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Friday, November 23, 2012

Long weekend Linkee-poo has one hand in its pocket, and the other is giving a peace sign

What the Pilgrims really were thankful for, Leptospirosis. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

A Calvin and Hobbs cosplay. Aw, that's so cute. They'd get a whole handful of candy. (Grokked from Teresa Nielsen Hayden)

"Failure is necessary. But quitting is not the same as failing… Repeat after me: It’s not okay to give up." Chuck Wendig on the difference between failure and quitting.

"What I do believe is going on, aside from the neuropsychobabble…, is that as with most people, the writer’s subconscious mind is a lot smarter than the writer’s conscious mind… Good writing, writing with power, is of necessity tapping that deeper well." Jay Lake on the writing process, the Muse, and Fred.

Cracking the Copiale cipher reveals a meta-secret society intent on saving the secrets in the face of Catholic persecution.

In Kentucky, there's a bill that can send you to jail for not believing the Almighty God will protect you. Yeah, because, you know, that wouldn't impinge on anyone's personal liberties. Oh, say, how did that whole "trusting in Almighty God" help the victims of Sandy, Katrina, the wild fires, or just the drunk drivers on Kentucky's roads?

"Beware the real-life, 98-foot Fail Whale who terrorizes the skies." How can you not look to see what that means? (Grokked from Tor.com)

"While the Secret Service saw a spike in death threats in 2008 and again in 2012, the total number of daily threats against Obama is for the most part similar to those against his predecessor, George W. Bush, and has occasionally dipped significantly lower, according to reports from the Secret Service." Grokked from Matt Stagg)

"In fact, outside of that post-WWII era, the only time the deficit has fallen faster was when the economy relapsed in 1937, turning the Great Depression into a decade-long affair." Well, that's something you won't ever hear on BMN (Bullshit Mountain News, aka Fox News). Yep, while the conservatives ranted and railed about an exploding deficit, the reality was the opposite. Who would have guessed. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

You know, sometimes people are out to get you. That's 33 conspiracy theories that turned out to be true. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

The GOP has to stop being the party of "stupid." Several of their leading lights say so, but then, when pressed, get all wibbly wobbly to make sure they don't piss off the base. And then, the three people vying for chairmanship of the House Committee on Space, Science, and Technology are all evolution denialists and climate change opponents you really don't have much of a chance of that. Wo while hopefully they'll shut down their members from speaking out of their ass when it comes to rape and women's healthcare (note: not change their stances, or educate their members on the issue, just STFU about it), that's just the tip of the Antarctica of your problem. "… it’s true that there are some Republican intellectuals and pundits who … 'seem to be' open-minded; indeed, they’re professional seemers. When it matters, they can always be counted on… If they don’t deliver when it counts, they are excommunicated; see Frum, David." (Grokked from Jay Lake)

And it's not just the GOP's elected leaders. "Take a look at the comments under any Yahoo! News article. Any article. Take a look at the comments under nearly any Wall Street Journal article on politics or the economy. Take a look at the comments on any TEA Party forum. Any forum. Look at what any conservative pundit says every single day. Any conservative pundit. Look at the statements by outspoken conservative politicians and party leaders, every single day. Go on, look." That's Jim Wright on another big problem with the GOP, the bigotry and racism inherent in its policies and positions.

Tweet of my heart: @LiberalBiasBlog: 80% of Walmart employees are on food stamps. And I can't think of anything clever to add that will make that in any way funny.

(In case you want to know more about that)

Alligator Quotient: All of them are zonked out on tryptophan, so easy day away form the office (plus, I'm ignoring checking my email).

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