Really, your outline does not have to be perfect — Mary Robinette is wise.
The Elusive Girl From Ipanema — The endlessly covered Brazilian song turns 50 this year. What explains its quirky endurance?
The Seattle Great Wheel opens to a big crowd — Proud Mary keep on burn in’.
The Sharp, Sudden Decline of America’s Middle Class — They had good, stable jobs – until the recession hit. Now they’re living out of their cars in parking lots.
Why Are Believers Willfully Ignorant About Atheists? — According to the U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, atheists, on average, are better informed about religion and religious believers than believers are. In fact, atheists are generally better informed about the specifics of given religions than the believers in those very religions. We know a lot more about them than they do about us. Frankly, that’s reason many of us are atheists. Because we know religion well. (Thanks to
‘Why don’t you people ever seem to live near churches?’ — Slacktivist Fred Clark with an interesting squib on Justice Scalia and the practice of church shopping in general.
The Real Winners — Paul Krugman on the Supreme Court’s ACA ruling, and on the cruel mendacity of the opponents of healthcare reform. But what was and is really striking about the anti-reformers is their cruelty. It would be one thing if, at any point, they had offered any hint of an alternative proposal to help Americans with pre-existing conditions, Americans who simply can’t afford expensive individual insurance, Americans who lose coverage along with their jobs. But it has long been obvious that the opposition’s goal is simply to kill reform, never mind the human consequences. We should all be thankful that, for the moment at least, that effort has failed. Welcome to conservative America, Paul.
Doing the right thing — Roger Ebert on the Supreme Court’s ACA decision. There was little mainstream opposition to the trillion dollars in taxes that paid for the war in Iraq, despite the fact that it was never declared by Congress in a Constitutional manner. Obamacare was passed by Congress in the full light of day. The Court has found its provisions legal. No US court or lawmaker ever had the opportunity to vote on the Iraqi War before it was already underway. How did it win tacit approval from those who are now infuriated by health care?
Romney: My Individual Mandate Was Also A Tax Increase! — When Republicans do it, fantastic. When Democrats do exactly the same thing, Kenyan Muslim socialism! That’s why I love my Republican friends, because of their principled consistency.
?otD: Got beach?
Writing time yesterday: 2.0 hours (1.25 hours of Kalimpura galley edits, plus WRPA)
Body movement: 60 minute coastal walk
Hours slept: 6.25 (solid)
Currently reading: Shattering the Ley by Benjamin Tate