Seriously, birthers, give it a rest. No, really, you're embarrassing yourselves. Okay, really, you're just outing yourselves as to racist (acknowledged or suppressed) and can't accept that anybody not like you is an American. It's tiring, really it is.
Catherine Schaff-Stump points us to some ramblings on working through an agent's critique letter.
Again, I'm sorry we screwed up the next generation. We didn't fight hard enough. The most telling line is the last one, "'For young people… to put themselves in place of a soldier is a level of empathy that most people simply don’t have anymore.'" Our bad. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
Penguin joins the dark side of publishing. Book Country, which has a back end into self publishing. Could be interesting, more than likely not. (Pointed to by Absolute Write). Frankly, they could do a lot worse by looking at what Tor did with Tor.com. I haven't explored all of Tor.com (they have a hellofavlota content and spin offs right now), but I don't think they have a "newbie writer community". I'm pretty sure they don't have a self-pub arm (if they did, I think some of the founders would burst into flame).
Jim Hines talks about rape and blaming the victim. What he said. Unfortunately, I've had to have the talk with various people when they say, "He's so nice, she had to make it up." I'm not sure I've always been successful. Didn't we fight this and win in the 80s? Wasn't anybody paying attention? I guess not.
Eric talks a little about where the social contract has gone. Especially in light of where we are asked to put our trust. Another reason I am a Liberal/Progressive. Those same thoughts came to be at the end of the 80s (although not specifically about healthcare).
Not surprising in the least. Unfortunately, he's in charge of a network that most people believe gives them the real truth.