Work is insane. Very far behind in my reading and writing list. Hopefully will see daylight soon.
A small tribute to David Trampier and AD&D edition 1 artwork. Those illustrations haunt my dreams from my youth. Especially the Rakshasas.
The Slacktivist, we know how to get out of this mess. See, as I've been saying, we have historical data to help us out. But one side of the argument wants to ignore reality for their own ideology. That works in Church, it rarely works outside. That side has also invested too much time and money to admit the truth now. Which is why we are where we are. Again, anybody, please point out any austerity program or tax cuts in time of recession (like) conditions that have actually worked to increase GDP growth and create jobs. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
Vince does some fact checking of an old email that making the rounds again. See earlier quote about when the facts don't support your position, just make shit up. It has a long and glorious tradition on the conservative side of politics.
More ships take shortcut via a less icy Artic. More liberal bias of reality. Also note that the Russians are more than willing to exploit the changing conditions by making sure ships require nuclear powered ice-breakers to make the journey. How many of those do we have? (Grokked from Paolo Bacigalupi)
And even more liberal bias of reality, countries with progressive tax rates score higher on the happiness scale. "On average, residents of the nations with the most progressive taxation evaluated their own lives as closer to 'the best possible.' They also reported having more satisfying experiences and fewer discomfiting ones than respondents living in nations with less progressive taxes." Strange that. (Grokked in a roundabout way from Jay Lake)