[links] Link salad rises to chase the day into the West

The most beautiful deathAldous Huxley’s “most beautiful death” was described by his wife in a moving letter.

The “Copenhagen left” — A bicycle maneuver I have used without ever knowing it had a name. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Heyday app is the anti-Facebook for the iPhone

Mercier 1937 Moto Chenille 350cc 1 cyl ohv — Wow is that weird. (Via [info]danjite.)

Researchers discover massive freshwater reserves beneath the oceans — This could be very important.

Okla. Satanists seek monument by Statehouse steps — This in response to a Ten Commandments monument. Brady Henderson, legal director for ACLU Oklahoma, said if state officials allow one type of religious expression, they must allow alternative forms of expression, although he said a better solution might be to allow none at all on state property. Hahaha. I’m tempted to donate money to this effort.

Dreaming of a Whiiiiite Christmas — Appropriate sarcasm about the Right’s deeply stupid “war on Christmas” meme from Scrivener’s Error.

GOP starts a tough struggle to win back Asian American votersAsian Americans, a rapidly growing part of the electorate, have shifted solidly behind Democrats – and Republicans face a tough fight to win them over. Confidential to GOP in America: You can’t do this and cling to your Angry White Guy strategy at the same time. At some point, you’ll need to go into rehab to get over that Angry White Guy addiction.

Newt Gingrich to Conservatives: ‘What Would You Have Done?’ — Via Ta-Nehisi Coates, one of the most vile figures in American politics, the man who bears the most personal responsibility for the modern trend of conservative hyperpartisan nihilism, actually gets something right. In this case, on Mandela.

When does lying about Obamacare become immoral and evil? — Whenever any Republican anywhere opens their mouth about healthcare. But that’s just the conservative way. Bearing false witness against liberals and their causes makes smug Republican Jesus smile. Next question?

David Simon: ‘There are now two Americas. My country is a horror show’The creator of The Wire, David Simon, delivered an impromptu speech about the divide between rich and poor in America at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas in Sydney, and how capitalism has lost sight of its social compact. (Via [info]danjite.)

?otD: How are your travel plans?


12/9/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (restless)
Body movement: n/a (traveling)
Weight: n/a (traveling)
Number of FEMA troops on my block forging presidential birth certificates: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

One thought on “[links] Link salad rises to chase the day into the West

  1. Ed says:

    Thanks for the link to the Huxley letter. It’s just as moving as it was during my first reading 25 years ago. “Island” induces reflection, even decades after a single reading. Such long-lasting influence is a measure of the greatness of this book. Why is our society so obsessed with the material, when there are alternative ways of being that are far more likely to help us reach our full potential. We need to heed the reminder of the trained birds of “Island” as they call out “Attention.”

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