Lot's o' links from Jay Lake's link salads. If you all aren't already, you should be reading Jay Lake. There are so many good links the past couple of days, I'm only sharing the ones that fit within a narrative. The planetary mega-organism link doesn't fit in them, but man what a story. Maybe it would work with, "the universe is weirder than you think."
John Scalzi tweets the Lord of the Rings. Okay, well, his comments on the movie marathon that ran over the weekend. If you ever wanted to know what writers talk about when they say that they are lucky to have spouses that put up with them, here's a window into that world.
"It would have been helpful if this article had pointed out that these proposals imply both a huge increase ($34T over 75 years) in health care costs to beneficiaries and an increase in costs to the country as whole. Virtually all research shows that these sorts of plans will make the country's health care system considerably less efficient." Not to mention, "The cost of Medicare equivalent policies would far exceed the typical retiree's income by 2050." An analysis of a NYT article on increasing support for a Medicare "fix." You're liberal media at work. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
Also, don't forget, "Wherever the next Edison is, you can bet he or she will think twice before they join the ranks of America's uninsured." (Grokked from Jay Lake)
David Frum on how the GOP lost sense of reality. There's a lot of truth to power in there. It's a long article, but well worth the read. (Grokked from ticia42)
Paul Krugman on the 99.9%. Well, more about the 0.1% and who they are and how well they've had it. (Grokked from Jay Lake)