In which it is announced that I am a Sturgeon Award finalist — For my Sunspin novella, “The Weight of History, the Lightness of the Future“, published by Subterranean Online.
Big-Bird Brain — Children watching clips of Sesame Street inside fMRI scanners yield unprecedented insights into the functioning of their brains.
Side-By-Side Photos Illustrate Inequality in America — Wow. (Thanks to
Portland, Ore., is magnet for gay couples wanting babies — I am so proud of us.
Oregon Insurers vying to lower premiums because of Obamacare — What do you know? Obamacare is enabling market forces by forcing carriers to compete on a level playing field.
Climate Milestone: Earth’s CO2 Level Passes 400 ppm — Greenhouse gas highest since the Pliocene, when sea levels were higher and the Earth was warmer. Nothing to see here, citizen, move along. Just some more liberal “facts” and “data”, no cause for alarm.
Global Warming: We are halfway to a mass extinction event — We could try to do something about this. Or we could just stifle the science and political discourse on the topic. Which course has Your Republican Party chosen?
Proposed bill that would regulate NSF research funding faces backlash — Scientists not amused, bill’s backers appear confused. Republicans confused about science? Really? The party of Creationism and climate change denial? Also, this just in: water is wet, sky is blue.
IRS targeted conservative groups, official says — Organizations seeking nonprofit status were improperly singled out for extra scrutiny, a top agency official says. This is seriously wrong. Infuriatingly, it’s also a rare piece of validation that further fuels the endless bizarre conspiracy thinking on the Right. Sigh.
QotD?: Ever seen Grease?
Writing time yesterday: 1.25 hours (WRPA, editing METAtropolis: Green Space)
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (fitful)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 251.8 (!)
Number of FEMA troops on my block digging for fossils in the yards of God-fearing Republicans: 0
Currently reading: Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett