The Year’s Best Science Fiction #29 edited by Gardner Dozois — SF Signal reviews YBSF 29, including my 2012 Sunspin novelette “A Long Walk Home”.
Report: No added hysterectomy benefit with robotics — Headline of the week.
Saturn’s Hexagon and Rings — Such a photo…
Finding the Higgs? Good news. Finding its mass? Not so good. — “Fireballs of doom” from a quantum phase change would wipe out present Universe.
‘Mole mastermind’ sought for ‘perfect’ Brussels diamond heist — Behold the Underminer!
Brain Scans Can Predict Your Political Ideology — Whether you pulled the lever for Barack Obama or Mitt Romney may reflect how your brain copes with risk, new research finds. What I don’t understand is why Romeny’s campaign wad considered low risk. He was Bush-lite, and Bush was the worst president in modern history: destroying the economy, ballooning the deficit, dragging us into trillion dollar wars of choice under knowingly false pretenses, etc. About the most risky thing Obama has done is try to make sure more Americans have access to healthcare. Admittedly, something conservatives have stood squarely against, but their position on the ACA also increases both personal and social risk.
Historic oversight corrected: Film ‘Lincoln’ inspires look into slavery vote — Mississippi ratified the 13th amendment in 1995? Nope, no racism here. Just good, patriotic “real Americans”. Lowering the Bar with more on this.
Tea Party: Obama is Hitler — It’s time the we stopped pretending that the Tea Party is some real organization that deserves our respect. I can’t think of a tim when the Tea Party did deserve our respect. It was always a patently transparent Republican astroturf movement designed to tap racial resentment among angry, willfully ignorant, low-information conservatives.
Missouri Republican Wants To Make It A Felony For His Fellow Lawmakers To Propose Gun Laws — That’s the conservative view of democracy: their way or the highway.
Hagel and Repudiating the Bush Era — The fight over Hagel centers on Republican hard-liners’ continuing attachment to Bush-era foreign policy and the rejection of much of Bush’s legacy by everyone else. The problem for conservatives in repudiating the Bush era is coming to terms with the utter financial and foreign policy disaster that the Iraq War has been. They’re not good at admitting they were wrong, especially on such a massive and destructive scale. If a Democrat had launched a trillion-dollar war of choice under knowingly false pretenses, we’d be hearing about it every day for decades to come.
QotD?: Is she so cute?
Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hour (0.5 hours on a new story, to 900 words, and 0.5 hours working on my collaboration with
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (fitful)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Number of FEMA troops on my block covering up high crimes and misdemeanors in Benghazi: 0
Currently reading: Mort by Terry Pratchett