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[links] Link salad reads the wires

Roger Ebert on Writing: 15 Reflections From ‘Life Itself’

The science behind pleasure-seeking

Small Factories Take Root in Africa

Washington state gunman shot dead after firing near school field — Nope. No connections between guns and violence. I’m sure it says that in the Second Amendment somewhere. This poor fellow was just defending his essential civil liberties from the menace of middle school children. Move along, citizen, nothing to see here but liberal propaganda.

Are Both Political Parties Science Skeptics?Sociological Images addresses this false equivalency. Topics such as evolution and climate change are subject to overwhelming scientific consensus. These aren’t “reasonable people can disagree” topics like tax rates or foreign policy. These are “the wilfully ignorant being exploited for political gain” topics.

Santorum asks Google to clean up search results for his name — Good luck with that, Senator Frothy Mixture of Lube and Feces Resulting From Anal Sex. This couldn’t have happened to a more deserving fellow. Well, okay, I can think of a few.

Texas GOP Rep On Cuts To Family Planning: ‘Of Course This Is A War On Birth Control’ — This should be a surprise to no one, of course. Are you proud of your Republican party?

Mitt Romney wins Michigan straw poll, Rick Perry a distant second — I really don’t have a dog in the Republican primary fight. I think they’re basically all nuts except maybe Huntsman, who doesn’t have a snowball’s chance. Romney, however, is marginally less nuts than the rest of that pack of baying fools. And I’m not one of those liberal-progressives cheering for the greatest nut to win the GOP nod so we can defeat them more easily. Fundamentally, that’s how we got George W. Bush, who came into office in an era of (relative) peace and (significant) prosperity, and a balanced budget, and brought us the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression, the worst erosion of civil liberties since McCarthyism, a trillion dollar war of choice launched on false premises, and the deepest deficit in American history. (All of which is retroactively Obama’s fault according to the Tea Party, of course.) Not to mention the national embarassment of having an incurious fool for a leader for eight long, miserable years.

Rick Perry: The HP of Presidential Candidates — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison with more on Perry and especially (despite the headline) on Romney.

?otD: The New York Times or the Daily News?

Writing time yesterday: 2.0 hours (novel outlining and short story revision, and WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.0 hours (solid)
Weight: 222.2
Currently reading: The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee

[links] Link salad chews its way into Thursday

Possible life in the Martian trenches? — Oooh.

Dr. Smith, Warlord of Mars

Software Testing Startup’s Autistic Workforce Seeks to Change Business Culture

Early longevity gene findings disputedA trans-Atlantic dispute has erupted between two camps of researchers pursuing a gene that could lead to drugs that enhance longevity.

Windows 8 and the Reign of the Finger

The cold, cold case of Jack the RipperA retired homicide detective is trying to force Scotland Yard to release uncensored versions of files that might offer fresh leads on the identity of Britain’s most notorious serial killer.

The Apple effect: How Steve Jobs & Co. won over the world

Two graphs illustrating the relationship between bigotry and stupiditySlacktivist Fred Clark skewers anti-Islamicism.

‘Nobody in this country got rich on his own’ — Elizabeth Warren speaks straight to all the Galtians and Libertarians out there. I want this rhetoric in the White House.

Sonny Bono’s Brother, CuiThis is what it means to be a conservative: you think it’s obvious that 98% of climate scientists are falsifying data and/or supporting transparently bogus theories because they want to get their greedy little hands on some of that sweet, sweet grant money, while at the same time recognizing no financial incentive whatsoever on the part of oil company-funded “skeptics”—much less the oil companies themselves.

Ron Paul Says Aide Who Died With $400k Medical Bill Didn’t Need Government Help — Pretty much says it all about the conservative mindset, right there. I don’t know how you guys sleep at night, frankly.

The Jimmy Buffet RuleIf you ask the bottom 98 percent to sacrifice, that’s a prudent fiscal policy. If you ask the top 2 percent to sacrifice, that’s class warfare.

?otD: Got teeth?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (too many medical appointments
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (solid!)
Weight: 220.2
Currently reading: Matter by Iain M. Banks

[links] Link salad is even more ragged

Próba obrzydliwości — A rather negative Polish review of the translated edition of Trial of Flowers, from a reviewer who also disliked Mainspring.

It Must Follow, as the Night the Day — Madeleine Robins on writers who don’t read. Huh?

Don’t Waste TransportationNew in our gallery and store: From WWII, “War Traffic Must Come First.” Mmm, steam locomotive. Trains. Mmm.

Uh oh! Netflix doesn’t own the @Qwikster Twitter account — Glad to see they’re on top of Marketing 101.

Capitalism, Animals, and the Ownership of Icons — This may be perfectly well within the law, but it’s also nuts.

Is the World Running Out of Oil? — Poo pooing the Peak Oil hypothesis. Again.

Harvesting ‘limitless’ hydrogen from self-powered cellsUS researchers say they have demonstrated how cells fuelled by bacteria can be “self-powered” and produce a limitless supply of hydrogen.

Circumbinary Orbits and Stellar Radii — “But I was going into Tosche Station to pick up some power converters!”

Fighting back against creationism — Hooray for scientists in the UK for having the temerity to fight back against the religious charlatanism of evolution denial.

‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ formally endsOpenly gay people will now be able to serve in the US military after repeal of controversial 18-year-old DADT law. One manifest conservative injustice finally ends, at least. (Yes, I know DADT was a Clinton-era “compromise”, but but it was a concession to rank GOP bigotry.) Watch now for all the alarmist rhetoric from the Right to completely fail to come true. As always.

Study Links Medical Costs and Personal BankruptcyHarvard researchers say 62% of all personal bankruptcies in the U.S. in 2007 were caused by health problems—and 78% of those filers had insurance. Unpossible! Everyone knows Rush said HCR was a socialist plot! Like I’ve said, in general, the people who oppose HCR are people who’ve never had to deal with the real consequences of serious illness. The conservative failure of empathy and imagination is firmly in play, along with some good old fashioned Calvinist/Christianist vindictiveness. (Thanks to [info]danjite.)

Through The Looking Glass: Bachmann’s Long History Of Strange StatementsThe national media is now starting to figure something out: Michele Bachmann says a lot of things that aren’t just kind of crazy, but manifestly false. No wonder the GOP base has been so enthralled with Bachmann. She fits right in with FOX News’ twisted version of America.

Boehner’s ‘Tea Party Challenger’ Really a Randall Terry Plant? — Golly. Imagine that. The Tea Party being used for conservative political ends. No one could have possibly foreseen this.

?otD: I still got nothing.

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (ill from chemo side effects)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.0 hours (severely interrupted, plus napping)
Weight: 218.0
Currently reading: Matter by Iain M. Banks

[links] Link salad sleeps long and fussy

Don’t forget the new caption contest [ | LiveJournal ]

Turning the World to the Side: Mary Robinette Kowal & Jay Lake on Speculative Short Fiction — Via Booklife.

Regarding the Elizabeth Moon Controversy — The Carl Brandon Society takes a very clear and cogent position on immigration, assimilation, citizenship and privilege.

Pathogens, Colonization, and EvolutionHow come the Native Americans died of European diseases, but the Europeans didn’t die from Native American diseases? (Thanks to lt260.)

Guerrilla WebfareHow unauthorized video producers are “brand-jacking” companies and forcing them to rethink the way they market.

?otD: How well do you sleep?

Writing time yesterday: 0 minutes (visiting family)
Body movement: urban walking to come
Hours slept: 9.25 hours (interrupted)
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a
Yesterday’s chemo/post-op stress index: 3/10 (post-op pain, fatigue, peripheral neuropathy)
Currently (re)reading: The Exile Kiss by George Alec Effinger