Short one, but don't want to go into next week with a backlog, and about to go do work I tried hard not to do.
Book selling success. The numbers are surprisingly low (including the payout). With he obligatory salute to self-publishing and the subsequent overstatement of their numbers (really, Barry Eisler, I now want a list of those "thousands of authors" that make a living form self-publishing). Also a nod to the "three and out" rule.
The FBI considered retweeting as endorsement. To be fair, most of mine are, but sometimes I do it from the point of, "can you believe this shit?". (grokked from Xeni Jardin)
The so-called war on police. Yea, not really. I love how there are police chiefs and politicians who state, "I've never seen relations so hostile…" What a load of BS. Let me channel the 70s here, "Listen, pig…"
"In the wee hours of the morning on Sunday, the mighty state of Texas was asleep… Out in the desolate flats of West Texas, the same wind was turning hundreds of wind turbines, producing tons of electricity at a time when comparatively little supply was needed… And then a very strange thing happened: The so-called spot price of electricity in Texas fell toward zero, hit zero, and then went negative for several hours." Wind power, it works (well that and come select strangeness in the Texas grid and power auction system, plus tax breaks). (Grokked from John Scalzi)
It's always amazing to me that for a party that so embraces the Constitution, they really don't understand the basic parts of that document, nor why it was drafted that way. In this case, Dr. Ben Carson says that being a Muslim would be inconsistent with being President of the United States because it wouldn't be consistent with the Constitution. Showing in one thought that you can love this country, and be against it's founding principles and be a smart person but also be incredibly ignorant. (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)