And as such, won't be online until next week. If you're in Detroit, stop by Confusion and say hi.
Well, if that's all there is to it (successful writing), I'm in. Neil Gaiman exposes the secret. (Grokked from Ken McConnell)
Writing advice from Jane Austin, mostly from letters to her niece. (Grokked from Mary Robinette Kowal)
Catherine Shaffer shares what it's like in psychotherapy. I've explored going to talk therapy, but then I was fired from the job that had depressed me which helped cleat up my perspective on things. There have been times since then that I've thought of going again. Anyone who makes it there is courageous.
One-hundred and one astronomical events in 2015. Astronomy is looking up. (Grokked from the Slactivist)
There are now twice as many solar power jobs than coal jobs. Not a fully fair comparison, but interesting to the "jobs" argument and which side is making more. (Grokked from Morgan J Locke)
A minister stops a funeral mid-grieving because the deceased was gay, and then said it could continue only if they mourners removed images showing the deceased with her spouse. Wow, what would Jesus do? My guess is he wouldn't have been such a dick. (Grokked from John Scalzi)
"Please forgive me for the actions of extremists I have never met who commit acts of violence that I have never advocated." I knew there was a reason I keep reading the Slactivist, the excellent snark.
"The US Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) drone surveillance program — which allegedly helped law enforcement make only 2 percent of its border arrests in 2013 — follows a distressing pattern of rapid border security investment with little oversight, analysts told VICE News." Why, that's unpossible. Everybody told us it would work better. I'm so glad we spent that money. Plus, IIRC, the requested increase in funds for this program is greater than the cost of covering everyone's community college degrees (or at least those who keep above a 2.5 GPA), which would have a greater return effect on our economy. But guess which program will get the money. (Grokked from Kathryn Cramer)
"An anonymous advisor to Mitt Romney told the Boston Globe in an article published on Tuesday that if the former Republican nominee had been elected President, there would be no Islamic State terror group in Syria and Iraq, and Russian leader Vladimir Putin would never have invaded Ukraine." Along with the other claims about what an America under Romney would have been like. Hint, it would have been FABULOUS! :: jazz hands :: At least according to the Mittster and his friends. Well, of course it would have, because Mitt Romney is the Magical Cracker.
This is like the kids who watch an action movie and then say, "I could have done that better" or "I know how to do that." And its just as fake and just a childish.
Oops, sorry, I guess we don't talk about race. Or at least, if the poet laureate of a state offers up a poem that includes the racist history of that state, they get uninvited to the inauguration.
Let's see, limiting abortion, rolling back Dodd-Frank, extending tax cuts for the rich, causing a future crisis in Social Security, causing a show down of the President's executive actions on immigration (while not offering their own solutions, like they said they would) oh, of course, voting to abolish Obamacare, and now seeing nothing wrong with the Supreme Court's actions to knock down parts of the Voting Rights Act. These are the true values of the modern conservative movement.