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3 to 3: Orycon 2013 interview with Jay Lake — In which Camille Alexa interviews me.

The Church of the Brass Messiah — Hah!

Amazon to deliver by drone? Don’t believe the hypeJeff Bezos’s ‘plan’ for drone deliveries is little more than a publicity stunt – timed for the biggest online shopping day of the year.

Compulsory Monogamy in The Hunger Games — This story has it right. A polyamorous solution, logical and satisfying as it might be, would never have made it on to the pages of the book or into the film.

Robot Handjobs Are The Future, And The Future Is Coming — Uh, yeah. (Thanks, I think, to David Goldman.)

Pheromone Signaling of Male C. elegans Worm Shortens Hermaphrodite Lifespan

Evangelical historian remains key ally of right — More on the profound and knowing intellectual dishonesty of America’s Evangelical Right. That whole not bearing false witness thing in the Bible? It’s one of the optional Ten Commandments. Lying for Jesus is never a sin, I guess. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Dozens of same-sex couples wed in Hawaii as new law takes effect — Another bigotry domino fallen. Just for reference, have any of the Right’s apocalyptic predictions for gay marriage (and repeal of DADT) come true? Even remotely? Anywhere? Not that there is ever any accountability whatsoever for conservative hysteria, but still.

Since rich people don’t create jobs, why are conservatives taken seriously on economics?This isn’t he-said-she-said economic theory. This is known fact, demonstrable time and again through empirical evidence just like evolution or climate science. Since when have facts ever stood in the way of a conservative position? It’s an entire ideology founded on explicit rejection of reality. In their own words conservatives have made it clear they have no interest in evidence-based thinking, except when it supports their interests.

?otD: Was your father a man of wealth and power whom everyone obeyed?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 241.2
Number of FEMA troops on my block forging presidential birth certificates: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[links] Link salad has heard that the forests will echo with laughter

Return of the Girl Cooties — Cora Buhlert with another good roundup about sexism in SF, with a lot of commentary.

France to seek ban on Amazon bundled discounts, free delivery — Huh. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

Living With Cancer: Seeking Intimacy — Yup. Sigh.

Choice of Health Plans to Vary Sharply From State to State — (Thanks to Dad.)

Perigee’s Full Moon — A lovely APOD photo of moonrise over the Temple of Poseidon.

Some beautiful kinetic art from the Netherlands — (Via AH.)

China’s Great Uprooting: Moving 250 Million Into Cities — That’s some massive social engineering there. (Via Dad.)

Ruins of Maya City Discovered in Remote Jungle — I think it is so cool that there are still lost cities in this GPS-enabled, satellite-mapped world.

Stalking world’s biggest planes makes for photos that say ‘wow’

The Fighter Jet Take-Off Platform — This be some weird shit, Maynard.

U.S. Special Forces Turn To Electric Motorcycles For Stealth

This Man Wants To Power The World With Tornadoes — Fueled by farmhouses?

The MEMO Project — A memorial to lost species. (Via H—.)

Marijuana Crops in California Threaten Forests and Wildlife

HPV Vaccine Is Working. Again. — Vaccination denialism is particularly horrible, because it brings risk and harm to the children of the deniers as well as everyone else. Climate change denialism, for contrast, is a more generally harmful form of willful idiocy that doesn’t have much direct correspondence with outcomes in the deniers personal life.

Annals of Surveillance: The PrismPrivacy in an age of publicity. (Via [info]danjite.)

NSA Secrecy and Personal Privacy — (Via David Goldman.)

The Real Reason You’re Mad at the NSA — On strategic intelligence as a national attribute. (Via Lisa Costello.)

U.S. Immigration Services Believes an Atheist Can’t Be an Conscientious Objector? — Well, you know, atheists can’t be trusted. What with their long history of burning people at the stake, slave labor in the Magdalen laundries, widespread coverups of pedophilia, hypocrisy on abortion and poverty, spirited defenses of slavery, segregation and gender-based discrimination, and so forth, atheists can’t hold a candle to the virtues of religious folk. Wait, what…? (Via [info]danjite.)

For One Gay Christian, a Search for Understanding While Hanging on to Faith

Religious right will hold breath, turn blue, if DOMA overturned“We will not stand by,” the statement harrumphs. But, actually, yes, yes they will. Standing by is exactly what they will do because that is all they can do. This doesn’t affect them. It does not harm them — it neither picks their pockets nor breaks their legs. It doesn’t compel them to do anything. It doesn’t compel them not to do anything. They are by-standers to something happening elsewhere, to other people.

Family Policy Institute of Washington Misrepresents Facts in a Child Rape Case — Pretty sure this guy is down with the Biblical verses about homosexuality, yet considers himself exempt from the Ten Commandments. Either that or American Bibles obviously have a footnote to the commandment against bearing false witness which exempts lies told about Planned Parenthood. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Controversial GOP NH Rep. Tremblay resignsTremblay alleges Marathon bombing may have been faked. Apparently the New Hampshire GOP did the right thing here. If only she’d been in the US House where conservative lunacy is apparently a job requirement, Rep. Tremblay would be a folk hero rather than an outcast. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

So When will Dick Cheney be charged with Espionage? His Crime was the Same as Snowden’s — It’s not treason when Republicans do it.

Illinois GOP Pol Calls Black Female Candidate A ‘Street Walker’ — Because conservatism. Are you proud of your Republican party?

QotD?: Does anybody remember laughter?

Writing time yesterday: 0.5 hours (a bit of WRPA, otherwise my day got eaten by logistics)
Hours slept: 10.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 249.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block installing Islamic footwashing sinks: 0
Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg; I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett

[links] Link salad doesn’t believe a damned thing today

Asimov’s has my Nebula and Hugo-nominated novella “The Stars Do Not Lie” available for free download on their site — For your reading pleasure.

Amazon: State of the Art for 1913 — Speaking as one of the people personally victimized by Amazon’s predatory business practices, I’ve long since given up endorsing them or doing business with them directly. But they are damned near unavoidable, more’s the pity. (Via Andrew Wheeler.)

Copro Lights — Hahahah.

Benchmark BBLDFG BLOG on lost and alternative cityscapes and world maps.

TSA: Terrorist Source of Amusement

WhiplashOver the last few days, as the emerging national marriage equality consensus has become more clear, a number of social conservatives have begun suggesting they are now in a new and oppressive climate in which they’re no longer able to speak their minds about the immorality of homosexuality or why laws should discriminate against gays. Or, to put it more bluntly, they say they’re losing their right to calls gays gross and weird. Confidential to conservatives in America: you certainly do have a right to bigoted speech, but that right doesn’t extend to being protected from sane, moral people pointing out your bigotry.

Witness: Man yelled about God after church killing — Thank god for the NRA and the Republican party, or this shooter wouldn’t have been able to exercise his theoretical defense of essential liberties.

Why this and not that? America’s topsy turvy priorities

QotD?: Truth or consequences?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (con time)
Hours slept: 8.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 244.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block building solar arrays to undermine the American fossil fuel industry: 0
Currently reading: Interesting Times by Terry Pratchett

[links] Link salad tries to catch a falling star

2012 Nebula Awards Nominees Announced — Look, it’s me! Whee!

How To Use Your World — An analysis of world building using my novel Mainspring as a negative example. Including some rather personal snark. Heh.

Fall or Fly? — On writing and day jobs. (Via Marta Murvosh.)

Borrowing E-Books — Andrew Wheeler on Amazon’s latest abusive-to-authors business idea.

The Kickstarter for the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival & CthulhuCon (Portland, OR) — Go check it out!

A Digital Shift on Health Data Swells Profits in an Industry — Maybe in the New York Times, but not in real life. My current second opinion effort requires over three hundred pages of printouts, which must be faxed, because electronic records transfer doesn’t meet patient privacy requirements.

Can Boosting Immunity Make You Smarter?The body’s defense cells engage the brain in an intricate dialogue that may help raise IQ. (Thanks to Harald Striepe.)

The Brain is Not ComputableA leading neuroscientist says Kurzweil’s Singularity isn’t going to happen. Instead, humans will assimilate machines. Hmm. Emergent mind-body dualism? And no more Rapture of the Nerds? I am disappointed.

Can You Feel Me Now? The Sensational Rise of Haptic Interfaces — Reverse electrovibration? (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

A DIY Bioprinter Is BornMembers of the biohacker movement have created an inexpensive device to print cells. Will they print a leaf next?

Resources Between the Stars — Mmm. Steppenwolf planets.

Can Humans Do Better Than Dinosaurs When it Comes to Incoming Space Objects? — At the moment, no.

Bird-friendly Farms Catching On in CaliforniaMigratory birds find refuge on farms as part of conservation plan. When I lived in Texas, we called that a Chicken Ranch.

Well Now I’m Depressed — A robot designed to depress mice?

Witness: “I Bite Him. Bad Man. He Tasty.” — Hahah.

Raising the stakes on life’s big choicesUsing a coin-flipping website, an experiment aims to investigate how people make the most important decisions.

Subvert the Script — I’ve been on both ends of this social script jumping the proverbial shark.

Bark Up or Down? Firewood Splits Norwegians — I really don’t know what to say to this. (Thanks to David Goldman.)

Exposé of Chinese Data Thieves Reveals Sloppy TacticsA report on the Chinese group that breached the computers of U.S. companies reveals that they took few precautions against detection.

The Lady and the Library Loafr: Gender and Public Space in Victorian AmericaFor Folsom and other Victorians, female readers not only disrupted library order but also threatened to rend the very social fabric of respectable Boston. (Thanks to Marta Murvosh.)

Family, Race, Religion: The U.S. is Becoming More Diverse — This is real America, not Sarah Palin’s crew of angry whites.

Governors, stop bashing liberal arts — It has the word “liberal” in it, so it must be evil. Because everybody knows liberals are responsible for such horrors as paid vacation, child labor laws, drinkable water and air, a safe food supply, free public education and other vile socialist chains that entangle American job creators.

The story of ‘Reagan’s Childhood Home’: A case studyBen Dimiero explained this morning, “While easily dismissed, the story serves as an illustrative example of the way the conservative echo chamber can twist facts and turn baseless speculation into their controversy du jour.” Your Republican party and its top priority: manufacturing more angry white men. Also, conservative commentator Daniel Larison on this same issue. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

PowerPoint Presentation Shows Boehner Selling The Sequester To His Members In 2011Although he now blames President Obama for the draconian spending cuts set to take effect March 1, just days before it passed House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) characterized the so-called sequester to Republicans as a way to hold the president accountable. Typical conservative: when your ideas and reality collide, lie, lie, lie. Millions of FOX News viewers will nod along and be angry at our Kenyan Socialist muslim president.

The Emancipation of Barack ObamaWhy the reelection of the first black president matters even more than his election.

QotD?: Ever seen a Nebula?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hour (0.75 hours on a new story, to 2,400 words, and 0.25 hours working on my collaboration with [info]the_child)
Hours slept: 6.75 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 232.2
Number of FEMA troops on my block covering up high crimes and misdemeanors in Benghazi: 0
Currently reading: Mort by Terry Pratchett

[links] Link salad asks what’s the matter with him? Is he all right?

Paradise Lost 3 — Looking for a tight writers’ conference with a high staff:student ratio? Plus me? Check it out.

Post-Sick SharksScrivener’s Error with a whole bunch of commentary and links on publishing and copyright, with focus on (among other things) orphan works. Recommended reading if you’re serious about this stuff.

Amazon ‘used neo-Nazi guards to keep immigrant workforce under control’ in Germany — Yep. That’s Amazon, predatory business practices and all. (Snurched from Andrew Wheeler.)

The Complete 14 Batman Window Cameos — Hahahah! (Via David Goldman.)

JayBall rules — Because reasons! (Thanks to [info]garyomaha.)

I’m Elyn Saks and this is what it’s like to live with schizophrenia — Wow. (Via Lisa Costello.)

The CIA funded abstract art during the Cold War — Umm…

Optical Calibration Targets — Oh, wow, this is cool. I want to visit some of these in person.

Bioinspired fibers change color when stretchedColor-tunable photonic fibers mimic the fruit of the “bastard hogberry” plant. (Snurched from Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Love of aviation launches teens’ fight to reopen museum — A local story from the Portland area.

Why Almost Everyone in Russia Has a Dash Cam — And why we have so many videos of the recent Russian meteor strike. (Via David Goldman.)

Russian Meteor Is Largest Since 1908 Siberian Blast, NASA SaysA meteor that exploded in the skies above Russia’s Ural Mountains was the largest since the Tunguska blast in Siberia in 1908 and released about 33 times the energy of the atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima.

Sex in the Middle Ages — Life after 40? No, wait…

Before Love: Puritan Beliefs about Sex and Marriage — Unfortunately, that Puritan sexual ethos continues to have grip on American culture, especially in the minds of the vocal and destructive Christianist minority, as part of their ongoing campaign of wholesale social repression and denial of individual rights in the name of a very narrow view of religion and morality.

Rising Voices in S. Korea, Japan Advocate Nuclear Weapons — What could possibly go wrong>

How the NRA Hobbled the ATF

The Art of Infinite War, Ctd.: The Administration’s Drone Campaign — Ta-Nehisi Coates with commentary from Judah Grunstein, who edits World Politics Review.

QotD?: How do you know?

Writing time yesterday: 1.25 hours (2,400 words on novella in progress, to 15,700 words, plus 0.25 hours of collaboration with [info]the_child.)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (fitful)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 232.6
Number of FEMA troops on my block covering up high crimes and misdemeanors in Benghazi: 0
Currently reading: Mort by Terry Pratchett

[links] Link salad rings in Boxing Day

The trailer for Lakeside, the documentary about me and cancer, is up — Waterloo Productions has it.

Giving Mom’s Book Five Stars? Amazon May Cull Your Review — Hmmm. They need to do something about the review system, especially the one-star “punishment reviews” from the $9.99 ebook lunatics, but is this the way? Not that I care, it is Amazon after all. (Via my Dad.)

Crafty Peruvian spider builds its own decoy — (Via David Goldman.)

Termites act as tiny miners, lead humans to gold

Jack Klugman’s secret, lifesaving legacy — He once stormed the beaches of Normandy. He later stormed the beaches of the Senate. (Via [info]danjite, among others.)

The Moral AnimalReligion binds individuals into groups through habits of altruism, creating relationships of trust strong enough to defeat destructive emotions. Nice of the author to say that. Has he looked at the public face of religion in the United States? Public religion in the US is not about altruism and trust. It’s about hating gays and liberals, punishing women and the poor, persecuting private sexual behavior, and promoting conservative in-group politics. Those positions have come to define religion in the public square in this country, everything from the Mormon church’s disgraceful support for Proposition 8 to the Catholic bishops’ pathetic but adamant lies about the ACA and birth control. Not altruism, persecution.

DUI Charge: Jan. 4 Court Date for Idaho Sen. Crapo — Hey, lookie here, a Mormon teetotalling Republican senator arrested for DUI. Good thing we have decades of moral leadership from conservative politicians and media to demonstrate the private lives and personal errors of politicians are off limits. I’m sure Senator Crapo will receive the respectful treatment he deserves, just like the Clintons and the Obamas and Kennedys always did. Meanwhile, yet another conservative public scold is revealed as a inevitable hypocrite, but no one on the Right will care. Social conservatives, my ass. Look, Clinton’s penis!

?otD: Do you box?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.25 hours (8.0 hours solid, 0.25 hours napping)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (30 minutes on the stationary bike)
Weight: 210.8
Number of FEMA troops on my block confiscating firearms and shutting down the Internet: 0
Currently reading: The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks

[links] Link salad is an advertising victim

Kalimpura gets Klausnered — Go, me!

All yours… until your credit card expires: Barnes & Noble ‘stops customers accessing ebooks they’ve already paid for’ — Nice move, Barnes and Noble. You’ve lowered yourself to’s level of predatory business practices. (Via [info]corwynofamber.)

Steampunk Keyboard — (Via [info]willyumtx.)

Preaching the incontrovertible to the unconvertibleLanguage Log revisits an old bogeyman, the spurious that/which distinction so beloved of copy editors.

“Homicide Victims Rarely Talk to Police,” and Other Horrible Headlines

cancer. canceling. postponing. waiting. growing. — Amanda Palmer on the hard choices of cancer in the lives of people around you. In case you somehow missed this. (Via Lisa Costello among others.)

Genetic Sequencing Traces Romani Back to Ancient Indian Origin — The original headline could use some work, though the article is more nuanced. Also, note the first comment under the piece. (Via David Goldman.)

Cold case cops find new DNA strategyA cold case detective working to identify eight bodies found in John Wayne Gacy’s home in 1978 developed a new way to find other possible victims of Chicago’s most notorious serial killer. Ah, the majesty of the law. (Via Lisa Costello.)

The catfish that strands itself to kill pigeons — (Via Steve Buchheit.)

You don’t have to be local — I’m not very good at being local, but I do split my energy. (Via David Goldman.)

One Month Later: 30 Post-Election Rebuilding Tips From Republicans — I’ll bet good money the GOP swiftly returns to generating angry white men as their core electoral strategy. To do anything else would require the GOP to confront the huge number of issues about which it has been dreadfully wrong, and the modern conservative movement is clearly incapable of that degree of introspection.

Evangelicals vs. Persons With Disabilities: The real dangers of fighting against imaginary monstersThis vote also harms America’s leadership, influence and reputation in the world. It makes America look ignorant, petty and spiteful. It makes us look that way because 38 Republican senators caused America to be ignorant, petty and spiteful. And this ugly, harmful stupidity is all based on fantasy — based on nothing more than evangelicals’ preoccupation with pretending that they’re waging a heroic battle against Satanic baby-killer abortionists and against the one-world government of the Antichrist. How is that different from almost every other conservative position these days?

?otD: Got milk?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours stationary bike ride
Weight: 217.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block teaching evolution to children and redistributing wealth: 0
Currently reading: The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks

[links] Link salad is always in the front and not the rear

Have you voted in the Kalimpura caption contest voting poll?

Outlawed by Amazon DRMA couple of days a go, my friend Linn sent me an e-mail, being very frustrated: Amazon just closed her account and wiped her Kindle. Without notice. Without explanation. This is DRM at it’s worst. If you think Amazon is your friend, you are sadly mistaken. A lesson I learned the hard way a couple of years ago myself. (Via [info]goulo.)

Hobbes and Bacon — Hahahah. (Via Janelle Lohr.)

Daily Idioms — More like weekly, given the posting frequency, but ZOMG are these some amazingly cool links. (Via Lisa Costello.)

Big Trouble in Little China + Gangnam Style. John Carpenter approves. — The bog mindless… (Via Lisa Costello.)

Soldiers Lost and Found: Students Rediscover the Fallen — History, one war casualty at a time. (Via [info]danjite.)

Elephants — Not to mention incendiary pigs and howdah pistols. And Special Forces field manuals. And, um, yeah. Because reasons, that’s why! (Snurched from Daily Idioms.)

The Urine Wheel — Mmm. Pee-a-licious. (Via Lisa Costello.)

Dissolving electronics – medical sensors that disintegrate after a fixed time — This is some serious cool.

Mammatus Clouds Over Saskatchewan — I’ve seen these in Texas.

Coal-Eating Microbes Might Create Vast Amounts of Natural GasCompanies are demonstrating a novel way to turn inaccessible coal into usable fuel.

L’Aquila quake: Italy scientists guilty of manslaughter — This is kind of freaky. Has the American conservative “science is lies from the pit of hell” attitude infected Italian politics as well? Or let me put this more succinctly: this is fucking insane. More here.

Carbon dating to 50,000 yearsAn article in Friday’s Science magazine details how a team of scientists provided a calibration for carbon dating accurately to 50,000 years, or about 10 times the age of the earth according to many creationists. Amazing how accurate and detailed those lies from the pit of hell can be. Warning: Facts not valid for conservatives. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

Costumed Pa. girl mistaken for skunk, shot Police say a costumed 9-year-old girl was accidentally shot outside a western Pennsylvania home during a Halloween party by a relative who thought she was a skunk. If you’re one of America’s gun owners, how’s that whole defense of essential liberties thing working out for you? Sure worked out well for this kid, didn’t it? I’ll bet she’s grateful as hell for the NRA and the GOP vigorously standing up for her right to be shot at a party.

CNN anchor to hate group: “I am a proud, card-carrying member” of the gay gestapoRepublicans think truth has a liberal bias, so they lie routinely as a matter of strategy.

International monitors at US polling spots draw criticism from voter fraud groups — Now Kazakhstan is monitoring our elections. Guess who objects? Conservatives: the very same people committing wholesale voter suppression and fraud. (Via David Goldman.)

Steve King: Comparing Immigrants To Dogs Was ‘A Compliment’ — Stay classy, conservative America. It’s what you do best. (Via my Aunt M.)

Akin: McCaskill fetches expansive government “like a dog” — Mr. Legitimate Rape is at it again. Stay classy, conservative America. It’s what you do best.

Can a businessman help the economy? For presidents, the answer has been no.The startling bottom line is that the nation’s GDP has grown more than 45 times faster under presidents with little or no business experience than it has under presidents with successful business careers. And on average, when there has been a successful businessman in the Oval Office (so, Truman is excluded), GDP growth has been negligible. I’ve never understood why business experience is a selling point for political office. Governments are not for profit entities, nor are they non-profit entities in the 501©3 sense. (Via David Goldman.)

A ‘greatest hits’ of misleading Romney claims — Once again, we see the guiding principle of contemporary conservatism: When you can’t win on your ideas, lie.

Romney’s Major Flip-Flops in the Third Debate — Remember when Republicans despised John Kerry for a flip-flopper? Yeah, neither do they.

Verdict on the Foreign Policy Debate — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison on last night’s debate. A review of the transcript will show that Romney delivered a lot of incoherent answers, but that probably won’t hurt him with most viewers. Likely Republican voters in a nutshell, right there.

The Undisclosed Mitt RomneyWith the presidential election just two weeks away, Romney’s gamble may be paying off. He has failed to specify where he would wield the budget knife, and he has defied, with a striking degree of success, the relatively quiet group of people who have called for him to honor a host of traditional disclosure and campaign practices. Post-truth campaigning is succeeding admirably for Romney and the GOP so far. Which may be a death knell for honest politics in America, insofar as they’ve been honest before this point.

?otD: What does a beaver do when she’s lost and cold?

Writing time yesterday: 2.5 hours (revisions on “A Stranger Comes to Kalimpura”)
Body movement: 0.5 hour stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.0 hours
Weight: 230.0
Currently reading: n/a

[links] Link salad takes to the skies with a stumble and a cough

The Great Amazon Squeeze — Gee. Predatory business practices. From Jeff Bezos. Also, this just in: water is wet.

Fall Colors Are Peaking 10 Days Later Than the early 1980′s — Just more of those inconveniently biased facts. Nothing to see here, citizen, Rush Limbaugh will explain it to your beautiful mind shortly. (Via Gillian.)

Theology & science fiction: A Calvinist dystopia — Insofar as I can tell, all Calvinism is dystopic.

Chick-fil-A Biblical Family of the DayChick-fil-A president Dan Cathy: “We support biblical families.” Today’s Chick-fil-A Biblical Family of the Day: Jacob & Leah & Rachel & Zilpah & Bilhah (Genesis 29:15-30)

A Bishop Describes How The Church Invented Hell To Control People — Because morality! (Thanks to David Goldman.)

V.P. debate: Missing from the abortion discussion? Women — Because white men know best about women’s health.

Let’s dedicate the EU’s Nobel peace prize to Europe’s sexual revolutionThe long-term effects of the EU’s student exchange programme are still to be felt – Erasmus has bonded the continent’s youth. Cora Buhlert has more on this from the perspective of a German citizen. (Meaning the peace prize, not transnational sex.)

Third Northwest activist jailed for staying silent — Because due process! Feel safer now? What if it was you in that cell? (Via [info]danjite.)

Romney Says People Don’t Die Because They Lack Insurance — Here’s Why He’s Wrong — A conservative? Wrong? About healthcare? Next you’ll be telling me evolution isn’t a secularist lie!

Paul Ryan, King of Pork — Mmm, intellectual consistency. Who needs it when there’s Obama to hate on?

?otD: Are you home today?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hour (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (airport walking to come)
Hours slept: 7.0 (solid)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: Heartland by Mark Teppo

[links] Link salad yawns

Tarzan, Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter, Shreck and The Persuaders and adapting globalized pop culture to local tastes — International fan fic.

Boys with babies and women with knives: Rethinking gender assumptionist power structures — Kameron Hurley is smart. (Via Marta Murvosh.)

How one man spent his 22nd birthday. — This is sweet. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

Amazon Starts a Shopping Site for the Environmental Crowd — Oh, goodie. Another opportunity for Jeff Bezos to unapologetically abuse his market power at the expense of individuals. Another site I will never shop at. (Thanks to Dad.)

Tell me about acupuncture — Roger Ebert on healthcare and treatment methods.

Seeking Cures, Patients Enlist Mice Stand-Ins — Wow. I wish I had access to this technique. (Via [info]mikigarrison.)

Buddhist statue stolen by Nazis made of meteoriteAn ancient Buddhist statue that a Nazi expedition brought back from Tibet shortly before World War II was carved from a meteorite that crashed on Earth thousands of years ago. (Thanks to Dad.)

DNA from maggot guts used to identify corpse in criminal caseBody was so badly burned that collecting DNA samples was impossible.

Surprising Troughs on Asteroid Vesta Might Have Resulted From Collision

Obama administration says it will consider same-sex partnerships in deportation proceedings — Democrats, doing the right thing where Republicans would burn the country down first.

Photos That Make the Rude Pundit Want to Huff Nitrous Oxide — Best healthcare system in the world. (If you’re a conservative who’s never been seriously ill.

Bishop says voting Democrat could cost you salvation — Um, yeah. As the post says, Yes, that’s the institution that regularly protects men who raped children attempting to tell you what is or is not evil. (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

‘Unskewed Polls’ Critics Miss Basics Of Party Identification — Not to mention missing the basics of reality. But then, conservatives consciously opted out of the reality-based community.

More problematic GOP voter forms are found in FloridaElection officials report dozens of potentially fraudulent registrations in the state, in a blow to the Republican National Committee’s get-out-the-vote operation. Yep, definitely need to stop those brown people from voting.

Boehner’s lawyer: Blue-eyed people deserve more rights than gays — And that is why I will never, ever be a Republican. Because conservatives think this way.

Top 10 Memorable Debate Moments — (Thanks to David Goldman.)

Is This the Nastiest Election Ever? — Not hardly. (Thanks to Dad.)

Ann Romney concerned about Mitt’s “mental well-being” if elected Prez

Things Are So Bad For Romney, Republicans Are Letting Him Tout RomneyCare — It is amazing how statesmanlike Kenyan Muslim socialism becomes when practiced by a Republican.

Romney: A win in Pennsylvania would be a ‘shock’ — Tell it like it is, Mittens.

?otD: Sleepy?

Writing time yesterday: 0.5 hours (WRPA)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (suburban walking to come)
Hours slept: 9.5 (interrupted, with napping)
Weight: 228.2
Currently reading: Heartland by Mark Teppo

[links] Link salad thinks Saturday night’s alright for fighting

Fernweh for Magellanica — Fernweh is what the Germans call that longing for faraway places, the poetic certainty that things are better elsewhere. But there is a superlative degree of geographic desire, a Fernweh even more sublime: the ache for fictional faraway places.

The Cost Of Free Doughnuts: 70 Years Of Regret — The risks of categorical change.

Why horn size matters when picking a mate

Older worker termites become exploding, toxic defenders — I know people like this.

In Sweden, Taking File Sharing to Heart. And to Church. — Uh, yeah. (Thanks, I think, to Dad.)

Three-planet system’s regular orbits hint at orbital chaos elsewhereSystems evolve from one disk then have orbital interactions destabilize them.

Civic Virtue — Ta-Nehisi Coates on voting and citizenship. Worth the read.

Jeff Bezos Kicks Straight Support For Gay Marriage Up A NotchJeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie, announced their donation of $2.5 million in support of Washington’s gay marriage legislation this week Huh. Good for him. A case of doing the right thing in a fairly big way. However, Amazon is still prima facie a predatory business that victimizes authors. Bezos certainly isn’t buying back his reputation with me given his company’s business practices. On the other hand, he doesn’t care what I think.

Busted: Republican candidate’s companion voted for 5 years… after her death — Yep, that liberal voting fraud is rampant.

The Republican misinformation machine tackles the Internet — Speaking of Republican lies, and not letting the facts get in the way of a good bout of conservative outrage.

Phoniness and DiplomacyI was struck by how several of Romney’s missteps were the result of his saying true things that he ought to have known not to say publicly.

Romney Abroad: Candidate Obama Did It Better in 2008Mitt Romney’s clumsy start to his overseas trip is shaping up as a stark contrast to candidate Barack Obama’s tour of the Middle East and Europe in July 2008, when he managed to strike perfect pitch at press conferences and in visits with foreign leaders.

Questions for Conservatives About Healthcare ReformI frequently hear insured people say that if the ACA survives, it will mean they won’t have access to timely medical care. This tells me they not only believe they have a right to health care, but that they have a right to the prompt delivery thereof. And yet, they don’t seem to think people like me and my son have any right to it at all. Well, I disagree with them. I need heathcare reform and I think I deserve it, not from “the government,” but from the society that my family and I have contributed to and served for most of our lives. I’m not saying Obamacare is the answer. I’m only saying that we need to solve this problem and the uncaring rhetoric of my conservative friends is speaking so loudly that I’m finding it difficult to hear anything else they’re saying about healthcare reform. Written by someone who is apparently a religious conservative, demonstrating once again that no one, not even conservatives, likes conservative policies when applied to them personally. (Snurched from Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

?otD: What are a couple of the sounds that you really like?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hour (60 minutes on Other Me)
Body movement: 60 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 6.25 (solid)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems by Henry Petroski

[links] Link salad for a JayCon Saturday

Recognizing a New Medium: the Kindle — Interesting. (Via [info]danjite.)

Snow White: Beauty Is Power

The New Yorker on Prometheus

Proto-Indo-European in Prometheus?

Venus at the Edge — A view of the recent transit of Venus as seen from the Hinode spacecraft.

N. Carolina Senate decides to include science in sea level projections after allGrudgingly accepts that sea level rises may accelerate. Some liberals forced them to betray good Republican principles by acknowledging actual reality.

Arctic Ocean mega-bloom: Scientists’ eyes popped and jaws dropped

How Bigotry WorksOne reason why it’s hard to see bigotry in people we respect and love, is that it’s become a mark of shame. Ta-Nehisi Coates on bigotry, but I think he got it wrong, at least as far as that pull quote goes. Anti-gay bigotry is an important in-group marker among conservatives, especially religious conservatives. They dislike the label for the reasons he cites, but they enthusiastically embrace the reality of bigotry. Christianists want to be self-valorizing good guys while reveling in their arrant bigotry, they just resent being called on that in public.

Rush Limbaugh says Americans voted for Obama to prove they weren’t racist — Right. Because no one sane could possibly ever vote anything but Republican. The last GOP administration turned a budget surplus and a declining deficit into an all-time record setting economic disaster, involved us in a trillion dollar war of choice on knowingly false pretenses, and whistled while New Orleans drowned. Who could possibly vote for anyone else in the face of such glaring success?

Did Republicans deliberately crash the US economy?Be it ideology or strategem, the GOP has blocked pro-growth policy and backed job-killing austerity – all while blaming Obama. A discussion in the UK press of something profoundly self-evident that you will hear very little of from Your Liberal Media.
?otd: Again?

Writing time yesterday: 0.25 hours (Going to Extremes outline)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 5.75 (solid)
Weight: 240.0 (!)
Currently reading: Shattering the Ley by Benjamin Tate