Strum and drang, that's all we get to gnosh on these days. One half of me is all, "OMG, it's ONLY Thursday," and the other half is "Holy Frijoles, it's Thursday ALREADY? Yeah. I would say it's time to start drinking, if I actually had the time to start drinking.
"Hell, just now? I stopped writing this blog post for 15 minutes just so I could stare at light glinting off a penny." Chuck Wendig's 25 reasons you won't finish that story. As George Takei says, "Oh, myyyy." Yeah, number 2 can get me. I know I should do more of #3, but with the (insert diatribe on just how frickin' busy my life is, oh, did I mention I signed up for Pharmacy Tech training for next semester? OMG, I'm a junkie.) #6 is damn important to get through heads. #7 is why I said "YES!" to all the retreats this fall (and the numbers show that when I set aside time, boy can I write). I think I need to read this one a few more times so it all sinks in.
And then for contrast we have writing (and life) lessons from The Princess Bride. Don't forget the Cliffs of Insanity, the Fire Swamp (with cute LOLcat) posts. (Grokked from Miranda Suri)
Income inequity is not a myth. That's an Atlantic article was some pretty in-depth statistics there. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
Lemony Snicket with thirteen thoughts on OWS. "4. People who say money doesn’t matter are like people who say cake doesn’t matter—it’s probably because they’ve already had a few slices." (Grokked from PNH)
Also, Patrick's thoughts on the Oakland police action.
A Salon article on the evolving front of the Right-to-Life movement. Yes, now that they believe they're about to win on wiping away the right to an abortion, the real craziness starts coming out. The "personhood" movement. See, I've said for years that RtL is not anti-abortion, they are anti-feminism, anti-equal rights, anti-modern woman. And before you tell me about the women in the RtL movement, let me tell you it was a stunning moment in my early years to meet a woman who's sole desire in life was to be a good housewife (not mother, not partner, we're talking the 50's June Cleaver ideal housewife). Do I need to do a whole post of the collective cognitive disassociation factor that people who benefited from affirmative programs, or from the "socialism" of "big government" now want to rid the world of them? (Grokked from Jay Lake)
A choice quote from the above article: "As for supporting life, Mississippi’s infant mortality rate is the worst of any state in the nation. The number of babies who die as infants in Mississippi is double the number of abortions annually. It also has one of the highest rates of teen pregnancy nationwide, alongside a child welfare system that remains dangerously broken." So glad we're headed back in that direction. (/sarcasm)
An FTC report on the anti-competitive nature of "pay-for-delay" agreements in the pharmaceutical industry. Another nail in the "we don't need no stinking regulations" and the free-market is all butterflies and rainbows for consumers. Basic conclusion, because of anticompetitive practices in the pharm industry, you're paying a whole lot more for your healthcare than you should have been. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
Wall Street isn't winning, they're cheating. Some more on why the OWS is growing. (Grokked from Chuck Wendig)
Tweet of my heart:
@GeorgeTakei: Studies show computer voices are mostly sexy females. It's probably the only way to get men to ask for directions.