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Punk in Burma: Cultural Appropriation & Resistance

First Enzyme-Based Memory Created in the LabSome clever biochemistry has led to the world’s first enzyme-based memory capable of learning, say biochemists.

Questions over Gene Patents Shake Diagnostics IndustryThe impending Supreme Court ruling on gene patents is creating uncertainty in the fledging genetic diagnostics sector. I have never understood the logic of allowing patents on genes. That’s like allowing patents on minerals or seawater.

Making of Europe unlocked by DNA

Pictures: Extreme Algae Blooms Expanding Worldwide

Understanding the brain of a man with no conscious memory — Of course, my immediate question on reading this article was to wonder how the heck they ever got informed consent to perform all these tests. I think I’ve been a patient too long.

China’s cancer crisis — Wow. Sigh. (Via [info]mikigarrison.)

About the Obamacare ‘train wreck’Insofar as the Republican Party has a strategy on Obamacare, it’s goes like this: The law needs to be implemented. The GOP can try and keep the implementation from being done effectively, in part by refusing to authorize the needed funds. Then they can capitalize on the problems they create to weaken the law, or at least weaken Democrats up for reelection in 2014. In other words, step one: Create problems for Obamacare. Step two: Blame Obamacare for the problems. Step 3: Political profit! That’s the GOP’s strategy on everything. Remember, these are the same civic-minded solons whose number one legislative priority in the face of the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression was to ensure that Obama was a one-term president. Are you proud of your Republican party?

Delaware House passes marriage equality — And another step taken in rolling back the arrant, unthinking bigotry of homophobia. Not mention Nevada, France and other places.

Today’s Political Thought — Andrew Wheeler on the Second Amendment. Yup.

Why Should I Care That No One’s Reading Dzhokhar Tsarnaev His Miranda Rights?When the law gets bent out of shape for him, it’s easier to bend out of shape for the rest of us. We used to have this thing called “the rule of law”, before the fear-based conservative narrative about terrorism took over our national consciousness.

QotD?: What’s the title of the most recent short story you read (or wrote)?


4/24/2013
Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (2,300 words on Original Destiny, Manifest Sin)
Hours slept: 5.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (very carefully on the stationary bike)
Weight: 248.2
Number of FEMA troops on my block faking evidence for climate change: 0
Currently reading: Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett

6 thoughts on “[links] Link salad likes to talk about fiction

  1. Jim Crider says:

    FWIW, my understanding is that Tsarnaev got Miranda’ed and had a lawyer present during questioning. There’s some mystery on the timing of this, but apparently it happened shortly after he was conscious enough to describe where the bomb “shop” was and the authorities were able to make a sweep of it. By all accounts, the Federal PD he’s got is a high-quality attorney.

    1. Jim Crider says:

      Folllowing up: word is this morning that Tsarnaev clammed up after being Miranda’ed. I still understand that his appointed attorney was present during the pre-reading questioning, but this is another one of those “information evolution” things — I’m sure the final version of these events will be still different than what’s being reported now.

  2. Cora says:

    Answer of the day: Last short story read would probably be “The Rebelliousness of Trassi Udang” by Patty Jansen. As for the last short story I wrote, I’m currently writing a novelette called “Pilloried”.

    BTW, I spotted a stack of German editions of Escapement (I think – It was a Mainspring novel at any rate) on the new releases table of the local bookstore, complete with a big green arrow marked “New”. I would have taken a photo, but unfortunately I forgot my camera.

    1. Jay says:

      Cool! I don’t think PINION is out yet in German, so it would be ESCAPEMENT. The German title of which I think translates back into English as “The Wheel of Time”, which if true is hilarious.

      1. Cora says:

        Then it must have been Escapement, since the title did translate as “Wheels of Time”. Which is funny, though I’m not sure what the actual Wheel of Time series is called in German. I do know it’s twice as long, since German publishers chop very long fantasy books in half for logistical reasons.

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