Though I saw it all around
Never thought I could be affected
Thought that we'd be the last to go
It is so strange the way things turn

Monday, January 20, 2014

Linkee-poo all I need is a remedy

Twelve quotes from authors to remember when starting to write your first book. Obviously not for me since I'm on my second book (not second book started, but second book by hell or high-water I will finish). That's irony, BTW. I knew you were irony deficient today. (Grokked from Tor.com)

A reverse dictionary. Just in case you need one when you're looking for that right… that right… that right thingiemabob. (Grokked from Mary Robinette Kowal and Seanan Mcguire)

Photographing Earth from the ISS Cupola. (Grokked from Tor.com)

It's a good thing we actually have a functioning Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. This time Ally Bank is paying $98 million to settle a suit that they were charging minority borrowers higher interest rates, including "$80 million in refunds to harmed African-American, Hispanic, and Asian and Pacific Islander borrowers whose auto loans were purchased by Ally between April 2011 and December 2013". (Grokked from the Slactivist)

It turns out your friends do have more friends than you do. And they're handsomer and better off as well. And they're probably from Lake Wobegon. What's that joke about how being paranoid doesn't mean that people aren't out to get you? (Grokked from Jay Lake)

"In fact, until the contraceptive requirement became an issue in the 2012 campaign, numerous Catholic organizations and universities offered health plans that covered contraception. Even in the states that required such coverage, the mandate could have been avoided by self-insuring or offering plans without prescription drug coverage." But then a black President has that mandate in his signature legislation and there's a big problem with it. And now you understand a little more about the Francis Revolution. (Grokked from the Slactivist)

It's an election year, freeze dried whackaloon quotient goes up.

Someone is going to be getting a visit from the Secret Service. Seriously, okay, any jerk can fill out a petition and get on a ballot, but I would be lying if I didn't say I believe him that "many (of his fellow) voter would agree with him" when it comes to calling to hang the President. (Grokked from John Scalzi)

"According to the data, there were 495 oil industry-related chemical spills in Colorado last year and nearly a quarter of the spills impacted ground or surface water, the organization wrote in a release Wednesday." Drill, baby, drill. (Grokked from Paolo Bacigalupi)

Hey look, a good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun. Wonder if we'll see that case held up as a prime example? Probably not as the strip club connection won't play well. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

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