Still way, way far behind, and it doesn't look good for catching up anytime soon.
Jim Hines is running his annual fundraiser for Rape Crisis Centers. I've always been dubious about the "donate, and we'll raffle off something" money raisers (edited to add this thought – I'm leary of call to "base gain" proposals instead of "public good" proposals - but mostly on the people who are giving, the supporters of such things have seen that this approach works - so yeah, they'll use it - this isn't a critique of Jim or his cause). But hell, it's a good cause, and it's something that I already give money to.
A USA Today article on the government anti-trust suit against Apple, Macmillan and Penguin Group. Price colluding is a bad thing, but I don't think the government has a real case here. One publisher demanded the agency model, Amazon responded by refusing to sell their books (in any format) for a few days, but the publisher got their way in the end. Then the other publishers demanded the same deal. Cue the "E-books should be ($9.99, $0.99, FREE!)" crowd in 3… 2… 1… Release the Kraken! (Grokked from William Jones)
Ah, the 1950s, when companies sold products using radiation. In this case using radiation to prove how a cold cream cleans your face. We won't mention how shoe stores x-rayed your feet to get your size, and office x-ray machines were used to clear acne also during the 50s. We don't need no silly regulations, do we? (Grokked from Tor.com)
So, what has JK Rowling been doing lately? (Grokked from Joe Hill)
The Fox Mole wasn't that foxy. Dude, really, electronic trail? Um, it's the 90s calling, they want to let you know a few things about networked computers. (Pointed to by John)
Slactivist on the new idiocy in the already moronic idea of a war on religion. Yes it just goes to show that most conservative leaders haven't realized there is this thing called the internet, it stores a lot of articles, and it's very searchable.
Spain passes laws that could be used to arrest peaceful protestors. Well, that won't end well. (Grokked from Tobias Buckell)
New study gives evidence to old anecdotal concept, that social status is linked to immunity. Do I need to spell out the implication that 1) keeping people "down" is a bad idea for the group and 2) those who can afford health care the most aren't the ones who would need it the most. But then, us liberals tend to be overeducate and over thoughtful to the events which shape our perception. How else could you explain a GOP state senator rolling out ideas that Hitler and Stalin actually embraced (again, why do conservatives think there are conspiracies and "plans"? because that's how they roll). And not to mention the rolling out of the old canard, "because we sat on our hands and did nothing, we're all better off." (Grokked from Jay Lake)
Alligator Quotient: to paraphrase Custer, "Where'd all these alligators come from?"