The Onion AV Club on the Simpson's Book Job. Hopefully I can catch that episode in reruns. (Grokked from Chris Lough at Tor.com)
Chuck Wendig with 25 reasons readers will quit your story. Written from the reader's perspective.
An NPR report on what's to love about chocolate milk. It was fascinating to hear and read again. Not so much for the main subject (that chocolate milk is gaining traction, both for long distance runners and schools), but for some of the incidentals. Like chocolate milk being preferred by kids (because it's sweeter, d'uh), and chocolate has properties that inhibit pancreatic lipase (the digestive enzyme that helps you process fat- not necessarily a good thing as you need the fat to process some vitamins and other good things, but it's affect doesn't appear that strong), and for the final segment (the last two paragraphs in the story). That's where a school official (Penny McConnell), because of the backlash against banning chocolate milk in schools ("In my world, chocolate milk is soda in drag," says Ann Cooper, director of Food Services… "Most of it… has as much sugar as Pepsi or Coke…") worked with the local suppliers to reformulate the chocolate milk and remove all the high-fructose corn syrup. And with that, their chocolate milk is only 30 calories more than the milk. If that doesn't make you think, "Bwa-what?" you're not paying attention.
Eric echos some of my darker thoughts concerning OWS, the rise of the protest movement, the TP, and other such things. If you add in thoughts about various networks using such protests as fronts for their own ideological thrusts, the nauseating fact that President Obama hasn't reversed much of the silliness of the philosophy of the "unitary presidency" left to him by the previous occupant (things that he actually has the power to reverse without going through Congress), and the rising emotion of "WTF do we have to lose" gaining traction in the head space of youngsters… well, that and about 50 other things all lead me to worry in different ways about the underlying foundation of our liberty and state. There are some other thoughts I have about this, but right now I don't have all the time to bring them into the light and set them into words. Eric did a good job for some of it though.
The scourge of halal turkeys. Seriously, this anti-sharia shit-storm in a teacup has got to end. Although maybe it could go mainstream in the conservative party, it would only make them look more foolish. (Grokked from Merrie Haskell)
Then again, we don't have to look too far to find religious foolishness. Seriously, I'm more concerned with the people the conservative party is putting forth than I am if Butterball treats their animals kindly before offing them. This growing movement of God in Government and its rewriting of history and laws has got to be ended. No, really, read those quotes from the Republican Presidential Debate, what they are talking about are direct assaults on freedom and liberty and an overturning of our country. A soft revolution that will have our grandchildren wondering just where we went wrong. Christ, you all are making Ron Paul look like the sane grownup at the table. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
AS NPR reports, the ADD drug Adderall is the latest to fall prey to "shortages." And just in case you wish to believe the pharma excuse, "too much regulation", you might want to read this article (linked at the bottom of the NPR story). Then you might also want to know that Adderall isn't the first drug to experience this "shortage" in the recent past, such as the various competitors to Synthroid went through a few years ago (which, BTW, no other drug that went off market has come back on). Oh yeah, what this industry needs is less regulation. And monkeys may fly out of my butt, too. It's all about patent expiration and money.
When the press goes to the dark side. For some perspective, Hugh Grant gave some convincing testimony before a parliament inquiry regarding phone hacking and other press novelties. (Grokked from Teresa Nielsen Hayden)