An Elizabeth Bear podcast on plot structures. That's a link to part 2. Elizabeth gave the plot structures lecture at VP, and it was fascinating. Now you too can benefit from her knowledge (although she does a lot of pointing, which makes it a little hard to follow on just the audio).
The 15 most expensive SF/F/H books out there. For those of you bibliophiles.
Austerity doesn't lead to growth? Well, you could have knocked me over… with the damn full history book. I know, conservatives, we're not clapping hard enough. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
And speaking of ideology killing people, oh look, it's ideology killing people. Well, so much for me giving any more to the Susan G. Komen Foundation since they're pulling funding to screen for breast cancer from Planned Parenthood (just a reminder, PP is sometimes the only health care provider for poor to middle-class women in certain markets). Hell, breast cancer research is something I support with my money. I've given to the SGK through direct donations and through supporting their "Run for the Cure" events. Well, there's plenty of other organizations, unfortunately. (Grokked from Chia Lynn)
Monsanto, Nitro, WV, and the responsibility of business. This is a microcosm of what is happening across our country. Also, think this is only in the past? Nope, still happening. Oh sure, "It's the other guy doing the bad things." Heard it before. So when you hear conservatives talking about how regulation is "holding back business" (which has pretty well been debunked, what's holding business back is consumer spending), understand that they are playing with lives here. And in their mind, the almighty dollar is more important than the thousands who die needlessly (and painfully, silicosis is not a pleasant disease where you die in your sleep). You may also note that conservatives are trying to do an end run around the President (that has ZERO chance of doing anything more that scoring political points) to approve the Keystone Pipeline, the current plan of which would run through the aquifer that supplies water from the west of the Mississippi to the Rocky Mountains. Sure, they couldn't pollute it all, but they could make a mess of the Dakotas and Minnesota.
Just in case anyone is still belaboring on the "but the liberals did all the hate first," canard, I call bullshit. Look, conservative dudes, you've got a rage problem. There's therapy for that. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
And about the election in Florida and Newt's "46 more states", I'm beginning to believe Newt is actually a false flag operation to paint Mitt Romney as a "moderate" who might be more palatable to the general electorate. Hell, Newt has gone to replacing "Romney" with "Massachusetts Moderate" in his speeches. So I am thinking it's mostly about positioning Romney back in the middle (a position he has abandoned this round to secure the ever more radical right position of conservatives).