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[links] Link salad puts its bet on number one and it comes up every time

Don’t forget the new Endurance ARC contest: [ | LiveJournal ]

A Reader Reacts to Steampunk Tales #1 — Including my story “Benedice Te”.

Amazon e-book subscription? Publishers should join — Ever since Amazon’s blatant and inappropriate abusive behavior punishing Macmillan print authors for an only tangentially related ebook pricing dispute last year, I simply don’t trust them not to burn us again and again. Their business ethos clearly does not encompass the rhetoric of do no evil.

Fish oils block chemotherapy drug — Hmm. Grr. I take fish oil. (Thanks to reader M.)

Insulin Via Nasal Spray May Slow Alzheimer’s

Supercomputer predicts revolution — Alas, poor Mike, we knew ye well.

6 months into Japan’s cleanup, radiation a major worry

Arizona church is house of prostitution, police say“We certainly respect First Amendment rights. However, religious freedom does not allow for criminal acts,” Martos said. What, like illegal protests at abortion clinics? Refusing medical or pharmaceutical services based on the practitioner’s beliefs? Religious freedom privileges all kinds of acts, some of them criminal and some of them just nuts. At least it does so for mainline Christians. (Thanks to [info]bravado111.)

We refuse to live in fear! — Glenn Greenwald on American behavior in a post 9/11 world. [T]he very idea that America hasn’t been converted into a paramilitarized Nation of Fear is absurd on its face. Most foreign policy and domestic civil liberties erosions are grounded in little other than that.

The Tea Party and the GOP primary electorate — They’re almost one and the same. Shocking, I know.

What is Socialism and what is not — Addressing GOP/Tea Party/FOX newspeak. Which is admittedly pissing in the wind, but they’ve been awfully good at redefining loaded terms in nonsensical ways. (Via Steve Buchheit.)

?otD: So! Where the hell was Biggles when you needed him last Saturday??

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (interrupted)
Weight: 222.0
Currently reading: Antiphon by Ken Scholes

[links] Link salad came back with a lock of your hair

Don’t forget the new Endurance ARC contest: [ | LiveJournal ]

[info]benpeek is clever about the latest Orson Scott Card disgrace

Writer Ed Bryant needs some help — A combination of healthcare and housing issues threatens him.

New Implant Can Monitor Tumors ContinuouslyResearchers ultimately hope to combine the tiny sensor with a device to deliver targeted chemotherapy only when the tumor becomes more aggressive.

The Trouble With Homework

Gaddafi’s Creepy Love Den

Another faith-healing death of a child puts Oregon City parents on trial — I find it very difficult to summon sympathy for the actions of these parents. Why is religion allowed to so pervasively privilege what would otherwise be unacceptable behavior in civil society?

Postal Workers: The Last Union — More on the GOP’s relentless dismantling of the American middle class and opportunities for job security and upward mobility. (Via David Goldman.)

The Years of Shame — Paul Krugman on our responses to 9/11.

US will never be at war with Islam: Obama — Almost literally the only thing I respect George W. (“OK, you covered your ass. You can go now.”) Bush for was his insistence on this point. Of course, his advisors and supporters muddied that water horribly for electoral reasons, so the point was largely lost.

How much has Obama learned?The president’s speech to Congress and the Republican presidential debate last week should have taught us that we are no longer in the world of civics textbooks in which our political parties split their differences and arrive at imperfect but reasonably satisfactory solutions. To be more accurate, the GOP is not in that world. The Democrats keep trying to govern, and get kicked in the teeth by Republican electioneering every time. Viz Senator Lott’s highest stated legislative priority — not jobs or deficit spending or dealing with Mr. Bush’s wars, but ensuring that Obama is a one-term president. That’s not governance, that’s politics in bald-faced nutshell.

?otD: That night that you planned to go clear, did you ever go clear?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 9.0 hours (naps plus fitful overnight)
Weight: 223.0
Currently reading: Antiphon by Ken Scholes

[links] Link salad for the 9/11 anniversary

Don’t forget the new Endurance ARC contest: [ | LiveJournal ]

A reader reacts to Green — A positive review from [info]gerryhuntman. Among other things, he touches on the (baffling to me) negative response several reviewers have had to the dedication.

Those darn fan letters (or, you know. Emails) — Urban fantasy author J.A. Pitts talks about his fanmail. Touching.

Charlie Stross asks “What do you think is the most important novel of the past 10-and-a-bit years (published since January 1st 2000)? All male authors are disqualified.” — Interesting comments.

Scientists Reveal How Hummingbirds Sing with Their Tail Fethers

NASA fanfare for Orion progress as welds begins on the OFT-1 vehicle

World in Transit Hides ‘Invisible’ Planet in Its Solar System

Witnessing Hell — Writer Sonia Lyris on looking back at 9/11.

9/11 dwarfed the films about it — Roger Ebert on 9/11.

Ten Years after 9/11, Do the Arabs value Democracy more than We do?Some critics trace the debt and budget crisis to the Bush wars, but in a $14.5 trillion a year economy, the $1 trillion spent on the wars over a decade was not decisive. The real cost of the wars of aggression was a decline in the standing of the US abroad, a gutting of the UN Charter and international legal norms, and a de facto repeal civil liberties at home.

9/11: The Decade Since — I have profound respect for 9/11 and what is meant to this country, but not for our response it. 9/11 killed slightly under 3,000 people. In that same year, 2001, 29,573 died of gun violence in the United States. 931,108 of cardiovascular disease. Other major causes of death in 2001 were cancer, 553,768; accidents, 101,537; Alzheimer’s disease, 53,852; and HIV 14,175. Those numbers have held up every year since, as deaths by terrorism have not. We did not go on trillion dollar+ parxoysm of needless security theatre and foreign wars-of-choice under knowingly false premises and runaway deficit spending and dismantling of civil liberties and politicization/rank partisanship as a result of those vastly higher death rates, many of them highly preventable. We did not open commissions or establish payouts for the victims of all those other deaths. Which saddens me for our social priorities. Was 3,000 lives worth what we did? Wouldn’t a better memorial to 9/11 and its victims have been improving conditions at home across the board rather than degrading our national standing aboard?

?otD: Where were you that day?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo)
Body movement: 0.0. hours (chemo)
Hours slept: 11.5 hours (badly interrupted)
Weight: 225.0
Currently reading: Antiphon by Ken Scholes