romney.

?otD: The New York Times or the Daily News?


9/25/2011
Writing time yesterday: 2.0 hours (novel outlining and short story revision, and WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.0 hours (solid)
Weight: 222.2
Currently reading: The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee