Four scary things writers must learn to embrace. Some information for those just starting out.
John Joseph Adams is answering publishing questions on his blog. That one explains his slush process.
Why is this fight so important? Well, I've explained the GOP side (loss of power), here's the other side. Which boils down to helping people. I can tell you how many times this past week I've heard of people who want to sign up for "Obamacare", but can't because they already have insurance through their employer (but don't like it) and people who have said they've stayed in bad jobs simply for the heath insurance. Kinda makes you wonder just what and who the GOP wants to save.
Lake Natron's desiccated birds. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
Fred Clark has a money-making offer for you. Just as long as you're willing to lie and prey on the fearful and gullible. Unfortunately what Mr. Clark isn't telling you is the field is already pretty crowded. On the plus side, it means I've still got time for the WIP.
NPR on the surveillance state and your Forth Amendment rights. And yet you didn't see the TP protest all these small cases that have actually worn away our Constitutional Rights. I recommend the whole series.
A tale of two positions. First up, the design assistant for $12 an hour and only needing a HS diploma and the Graphics Divisional Manager who must have several years working in exactly the same position for someone else to get the job. That pretty much sums up the work opportunities for designers. Dear business people, you need to have several positions inbetween these or you won't ever be able to fill the later.
But where are the clowns? Quick, send in the clowns. Don't bother, they're here. November 19th, a day that will live in… yawn. (Grokked from the Slactivist)
Tobias Buckell reminds us that US healthcare has already been socialized, by Ronald Reagan. I remember that time. I also remember the dire warnings that ERs would shut down (and many did).
Wil Wheaton makes the best comment about "Arizona appears to be the only state to have stopped cutting welfare checks during the federal government shutdown, the Arizona Republic reported Friday."
Jim Wright on the current deadlock.
You know that well-trodden cliche about, "sure what we're doing is bad, but They did it first?" Fred Clark reminds us a little of just exactly how that worked. I'll also note here that I've heard about the various "liberal attempts to roll-back the Bush Era tax cuts." And, as one of those people, I'll say, yes we did try. But what we did, rather than passing 40 attempts to repeal his taxes that had no chance of ever being signed or even passed in the other chamber of Congress, was attempt to halt the re-authorization when those bill sunset (a sunset initially included because the long term damage to our budgets and economy was too much to bear at the time, but conveniently forgotten over the course of 7 years).
The money laundering in the 2012 election gets a little clearer. (Grokked from the Slactivist)