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[links] Link salad wakes up in its own bed

Jay Lake livre son génome — I love the translation of my attribution, The author of the largely unknown Jade…

Neanderthals ‘could speak like us’ — “Ooh-bi-doo, I wan’na be like you / I want to walk like you, talk like you, too…“ Everybody sing!

Dutch masters paintings deconstructed — This is pretty intense.

Will Commercial Space Travel Blast Off in 2014?

Big Dig West — Wow, this is serious stupidity up in Seattle, thanks to WSDOT.

Back in the Pulpit After Losing His Church, and Still Supporting Gay Marriage

Cosmas IndicopleustesCosmas composed his Christian Topography over a number of years, after he had retired to monastic life. He aimed at proving, contrary to prevailing Greek and some Christian theories, that the universe had the same shape as Moses’ tabernacle, that it was in the form of a cube and not a sphere. The earth was a flat, oblong table, 12,000 miles long and 6,000 miles wide, surrounded by ocean beyond which was Paradise, where Adam and Eve had lived (cf. II.43). The whole area was surrounded by high, perpendicular mountains on which the vault of heaven rested. Between heaven and earth lay the firmament, dividing the universe into two stages. God and the just dwelt on the upper level, to which man would be admitted after the Resurrection; on the lower was humanity in this life. And see here. (Thanks, ultimately, to Felix Gilman.)

Noah’s Extremely Bad Animal Husbandry AdviceBy their estimates, 16,000 land animals and birds, including dinosaurs, were on the ark. Uh, yeah. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Heat Wave Stifles AustraliaTemperatures topping 118° F, 48° C, baked eastern Australia during the final days of 2013 and first week of 2014.

Ford Exec: ‘We Know Everyone Who Breaks The Law’ Thanks To Our GPS In Your Car — Apparently there has since been a retraction. Gee, I wonder why. (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

Judge in “kids for cash” ruled liable for damage — It’s so rare for people who work in the judicial system to face consequences for misconduct, especially when the victims are essentially helpless and have no real social power. See our nation’s long and shameful history of essential zero consequences for prosecutorial misconduct, for example. This story continues to amaze me.

Freedom to lie[S]ome members of the court are concerned that the anti-abortion zealots are being obstructed from lying. You can’t blame them. Blatant dishonesty is a big part of the forced childbirth movement strategy and at least a handful of justices are undoubtedly fully on board with that tactic. Yeah, that whole Ten Commandment about not bearing false witness? Smug Republican Jesus gives His followers a pass on that one every time.

NJ Democrat lawmaker on traffic scandal: ‘I do think laws have been broken’ — As any Republican can tell you, rumors of a presidential blow job are far, far more politically important than abuse of power for petty political payback a part of a long term pattern of bullying and intimidation.

?otD: Did you walk alone in restless dreams?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (extremely fitful)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 240.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block faking evidence for evolution: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[links] Link salad wakes up back East

Putting grammar back in grammar schools: A modest proposal

‘Tis and 10 other fun proclitic words

Flying Saucers Comics

Painted Ships on Painted Oceans: an Accidental Map of the Doldrums — This is very cool.

Thousand-Year-Old Vineyards Found in SpainTraces of ancient vineyards that date back 1,000 years were discovered in the terraced fields of a medieval village in Spain, according to a new archaeological study.

Hundreds of radio-tagged sharks tweet warnings at Australian swimmersAutomated system reaches farther, updates faster than radio or newspaper alerts.

8 Ways Jellyfish Are Awesome And Terrifying — (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

A Breakthrough for Speeding Satellite Feeds

Pondering Recent Exomoon News

Yellowstone magma reservoir is full and bigger than expected — My goodness, that eruption will be jolly. (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

England’s Clowns Are Furious

Gender and the Body Language of Power — On a trivial note, I particularly like the bit about large cars.

?otD: What time zone are you in today?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.25 hours (interrupted)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: n/a (traveling, no scale)
Number of FEMA troops on my block falsifying climate change data: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[links] Link salad gets its kicks above the waistline, sunshine

Dude, Where’s My Accent?Why the California Vowel Shift may have us all by the tongue. Also this. Snerk. (Via David Goldman.) — Charlie Stross is very funny.

Why Do We Call People Redheads Instead of Orangeheads?

Who Put the O in Portland? — More on the ‘round maps’. I was also struck by this comment: [T]here’s scientific evidence for the fact that GPS technology is making us less, rather than more spatially aware. When we rely, as is now so commonplace, on satellite-guided driving instructions tailored to our specific trip, we’re preventing our brain from doing what it should do naturally: making ‘mental maps’ of our surroundings. That’s been exactly my experience of using GPS.

How to Talk to a Live Person: Every Customer Support Number You’ll Ever Need — A holiday calling guide. (Thanks to my Dad.)

Soylent hits its 1.0 formula, nears releaseWe talk with Soylent’s creator on what’s changed since we slurped down the beta. Soylent peen is greople!

You Can’t Get Entangled Without a Wormhole: Physicist Finds Entanglement Instantly Gives Rise to a Wormhole — (Via Bruce Taylor.)

Die, selfish gene, dieThe selfish gene is one of the most successful science metaphors ever invented. Unfortunately, it’s wrong. This is freaking fascinating. (Thanks to AH via [info]tillyjane.)

Animal Locomotion: Reanimating Muybridge’s 19th Century Illustrations with GIFs — Zoopraxography indeed. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Tolkien gesture – scientist maps climate of Lord of the RingsMount Doom is like LA and the Shire like Lincolnshire, so says a climate model based on author’s famously detailed maps. (Via [info]danjite.)

The Most Important Command in the Old Testament isn’t what you think — A little linguistic analysis for you. And guess what? It’s not about teh gayz or sex or the abomination of widely available, affordable healthcare. Not at all. (Via [info]daveraines.)

Australia’s first gay marriages conducted — Another bigotry domino falls, at least temporarily. Sadly, the forces of religiously-cloaked conservative intolerance are still very strong.

Iceland in shock as cops kills a man for 1st time in history — Clearly they need more guns to be safe. No, wait, they have more guns.

South Carolina Sheriff Refuses To Lower Flag For Mandela — Stay classy, conservative America. It’s what you do best.

Special Report: Thailand secretly supplies Myanmar refugees to trafficking rings — As Daniel says, this is stunningly evil. Sigh. (Via [info]danjite.)

Apartheid’s Useful Idiots For many years, a large swath of this country failed Nelson Mandela, failed its own alleged morality, and failed the majority of people living in South Africa. Ah, we are again reminded of the much vaunted moral consistency of American conservatives.

A reminder of what Republicans thought of MandelaIt’s a constant theme of conservatism to falsely take credit for the progressive causes of yesteryear while attempting to destroy contemporary ones. You have to give the GOP a break here. When their own record is a nearly unbroken string of failures and policy disasters, they can claim no credit at all except false credit.

Santorum: Fight Against Obamacare Like Fight Against Apartheid — You don’t have to be bone-stupid to be a conservative, but demonstrably it sure as hell helps. Really, what can any rational, moral human being say to something like this?

“History? We don’t know. We’ll all be dead.”The conservative project in general really, truly doesn’t give a damn about human suffering. They live in an abstract universe in which their dedication to their rigid ideology simply trumps all moral concerns about real human beings in the here and now. They just don’t give a damn.

?otD: Where was that one night?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.5 hours (very fitful)
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)

[links] Link salad always pays its debts

23 Signs You’re Secretly An Introvert — The hilarious part about this article is how many of these apply to me.

Old globe may be first to depict New World

Where The Whale Sharks Go — (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

China aiming to be newest—and largest—space superpowerExperts say a Chinese moon landing “very much in the cards.” Good for them. We’ve certainly lost the will to space here in the United States. I’m glad some country somewhere has the pride and ambition to keep trying.

Are Americans Ready to Rebel Over Climate? — Sadly, no. There is a much stronger streak of rebellion over the entirely imaginary Kenyan Muslim socialist depredations of our current president than there ever will be over the civilization-threatening reality of climate change.

Al Gore hurricane hubbub and climate changeWhile some supporters of climate policy reform occasionally overstate the effects climate change will have on extreme weather, opponents of climate policy often go completely off the rails, accusing scientists of possible criminal behavior and rejecting the reality of climate change itself. The latter actions are far more damaging to dialogue around climate policy. In fact, they poison our public discourse. You can’t deal with a problem if you refuse to acknowledge it exists. Welcome to conservative America.

Wild Applause, Secretly ChoreographedDesignated Cheering Spectators Thrive at the Bolshoi Theater. Some interesting parallels with the American political media here. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

When Australians gave back their guns — Some countries are sane when it comes to gun violence. And much, much more successful at ensuring the safety of their citizens than we are. Firearms are America’s national mental illness. 30,000 deaths per year has no justification.

Student ‘Subversives’ And The FBI’s ‘Dirty Tricks’ — Ronald Reagan always was a liar and a fraud. He was doing many of the things to stifle dissent and restrict freedom that conservatives like to pretend Obama is doing, about the time Obama was born. Ever seen a freedom-loving Republican protest the Gipper? (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

Powell: Trayvon Martin Verdict ‘Questionable’ — That’s it. He’s done being a Republican. Either that or a Limbaugh apology tour is imminent. Conservatives are not allowed to discuss the realities of race in America, ever.

QotD?: Is winter coming?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours stationary bike
Weight: n/a (someone moved my scale)
Number of FEMA troops on my block vaccinating children to spread autism: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[links] Link salad gets ready to leave the madness

Bill Lindblad auctions off a rare, signed edition of GRAILS to benefit me. Check it out. Facebook announcement or eBay auction page.

British Weather Terms — Ah, the queen’s English. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Major disruptions expected after severe quake in New Zealand — I hope all my friends there are safe and well.

US jets dropped bombs on Great Barrier Reef — Because reasons! Oh, well. At least they were inactive.

Eight-Corner Store: 1904 — A cool photo from historic Cuba.

Overweight? Maybe You Really Can Blame Your Genes

Candidate for Roanoke County Board of Supervisors: Religious Freedom Only Applies to Christians — Ah, the patriotism of conservatives. Now 100% Constitution-free, except for the Second Amendment no doubt. (Snurched from Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Satanic Temple Sees Westboro Baptist’s Funeral Protests, Raises Them Gay Wedding On Top Of Fred Phelps’ Mom’s Grave — Hmm. (Via [info]danjite.)

The Wealth of Nations: The U.S. is No. 1 in Inequality — we’re number one! We’re number one! Go USA!

QotD?: How many people did you spend your weekend with?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (away from home)
Weight: n/a (away from home)
Number of FEMA troops on my block conducting Department of Justice investigations of white patriots: 0
Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg; Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey

[links] Link salad wishes happy birthday to its mother

Debut author lessons: Hate mail — Mary Robinette Kowal Is Wise.

Writers Workshop of Science Fiction & Fantasy Available! — In which I have an essay.

Temple of the Autonomous Machine — Okay, this story about the intersection of robotics and archaeology is just fricking cool.

Happiness Inc. — What makes people happy?

Group kicks off planting of ancient tree clones

The chicken crouton recipe — For them what wants it.

Classifying a Killer Whale for Tax Purposes — Ah, lawyers. And to be fair, the IRS.

For young Soviets, the Beatles were a first, mutinous rip in the iron curtainThe band inspired dissidents and musicians and, a new book claims, meant more to youth in the USSR than in the west. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

Jon Stewart investigates the Australian gun control “failure”

National Debt Graph by President[T]he Voodoo [Economics] failed just as Bush predicted, and the supply-siders turned a 32-year winning streak into a debt disaster that continues to this day. For 20 years, under Reagan and the Bushes, the national debt increased compared to GDP every single year. In most other years it decreased. Supply side economics never worked. It’s just another one of those counterfactual conservative political fetishes that they justify within their bubble of epistemic closure. Another example of reality’s well-known liberal bias.

Political rhetoric finds its way into post-bombing debate

QotD?: When is your mom’s birthday?

Writing time yesterday: 0.5 hours (WRPA, plus some work on my archives which I didn’t include in the time tracking)
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (fitful)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (injured foot)
Weight: n/a (couldn’t stand on scale due to injured foot)
Number of FEMA troops on my block faking evidence for climate change: 0
Currently reading: The Last Continent by Terry Pratchett

[links] Link salad is lost in time like tears in the rain

Asimov’s for April/May 2013 (3 of 3) — In which my novella “The Stars Do Not Lie” is held up as an example of bad fiction. (Honor is restored, however.) Proving once again that the story truly does belong to the reader.

The Telegraph on Sex — Cora Buhlert with a roundup on British commentary on literary sex scenes. Mmm, literature.

A Photo Service That Understands the Contents of Your Images Everpix organizes photos after analyzing them with software that can detect things such as animals, outdoor scenes, and people. Is this really a good idea?

SETI: The Artificial Transit Scenario

Massive flood scarred the surface of Mars less than 500 million years agoWater carved channels at least 70 meters deep and 40 kilometers wide. Mmm, Missoula Flood on Mars.

Sinkhole Science: A PrimerAn expert weighs in on causes—and which areas are most vulnerable.

2 Civil War sailors from the Monitor to be buried at Arlington

The Law of the TongueHumans have trouble honoring treaties with each other, what are the chances they’d respect a contract signed with another species? Pretty good … at least in one case. (Snurched from Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

NOTE: Do Not Kill Yeti Except in Self-Defense

Earth at its warmest since last ice age – and temperatures are still rising — More of those liberal “facts” and “data”, which of course being part of reality, good conservatives can safely ignore.

Antiscience “Academic Freedom” Bill Dies in KansasI have no doubt these same state governments will continue to try to pass bills that curb our children from learning and blind them to the real world. And while they do so, that very same world is still warming up. And species are still evolving. And the Universe adds another few years to its already considerable 13.73 billion year age. That’s the way things are. Ah, conservatives. Stunting the minds of children everywhere in America.

What China’s hackers get wrong about WashingtonNo one can carry out complicated plans. All parties and groups are fractious and bumbling. But everyone always thinks everyone else is efficiently and ruthlessly implementing long-term schemes. Um, maybe. (Snurched from Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

What happened to Orson Scott Card?Now there’s a furor from the right, that this is a left wing witch hunt against people who disagree with their agenda, to economically punish those who don’t toe some political line. I disagree quite strongly. This is not some freedom of speech thing, not some despicable and childish refusal to engage with those who disagree politically. I would defend to the death Card’s right to speak his beliefs, but the hell if I have to stock it on my shelves if I’m the owner of a comic book store. And the hell if I have to draw the panels into which those words are written if I’m an artist. Card has the right to speak, but so do all these other people. To my view, Card’s depth of bigotry crosses the line from the usual conservative irrationality into something much akin to mental illness. He would literally condemn people I love to death: this isn’t reasonable disagreement over an objectively debatable point, this is vile poison that gains undue traction and attention due to Card’s prominence. I feel very, very sorry for the misery Card lives with inside his own head that makes him think this way.

Honey, I shrunk the bigotsA new study released today, and summarized by the Washington Post, shows that opposition gay marriage is shrinking, and now generally resides in only three pockets of Americans: white evangelicals; old people; and uneducated whites. The rest are basically on our side. It’s nice to be on the right side of both morality and history. Maybe someday the GOP will catch up.

Medicaid program helped Will Weatherford’s family after all, he admitsFlorida House Speaker Will Weatherford reversed course on Wednesday and said that health care provided for his brother was covered under Florida’s Medically Needy program, which is financed by Medicaid. So ends a mystery that developed a day earlier when Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, voiced opposition to expanding Medicaid in his opening day speech of the 2013 legislative session. I am reminded of Craig T. Nelson’s angry, moronic remark that “I’ve been on food stamps and welfare, did anybody help me out? No.” Ah, once again we bathe in the light of the justly famed intellectual consistency of conservatives.

New York NRA Official Barred From Having Guns After Altercation With Wife — Yep. Guns definitely make us all safer, especially with the NRA safeguarding our right to threaten our spouses in the privacy of our own homes.

QotD?: Can you ever really go home?

Writing time yesterday: 0.75 hours (a little WRPA, 1,000 words of first draft on a requested short)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (fitful, including two hours on the plane)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike, yay hotel gym!)
Weight: 241.6
Number of FEMA troops on my block escorting ACORN thugs to steal the votes of “Real Americans”: 0
Currently reading: Guards, Guards! by Terry Pratchett

[links] Link salad wishes it had a hammer

2013 Stories 5 and 6[info]talekyn on my short story from Dark Faith, “The Cancer Catechism”.

Undercaffeinated Internet Link Sausage MakingsScrivener’s Error with some good publishing links as well as some thoughts on the linguistics of the Constitution.

Awakening — Anesthesia and the brain. I probably shouldn’t read stuff like this right before having major surgery.

Corals discovered living in the dusk of the deepThe robotic expedition was made as part of the Seaview Survey by a team from the University of Queensland and shows that the Ribbon Reef—part of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef—extends nearly twice as far down as previously thought.

Parasitic wasp larvae clean house by sanitizing cockroaches — I’ve been on dates like that.

The Scary Truth of Happy Meals — How a McDonald’s Happy Meal ages. Ick. (Via [info]willyumtx.)

After a half-decade, massive Wikipedia hoax finally exposed — The Bicholim Conflict? (Snurched from Daily Idioms, Annoated

Dear Mr. President: Time to Deal with Climate Change — Long past, but all the anti-intellectual confusion so deliberately sown by conservatives on behest of Big Oil and other interests has made the topic toxic. This as much as anything is what the GOP will be reviled for in another generation, after trillion dollar property losses and massive life losses, all accompanied by the already-too-late refrain, “We could have fixed this if only…

Climate Change is turning Australia Purple with Blazing Heat — Since they don’t have Republicans there, Australia is unfortunately allowed to experience the full awfulness of climate change.

Snow Cover Extent Declines in the Arctic — Just Mother Nature acting out another liberal lie. Climate change can’t be real because conservative ideology says so. Of course, conservative ideology also says evolution is false and supply side economics is real and gay marriage is socially destructive and guns are a social good, so there’s not a lot for an intellectually honest or self-aware person to hang their hat on there.

Tulsa megachurch says mother of raped 13-year-old girl is not entitled to claim $75K damages — And you shall know that they are Christians by their love.

Tribalism isn’t about feelings, it’s about the zero-sum outlookIf you think of yourself as part of the straight, white, male, Christian tribe, then you’ll defend the interests of that tribe against anyone who is not straight, white, male and Christian. Whether or not personal sentiments of antipathy are involved, the effect is the same. Which does a lot to explain the hate-based conservative voting patterns of so many otherwise apparently reasonable and humane people.

Church & state and ‘beliefs’ that believers don’t care about — I want a religious exemption from the widespread private ownership of firearms.

After Pinpointing Gun Owners, Paper Is a TargetPersonal information about editors and writers at the paper has been posted online, including their home addresses and information about where their children attended school; some reporters have received notes saying they would be shot on the way to their cars; bloggers have encouraged people to steal credit card information of Journal News employees; and two packages containing white powder have been sent to the newsroom and a third to a reporter’s home (all were tested by the police and proved to be harmless). That’s American gun culture for you. Overreacting to the publication of already public information. How do these kind of threats convince anyone that gun owners are responsible? All they do is objectively reinforce my already abysmally low opinion of gun culture and gun owners.

A Republican model on gun control — Back when there were reasonable Republicans, a long-extinct species.

Aurora Townhouse Shooting: 4 Dead, Including Gunman — Nope. No problem with guns in this country. Just another proud gun owner exercising his theoretical defense of essential liberties and standing his ground. 80 deaths of other people a day is a small price for you to pay for owning your guns. Their blood is watering the tree of liberty, after all. Move along, citizen.

Palazzo Appealed for Federal Disaster Relief After Hurricane Katrina — Same guy who voted against Hurricane Sandy relief. No money for Northeast liberals! Stay classy, conservative America, it’s what you do best.

?otD: Would you hammer in the morning?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (stress)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: n/a 217.0
Number of FEMA troops on my block teaching critical thinking skills to the children of conservatives: 0
Currently reading: The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks

[links] Link salad is like an ice machine in the desert, a frozen oasis of steel

Alt Text: After Apple Map Flap, It’s Time for Apologies All Around — Hahah. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

Not a grid, but a fleetBLDGBLOG on cities and ships. Fascinating stuff.

Libertarians, engineers, and climate disruption denial: part 1 – libertarians

‘I Am Adam Lanza’s Mother’: A Mom’s Perspective On The Mental Illness Conversation In America — Sigh.

Not Protection[T]his peer-reviewed 2009 study by the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine study which concluded that people in possession of a gun were 4.5 times more likely to be shot during an assault than those who didn’t have a firearm. Not to mention the cost to the rest of us.

After a 1996 Mass Shooting, Australia Enacted Strict Gun Laws. It Hasn’t Had a Similar Massacre Since. — The genie really can be put back into the bottle, with sufficient respect for human life and sufficient political will. Both of which are lacking sorely in American gun culture. (Via David Goldman.)

Wow: Waiting for the Apocalypse — The Connecticut shooter’s mother was a survivalist who stocked up for the apocalypse. Um.

Following Sandy Hook massacre, lawmakers focus on possible assault weapons ban — I’m certain the NRA and the Republican Party will soon put a halt to this latest unconscionable assault on the shooter’s theoretical defense of their essential liberties. They always do.

?otD: Do you help to provide relief for the way that people feel?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 14.0 hours (11.0 hours fitful, 3.0 hours napping)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (post-chemo rest day)
Weight: 217.4
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 here on a shore leave, though we are miles at sea.

Mountain Man — A very short film about me from Waterloo Productions. Which will make you laugh your ass off… (And yes, this really happened. It isn’t just clever editing.)

Jay Lake on “The Fathomless Abyss” — In which I am interviewed at SF Signal by Charles Tan.

Class, today’s word is irony — Banned books. Really, it’s not funny. (Via [info]goulo.)

Incredible surreal volcanic riverscapes

ALT/1977: WE ARE NOT TIME TRAVELERS — But we damn well should be. This is hilarious. Retro gadgets.

Collier’s: Gorgeous Art, Breathtaking Ideas — Days of future past for the space program.

Do the Bacteria in Your Gut Also Influence Your Mind? — My world can certainly be all about the poop, but then I’m not a baseline case.

Scientists ask for legal safeguards to keep their work out of courtOil spill researchers have their preliminary data subpoenaed by BP.

Great Barrier Reef has lost half its corals since 1985, new study says — Remember kids, climate change is a liberal hoax. The Republican party says so. Who are you going to believe? Conservatives, or the evidence? Really. Nothing to see here, citizen. Move along.

The Last Four Years in One Quote — Ah, the miracle of the conservative mind. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Food Stamp Ridicule Humiliates Woman At The Supermarket — This is a woman on dialysis, and public assistance, who says, “Most of the people that we have to choose from — Obama with his spending and his health care reform, and then Mitt Romney, he just wants to let poor people die, so either way we’re doomed. So I don’t see any point in voting.” That spending and that healthcare reform is what’s keeping her alive, but the conservative narrative so dutifully fostered in Your Liberal Media has convinced her it’s a bad thing for the government to work to keep her alive. I could weep for this country.

Feeding perceptions of the U.S. abroadWayne Swan has launched a blistering attack on US Republicans, declaring “cranks and crazies” have taken over the party and have come to represent the No 1 threat to the world’s biggest economy.

Arrested Man Snags Pics Of Cops Allegedly Searching His iPhone Without Subpoena — Huh, there’s an app for that?

Top Florida Republicans have no advice for election officials about voter fraud by … Republicans — But boy are they all over any potential fraud from likely Democratic voters. Because reasons. And ethics. Conservatives are made of ethics.

No, You’re the Racist, or Blogging About Obama Phones — Mmm, the gentle art of political suasion.

Telling Stories About Polls — What happens when conservative ideology conflicts with real world data, version 3,462. (Hint: reality never wins.)

Top Seven Errors President Obama has made on the Middle East — He’s not doing a hell of a lot better than R. Money threatens to.

?otD: Are you the mermaid who took King Neptune for a ride?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hour (revisions to the novelette)
Body movement: 0.5 hour stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.5 (interrupted, with napping)
Weight: 226.4
Currently reading: Heartland by Mark Teppo

[links] Link salad awakens once more, stretches and yawns

BAD WRITER, NO BISCUIT — Catherine Shaffer asks writers to share their shame. Heh.

Scenes From A Multiverse on writer’s block

Is Obama more Klingon or more Vulcan? & Michael Dorn Pitches “Captain Worf”

Applied Topology — More urban coolness from BLDG BLOG.

The Legend of the Tsar’s Finger

3.5 billion year old organic deposits show signs of lifeSediment in Australian rocks contains the isotopic signature of metabolism.

Armstrong’s death may speed Tranquility Base preservationEffort is on to save lunar landing site for Apollo 11 mission as National Historic Landmark. (Via David Goldman)

Goodbye asteroid Vesta: NASA Dawn spacecraft to journey to dwarf planet Ceres

A Voyager Far From Home

Review: Raspberry PiCan a $35 computer persuade kids to put down their smartphones and try their hands at programming?

Utah Democrats split on party’s gay-marriage stance — Pssst. Hey. Conservative America. Listen up. Hate really isn’t a family value. You can cloak your homophobia in high minded church doctrine or moralistic rhetoric all you want, but at the end of the day using the force of law to tell people what they can’t do in their own lives simply because you don’t like it isn’t morally or ethically defensible. In this, as with so many other conservative positions of the past century and more, you are utterly on the wrong side of history.

The Invisible Man — Ta-Nehisi Coates on the Republican view of Obama.

The Hex on Paul Ryan

‘64 or Bust — The alleged rewards of Republican intransigence.

?otD: What were you doing at two in the morning?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hour (revisions to Other Me)
Body movement: 60 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 6.0 (interrupted)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: Heartland by Mark Teppo

[links] Link salad wanders into the weekend

SFWA Northwest Reading Series — I am part of the October edition of this august event, hosted by [info]seanan_mcguire and also featuring [info]mkhobson. Stay tuned for details and reminders.

Life Under the Microscope — The Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition. (Thanks to [info]tillyjane.)

55 years ago, 6 stood under atomic bomb blast — on purpose

Report: Japan nuclear workers told to hide radiation levels — Clean and safe and too cheap to meter. Yep.

Stanford researchers produce first complete computer model of an organism

Kansas City Police End Standoff With Naked ArcherLowering the Bar is hilarious.

Seriously inappropriate Tweet from the NRA yesterday — Mmm. Gun rights.

58 Murders a year by Firearms in Britain, 8,775 in USThe international comparisons show conclusively that fewer gun owners per capita produce not only fewer murders by firearm, but fewer murders per capita over all. In the case of Britain, firearms murders are 30 times fewer than in the US per capita.

The Body Count — Roger Ebert on the Colorado shootings. This: I’m tired of repeating the obvious. I know with a dread certainty that I will change nobody’s mind. I will hear conspiracy theories from those who fear the government, I will hear about the need to raise a militia, and I will hear nothing about how 9,484 corpses in a year has helped anything. That is a high price to pay. What depresses me is that half of my fellow countrymen are prepared to pay it.

How Long will We let the National Rifle Association and Corrupt Politicians Kill our Children? — Juan Cole on the shootings.

The Dream of Maximum Guns — Ta-Nehisi Coates on the shootings.

A list of mass shootings in the United States since 2005 — It is sixty-five pages long. Contrast our response to these events with the Australian response to the Port Arthur massacre. That is what a sane and safe society looks like. Not us here in America. (In part via [info]danjite.)

George W. Bush to skip Republican National Convention — A crying shame, as I think the voting public needs a reminder of what happened the last time we elected Republican president: massive foreign wars, record deficits and nearly complete economic collapse. Luckily for the GOP, they and their friends in Your Liberal Media have convinced the public to blame Obama for what Bush did.

?otD: Who have you been grooving all week with?

Writing time yesterday: 60 minutes (Going to Extremes outline)
Body movement: 60 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 7.0 (solid)
Weight: 237.4
Currently reading: Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie